This book takes the reader on a fascinating journey with James as he discovers not only his own abilities, but a growing appreciation for the magnificence of the New Zealand backcountry and the freedom that being there brings.
James Jordan started his hunting as a boy while following his mother around the Mangaweka hill country farms watching her shoot rabbits with a 1950’s BSA single shot 22, with which she was an expert. Her rabbit bag for an afternoon’s hunting was usually between thirty and sixty rabbits. The view of the North West Ruahine Ranges in the distance was a constant magnetic pull to James’ young eyes. Having no other hunters in his family he joined a tramping club that introduced him to his first forays there and abroad from the age of fourteen. The involvement with that tramping club didn’t last long, however, and soon he started going alone into the hills with a rifle. On his first day he shot three deer and caught a fawn, and from that beginning has roamed over much of the New Zealand wild country.