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.
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.
More than likely, you will actually end up carrying several communications devices, but here is my personal opinion.
It’s a phenomenal time to be out, but it’s also important to understand the effect on our vision.
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!
A great interview with a man doing a lot in the background that benefits all NZ hunters.
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.
Gidday, and welcome to another product review. This time around I’ll be talking about some food from Radix Nutrition, made right here in New Zealand. It’s a new product to the outdoors and camping market, it’s so new in fact,…
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.
I would pick, that if you live in NZ, you already know about the Tikka T3X. I would say it is a safe bet that its predecessor, the T3 it is one of, if not the, most popular hunting rifles…
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…