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From Hoon To Hunter



Vern Wilson

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Size 232 x 153 mm 176pp,

Colour & B/w photographs

May 2013

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“It’s those ones that frustrated you, beat you, and got away – they’re the ones that

keep you going back to the bush and the mountains and that you remember more

than anything else. It’s also the memory of the magnificent country you saw them in.

“It is this philosophy, this need to keep going back to the wild country of New

Zealand to hunt again and to be in the wide open spaces that has made Vern Wilson

one of the master hunters.” – Kingsley Field, The Master Hunters, Viking Pacific,


Vern Wilson describes himself as more of a “Hoon” than a hunter when he first went

into the bush. Thanks to some sympathetic guidance and early success the hunting

bug gradually took over. To the point where work got in the way of hunting, so he

would only take jobs where he was allowed to take time off to go bush.

Time in the hills honed Vern’s skills, bigger and better antlered deer fell to his

rifle. Trophy hunting became his focus and several NZDA trophies including the

Severinson Trophy for the best Wapiti, have graced his trophy room.

So join Vern for a trip into the hills in this book, as he recount how it all began, how a

hoon became a hunter. The hunts that were successful, and enjoy the humor, relive a

near tragedy, meeting many fine hunters along the way. His thoughts on rifles, other hunters, clients and the future of hunting.