Blog http://wildman.co.nz/blog/rss Dads 'n Daughters coming soon! http://wildman.co.nz/blog/dads-n-daughters-coming-soon/ <p>After our highly successful maiden <em><strong>Dads 'n Daughters Weekend</strong></em>, we're running another! November 3-5, 2017 is when it's happening, so if you're keen make sure you let us know and book a spot. Email us <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="mailto:info@wildman.co.nz">here</a></span> and we'll fire you a few more details. One thing we can promise you, it'll be an weekend to remember!</p> <p>Don't forget, we also have another <em><strong>Father & Son Weekend</strong> </em>happening straight after the Dads 'n Daughters!</p> <p><img width="600" height="240" title="" class="leftAlone" alt="Wildman GV ad 17 2 fs fd" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/Uploads/_resampled/ResizedImage600240-Wildman-GV-ad-17-2-fs-fd.jpg"></p> Tue, 29 Aug 2017 21:30:33 +1200 http://wildman.co.nz/blog/dads-n-daughters-coming-soon/ Whangamata Adventure Race http://wildman.co.nz/blog/whangamata-adventure-race/ <p>Some of the crew from Wildman enter their first 6hr adventure race as 'Team Wildman' - not what you'd normally find us doing! Was a fantastic event and the boys smashed it out. Big thanks to our supporters - Huntech Clothing, Hunting & Fishing Thames and our families.</p> <p>Check out the following video of their race (which, by the way, they won the men's division in!)</p> <p> </p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/A0csO4noDV4?rel=0" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 09:58:56 +1300 http://wildman.co.nz/blog/whangamata-adventure-race/ How to Use a Tourniquet http://wildman.co.nz/blog/how-to-use-a-tourniquet/ <p><img width="600" height="450" title="" class="leftAlone" alt="how to use a tourniquet" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/Uploads/_resampled/ResizedImage600450-how-to-use-a-tourniquet.jpg"></p> <p> Check out the above instructions from the guys at <a href="http://www.artofmanliness.com/">Art of Manliness</a> about using a tourniquet - could be a life saver!</p> <p> </p> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:56:46 +1200 http://wildman.co.nz/blog/how-to-use-a-tourniquet/ Father & Daugher Weekend - now on! http://wildman.co.nz/blog/father-and-daugher-weekend/ <p>It's now official - our first Father & Daughter weekend is happening! We've only just advertised it and already we've got lots of interest - however, it's first in, first served!</p> <p>If you're keen, register your interest and pay your deposit asap. Early bird special is $250 (for pair) if registered before Sept 30 (with a$100 dep), or $295 October onwards. You won't find anything that comes close to one of our weekends for this price!</p> <p>Email us at info@wildman.co.nz if you'd like an info pack or to book your place. As usual, limited spaces available!</p> <p><img width="600" height="240" title="" class="leftAlone" alt="Wildman GV ad 16 3 fd" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/Uploads/_resampled/ResizedImage600240-Wildman-GV-ad-16-3-fd.jpg"></p> Mon, 05 Sep 2016 11:10:40 +1200 http://wildman.co.nz/blog/father-and-daugher-weekend/ Boys to Men http://wildman.co.nz/blog/boys-to-men/ <p><strong><em><img width="372" height="374" title="" class="leftAlone" style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" alt="Issue 4 2015 WildNZ" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/Uploads/Issue-4-2015-WildNZ.jpg"></em></strong></p> <blockquote> <p><strong><em>“Adventure, with all its requisite danger and wildness, is a deeply spiritual longing written into the soul of a man. The masculine heart needs a place where nothing is prefabricated, modular, non-fat, zip-lock, franchised, on-line, microwavable. Where there are no deadlines, cell phones, or committee meetings. Where there is room for the soul. Where, finally, the geography around us corresponds to the geography of our heart …”</em></strong>  – John Eldredge, Wild at Heart</p> </blockquote> <p> <em>The smile said it all. After months of planning and dreaming, finally he’d done it. The fallow buck lay still. We spent a few moments crouched over the deer – acknowledging its life and death, and thankful to its creator for his provision. It’s a routine my boys have seen many times while we’ve hunted together … a lesson in respect.</em></p> <p><em>It had been the perfect stalk. Only an hour earlier, we’d rowed the little dinghy across the river and started hunting the bush edge, wind in our faces, stopping frequently to peer into the trees with our binoculars. My youngest boy spied them first – a group of three bucks, mooching around the safety of the treeline. Within a few minutes, my oldest had quietly closed the gap and got himself into shooting position. I was amazed how calm he was – no hint of buck-fever. Picking out the fattest animal, he squeezed off the shot. And as the deer dropped, my son took one more step towards manhood.</em> </p> <p> </p> <p>So, here’s the thing. Apparently, men throughout the developed world are in trouble – some even calling it a crisis of manhood. And, according to people who know these things, the evidence is overwhelmingly clear – we’re seeing more suicides, relationship breakdowns, violence, behaviour problems in schools, crime … Its root cause? Boys in the modern world are “horrendously under-fathered.” In other words, according to psychologist, Steve Biddulph, “they weren’t given enough affection, teaching and example from either their dad or other male figures to help them grow into mature men.”</p> <p>One of the big issues is the extension of adolescence – a boyhood which is stretching on for a longer and longer time. Quite simply, men aren’t growing up! When you look at the psychology of boys, you’ll understand what I mean. Generally speaking, boys tend to be self-centred, brash and concerned with immediate gratification. In fact, their own catch-phrase, if they had one, would be “It’s all about me!” While this is normal for young boys – those same attitudes ain’t so flash for grown men. Anyone know some adolescent 30-year-olds?</p> <p>In case you haven’t realised it already, these are complex issues, which have big words to describe them. While a whole book could be written on this, I’ve only got about 1600 words – but I love a challenge. So if you’ll bear with me for a while, let’s get into some nitty-gritty …</p> <p>For a boy to become a man, something has to happen to move him out of his self-centredness. Most communities in human history recognised this, and handled it purposefully with their own unique ‘rites of passage’ or initiation. Initiation was about moving boys to men by showing them that there were things more important than their own pleasure – turning them into men who could care for and protect others, shoulder responsibility and live for something greater than themselves.</p> <p>They were deliberate, focussed processes with specific teaching. The common thread with most initiation rituals required boys to face significant emotional and physical challenges: hunting and killing a wild animal, making long and difficult journeys, and even the ritual cutting or scarring of your body (not recommended!). </p> <p>Steve Biddulph, describes it like this: “In initiation, the wildness, creativity and intensity of the young men were enlarged, not hammered down. They were brought into a web of shared purpose, so that the women, children, and the natural world on which they depended would be enhanced and protected by the young men’s presence. We wanted them to be brave, but for a reason; energetic, but with a purpose; fierce, but in protectiveness.”</p> <p>This was the pattern for thousands of years. But due to reasons beyond my 1600 words, these initiations into manhood became lost over the last couple of centuries. What we’re left with, at best, are shadows of their former glory – like getting your first car or graduating high-school. Or at its worst, celebrating getting wasted on your 18th.</p> <p>Thankfully, the art of initiation doesn’t have to remain forever lost in the confines of history books … or Google. Many present-day communities, families and individuals have taken up the challenge to provide a rite of passage for our boys’ journey into manhood. And here’s something interesting: if you’re already physically a man, yet you struggle with your sense of manhood … “have I got what it takes, to be a man?” … then I’ve got good news. There is a process for getting there, and it’s available to anyone.</p> <p>So, what can this process look like? Well, firstly, let me clear something up real quick. This isn’t about some macho, chest-pounding BS. You don’t have to be a die-hard hunter or bearded lumberjack – and it doesn’t matter if you’re a skinny accountant in Auckland or a moustached mechanic in Motueka. Got it?</p> <blockquote> <p>For me and my boys, I’ve got a rough plan around how I want their initiation into manhood to go. It’s fluid, and subject to change, but there are a few absolutes. I realise that I have to be purposeful in my planning. If I leave it to chance or have an attitude of ‘someday I’ll get around to doing something’, then I’ll miss my opportunity.</p> </blockquote> <p>So here are some of the fundamentals:</p> <p><strong>OTHER GOOD MEN:</strong> It goes without saying that it takes a community to raise a child – and for a boy’s journey into manhood, this is particularly true. I’ve actively encouraged a number of my good mates and family to be involved with my boys. I want them to build a relationship with them, to have a say in their lives and to model good, manly behaviour … and I’m not talking about rugby, racing and beer! I’m talking about qualities such as honour, respect, strength, Kiwi-ingenuity, compassion, generosity, love for adventure and (eventually) for their wives …</p> <p>It also goes without saying that I recognise that some of my mates are wiser than I am, have different skills from mine, and can say things to my boys that I can’t.</p> <p>So, let me sum it up: make sure they’re good men. And you should probably stay clear of guys who think that becoming a man is about getting on the beersies or engaging in sexual escapades.</p> <p><strong>INTO THE WILD:</strong> Okay, I know some people are going to roll their eyes at this, thinking “Here goes Mike again, going all bush and hunting and wilderness blah blah blah …” But hear me out! The quote at the beginning (by John Eldredge) sums this up nicely. Why the wild? Because you can’t control it. Because in the wild, you find challenges, risk, hardship, beauty, solitude … </p> <p>I’m absolutely convinced that the most effective environment to help a boy become a man is the outdoors. And here in New Zealand, we’ve got no excuse.</p> <p><strong>SOLITUDE:</strong> Isolation features in most rites of passage – and there’s a good reason: it’s about personal growth. It’s about battling and overcoming emotions, fear, discomfort. This is so much easier to do when you’re with your mates. Imagine hiking into the back-country for a three-day wilderness trip with friends – setting up camp, cooking food, telling stories around a fire at night, listening to the forest noises … Now imagine doing the same thing by yourself!</p> <p>It goes to another level when you only take the bare necessities – a fly, a couple of muesli bars, water and your sleeping gear. Now that there’s nothing to distract you, see where your mind goes. Especially after a couple of days.</p> <p><strong>CHALLENGE:</strong> If it was easy, we’d all be doing it! There has to be some mental and physical challenge. There has to be the potential to fail if you don’t give it your total commitment. If the question that haunts most men – “Have I got what it takes, when it counts?” – is ever going to be answered with an emphatic “YES!” then you need to overcome significant challenges. </p> <p>It’s much better to have these challenges carefully managed, than to let life initiate you with an unexpected curve-ball. That’s a much rougher ride.</p> <p><strong>SOCIAL RECOGNITION:</strong> This is an important final stage of a boy’s initiation into manhood. Having the community – whether it’s simply your immediate family, or your wider circle of friends – recognise the process you or your son has gone through, is an important step. I guess it’s a little like a graduation. And whether you have a formal ceremony, or keep it more low-key, that’s up to you. But there are some great ideas to be found on the web.</p> <p>For part of the process in our family, my 13-year-old boy (as I mentioned earlier) has just hunted and shot his first deer. It wasn’t just an uplanned one-off – there’s been a definite progression in all this. He had to pass a few preliminary rounds first – learning skills, gun safety, ethics, patience, right attitude … </p> <p>But now that he’s achieved this stage, he’s been recognised as someone who can be trusted to hunt safely and ethically. He’s won the respect of others – the respect of some of my peers. </p> <p>There are other challenges ahead for him – more difficult wilderness expeditions, multi-day solo missions, service projects … but they’re not going to just happen. I have to be intentional in creating these processes. </p> <p>In the meantime, my 10 year-old is chomping at the bit for his first deer. He’s got his old-man’s hairy arms, so he thinks he’s already a man.</p> <p> </p> <h6>*This article was published in <a title="Grapevine Magazine" href="http://www.grapevine.org.nz/magazines/2015-issue-4" target="_blank">Grapevine Magazine, Issue 4, 2015</a></h6> <p><strong><em>If you feel the need, you can p<strong>o</strong>st a comment on our facebook page by clicking on the logo</em></strong> <a href="http://www.facebook.com/wildman.nz" target="_blank"><img width="41" height="42" title="" alt="facebook" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/fbbuttonmouseover.png"></a></p> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:01:58 +1200 http://wildman.co.nz/blog/boys-to-men/ Autumn Newsletter http://wildman.co.nz/blog/autumn-newsletter/ <p>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 <em><strong><span style="color: rgb(106, 106, 106);">El Niño</span></strong></em> 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 ...</p> <p>We've also had a busy time with Wildman. In February we had 20 seniors from <em>Singapore American School </em>descend on us for a week to taste a sample of the Kiwi outdoors ... Wildman style! With our <a href="http://wildman.co.nz/programmes/into-the-wild/" target="_blank"><em>Into the Wild </em></a>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.</p> <div class="captionImage leftAlone" style="width: 600px;"><img width="600" height="450" title="" class="leftAlone" alt="Clay shooting 100" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/Uploads/_resampled/ResizedImage600450-Clay-shooting-100.jpg"><p class="caption leftAlone"><em>Clay-shooting - on the money!</em></p> <div class="captionImage leftAlone" style="width: 600px;"><img width="600" height="450" title="" class="leftAlone" alt="Smoking it up" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/Uploads/_resampled/ResizedImage600450-Smoking-it-up.jpg"><p class="caption leftAlone"><em>Smoking it up!</em></p> </div> <div class="captionImage leftAlone" style="width: 600px;"><img width="600" height="450" title="" class="leftAlone" alt="Firelighting success" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/Uploads/_resampled/ResizedImage600450-Firelighting-success.jpg"><p class="caption leftAlone"><em>Success!!</em></p> <div class="captionImage leftAlone" style="width: 600px;"><img width="600" height="800" title="" class="leftAlone" alt="Kenny Coondog" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/Uploads/_resampled/ResizedImage600800-Kenny-Coondog.jpg"><p class="caption leftAlone"><em>Kenny & Coondog - checking out the firelighting</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <hr><p> </p> <p>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 <strong>$295 per father & son pair</strong>, 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, <strong>ONLY $95! </strong>(How awesome is that!)</p> <div class="captionImage leftAlone" style="width: 600px;"><img width="600" height="450" title="" class="leftAlone" alt="DrakeStefan bushcraft" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/Uploads/_resampled/ResizedImage600450-DrakeStefan-bushcraft.jpg"><p class="caption leftAlone"><em>Stefan & Drake - lighting fires in the rain!</em></p> </div> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Cheers, Mike...</p> <p> </p> <p><strong><em>If you feel the need, you can p<strong>o</strong>st a comment on our facebook page by clicking on the logo</em></strong><a href="http://www.facebook.com/wildman.nz" target="_blank"><img width="41" height="42" title="" alt="facebook" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/fbbuttonmouseover.png"></a></p> Tue, 29 Mar 2016 19:16:05 +1300 http://wildman.co.nz/blog/autumn-newsletter/ First Aid Module http://wildman.co.nz/blog/first-aid/ <p>For those who aren't aware, most of our programmes contain a first-aid component/module, expertly delivered by <a href="http://wildman.co.nz/about-us/the-team/#Crafty">Henry </a>(aka Crafty) - our resident fixer-upperer. Part owner/director of <a href="http://peaksafety.co.nz" target="_blank">Peak Safety</a>, he delivers Pre-Hospital-Emergency-Care (PHEC) and Outdoor First-aid courses throughout the country. Here's a little taste of what you can expect ...</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Vmb1tqYqyII?rel=0" frameborder="0" style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;"></iframe></p> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 11:27:44 +1300 http://wildman.co.nz/blog/first-aid/ Huntech Sponsorship http://wildman.co.nz/blog/huntech-sponsorship/ <p>Wildman is stoked to announce that <a href="http://www.huntechoutdoors.com/" target="_blank">Huntech Outdoors</a> has agreed to come on board as a sponsor! Managing Director, David Icke, is keen to support our work and sees some exciting synergy between Huntech and Wildman. Huntech is one of the oldest outdoor clothing manufacturing companies in New Zealand, and one of the first to work with fleece. Like the majority of such businesses, their main manufacturing now happens offshore, however, an important point of difference is that Huntech actually own their factory in China. This gives them much more control over their product and their staff's working environment.</p> <p><img width="500" height="222" title="" class="center" alt="Huntech logo Yellow" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/Uploads/_resampled/ResizedImage500222-Huntech-Yellow.jpg"></p> <p>I've been using their gear for many years, and still have some original product from when it was manufactured in a garage in the Hutt Valley - and it's still going strong! I personally endorse their gear - and even though we were offered sponsorship from another manufacturer - we chose to turn down their kind offer and chase down Huntech.</p> <p><img width="600" height="400" title="" class="leftAlone" alt="Adults Camo Olive Fleece Pack web" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/Uploads/Adults-Camo-Olive-Fleece-Pack-web.jpg"></p> <p>One of the benefits of this deal is that we're able to offer their fleece clothing packs at a good rate. This offer is only available to those who come on one of our courses. The quality five-piece pack is well worth the money and offers substantial savings. If you'd like one of these packs, you simply place your order with us upon registering for a course, and when you arrive, the pack will be there waiting for you. (Wildman passes all savings on to you - we don't dip our fingers into it at all!)</p> <p>These packs contain the following: 180gsm Pant, 180 Beanie, 180 Tee, 180 Sweatshirt and 180 Singlet and are offered in sizes XS-7XL. (Kids sizes are also available)</p> <p>We're also hoping to provide a quality polo shirt with both the Huntech and Wildman logo. Stay tuned for more info!</p> <p>So, if you're after some more gear, have a serious think about Huntech - by supporting them, you're supporting us! (Their gators and two-man bivvy are legendary!) You can find their range at most Hunting and Fishing stores throughout New Zealand.</p> <p>Cheers, Mike...</p> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:33:21 +1200 http://wildman.co.nz/blog/huntech-sponsorship/ Father & Son Weekend... coming soon! http://wildman.co.nz/blog/father-and-son-weekend-coming-soon/ <p>We've locked in another <em><strong>Wildman Father & Son Weekend!</strong></em> And this one promises to be the best yet!</p> <p>Over the weekend of <strong>20-22 November</strong>, dads and their boys will descend (or ascend!) upon Wildman HQ, deep in the Makakahi Valley - about 25mins from Raetihi. It promises to be a fantastic couple of days with plenty of adventure to be had! You'll learn bushcraft skills, navigation, get to play with fire ... as well as shoot rifles and shotguns, eat hearty food cooked over open fires, sleep under the stars and much, much more! And most importantly, it'll be a great bonding time between father and son. Guaranteed, it'll be a weekend to remember!</p> <p>We've also got a special guest joining us. Brando Yelavich (aka Wildboy) was the first person to circumnavigate New Zealand's coastline. This life-changing adventure took him 600 days to complete as he walked (with everything on his back) the 8000 plus kilometres of coast. He's recently released a book about his journey, and he'll be sharing some of his adventures, mishaps, and life-and-death experiences with us - some inspiring stuff!</p> <p><img class="center" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/Uploads/_resampled/ResizedImage300457-wildboy-book.jpg" alt="Wildboy book" height="457" width="300"></p> <p>Ok, now for the details: The cost for the weekend is $295 per father and son couple - which includes everything except your transport to the event! Yep, we realise that's incredibly cheap, but it gets better! Thanks to some extra available funds, we've got a pretty sweet deal on offer. If you invite <em>another</em> father and son pair, <strong><em>they'll only have to pay $120!</em></strong> I know, crazy eh! The only catch is, you have to register and pay a deposit together. It's first-come, first-served - which is why we've offered it to our supporters first. We can only fit 12 couples into the course, so if you want to come, you need to book in asap.</p> <p>For more info, or to find out how to make a booking, email us on <a href="mailto:info@wildman.co.nz">info@wildman.co.nz</a> and we'll send you out an information pack. Alternatively, you can phone Mike on 021 498 763 or if you prefer, you can use Facebook to contact us (see link at the top of the page).</p> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:55:40 +1200 http://wildman.co.nz/blog/father-and-son-weekend-coming-soon/ Of Mice & Men http://wildman.co.nz/blog/of-mice-and-men/ <p class="caption center"><img class="center" title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/Uploads/_resampled/ResizedImage600413-of-mice-and-men-cover-page.jpg" alt="of mice and men cover page" width="600" height="413"><br><em>An adventure of epic proportions - a couple of the Wildman crew take on the West Coast... read on!</em></p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <p><em><strong><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">The best laid plans of Mice and Men</span></strong></em></p> <p><em><strong><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">Oft go awry,</span></strong></em></p> <p><em><strong><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">And leave us nothing but grief and pain,</span></strong></em></p> <p><em><strong><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">For promised joy!</span></strong></em></p> <p><em><strong><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">- 'To a Mouse' (Robert Burns, Nov 1785)</span></strong></em></p> </blockquote> <p><strong><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><span style="font-size: medium;">In his famous poem, Robbie Burns laments the fact that, while out ploughing a field, he wrecked a mouse’s nest. It was just before winter, and with the mouse’s chances of survival slim, the poet apologises, saying that he meant it no harm. Then, after repenting for the actions of mankind towards his furry friend’s kin, he comes out with the most famous and often quoted part of the poem, </span><span style="font-size: medium;">“The best laid plans …”</span></span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">It’s a pretty despondent ode, reflecting on an obvious low-point in Burns’ life. But it does contain some wonderful insights – particularly about mice, men and plans …</span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">2014 was a great year. Among many things, it was another year I spent above ground – which is always a great feeling. It was also the Chinese Year of the Horse – which I’m sure all those horsey people enjoyed. But what it should’ve been was the New Zealand Year of the Mouse. Because during the fourteenth year after Y2K, the mouse population exploded in the beech forests of Aotearoa.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">“Why?” I can hear you ask. Well, let me enlighten you …</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">Every few years, beech trees decide to flower on mass. The result of this flowering (called a ‘beech mast’) is enormous seed production, leaving the forest floor covered with food for the local mice and rats.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><span style="font-size: medium;">So you can image what happens. Male mice are getting fat and feeling rather amorous, the females are healthy and fertile, and by autumn there are literally gazillions of these furry little critters running around. In fact, I</span><span style="font-size: medium;">heard one old-timer describe the event: </span><span style="font-size: medium;">“The entire forest floor was moving”</span><span style="font-size: medium;"> – such are the numbers!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">One outcome for the trout fisherman is that these mice (which enjoy the odd swim) provide trout with a massive source of protein. I mean, they’d need a fair few mayflies to compete with one fat mouse! </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><span style="font-size: medium;">A friend of mine once found </span><span style="font-size: medium;">16</span><span style="font-size: medium;">mice </span><span style="font-size: medium;">inside a trout he caught! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">So … what do you get when you combine adventurous trout fishermen with fat mice, beech forests, mountain-bikes, rivers and enormous trout? A mission into the remote Mokihinui back-county, that’s what!</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><span style="font-size: medium;">It was only after some arm-twisting (not!) that I said yes to my good mate Henry and his brother Sam</span><span style="font-size: medium;">for a West Coast foray into monster trout mecca. The massive Mokihinui River spills out into the Tasman, north of Westport, and starts its life many kilometres inland surrounded by beech forest. Being clever fellows, Henry (aka Crafty) & Sam had figured that the trout up the ‘Moke’ would by now be of </span><span style="font-size: medium;">Godzilla</span><span style="font-size: medium;"> proportions, just itching to take one of our ‘mouse-flies’. The timing was just about perfect, and stories of the brown beasties lurking in the shallows were already making grown men quiver at the knees.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">Ah yes! The best laid plans …</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;"><img class="center" title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/Uploads/3-On-route-to-Goat-Creek2.jpg" alt="3 On route to Goat Creek2" width="600" height="400"></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">So there we were. The end of the road. After a long drive south, stopping only to pick Sam up from Murchison, we’d made it – and my clever mates now decided on pedal-power for the final leg of our journey. Riding mountain bikes with 20-plus-kilo packs (waders, rods, wading boots, clothing plus five days’ worth of food’n’beverages) on our backs sounds like hard work, right? And it WAS! (Although much better than walking.) </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">But the good news was that it started to rain …</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">In fact, we arrived at the Mokihinui Forks Hut completely drenched and absolutely stuffed. For the last couple of kilometres, the slightest hill had me off my bike, pushing, and cursing my lack of fitness. The hut, however, was a welcome sight – and having recently been refurbished, it was warm and comfortable and dry. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">While the rain did dampen the spirits slightly (especially as we watched the river rise!) we quickly remembered why we were here when a resident weka darted under the hut and came back out with a mouse. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">Ah yes … the mice! The weka was fat and healthy, and made a quick meal of the rodent. It was easy to imagine how fat and healthy the trout were going to be …</span></p> <div class="captionImage center" style="width: 600px;"><img class="center" title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/Uploads/6-Nosey-Weka.jpg" alt="6 Nosey Weka" width="600" height="400"><p class="caption center"><em>Nosey weka!</em></p> </div> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><span style="font-size: medium;">We spent the evening feasting on canned whipped cream and brandy snaps (sounds a little dodgy, but tasted great) before rounding off the night with a game of </span><span style="font-size: medium;">Cosmic Wimp-Out</span><span style="font-size: medium;"> – one of the best dice games in the universe! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><span style="font-size: medium;">The next morning we awoke to more rain – good, solid West Coast rain. And, by now, the river was in full flood, and the hut toilet was underwater. So, to fight off cabin fever, we had another game of </span><span style="font-size: medium;">Cosmic Wimp-Out</span><span style="font-size: medium;"> – only this time, the loser had to strip naked and swim across the flooded flats below the hut. </span></span></p> <div class="captionImage leftAlone" style="width: 600px;"><img class="leftAlone" title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/Uploads/2-Flooded-toilet.jpg" alt="2 Flooded toilet" width="600" height="400"><p class="caption leftAlone"><em>Anyone need the toilet?</em></p> </div> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">This seriously upped the stakes, and after a tense, stressful game, Sammie lost. What followed were some of the funniest moments I’d witnessed in ages – and it’s all on camera!</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">Later that afternoon, we pulled-up stakes and rode to a new hut a few kilometres up the south branch. Goat Creek Hut was built in 1957 and was full of character … and mice. We were hoping that, up here, the river would clear quickly once the rain stopped – so we could be into the action first thing in the morning. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><span style="font-size: medium;">While the rain had stopped the next day, the river was still running high, making the fishing pretty tough. The Mokihinui is largely ‘sight’ fished – meaning you spot the fish first, which is fairly easy in this </span><span style="font-size: medium;">usually</span><span style="font-size: medium;"> crystal-clear river. However, we battled on, criss-crossing the braided shallows, but without much luck. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">It was during one such crossing that I had a ‘life-flash-before-eyes’ experience. Sam and I were buddied up, trying to cross a section close to the hut. Being a bit of a lightweight alongside my two hefty mates, I was struggling to keep my footing in the swift current. Sammie was doing everything he could to keep me upright, when things started going pear-shaped. If it wasn’t for the quick thinking of Henry – who rushed out from the other side, grabbed the rod I was hanging on to and pulled me to shore – the outcome might’ve been disastrous. You don’t float too well with waders full of water … </span></p> <div class="captionImage leftAlone" style="width: 600px;"><img class="leftAlone" title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/Uploads/5-Sombre-mood.jpg" alt="5 Sombre mood" width="600" height="400"><p class="caption leftAlone"><em>Sombre mood at Goat Creek Hut</em></p> </div> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><span style="font-size: medium;">We spent that evening in a bit of a sombre mood – partly because of the river levels, and partly because of my near </span><span style="font-size: medium;">mis</span><span style="font-size: medium;">adventure. Soon though, the antics of another local weka had us thinking about other things – including how we should spend our last full day on the Moke.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">A plan was hatched, which included a predawn start and a ride back to the Forks Hut – our launch-pad for this final assault. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">The day dawned a cracker, just as we’d hoped: blue skies, and the river almost back to pre-flood flows. It was going to be an epic all-day mission, with trout eager to swallow our mouse flies, hungry after the last few days of flooding. The predictions were coming thick and fast, and records were definitely going to be broken. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">Ah yes! The best laid plans …</span></p> <div class="captionImage center" style="width: 600px;"><img class="center" title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/Uploads/9-Craftys-second.jpg" alt="9 Craftys second" width="600" height="400"><p class="caption center"><em>Henry (aka Crafty) with a nice Mokihinui brown</em></p> </div> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><span style="font-size: medium;">As it turned out, records were definitely broken – but for all the wrong reasons. Crafty managed to entice a few good-sized brownies to his net (as a sometimes fishing-guide, he knew all the tricks-of-the-trade). But both Sam and I struggled to even </span><span style="font-size: medium;">hook</span><span style="font-size: medium;"> a fish – let alone land one. And on the Mokihinui, that’s a record, for sure. Maybe Crafty spooked all the fish upstream of us? Who knows? And most disappointingly, our never-fail-during-a-beech-mast mouse flies scored us a big fat zero. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">In my expert opinion, I think the mice had all drowned – and most of the trout got washed out to sea in the flood, and are now sitting off the coast of Australia. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">However, while our best laid plans didn’t quite go as planned, the ‘promised joy’ did arrive – just in ways not expected. The adventure; the wild, majestic setting; good friends; laughter; surviving near-death experiences; and watching Sam go over his handlebars on the ride out. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">We just couldn't have planned for that!</span></p> <h5>STORY PUBLISHED IN GRAPEVINE MAGAZINE - ISSUE 1, 2015</h5> <p> </p> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 17:24:39 +1200 http://wildman.co.nz/blog/of-mice-and-men/ Old Cowboy's Advice http://wildman.co.nz/blog/old-cowboys-advice/ <p><img width="350" height="536" title="" class="center" alt="old cowboy" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/Uploads/old-cowboy.jpg"></p> <p>- Keep your fences horse-high, pig-tight & bull-strong.<br>- Keep skunks & bankers & lawyers at a distance.<br>- Life is simpler when you plow ... around the stump.<br>- A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.<br>- Words that soak into your ears are whispered ... not yelled.<br>- Meanness don't jes' happen overnight.<br>- Forgive your enemies. It messes with their heads.<br>- Don't corner something that would normally run from you.<br>- It doesn't take a very big person to carry a grudge.<br>- You cannot unsay a cruel word.<br>- Every path has a few puddles.<br>- When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.<br>- The best sermons are lived, not preached.<br>- Most of the stuff people worry about is never gonna happen anyway.<br>- Don't judge folks by their relatives.<br>- Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.<br>- Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't botherin' you none.<br>- Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.<br>- Sometimes you get, & sometimes you get got.<br>- Don't fix it if it ain't broke.<br>- Always drink upstream from the herd.<br>- Good judgment comes from experience, & a lot of that comes from bad judgment.<br>- If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.</p> <p> </p> <p> <strong><em>If you feel the need, you can p<strong>o</strong>st a comment on our facebook page by clicking on the logo</em></strong> <a href="http://www.facebook.com/wildman.nz" target="_blank"><img width="41" height="42" title="" alt="facebook" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/fbbuttonmouseover.png"></a></p> Wed, 13 May 2015 11:34:58 +1200 http://wildman.co.nz/blog/old-cowboys-advice/ How To Play Mumbley Peg http://wildman.co.nz/blog/how-to-play-mumbley-peg/ <p>I'm sure you've all heard of Mumbley Peg - right?</p> <p>No? Well, you're in luck! Here's a great video explaining this most manly and non-PC of games from our friends at Art of Manliness. The great thing about this, is you get to play with knives! Parental guidance is recommended...</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mRZ_Ni45G80?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p> </p> <p> <strong><em>If you feel the need, you can p<strong>o</strong>st a comment on our facebook page by clicking on the logo</em></strong> <a href="http://www.facebook.com/wildman.nz" target="_blank"><img width="41" height="42" title="" alt="facebook" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/fbbuttonmouseover.png"></a></p> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:17:14 +1200 http://wildman.co.nz/blog/how-to-play-mumbley-peg/ The Manliest Soup Ever http://wildman.co.nz/blog/the-manliest-soup-ever/ <p>I don't mind admitting, that I do enjoy a good soup every now and then. But sometimes there's talk of brocolli or cauliflower soup in our household, and it puts a cold shiver up my spine. I mean, they just don't sound like a good, hearty soup. They sound like something you'd have at a weightwatchers meeting, or a colon-cleansing clinic...</p> <p>Anyway, for those looking for something a little more robust - something you'd be proud to feed to Chuck Norris or Colin Meads, here's a little something I discovered a few months ago - and it deserves to be shared. Eat this, and I almost guarantee your beard will grow thicker as your testosterone levels rocket to new levels!</p> <h1><strong><span data-mce-mark="1">BEER CHEESE SOUP</span></strong></h1> <div><span data-mce-mark="1"><img class="leftAlone" title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/Uploads/_resampled/ResizedImage400266-beer-cheese-soup.jpg" alt="beer cheese soup" width="400" height="266"></span></div> <div><span data-mce-mark="1"> </span></div> <div><em><span data-mce-mark="1"><strong>–</strong> soup doesn't get more manly than this! Pair with your favourite brew, while watching your favourite sport. Oh yeah...</span></em></div> <p><span> <br><em>1/3 Cup Butter</em><br><em><em>1/3 Cup Flour</em><br><em>1 ½ Cups Carrots, finely diced</em><br><em>1 ½ Cups Onion, finely diced</em><br><em>1 ½ Cups Celery, finely diced</em><br><em>2 Cloves Garlic, minced</em><br><em>Tabasco</em><br><em>Sea Salt</em><br><em>Fresh Cracked Pepper</em><br><em>2 Cups Beer</em><br><em>3 Cups Chicken Broth</em><br><em>4 Cups Whole Milk</em><br><em>6 Cups Cheddar Cheese, grated</em><br><em>1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard</em><br><em>1 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce</em><br><em>Chives (garnish)</em><br><em>Crumbled Bacon (garnish)</em></em></span><br><br><span>Melt butter in a camp oven over medium heat. Add flour and whisk constantly for 4 – 5 minutes to create a light roux, about the colour of a dull 10c piece. Next, add carrots, onion, and celery; sauté until tender, about 7 – 9 minutes. Add garlic, a few dashes of Tabasco, and season with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper. Slowly add the beer and chicken broth, stir and bring mixture to a slow boil. Add milk, and return to a slow simmer, stirring often. Reduce heat to low; fold in the cheese, mustard, and Worcestershire. Stir until all of the cheese is completely melted – soup should be rich and creamy. Serve.</span></p> <p><span>BOOM!</span></p> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 21:32:33 +1300 http://wildman.co.nz/blog/the-manliest-soup-ever/ Who We Are (Video) http://wildman.co.nz/blog/who-we-are/ <p>Incredibly well said. Incredibly well filmed. Show this to all your non-hunter mates...</p> <p> </p> <p><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/105686970" width="500" height="213" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/105686970">Who We Are</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/sicmanta">Sicmanta</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p> <strong><em>If you feel the need, you can p<strong>o</strong>st a comment on our facebook page by clicking on the logo</em></strong> <a href="http://www.facebook.com/wildman.nz" target="_blank"><img title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/fbbuttonmouseover.png" alt="facebook" width="41" height="42"></a></p> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 15:05:27 +1300 http://wildman.co.nz/blog/who-we-are/ All you need to know about beards http://wildman.co.nz/blog/all-you-need-to-know-about-beards/ <p>As Phil Robertson said so well, <em>"There are two kinds of people in this world that go around beardless - boys and women - and I am neither one"</em></p> <p>So now that I've got that off my chest, here's all you need to know about beards ...</p> <p><img class="center" title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/Uploads/_resampled/ResizedImage6008528-all-you-need-to-know-about-beards-2.jpg" alt="all you need to know about beards" width="600" height="8528"></p> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:05:39 +1200 http://wildman.co.nz/blog/all-you-need-to-know-about-beards/ 2014 Round-up continued ... Fathers & Sons http://wildman.co.nz/blog/2014-round-up-continued/ <p>With another <em><strong>Father & Son Wildman Weekend</strong></em> soon to start, I figured it'd be a good time to throw up a few photos from our course we ran earlier in the year ... It was in March (I think!) when 12 dads and their boys decended upon our secret location somewhere in the southern hemisphere. They were an awesome bunch - with an international flavour! Two of our dads (who were unknown to each other) flew over from Australia to participate and hang out with their eastern cuzzies. We showed them a great time - in fact, we all had an amazing time! Amazing weather, amazing people, amazing food, amazing location ... you get the drift! Anyway, enough waffle - I'll let the pictures do the talking ...</p> <div class="captionImage center" style="width: 600px;"><img class="center" title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/bulkUpload/_resampled/ResizedImage600400-14-3-FS-welcome.jpg" alt="14 3 FS welcome" width="600" height="400"><p class="caption center"><em>The welcome chat ...</em></p> <div class="captionImage center" style="width: 600px;"><img class="center" title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/bulkUpload/_resampled/ResizedImage600400-14-3-FS-nav1.jpg" alt="14 3 FS nav1" width="600" height="400"><p class="caption center"><em>Navigation session</em></p> </div> <div class="captionImage center" style="width: 600px;"><img class="center" title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/bulkUpload/_resampled/ResizedImage600400-14-3-FS-rifle-selection.jpg" alt="14 3 FS rifle selection" width="600" height="400"><p class="caption center"><em>Some of the rifles we learnt about</em></p> <div class="captionImage leftAlone" style="width: 600px;"><img class="leftAlone" title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/bulkUpload/_resampled/ResizedImage600338-14-3-FS-shooting2.jpg" alt="14 3 FS shooting2" width="600" height="338"><p class="caption leftAlone"><em>Steady ... aim ... fire!</em></p> <div class="captionImage center" style="width: 600px;"><img class="center" title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/bulkUpload/_resampled/ResizedImage600400-14-3-FS-shooting1.jpg" alt="14 3 FS shooting1" width="600" height="400"><p class="caption center"><em>Bullseye!</em></p> <div class="captionImage center" style="width: 600px;"><img class="center" title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/bulkUpload/_resampled/ResizedImage600338-14-3-FS-bivvy-george-julian.jpg" alt="14 3 FS bivvy george julian" width="600" height="338"><p class="caption center"><em>Home sweet home</em></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="captionImage leftAlone" style="width: 600px;"><img class="leftAlone" title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/bulkUpload/_resampled/ResizedImage600400-14-3-FS-butchery.jpg" alt="14 3 FS butchery" width="600" height="400"><p class="caption leftAlone"><em>Roast anyone?</em></p> </div> <div class="captionImage center" style="width: 600px;"><img class="center" title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/bulkUpload/_resampled/ResizedImage600338-14-3-FS-night-fire.jpg" alt="14 3 FS night fire" width="600" height="338"><p class="caption center"><em>Campfire</em></p> <div class="captionImage center" style="width: 600px;"><img class="center" title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/bulkUpload/_resampled/ResizedImage600338-14-3-FS-peninsula-fire.jpg" alt="14 3 FS peninsula fire" width="600" height="338"><p class="caption center"><em>The morning after the bivvy sleep</em></p> </div> </div> <div class="captionImage leftAlone" style="width: 600px;"><img class="leftAlone" title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/bulkUpload/_resampled/ResizedImage600338-14-3-FS-fire-challenge1.jpg" alt="14 3 FS fire challenge1" width="600" height="338"><p class="caption leftAlone"><em>The start of the Wildman Challenge!</em></p> <p class="caption leftAlone">As they say, "a picture is worth a 1,000 words", so if you want to see more photos, you can check them out <a title="Father & Son photo gallery" href="http://wildman.co.nz/programmes/father-and-son-wildman-weekend/gallery/">HERE</a>.</p> <p class="caption leftAlone">Needless to say, we had a fantastic weekend, with an awesome bunch of men and their boys. If you'd like to come on our next <a href="http://wildman.co.nz/programmes/father-and-son-wildman-weekend/">Father & Son weekend</a>, make sure you check out the details on our website. It's pretty much first in first served - and we only take 12 pairs to maximise your enjoyment, and minimise our stress!</p> <p class="caption leftAlone">Maybe we'll see you in November!</p> <p class="caption leftAlone"><strong><em>If you feel the need, you can p<strong>o</strong>st a comment on our facebook page by clicking on the logo</em></strong> <a href="http://www.facebook.com/wildman.nz" target="_blank"><img title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/fbbuttonmouseover.png" alt="facebook" width="41" height="42"></a></p> </div> </div> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 09:58:15 +1200 http://wildman.co.nz/blog/2014-round-up-continued/ RISE Fly Fishing Film Festival http://wildman.co.nz/blog/rise-fly-fishing-film-festival/ <p><strong><br></strong>Check out the trailer for the feature film from the upcoming <em><strong>RISE Fly Fishing Film Festival</strong></em>. It looks outstanding, and showcases some of the awesome fishing New Zealand (North Island) has to offer. Looks like it'll be well worth grabbing a ticket or two!</p> <p><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/100152649" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/100152649">Backcountry - North Island Official Trailer</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user7585421">Gin Clear Media</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p> <h2>About the Festival:</h2> <p><strong>....delivering the best in fly fishing entertainment to an international audience since 2006....</strong></p> <p>Since the very first show in Christchurch in 2006, RISE Fly Fishing Film Festival has been entertaining fly fishermen across the globe on an annual basis.</p> <p>From these humble beginings RISE has grown organically, thanks mainly to the enthusiasm of our extensive global network of associates. Over the last six years the festival has blossomed into one of the premier events on the international fly fishing calendar. Annually playing 60 plus shows in 15 countries, spanning 2 continents and screening in 5 languages - RISE is the most extensive international festival of its kind ... and it's coming to a town near you this August.</p> <p> </p> <h2>RISE Fly Fishing Film Festival 2014 - New Zealand Schedule</h2> <table style="width: 650px;" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5"><tbody><tr><td width="160">AUCKLAND</td> <td>25/08/14, 8pm- 10pm</td> <td>EVENT CINEMAS</td> <td><a href="http://www.etickets.to/buy/?e=11758" target="_blank">Buy Tickets</a></td> </tr><tr><td>HAMILTON</td> <td>27/08/14, 8pm- 10pm</td> <td>LIDO CINEMAS</td> <td><a href="http://www.etickets.to/buy/?e=11759" target="_blank">Buy Tickets</a></td> </tr><tr><td>ROTORUA</td> <td>28/08/14, 6pm- 8pm</td> <td>BASEMENT CINEMAS</td> <td><a href="http://www.etickets.to/buy/?e=11760" target="_blank">Buy Tickets</a></td> </tr><tr><td>ROTORUA (late session)</td> <td>28/08/14, 8.30pm- 10.30pm</td> <td>BASEMENT CINEMAS</td> <td><a href="http://www.etickets.to/buy/?e=11764" target="_blank">Buy Tickets</a></td> </tr><tr><td>TAUPO</td> <td>29/08/14, 8pm- 10pm</td> <td>STARLIGHT CINEMAS</td> <td><a href="http://www.etickets.to/buy/?e=11761" target="_blank">Buy Tickets</a></td> </tr><tr><td>HAWKES BAY</td> <td>01/09/14, 7.30pm - 9.30pm</td> <td>CINEMA GOLD</td> <td><a href="http://www.etickets.to/buy/?e=11762" target="_blank">Buy Tickets</a></td> </tr><tr><td>PALMERSTON NORTH</td> <td>02/09/14, 7.30pm - 9.30pm</td> <td>CINEMA GOLD 1</td> <td><a href="http://www.etickets.to/buy/?e=11752" target="_blank">Buy Tickets</a></td> </tr><tr><td>WELLINGTON</td> <td>04/09/14, 8pm - 10pm</td> <td>LIGHT HOUSE CINEMA</td> <td><a href="http://www.etickets.to/buy/?e=11751" target="_blank">Buy Tickets</a></td> </tr><tr><td>NELSON</td> <td>07/09/14, 4pm - 6pm</td> <td>SUTER CINEMA</td> <td><a href="http://www.etickets.to/buy/?e=11763" target="_blank">Buy Tickets</a></td> </tr><tr><td>CHRISTCHURCH</td> <td>10/09/14, 7.30pm - 9.30pm</td> <td>HOLLYWOOD 3 CINEMA</td> <td><a href="http://www.etickets.to/buy/?e=11749" target="_blank">Buy Tickets</a></td> </tr><tr><td>DUNEDIN</td> <td>11/09/14, 8pm - 10pm</td> <td>METRO CINEMA</td> <td><a href="http://www.etickets.to/buy/?e=11750" target="_blank">Buy Tickets</a></td> </tr></tbody></table> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 12:11:08 +1200 http://wildman.co.nz/blog/rise-fly-fishing-film-festival/ How to Skin & Clean a Rabbit http://wildman.co.nz/blog/how-to-skin-and-clean-a-rabbit/ <p>My boys and I were out shooting rabbits on a neighbours farm the other night. It was cheap entertainment - all it cost was a few rounds of .22 ammo, some diesel for my ute ... and time. And it was time well spent! The boys had a blast on the spotlights and we even managed to shoot a few - including an unlucky hare.</p> <p>Shooting rabbits is pretty much the typical kiwi kid's introduction to hunting - and it's not too difficult to get into. Most farmers are more than willing to have a responsible hunter or two have a crack at reducing the rabbit population - and a father & son team is even better! Most cockies I know love the idea of a dad investing time with his boy (or girl!) in the outdoors.</p> <p>Here at Wildman, we're all about the experience - and, we're all about the utilisation of game birds and animals for food. Too many of us shoot rabbits, only to leave them for the hawks... but they're actually well worth the effort of preparing for the table. Skinning and gutting a rabbit is pretty easy and quick - especially if you have the right technique. Now, I was considering shooting a video to show the process - but at the moment, it's in the too hard basket. So when I found Steven Rinella's video on the process (from <a href="http://themeateater.com/" target="_blank">MeatEater</a> hall of fame), I figured I may as well use his! Steve's video is how we were taught to do it, and it's so easy, your kids will be doing it in no time at all!</p> <p>The only thing left to do, is sort out some great rabbit recipes. And for this, Google is your friend!</p> <p> </p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5Uj68y0pefo" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p> <strong><em>If you feel the need, you can p<strong>o</strong>st a comment on our facebook page by clicking on the logo</em></strong> <a href="http://www.facebook.com/wildman.nz" target="_blank"><img title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/fbbuttonmouseover.png" alt="facebook" width="41" height="42"></a></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:04:40 +1200 http://wildman.co.nz/blog/how-to-skin-and-clean-a-rabbit/ 2014 Round-up... so far http://wildman.co.nz/blog/2014-round-up-so-far/ <p>Ok, it should be pretty obvious by now, that we're not the world's best bloggers. Rather than coming in thick and fast, we sort of trickle them out ... one-by-one ... and only because of the overriding guilt that we haven't been more on-to-it! The reality is, we should be much better at it - in fact, we need to be! We've had a bunch of programmes already in 2014 - and nothing has been written about them (and they were fantastic - if I do say so myself!). We're always testing new outdoor gear - (because we're all gear freaks) - and haven't let anyone know what new peices of kit we've been playing with - and whether it's worthwhile, or a load of rubbish! Most of the team have been involved in plenty of adventures over the last 6 months - everything from 4wd trips over the Nevis Track, hunting red stags over the roar, helicoptering up Cecil Peak, panning for gold ... and much more! Yet, none of us have bothered sharing our stories - and hopefully inspiring others to do the same!</p> <p>Anyway, bear with us - we're a work in progress and hope to up our game over the next few months. But for now, here's a little round-up of a couple of programmes we ran earlier this year.</p> <h2>INTO THE WILD - SOUTHERN STYLES</h2> <p>In Feb this year, we ran an <em>'Into the Wild'</em> course down in Queenstown for <a href="http://www.littlebrownkiwi.co.nz" target="_blank">Little Brown Kiwi</a> - an adventure education company working primarily with international high schools. We had 20 17-18 year old young men join us on an adventure  - experiencing things they'll never forget! The school (Singapore American School) were keen on a South Island based course, as opposed to the winterless north, so we had some work to do...</p> <div class="captionImage center" style="width: 600px;"><img class="center" title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/Uploads/_resampled/ResizedImage600399-Nokomai-web1.jpg" alt="Nokomai web1" width="600" height="399"><p class="caption center"><em>Nokomai River and base for 'Into the Wild' southern style!</em></p> <div class="captionImage center" style="width: 600px;"><img class="center" title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/Uploads/_resampled/ResizedImage600399-Nokomai-web2.jpg" alt="Nokomai web2" width="600" height="399"><p class="caption center"><em>Nokomai brownie :)</em></p> </div> </div> <p>Getting this course organised in the South Island, required a reccy, as we normally run them up here in the north. So, I flew down in December to figure out some likely looking spots with good mate and hunting guide, Taz. He knew the lay of the land better than most, and after a couple of days checking some spots, we settled on Nokomai Station (about an hour south of Queenstown). What helped seal the deal, was a whizz around in their chopper to check out likely spots, and a nice 5lb brownie I caught (and released) in the Nokomai River. Nokomai Station is about 110,000 acres - so a helicopter does come in handy!</p> <p>Here are a few pics from the course...</p> <div class="captionImage center" style="width: 600px;"><img class="center" title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/Uploads/_resampled/ResizedImage600800-LBK-Wildman-3.jpg" alt="LBK Wildman 3" width="600" height="800"><p class="caption center"><em>Coondog supervising the shooting</em></p> <div class="captionImage center" style="width: 600px;"><img class="center" title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/Uploads/_resampled/ResizedImage600450-LBK-Wildman-2.jpg" alt="LBK Wildman 2" width="600" height="450"><p class="caption center"><em>Henners about to take kids fly-fishing</em></p> <div class="captionImage center" style="width: 600px;"><img class="center" title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/Uploads/_resampled/ResizedImage600800-LBK-Wildman-1.jpg" alt="LBK Wildman 1" width="600" height="800"><p class="caption center"><em>The infamous SAS gnome...</em></p> </div> <div class="captionImage center" style="width: 600px;"><img class="center" title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/Uploads/_resampled/ResizedImage600798-LBK-Wildman-5.jpg" alt="LBK Wildman 5" width="600" height="798"><p class="caption center"><em>Sausages on the fire</em></p> </div> <div class="captionImage leftAlone" style="width: 600px;"><img class="leftAlone" title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/Uploads/_resampled/ResizedImage600450-LBK-Wildman-14.jpg" alt="LBK Wildman 14" width="600" height="450"><p class="caption leftAlone"><em>Taz about to give a deer butchery lesson</em></p> </div> <div class="captionImage leftAlone" style="width: 600px;"><img class="leftAlone" title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/Uploads/_resampled/ResizedImage600450-LBK-Wildman-11.jpg" alt="LBK Wildman 11" width="600" height="450"><p class="caption leftAlone"><em>Raw back steak... mmm!</em></p> </div> <div class="captionImage leftAlone" style="width: 600px;"><img class="leftAlone" title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/Uploads/_resampled/ResizedImage600450-LBK-Wildman-7.jpg" alt="LBK Wildman 7" width="600" height="450"><p class="caption leftAlone"><em>The boys with their venison dinner</em></p> </div> <div class="captionImage leftAlone" style="width: 600px;"><img class="leftAlone" title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/Uploads/_resampled/ResizedImage600450-LBK-Wildman-9.jpg" alt="LBK Wildman 9" width="600" height="450"><p class="caption leftAlone"><em>Coondog & Taz - a couple of wild men!</em></p> </div> <div class="captionImage leftAlone" style="width: 600px;"><img class="leftAlone" title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/Uploads/_resampled/ResizedImage600450-LBK-Wildman-8.jpg" alt="LBK Wildman 8" width="600" height="450"><p class="caption leftAlone"><em>Henners feasting ... as per usual</em></p> <p class="caption leftAlone">At this point, I was going to show a few pics of our <em>Father & Son</em> weekend we had recently - but this blog is already photo hungry, so we might leave it for another! Anyway, the <em>Into the Wild - Southern Styles</em> was a huge success - and we look forward to our next one... </p> <p class="caption leftAlone"> <em>Thanks to LBK for working with a bunch of rednecks like us - and for letting us develop and run our programme how we want. Also, big thanks to Taz for helping get it all sorted - couldn't have done it without you!</em></p> </div> <div class="captionImage center" style="width: 600px;"> <p class="caption center"><em> </em></p> </div> </div> </div> <p> <strong><em>Post a comment on our facebook page by clicking on the logo</em></strong> <a href="http://www.facebook.com/wildman.nz" target="_blank"><img title="" src="http://wildman.co.nz/assets/fbbuttonmouseover.png" alt="facebook" width="41" height="42"></a></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 17:22:19 +1200 http://wildman.co.nz/blog/2014-round-up-so-far/ March 2014 Course Now Full! http://wildman.co.nz/blog/march-2014-course-now-full/ <p>Just a quick post to let people know that our March 2014 <em><strong>Father & Son Wildman Weekend</strong></em> is now full!</p> <p>If you were hoping to come, but didn't get your act sorted quick enough, don't worry, we'll be running other ones.  Make sure you register your details with us and subscribe to our newsletter (form at the top of page), and we'll make sure you're informed about when our next courses are run.</p> <p>Thanks for your interest!</p> <p><em><strong>The Wildman Crew</strong></em></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:08:14 +1300 http://wildman.co.nz/blog/march-2014-course-now-full/