Hunter Education continues to be the focus for The Bloke
Hunter Education continues to be the focus for The Bloke.
Auckland, New Zealand - Monday, 15th August 2016
It's easy to talk about it, even easier to complain there isn't enough of it, but one group is working to provide high-quality, high-calibre education for urban hunters. For those who don't have easy access to hands-on training, The Bloke has been running one-day courses providing information and tips
Kerry Adams, a lifelong city dweller and hunters explains - "Many hunters come from families and communities where the skills are passed down from fathers or uncles - for those of us like myself, who grew up in urban areas, the exposure to these skill sets can be limited. I was lucky enough to get some hands-on training and thought it there could be a great opportunity to get others involved and up-skilled as well."
Through his site 'The Bloke' organises regular Hunter Education Courses at Balnagown Hunting, a private hunting block just north of Auckland. Participants learn about firearm and knife safety, equipment selection, and get to process a freshly shot animal from start to finish.
Kerry comments - "Richard, the owner of Balnagown has been guiding hunters for over twenty years on his property. The wealth of knowledge he has is incredible. Not only on the physical process, but also with hunting tips, animal behaviour and more. The amount of information we can pack into a day course is astonishing."
In addition to Richard and Kerry, the course trainers include a duo of butchers, Josh and Callum and will shortly also add a professional chef.
As well as the technical aspects of Deer Hunting, both Richard and Kerry are very focused on pushing a message of safe and humane hunting. Richard lost a good friend to a public land hunting accident and Kerry has been involved with the Mountain Safety Council and Land Search and Rescue. Both see the courses as an opportunity to install a sense of risk management and firearms safety in both new and experienced hunters.
"The courses are beneficial to both new and old hunters" says Kerry. "Everyone walks away learning something and getting to better understand the path from a live animal, through to the dinner plate - we have even had a few non-hunters attend - simply keen to understand where their meat comes from".