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Mark’s Memorable Moments – Timing Is Everything!
– Hunting Experiences

It’s all about timing and a little bit of luck!

Headhunting guide, Mark McGlashan always has a great story to tell, and this one has happy endings all round.

‘April saw temperatures start to cool down to ‘normal’ levels and the animals became much more vocal. It was around this time that I took a guy out for a week who wanted a Red stag and a Fallow buck. He’d previously shot a Fallow in Texas and was very keen on getting a black or very dark brown one to add to his trophies.

We got a great Red early on but the Fallow proved to be more elusive. I had spotted one briefly at 420 yards a couple of days earlier, but there had been no sign of him since.

It was the hunter’s last morning and we had just headed to the top of the Front Basin to spot when one of the other guides radioed that he’d seen a black Fallow on the opposite side of the property. We raced over but by the time we got there, he’d disappeared. Gutted!

It was 8.25am and pressure was on as the hunter needed to be back by 9am for a wine tour with his wife. Talk about down to the wire – 5 minutes to go and the clock was ticking and that’s when we saw him! There was no hesitation…and he dropped him!

Back to the Lodge, a quick change and off to Hawkes Bay for the wine tour. Talk about timing and luck!’

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