Author(s): Hans Willems
Starting in the 1930s New Zealand took an innovative step with what was perceived as a serious conservation menace, and placed hunters in the New Zealand back country to redue the number of deer. So began the profession of deer cullers - unique in the world, one of hardship and adventure. Later authors like Barry Crump were to glorify the job, and separating fact from fiction proved difficult for many a reader. Here at last is an autentic work about the origins and methods of deer culling in New Zealand, written with the help of ex-cullers, some of whom worked with the 'Old Firm' and with the support of the New Zealand Deer Cullers Incorporated.
Hans Willems is originally from the Netherlands and based in the Hawke's Bay, not too far away from his beloved Kaweka Ranges. Hunting as well as the regular spot of fishing have been the great loves of his life from the age of ten. Having darkened more New Zealand back country hut doors - in both islands - than most, the lush green hills of New Zealand still beckon and he still has an insatiable urge to want to know what is around the next river bend or at the end of the next ridge. Having hunted, tramped and fished in Europe, Australia, Papua New Guinea and - of course - New Zealand, he has made his living in the past as a meat hunter, guide and possum trapper and was, arguably some would say, the first commercial white water rafter operating in the North Island back country. As a long-time Honorary Ranger with the Department of Conservation, he still spends a lot of time in the bush and the next billie is never far from being boiled. As well as writing books, Hans Willems writes for New Zealand and Australian hunting and outdoor publications and is a weekly columnist for the Rotorua Daily Post.