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Australian Hunter Edition 66

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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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in this issue

2 min.
from the editor

Australia’s favourite hunting magazine is filled with variety; featuring expert rifle, ammo, edgeware and product reviews, hunting adventures from home and abroad, finger-licking recipes and terrific prizes. On Australian soil Dick Eussen masterfully outlines what to watch for as he tracks game, David Duffy takes on banteng in Arnhem Land, Chris Redlich finds ferals in the family farmyard, Anthony Puddicombe proves patience is a virtue as he outsmarts wild dogs, Mark van den Boogaart prepares well for his Pilliga goat and pig hunt, and Perry Magowan shows that a couple of ‘old-timers’ can beat diversity to hunt stags. Overseas Gordon Nelis’ bucket list takes him from Las Vegas to South Africa as his Eastern Cape safari ticks all the right boxes. Rifle historians are in for a treat as Don Caswell wonderfully…

11 min.
the challenge of banteng

After studying the banteng in his binoculars, the guide turned and whispered to me: “He’s a very good head.” It was my fourth day of hunting in Arnhem Land for bantengs and boars. The banteng was lying down in front of us with his head facing away. Through my Swarovski 8x30 binoculars I could see his right horn sticking up in the air but his left horn was obscured by the grass and a paperbark tree. If the left horn was as good as the right, then I would take the shot. The wild Timor Ponies had not ruined this stalk. Unlike on the previous trails where they would run right across our path, turn around and then run straight towards the banteng, alerting the banteng that something was up. So…

7 min.
the farmyard   feral clean-up

When given the opportunity to move out to the family farm in a caretaking role, after some serious thought, we agreed to the offer and made the journey to Dalby in Queensland’s Darling Downs. Having an extra room at my disposal, I set it up as a reloading zone and gun workshop. Just outside the room, I have the luxury of a 100m range with butts that is used for target shooting and test loads. Ranges of easily 1000m with a safe backdrop are also achievable after a crop harvest. However, I have not set up targets past 300m as realistically most of my hunting situations fall within that range. The property consists of 2000 acres of cropping country with a creek separating one half from the other. It is ideal…

6 min.
outwitting wily wild dogs

I am lucky enough to have access to a property 45 minutes away from work. For the past four years I have been helping out the owner to keep some wild dogs in check. Recently, a mate and I have been targeting a part of the property that is not in use much. During the past two trips we have come across a pair of dogs, one black and the other tan, harassing the cattle. Even though we have watched them at length through our binoculars, we have not been able to veer in closer than 500m due to the terrain. Then one afternoon after work, I decided to give it another try. I was going to be solo this time as my mate was away with work duties. I drove…

10 min.
goats and pigs in the pilliga

Leaving home at a very respectable time one late January Sunday morning, we headed south. After an uneventful seven hours of sedate highway travel we pulled in at the service station and filled up with diesel, water and food to see us through nearly a week of hunting. This would be my third time hunting the scrubby Pilliga region of NSW with my good mates Simon, Darcy and Tim. It would also be our longest trip away so we weren’t in any rush and took it easy on the dirt tracks as we made our way to camp. Arriving, we set up, made ourselves comfortable and then headed out in the late afternoon light to see what was about. While we didn’t take any game that first afternoon, we did see…

7 min.
the art of   tracking game

While we don’t do it intentionally, sometimes it happens - an animal is wounded and rushes into cover. I have had it happen to me, though it’s rare. Recently, I had a big mud-encrusted boar take off after I hit him with a well-placed 90-grain Speer bullet from my Tikka Lite .243. Normally, such a shot drops a big boar like a brick – normally… But this one humped his back and took off into a dam’s thick rubber vine. This stuff forms vine thickets that are almost impossible to see under let alone make your way through. I waited on the high dam wall for him to break cover and head into the bush on the other side but he stayed put, no doubt grinding his tusks to razor sharpness…