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Video: Goat Hunting in New Zealand

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This video by YouTube user waikarimoana is produced by O-Right Productions and Cazador Entertainment Corp. The third of eight parts, “Goat Shooting in New Zealand” shows how feral goats are mowed down by top marksmen using professional equipment and guides.


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Feral goats are considered pests by isolated farmers in New Zealand. The only way to control them (as they cannot be eliminated completely) is by shooting or culling. Trapping them is hard, and poisoning them is not possible because the other farm animals may be affected as well.

In this video, the hunters are given a day to shoot as many goats as they can in a property in the central north island of New Zealand. They use two rifles: a calibre .22-284 wildcat with a 32-inch barrel, single-shot Ruger action, and Burris 8×32 scope; and a calibre .25-06 with a 28-inch barrel with a Mauser action and match barrel, and 6×24 scope. Both barrels and the bullets for the two rifles are moly coated; the ammos have a range from 200 to 500 metres.

During the hunt, the marksmen will take one shot each, in no particular order; the second shot being a back-up. As the narrator says, “The most expensive and the best equipment and rifles are as good as the man who is behind it.”

“In this video, the hunters are given a day to shoot as many goats as they can in a property in the central north island of New Zealand. “

The hunters make their shots in different distances, some of them at above 300 metres, and in various parts of the property. There were a few misses and some headshots. There was even one that they happen to kill two goats with a single shot.

The most interesting part of the video, other than the narrator and his companion imitating the goats’ sounds to attract them, was shooting the goats that were stuck at the top part of a slope. They are able to jump down the ledge but are unable to get back to the top, and eventually die due to thirst and starvation. The hunters position themselves at the opposite ridge, straight-facing the ledge, at about 412 metres.

The hunters managed to take out all of the goats on the ledge, some of them even falling far down below. Once they were done, they recover all the meat to be used as dog tucker.

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