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Mike Dyson from

Mike runs Good Blokes - a facilitator for a range of events and courses focused on well, building better blokes! While doing the research for the name change (which honestly, I had already set my...

Guns & Suicide – an uncomfortable conversation.

Mike King was a logical first choice - his work relates to it, though we (the firearms community) have their own take that needs to be discussed. I am hoping to talk to a few...

Rusty – on videography, business and more. After hours!

The original interview can be found over here - - but it really made more sense to have this part of the discussion as part of good blokes. We talk about Videography, but soon...

Mike King’s on a mission. We need to get on it with him.

And what a mission it is. In my talk with David Benefell, we talked about the necessity of men (and everyone really) to have a mission. It's really hard to get passionate about anything if...

Good Blokes – David Benfell from SSAANZ

We talk about his early career, dealing with the injury and rebuilding his life, the downtimes, finding the outdoors and hunting as a path to recovery, his new mission to help get other veterans...

Call of the Wild: Te Awaroa – a chat with the world developer.

The Bloke Network of Shows · Good Blokes - Interview With Kevin - world designer for Hunter: Call of the Wild - Te Arawoa As I do - I got in touch with the company...

I’m On A Boat!

I grew up around boats. As a kid, we had a batch up in the Coromandel, so many weekends were spent with my parents,...
Good Blokes, Good Blokes

How to avoid breaking your new rod

This article... Is one of a few 'help' articles that I write as part of my role as Service Manager at Marine Deals. I am...

My first experiment with Slow Pitch Jigging

Since my trip out with the lads from Okuma, my eyes had been properly opened to fishing without bait - using lures instead. Specifically, I...

Coastguard Boating Education Day Skipper Course

It's my nature to dive into things with both feet. So, as I got back into fishing, the notion of boating also came up,...

A work trip out to the squiggles.

I recently had the opportunity to head out with some of the lads from work on a 'training trip' featuring Okuma Rods, Savage Gear...

Five Tips to catch less fish.

Since getting back into fishing, I have realised my youthful naivety at the simplicity of Fishing. I have learnt that fishing is a much...

A litany of Errors.

Ah. They say every mistake you make just leads you closer and closer to success? I am well on the path then!

Drag Act – Installing Reel Silk Fishing Reel Drag Washers

Reel Silk is the latest in Drag Washer technology. Improving on the old style of felt and cross carbon drag washers. So - I did a...

On The Board!

As I have previously said - I am fairly new to all this - so trying different methods and places, learning as I go....

Better Fathers

Building Leadership in Kids

My kids are chalk a cheese, personality-wise. Both are extremely outgoing, a highly likely to wander up to anyone to say hello and ask them their name. On their own, one is timider, one...

Better Providers

I’m On A Boat!

I grew up around boats. As a kid, we had a batch up in the Coromandel, so many weekends were spent with my parents, on or around the family boat. But, we also sold...

Better People

The Feldon Rooftop Tent has gone. Why?

I purchased the Feldon Crows nest in 2017. Like anything, this resulted from a long bout of researching and pondering how to solve a problem. In this case, a quick set-up, mobile shelter for...

Firearms Education

This site does feature a lot of guns. In a relatively short period I have learn't a lot, and enjoy sharing that with others. While a lot of the content here is hunting flavoured - you might also enjoy Precision Shooter - another website I run focusing more on competition shooting.

Rifle Reports

Getting your Firearms License

I get asked a lot about getting into shooting - either from a hunting perspective or target shooting (both rifle and pistol) - so I thought I would write a little about the process.

The 2022 guide to getting your NZ Firearms Licence.

The process of applying for your New Zealand Firearms Licence is easy. Learn the steps, get started here and get shooting!

Range Estimation basics for hunters and shooters

Shorter distances, bush hunting under 100 meters, maybe in a pinch out to 200, you can utilise systems like Maximum Point Blank Range, or Optimised Point Blank Zero allows you to 'set and forget'...

Clean / Dirty Bore

Cold Bore, Clean Bore, Dirty Bore. Like so many other aspects of shooting, you can read a million different opinions by people online about how the state of your rifle barrel is going to affect your shooting.

Backlanz Detachable Bipod – The battle of the lightweight bipods!

I think I would likely be 'more successful if I didn't have a habit of saying what I thought, irrespective of potential loss of favour with companies in NZ, but, I didn't originally set...

Overview – Ballistics ARC

Ballistics ARC is a ballistic solver - you put in your firearm information, and it outputs the amount you need to dial your scope up to impact at a specified distance. I give you an...

What is Eye Relief in a rifle scope?

Eye Relief is the distance from the rear lens your eye needs to be at, in order to see a full picture. If you have ever had you move your head back or forward while trying to look through a scope - you have been playing with eye relief.

Gun cleaning – just do it!

We all know the scenario, head out to the range or for a hunt, end up putting none (or minimal) rounds through a gun, then get home after a long day and get tempted to put the firearm straight back into the safe. Probably not the best of ideas. Gun cleaning needs to be part of your habitual routine.

Range Day – 1st Febuary

I am heading away this weekend - so it was time to reconfirm my zero.