New Zealand Tahr Hunt – Day 2 started with the crew sleeping in till just after sunrise. With one bull in camp we felt confident in saving our energy for another solid evening hunt. Travis finished up taking care of his hide and skull as the guys fixed up a mean lunch of more tahr meat, potatoes, and onions.
Lunch is going to be protein packed!
After filling our bellies and taking a quick snooze in the sun we loaded the packs and started our trek back up the valley.
Ben going for it.
August keeps tabs on “one horn”
A small group descending to the lower grassy faces
This afternoon we decided to go up the opposite side of the head of the valley. We wanted to look further back into the end of the drainage. After getting in position we started picking out tahr all across the upper half of the mountain. A few hours later and a small band of tahr had fed to within 50 yards before winding us and moving off. We had spotted a cool looking one horned bull up high on the mountain. His cape swirled and billowed in the wind and we knew he was a mature bull. After telling Josh I’d shoot him if he didn’t he decided this would be his bull to make a move on. After watching him move lower and lower it was time to make a move to get into shooting position. Josh and Ben set off while myself and August held back and kept an eye on him. Within twenty minutes of the guys being gone the bull had dropped so low we could no longer see him. Just a few minutes later we heard a shot echo through the valley. We picked up our packs and quickly hustled up the drainage to see what had taken place.
Josh and his old bull tahr
As we caught up to the guys Josh was admiring his first tahr. A unique and old one horned beast. We quickly shot photos as light faded and again we had a long packout in the dark followed by another dinner of backstrap and cold beers.
Ben wondering what the story behind old one horn was
Want to see how close the bull got before Josh took his shot? Watch the following as we take you through Day 2 of our hunt!
Special thanks to Ben and August and if you’re interested in hunting any big game animals free range in New Zealand definitely hit up Ben at his website > www.bghnz.co.nz/