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Australian Hunter Edition 67

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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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Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
from the editor

What a terrific time for the SSAA and our members (we hope you enjoy your Christmas gift) as we’ve successfully lobbied the federal government for a nationwide study into the abundant benefits of shooting and hunting, run a recruitment drive through regional TV and also launched two new publications: Great Australian Outdoors and Australian Women’s Shooter. Australia’s favourite hunting magazine continues to forge ahead strongly with this summer edition, as Peter d’Plesse and Ben Smith hunt pigs under extreme and varying conditions, Sarah Jacob goes after rabbits without firearms and cooks them up with spice, US correspondent Thomas Tabor discovers a different path to hunt bighorn sheep in the United States, Leon Wright takes down one duck at a time as his faithful dog Missy comes to the rescue, Perry Magowan…

9 min.
pig hunting surmounts shooting pigs

The years pass too fast and the clock can’t be stopped. However, age can deliver experience that teaches essential lessons about hunting. For me, it also allowed the acquisition of valuable qualities such as patience and divergent thinking. These qualities came in handy while caretaking a property in western Queensland for a month with two mates. The word ‘drought’ is often shunned by landowners because of its negative connotations. During the time we were there, the word was being used openly in the media. In the absence of follow-up rain, any benefit from the flooding rains of the previous spring had been lost under the intense summer heat. While the land was in drought, the channels and river had pools of water spread across the property. These were the leftovers from…

6 min.
rabbiting with ferrets

It’s a cool but sunny Sunday morning when Fiona and I meet Shauna and Adrian Pickin at a property in one of the semi-rural outer suburbs of Hobart. This is an estate well known to the Pickins and one of many that they regularly visit on their ferreting outings. After greeting the owners, we walk through the paddock until we find a warren that looks active. Shauna sets a big white box down on the ground and two little grey-pink noses poke through the air holes as the ferrets sniff out their new surroundings. The Pickins bill themselves as natural vertebrate pest controllers. They advertise their services as rabbit exterminators, but they also approach the owners of properties that they can see are riddled with rabbit warrens. Most people are more than…

1 min.
slow cooked spiced rabbit and apricot tagine

From North Africa, this dish is traditionally cooked with spiced meat and fruit, with a nice kick of hot chilli and almonds for texture. Served with couscous it will definitely put some spice in your life. Ingredients • One or two rabbits - legs and body (do not include the ribcage/torso as there are many small bones)• One lemon• Two tbsp butter• Two onions diced• One green or red capsicum diced• ¼ tsp ground cloves• One tsp cinnamon• One tbsp harissa paste or red curry paste• ½ tsp dried oregano• ⅓ cup dried and pitted apricots• ½ cup slivered almonds• Two tbsp honey• 1¼ cups chicken stock• Two tbsp tomato paste• Salt and pepper to taste• Two tbsp toasted sesame seeds for serving• Couscous (make according to packet) Method Cut rabbit into pieces. Use…

3 min.
primos jim shockey gen 3 trigger stick

Over the years I have had many missed opportunities for a shot at targets when hunting in scattered forest or grasslands. Without any trees or other terrain to rest my rifle on, I have been unwilling to take risky, unsupported long shots. With deer, I never minded much and figured I would find some more over in the next gully. But with wild dogs, it is a different story. Wild dogs present far fewer shot openings. It takes a lot of effort, some skill and a dash of luck to even see wild dogs, so every chance to shoot is treasured. I have had good success from using the longer-legged bipods fixed to the rifle fore-end, but for more than half of any year, the grass is too deep even for…

4 min.
the lazy man’s approach to knife sharpening

Over the course of 40 years, initially as a keen fisherman and later as a hunter, knives have been a tool that I have relied on in both hobbies. From cutting up bait, scaling and gutting fish, filleting and the butchery of game animals for the table, a sharp knife is one that’s always worth its weight in gold. We all know the old adage: ‘only a blunt knife will cut you.’ So restoring the edge to a blunt knife is a chore we, as hunters and fisher-folk, are familiar with. Having said that, I am guilty of having used every imaginable knife-sharpening utensil and gadget known to man. From Japanese water-stones, hand-held sharpeners, diamond and ceramic sharpening plates and hones, the list is very long indeed. While all methods have…