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issue #2 july 2011

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Capital Waters • Robert Wilson

Hunting Chamois • James Morris

Two Trout Bums + One

• Andrew Hearne & Jack Kos

High Country Action • James Pearse

Autumn Birds

• Robert Wilson

Central Otago

• Craig Sommerville

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Cover Shot Wolfgang Nemec Editor Robert Wilson Assistant Editor Jack Kos Advertising/Marketing Inquiries Graphic Design Aaron Morey Contributors Alex Broad + Robert WIlson + Craig Sommerville + Jack Kos + James Pearse + James Morris + Wolfgang Nemec FORTYONE DEGREES is a division of Evolve Outdoors Group Ltd Evolve Outdoors Group Ltd PO Box 50-203, Wellington 5240, New Zealand Phone +64 4 238 2823 Fax +64 4 238 2827 FORTYONE DEGREES is a Trademark of Evolve Outdoors Group Ltd Information and opinions expressed in FORTYONE DEGREES solely represent the opinions of the contributors and are not endorsed by, or reflect the opinions of Evolve Outdoors Group Ltd. Copyright © 2011. Evolve Outdoors Group Ltd

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contributors Craig Sommerville. Born in Scotland, a trout and salmon fisher from diapers, few things were as important to me as getting out on the river or a hill-loch. An eventual obsession with all things New Zealand. Craig is now based in Wanaka and runs

James Morris has to a grasshopper. Chamois and Tah I now focus my hu horns, antlers or p

James Pearse is a keen young hunter, fisherman and photographer from a deer farm in South Canterbury. Currently studying Environment Management at Lincoln University, there is plenty of opportunities to pop out for a hunt. Deer, Chamois and Tahr are the target throughout the Southern Alps in all seasons.

Robert Wilson ha from the age of 1 Hunters Element. passionate photo to take the rod or

Jack Kos. I live and breathe for fly fishing. These days I mainly concentrate on sight fishing for XOS brown trout in the clear waters of the South Island rivers. When I’m not fishing I’m a student at Canterbury University studying Law and Arts (majoring in history).

Andrew Hearne. I about 13 years ol a good mate, we the season. As tim and started explo Murchison areas.

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s been hunting since he was knee high . His spare time was spent chasing deer, hr around the South Island of New Zealand. unting more for trophys whether that be photographs.

as been a passionate fly fisher and hunter 12. Founder of brands Riverworks and . In recent years I have become a very ographer and these days I don’t always need r rifle with me.

I started fly fishing in Nelson when I was ld. I learnt to fish on the Maitai river with fished there every chance we got during me went by I began to venture further, oring the rivers in the wider Nelson and .


Welcome to the second issue of


First of all I would like to thank you all for the positive feedback we received from issue one. This is a mammoth task but is worth every second of it! FORTYONE DEGRESS has been seen in over 90 countries around the world. We have been through the roar and duck shooting seasons now and are now residing around the fly tying bench making new creations for the season to come. FORTYONE DEGREES Magazine is a free publication, scream it from the roof tops, tell all your friends. FORTYONE DEGREES ISSUE #2 is live! Robert Wilson


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Hunting Chamois BY james morris

My favourite animal to hunt is the weary Chamois. They are much more reclusive than Tahr and not as numerous, although their range stretches the length of the Southern Alps whereas Tahr are in a confined area. A buck tends to be a loner animal, and can turn up anywhere whereas does tend to live at around the 1300masl contour all year round, especially on the east coast Canterbury Country I hunt. To chase chamois in Canterbury where they receive a bit of hunting pressure, I like to be high on the hill as the first of the sun’s rays saturate the cracks and crevasses in the landscape. Chamois are water lovers, and will never be living more than 500m away from where they can get a drink.

Good optics is essential for finding chamois as they tend to blend into their surroundings well. A spotting scope can really help to not only find them but also to get a better look at what your binoculars have found. Chamois will quite often move about around their day’s campsite, giving themselves away.

A young buck in prime summer coat (mid February) living in the scrub belt above the tree line.

A sure sign chamois aren’t too far away. This print belongs to a mature buck. Note that the prints are two parallel lines which differs from other hoofed animals in the alpine environment.

Summer old buck. He only went 9” but was about 11 years old!

Where they have had a bit of hunting pressure they tend to be a little more secretive and live in either scrubby fringes of in rocky bluff systems like this one above. If they don’t see much hunting pressure, they can show up in the middle of big basins a long way from cover.

The doe Tom is carrying is sporting a real “salt and pepper” coat. Especially in South Westland chamois can be found in the creeks at surprisingly low altitude particularly over summer. There tends to be a higher amount of “horn rot” on the west side of the alps though. This mature buck has lost both of his horns to horn rot. He is wearing a late summer coat, with the winter coat starting to push through. This was at the beginning of March. A few weeks later the winter coat will be starting to really show, and be a “salt and pepper” type coat.

Lachlan’s first chamois! As winter approaches the winter coat is worn by all the chamois. It is a dark chocolate brown, almost black in appearance except for a contrasting white face and white underbelly.

A winter buck with a prime skin. This guy had horn rot but recovered from it. He is quite old, between 7 and 9.

After winter chamois coats become quite motley and don’t usually become nice summer coats until mid January.

In May the chamois rut is in full swing. The bucks will cover huge distances looking for a cycling doe, and are often very curious at this time of the year. This young buck spotted us and came to within 30 yards of where we were sitting and was only scared away when my camera flashed.

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Autumn birds Photographs by robert wilson



Central otago Photographs by craig sommerville

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