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I use the terms 'our' and 'us' a lot, but the reality is, The Bloke is basically just me. Kerry Adams.
I started this website as a way to document my adventures and learning - and quickly found there were plenty of others out there keen to come on the journey with me.
As I grow and learn the site has changed slightly, but at the core it's still the same. Information and knowledge for anyone keen to grow and improve.

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The Trigonometry Show – Nic from the Sparrowhawk Shooting Facility

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To me, the true Coromandel is only reached once you have passed through, well, Coromandel - actually - even higher - with Colville (northernmost town of any note on the peninsula) representing a homecoming of sorts.

Raglan via the back roads!

It was time to head away on another mini-adventure. While not necessarily looking for narly trails, I did want to at least get off tar-seal. So, after a bit of research online, I decided on a trip down to Raglan via Port Waikato.

Adding Diff and Transmission Breathers

The Defender already had a snorkel installed - of course! That's the bit you add on to instantly get more 4WD credibility! But - long before my air filter was going to be submerged, there were a few other things I needed to sort out as well.

A trip to Hot Water Beach in the Defender

Two of my oldest and very best friends have long worked at holiday camps. Previously the Parkiri Beach Holiday Camp, and more previously, the Hot Water Beach Top 10 Holiday Park. For many, many years I have tried to regularly escape Auckland out to see them, and in the last few, the girls have been coming along as well.

Svord 370BB – NZ’s Bush Knife!

The Svord 370BB. Beautiful looks, razor edge, patina's in the most wonderful way. This, paired with a smaller pocket knife is going to cover 95% of all tasks you might need in the bush.

My top ten (plus 4) Bushcraft Essentials

It's really easy to load yourself up to the point where you struggle to lift the pack anymore. But what are the Bushcraft Essentials, what do you really need as a bare minimum?

The Svord Santoku

The Santoku style knife has become rather popular in the last few years - it's almost safe to say it is the hipster hunter knife of choice. 😉 So, what is the Santoku knife, what benefit (if any) does it provide, and why should you consider picking up one of the phenomenal Svord made ones?

Spoilt for choice – the Leatherman Signal vs Leatherman MUT

One of the 'disadvantages' of working in a store surrounded by gear is you get spoilt for choice. So, I figured I might as well take advantage of things and do some quick comparisons.

PLB or EPIRB?

A comment on my article about PLBs asked what the primary differences between a PLB or EPIRB were.

Stop the Bleed. Prac Med’s IFAS Kit first look

So, should you, are someone near you have a major issue with losing a LOT of blood, do you have the resources on you to stop it?

MacPac Supernova Hooded Down Jacket – Long Term Review

Buy Once, Cry Once. This would have to be one of my favourite pieces of clothing. I don't actually own much, and subscribe to the...

5.11 AMP pack

You may have already seen my review/talk about the Molle Belt Rig I have switched over too. I mentioned the idea of a lightweight...

The Beginner’s Primer on Rain Gear

Our unique requirements I feel I should start this article by highlighting how hunting in NZ is a little different to many parts of the...

UF Pro P-40 TACTICAL SHORTS

Yes. Tactical shorts. Shorts that are tactical. The UF Pro P-40 TACTICAL SHORTS. 😀

Flat Tarps

Want a simple shelter solution? Considered a tarp?
I hear the comment quite regularly - 'I got in real close to the animal - but just couldn't seem to get the bullets to go where I was aiming - I was so close, I must have had to aim lower, right?' Well, no. If you aimed lower, there is a good chance you put a round under the animal - or worse still - into a leg. But why? Oh. Maths!
Through my involvement with the Firearms Safety Training for the NZ Police, I am always reminded of the wide diversity of Firearms Owners and Hunters in New Zealand. Of particular interest to me, has been the feasibility and details surrounding Halal Hunting - what is permissible - what is achievable for Muslims wanting to hunt their own meat in Aoteroa.
Depends, I guess. Do you want to miss less?
As hunters, we need to be sure we are doing everything we can to both identify and be identified by each other in the bush. Sadly, with the exception of 2017, every year, we have had an incident when one hunter has failed to identify their target and shot and killed another hunter.
So, what exactly do we do when we set up a rifle for a custom? It's always different (like our customers) - but here is an example.
I have long had a keen interest in military Mausers, so I was very keen to see how the modern offerings from the company stacked up against the selection...
While the ultimate, of course, is having a remote bivy (small hut) to just yourself and your mates, for some of the more accessible and bigger huts, there is a very good chance you are going to be sharing a hut with other trampers and hunters. As ambassadors for tramping, hunting, and just being nice human beings, there are some basic principles we should all be applying A lot of this comes down to one simple principle - consideration for others. Consideration for others is the simplest and best guide for co-inhabiting a hut. It is not a bad starting point for humanity either. This article puts forward some simple considerations and pointers for the next time you find yourself in a shared hut.
The best part of a week Sika Hunting in the Kaimanawa ranges.
Caylen Wojcik is a face that some of you will already know quite well. I first came across him in the extras section of the Magpul 'The Art of the...
What first got me seriously pondering this question was a setup session recently, with a couple of similar rifle that had the same issue. The heavier Hornady ammo the...
Long Range Hunting, whether you agree with it or not, has grown massively in popularity in the last couple of years. Alongside that, the development of long range hunting bullets to meet with the new, unique demands of shooting at an animal that far away.
I was lucky enough to recently spend the day up at Balnagown Deer Hunting - a Deer Hunting Block just up north of Auckland.
Table Of ContentsThe never-ending quest...It all began with...RidgelineChinese MadeWaterproofsEnter Merino and DownThe newcomers...Hunters Element and Digital CamoBush Buck, Game Gear, etcInternational OptionsVRTBR - Nordic SmartsFirst Lite "Hi Kerry I'm looking to...
In part two of the video series - I discus some of the gear I took out with me on my lightweight hunting trip.
Firearms Safety isn't just about knowing the 7 Basic Rules of Firearms Safety, nor is it about remembering just enough to pass the multi-choice questionnaire that is a requirement of getting a firearms license in New Zealand. It's about making a commitment to maintain a high standard of firearms handling and safety at all times. One of the keys to this, is learning and reinforcing good habits when handling firearms.

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