Never Stop Learning.
Never Stop Growing.
Welcome to The Bloke, my little space on the internet I call my own.
It's hard for me to describe what I do, and even harder to explain what I want to do - because there is just so much out there I want to get done!
However, in the meantime, while I figure that out - here is a bit of a record of some of the things I have done and an offering of some of the things I might be able to do for you.
It seems to be a common though incorrect belief, that once you have purchased your new hi-tech waterproof but breathable modern feat of wonder jacket, that you don’t need to do anything else with it.
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.
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.
The Latest Field Notes
Tataki could be considered the Japanese equivalent of Carpaccio – essentially, seared meat served ‘raw’.
While tying your boot laces is a simple task – there are a few tricks to be learnt.
Last year, Pete from Onward Hunting got in touch to tell me about some guys he was hosting from the Crosshairs Longrange Hunting School. A longrange hunting course? Count me in!
The Bloke was essentially started as a way to document my experiments and learning. Along the way, a couple of people joined me in sharing their experiences. The goal is to continue to add useful, relevant information of benefit to both the weekend warriors and seasoned pros.
I have spent/wasted/lost enough money over the years trying different gear and systems, feel free to learn from my mistakes!
The kind of pants Superman would wear, if he was doing some part-time work as a contractor on a worksite.
An incredibly light hunting boot that provides stealth and comfort right out of the box.
The Hunters Element Foxtrot Boot meets the requirements of a lightweight, comfortable boot that provides more protection than a shoe, but doesn’t slow you down like a traditional, heavy boot.
The heavy duty Cordura in Desolve Veil camouflage and the Hydrafuse waterproof lining combine to provide a strong and waterproof stalking boot.
The moulded toe cap and heel stabiliser will keep you on track and on your target.
Another great course, next one is September!
“Hey mate if I take stock off my rifle to clean after a wet Urewera road trip can it ruin my zero sorry if dumb question cheers”
We all know the scenario, head out to the range or for a hunt, end up putting none (or minimal) rounds through a gun, then get home after a long day and get tempted to put the firearm straight back into the safe. Probably not the best of ideas. Gun cleaning needs to be part of your habitual routine.
You slowly make your way up to the clearing, careful to not make a sound, gently poke your head around the corner, then there it is. A deer – happily nibbling away on the edges of the forest, unawares of your presence.
Ever get the feeling that the older waterproof jackets were, well, just more waterproof?
As long as I have hunted, I have worn shorts… Until a trip a few years back in the Urewas when i ended up waist deep in stinging nettle.
Recently I decided to try out the SNDWAY range finder, available from OutdoorBargainsNZ.com, and see how this $199 (um, yeah, two hundred bucks!) unit stood up against my Leupold.
This is the Hungerbuster from Portion Pack Foods. This is a strongly military influenced pack – probably because these are the guys who supply both the Australian and New Zealand Army with their ration packs.
Contents1 The Root(s) of Radix Nutrition2 Not your traditional freeze dried food.3 Sizes and Flavours4 One a Day Packs5 Made in Waiuku!6 The Breakfast Range7 Check them out! Gidday, and welcome to another product review. This time around I’ll be…
Maybe it’s the addition of children to the house or maybe the fact my day job is essentially a compliance officer. But these days I often see cases where there is a danger of us deciding as individuals and then as a society that good enough is, well, good enough.
I get asked a lot about getting into shooting – either from a hunting perspective or target shooting (both rifle and pistol) – so I thought I would write a little about the process.
I’ve been wanting a decent pair of boots for a while now to replace my ill-fitting Hi-Tec Altitude boots, and after doing a LOT of research, I finally decided on a pair of Hanwag Tatra Goretex boots.
Contents1 Improvements to the Tikka T3X2 Modular Stock3 New Recoil Pad4 Stock Noise Reduction5 The Rest6 The overall result? I would pick, that if you live in NZ, you already know about the Tikka T3X. I would say it is…
Regardless of whether you are in a hammock, under a tarp or a tent, the challenge can be making sure the shelter above stays tight and secure during the night. Many forms of nylon, polyester and other common materials will actually…