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    Hunting trip in NZ

    Hi,

    I went on a 5 day hunting trip with Josh James - Kiwi Bushman.

    It was the greatest experience ever. Here are the links to funny, informative and interesting videos that document our adventures for those interested.

    J

    Part 1:


    Part 2:

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    Would it be rude to ask how much would such a trip cost - the flights my pals and I are big fans of josh
    cheers norma

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    Awesome, Ive got to say I love his shows, if he misses or fluffs something up it doesnt matter it all goes in and I think its that honesty and sense of humour that have made him so popular.

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    Not rude at all but not sure I'll be much help.

    I was in Oz with work so all of my flights were paid and I went out with Josh just before he landed his new discovery chanel gig and he'd only just started guiding so I got a great deal that reflected all that. I guess your best bet is to drop him an email and ask.

    By way of a guide, my guess is that you should budget for about $2k NZ (about 1k) per day and he'll want to take you out for at least 3 days. That should get you jet boated or choppered in to a great spot as well as all kit, food etc.

    As a very serious warning, his set-up in NOT luxury hunting. Wild animals, so no guarantees of sucess (we hunted for two full days before even seeing anything) and it's a tough environment where Josh just expects people to cope. He's very funny, a great hunter but not a traditional host. You'll have to look after yourself.

    His email is joshjamesmarcotte@gmail.com I'm sure he'd appreciate it if you dropped him a line. He's pretty good about replying but it might take him a few days.

    Hope that helps,

    j

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    Quote Originally Posted by norma 308 View Post
    Would it be rude to ask how much would such a trip cost - the flights my pals and I are big fans of josh
    cheers norma
    His prices are on his website under guiding. His thar hunts sound a bit pricey to me? Up to 8000 NZd? I just hunted for free on public land and paid a guide a day rate who luckily knew where the thar were! I don't know how much a chopper is now though. That adds a fair chunk.

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    He looks like quite a character! It reminded me very much of Alpine stalking in Austria, save for the trudging across a river. Well done

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    U'll be looking around the 1K mark for flights, u might get cheper, last time i went got a cheap flight 1 way but u pay the extra return.

    My next holiday will be over there for a proper bush hunt and just go myself, the prices u mention are quite steep (and i know he has overheads to pay) but i imagine he willl be guiding over DOC/ public land so would be free to go on urself, not as if he is paying land/stalking rent like guides here.

    I'd buy the book 'Spot X Hunting' gives u an idea of some of the best areas of free DOC hunting or see if u can subscribe to a kiwi kunting mag, really good reading copmpletely different to stalking mag's over here
    Or have a look on the DOC website, they have a network of huts all over the place u can stay in, some are pretty basic, some i'd be happier sleeping outside

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    I really enjoyed some of the videos on the website - as others have said he kind of says it like it is - no bulls**t and no professional production - and none the worse for that.

    I have hunted chamois in the Alps at high altitude and the films take me back - a very difficult hunt and always close to the edge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by countrryboy View Post
    U'll be looking around the 1K mark for flights, u might get cheper, last time i went got a cheap flight 1 way but u pay the extra return.

    My next holiday will be over there for a proper bush hunt and just go myself, the prices u mention are quite steep (and i know he has overheads to pay) but i imagine he willl be guiding over DOC/ public land so would be free to go on urself, not as if he is paying land/stalking rent like guides here.

    I'd buy the book 'Spot X Hunting' gives u an idea of some of the best areas of free DOC hunting or see if u can subscribe to a kiwi kunting mag, really good reading copmpletely different to stalking mag's over here
    Or have a look on the DOC website, they have a network of huts all over the place u can stay in, some are pretty basic, some i'd be happier sleeping outside
    gonna have to get me a subscription...

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    Quote Originally Posted by countrryboy View Post
    U'll be looking around the 1K mark for flights, u might get cheper, last time i went got a cheap flight 1 way but u pay the extra return.

    My next holiday will be over there for a proper bush hunt and just go myself, the prices u mention are quite steep (and i know he has overheads to pay) but i imagine he willl be guiding over DOC/ public land so would be free to go on urself, not as if he is paying land/stalking rent like guides here.

    I'd buy the book 'Spot X Hunting' gives u an idea of some of the best areas of free DOC hunting or see if u can subscribe to a kiwi kunting mag, really good reading copmpletely different to stalking mag's over here
    Or have a look on the DOC website, they have a network of huts all over the place u can stay in, some are pretty basic, some i'd be happier sleeping outside
    If anyone is looking at going you should join the NZ equivalent of the SD.
    http://www.fishnhunt.co.nz
    Good guys (like here) with plenty of good advice (after a suitable intro etc). Plenty of international visitors have been taken out by them too.
    Yes, the hunting is free but don't underestimate how different it is. Good navigation skills are essential!
    Happy to help out if I can.
    Cheers
    Hayden

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