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Australian Hunter Edition 62

Australian Hunter aims to create a better environment and community understanding of all forms of hunting, whether for animal management, trophies or food for the family table. The magazine features articles and advice on hunting all manner of game from rabbits, foxes and goats to pigs, deer, buffaloes and more. Also featured are product reviews by experienced hunters and outdoor enthusiasts on firearms, optics, knives and related gear for the field, as well as practical advice for tracking, hunting, butchering and cooking game.

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Australia
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English
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Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia
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from the editor

Australian Hunter 62 arrives with keen hunter and photographer Rhys Leslie outlining the special aura that the opening of the duck season has with his family, which involves three generations savouring the annual hunting pilgrimage.There are tales of high adventure as David Hughes goes searching for kudu deep in the ‘Dark Continent’ of Africa, with Ossie Oswald embarking on a trip to Sweden to experience the thrills of tackling driven boar.Closer to home, Peter d’Plesse dissects how to stalk and hunt feral pigs. John Denman dispenses some tips for hunters wanting to buy a four-wheel drive and Rob Murton recounts living the ‘wild life’ growing up on South Australia’s Kangaroo Island.The dangers of the outback are put under the microscope as Christie Pisani analyses first-aid procedures to deal with snake…

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three generations of duck hunters

Duck opening has been the highlight of my year for as long as I can remember. It isn’t just the thought of hunting that keeps me awake at night though, it’s the fact that I manage to do it all with family. Our current crew consists of my grandfather Lew, his son David and grandsons Ethan and myself. Three generations of Leslies.For our family, duck hunting is not just a recreation, it’s a rite of passage. The phrase “Soon you will be old enough to go to duck opening” was one of the most exciting things you could hear as a Leslie boy. Duck opening was even mentioned in my wedding speech as being a date that took precedence above all else. I consider myself very lucky to be able…

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the huglu 103de camo - an over-and-under for the field

John McDougall puts the Huglu 103DE Camo through its paces at a clay target club with impressive results. Photo taken by remote means.Of the many Turkish shotguns finding their way to Australian shores, the Huglu 103DE Camo, now distributed by Winchester Australia, would have to be one of the best. There are currently more than 45 gunmakers in Turkey and Huglu has been assembling guns since 1914. It is presently among the top 10 manufacturers in the world with an extensive range of wellmade firearms that are attracting attention globally with various models that are great value for money.I was most impressed with the arrival of the Huglu 103DE Camo, fitted in an ABS case along with gun socks, an instruction manual and all accessories. Many of the Turkish guns…

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chasing chital

Something had moved in the early morning stillness on the forested ridge. I caught only a fleeting glimpse, a hint of a flicker, as I scanned the bush ahead. My eyes had moved on before it even registered. It may have only been a bird, but my impression was that of an ear flick. I remained frozen and, slowly, brought the Swarovski 10x25 binoculars up to my eyes.I was stalking a couple of kilometres of low, stony ridge that overlooked a number of huge, circular, irrigated pastures. The property ran beef cattle but also produced a lot of hay and silage. The irrigated land had been fenced in an effort to exclude the cattle, roos, pigs and deer that would relish a feed of the lush green fodder within. The…

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marlin’s 1895 gsbl - the legend continues

Advertising for the Marlin Model 1895 lever-action rifle first appeared in 1896, describing the rifle as “The Model 1895. Just Out. In .38-56, .40-65, .40-82, .45-70 and .45-90 calibres.” Since that time there have been numerous variations of the model. Component parts have been tweaked and modified, its appearance has changed somewhat, and of the original calibres that have come and gone over the years, only the .45-70 remains... yet the Model 1895 goes on.In 2016, Marlin introduced the latest iteration of its legendary rifle, the Model 1895 GSBL. The GSBL designation stands for Guide Series Big loop Laminated stock. Like most of the modern Marlins, it is a compact rifle with an overall length of just 940mm. That length belies the weight of the rifle, which is an important…

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stalking and hunting the feral pig

In Australian Hunter edition 61, I discussed the behaviour of feral pigs. Let’s now apply this knowledge to stalking and hunting them.HabitatThroughout their range, pigs show preferences for riparian and wetland habitats. These are the first zones to search, especially border areas where one territory adjoins another. Pigs readily adjust to habitat changes caused by fire, logging and natural catastrophes, except those resulting in loss of basic food resources. Flooding and heavy snowfalls cause them to move up, down or sideways to find more suitable ground. In arid or thickly vegetated country, remember that pigs need food, water, shelter and breeding opportunities. Pigs can appear anywhere these parameters are met.SignRooting, beds, droppings or prints provide the first indication of the presence of pigs. Don’t be too judgmental; study droppings for…

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