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Autumn Newsletter

Posted by Coondog on 29 March 2016


Welcome to our Autumn Newsletter - trust everyone's had a great summer! Over here in the Coromandel, it seems summer just keeps on giving - I've just had a surf, and I'm still wearing boardshorts the water's so warm! But to be fair, it was a pretty wet, miserable start ... NIWA's predictions of an El Niño summer (hot, dry with drought conditions on the east coast) was so far off it wasn't even funny! We've had more grass (and rain!) than we know what to do with (although the cows are fat and happy), and one of the best summers of surf in years! So I'm not complaining ...

We've also had a busy time with Wildman. In February we had 20 seniors from Singapore American School descend on us for a week to taste a sample of the Kiwi outdoors ... Wildman style! With our Into the Wild programme, they spent their time building fires, sleeping in bivvies, eating wild game, navigating, doing mean bombs in the river - amongst other things! It was a great time, and was awesome seeing these kids, who come from a different world, have some (hopefully) life-changing and unforgettable experiences.

Clay shooting 100

Clay-shooting - on the money!

Smoking it up

Smoking it up!

Firelighting success


Kenny Coondog

Kenny & Coondog - checking out the firelighting


On to some more exciting news ... as I'm sure you're aware, we've got a new Father & Son course coming up in a couple of months. May 13-15 will be our first Autumn programme - it'll be a little bit chillier than our mid-summer ones, but personally, I prefer this time of year. But the best news is the sharp deal we've managed to secure (thanks to some extra funding that's become available). The price is just $295 per father & son pair, which includes everything except transport to and from the event - which is pretty darn cheap! But we've also got a SPECIAL OFFER: Due to those funds, we can offer the following deal ... if you invite another Father & Son pair, they'll only pay $95. That's right, ONLY $95! (How awesome is that!)

DrakeStefan bushcraft

Stefan & Drake - lighting fires in the rain!

The course is limited to 12 pairs, so it's first in, first served. It'll be held at our Wildman HQ near Raetihi, in the Central Plateau. (Small Print: Wildman reserves the right to cancel the event due to lack of registrations or possible hurricane conditions. (All deposits will be fully refunded)) Anyway, we'd love to see you there - please contact us if you're interested in coming and we'll get an info pack sent out ASAP.

Okay, that's it for now. If you're heading out for the roar or opening weekend of duck-shooting - stay safe! And whenever possible, see if you can invite a youngster or two along for the ride.

Cheers, Mike...


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