Max Curtis was born in 1926, his formative years were spent in the Buller Gorge area. In this backcountry environment, he acquired his love of the bush and hunting. As soon as he was able Max and two of his brothers became professional hunters employed by the Internal Affairs Department as deer cullers. For the next few years, Max was paid to hunt in Marlborough, North Canterbury, South Westland, and Nelson. The highlights and low points of those years are recounted in this book. When not culling Max was hunting for himself, he has hunted extensively from Nelson to Fiordland and has hunted every major river system from Greymouth to the Haast. He was with Percy Lyes in 1952 when the last trophy-hunted Moose was shot in Fiordland. Over the last thirty-four years, Max has been actively involved with Search and Rescue, and The Mountain Safety Council. He has lectured widely on Bushcraft and Survival. As coordinator of the Mountain Safely Council Firearms Programme, he trained many of the instructors and was an instructor himself. For his services to The Mountain Safety Council and Search and Rescue Max was awarded the M.B.E. in 1984.
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