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Ok, based on comments on Instagram and email responses it seems that the interest for a New Zealand hunt planning guide is just a smidge more than for a general info Alaska guide.
Sooooo, here we go! (BTW, if you had your heart set on the Alaska course, hang in there. It will be coming next)
This here outline is how I'm thinking about laying out the course content. If you saw the email, you might remember that I described this as a general info, high level course that would teach you all the info that you would need to know to plan your own adventure in New Zealand, but without a lot of the super nitty-gritty species and location specific detail that has gone into the likes of the Haul Road Caribou Guide, Adak Caribou Guide and Kodiak Sitka Blacktail Guide.
That said, there will still be plenty of info about each game species plus where to find them in New Zealand. So...
I love knives.
I love high performance knives, I love custom knives and I love heirloom knives. Someday I will own that Damascus-bladed, sheep-horn-handled, hunting blade that I've always dreamed about.
In the real world, however, I rely on two knives to do 97% of my in-the-field skinning, caping, fleshing and butchering.
Often when preparing for long or remote hunts, I throw in a third knife as a general purpose every day carry type knife.
There are many great knives that can get the job done, but below are the two go-to, do-everything knives that I use for 7 + months of guiding everything in Alaska from moose and brown bears to fox and harlequin ducks. In addition to my two go-to knives, I've included my favorite general purpose folding knife.
I have used a Havalon Piranta for breaking down almost every animal that I have killed or...
Last season I guided two hunters who's once-in-a-lifetime moose hunt was almost ruined because of one simple mistake that could have been easily prevented.
You don't want to make the same mistake on your first hunt in Alaska either!
Later, on a peninsula brown bear hunt, I guided another gentleman who had a similar problem. He was getting wet every day through his "waterproof" jacket and he ended up spending a couple of days in the tent staying dry while I glassed for bears.
NOT HAVING GREAT RAIN GEAR WILL RUIN YOUR HUNT!
Don't make the same mistake! You can buy a set of awesome, 100% waterproof, rain gear for $146.00 and I'll show you how, plus a few more items to make your hunt a success.
All three of these rain jackets will keep you totally dry, even in Alaska weather.