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Australian Hunter Edition 69

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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 hits the midway mark of the hunting-year with the launch of our official Australian Hunter Magazine shirts, which are designed with the total purpose of hunting and fishing. These exclusive shirts are a bargain for subscribers and our photo competition provides the chance for readers to win one. Inside, Gordon Nelis battles elements in the Top End for boars and buffaloes, Dick Eussen confronts the dry heat on a remarkable solo cattle station hunt, Chris Redlich faces a top dog who ends up mounted on his wall, Ben Smith takes an American hunting guide through his paces on Australian soil, stags stir a range of emotions for Matt Fox as he shares encounters from his hunting journal, Andrew Balcombe sets off in spectacular Noord Holland for wildfowl…

7 min.
thrills and spills on two top end safaris

My first five-day expedition to Arnhem Land was many years ago and followed an auction hunt purchase at a Safari Club International (SCI) South Pacific Chapter convention in Sydney. The trophy target, an Asiatic water buffalo. My kick-off point was Maningrida on the Liverpool River that flows into the Arafura Sea. My guides Brett and Nick, from Bawinanga Safaris, introduced me to their base camp at Djinkarr on an escarpment overlooking the Tomkinson River. We were soon on our way down the Bulman Track to our fly camp at Yaminee creek, accompanied by indigenous Bawinanga Djelk Rangers Victor and Michael. An 86km four-hour drive included a Cadell River crossing using a vehicle winch, arriving in late afternoon. We sighted eight buffaloes on the trip down, including one good bull. Our pre-erected tented…

7 min.
the superb sako 85 finnlight

Sometimes you pick up a rifle and say to yourself “I love this.” That happened to me when I hefted a Sako 85 Finnlight .308W. It felt incredibly light and at 2.9kg it is an ideal walkabout hunting rifle. It’s made for hunters who foray high into the mountains or deep into forests and want to keep weight down. Even after fitting a scope, the rifle is compact and handy. I love Sako rifles and purchased my first one back in 1961, a Sako Vixen in .222 Remington. I have a Sako .223 Remington Magnum and a .22-250 that is in dire need of a new barrel. I had never owned a .308W calibre rifle, though have used dozens over the years and shot a lot of game with the .308W…

9 min.
project moonie

Project Moonie began in 2012 near the town of Moonie, west of Brisbane and is conducted on a bimonthly basis. It comprises of 12 adjoining properties and a national park covering more than 100,000 acres. More properties seem to come on board regularly as the good work and reputation of SSAA’s CWM group grows in the area. The private properties graze cattle and grow various grain crops throughout the year. The central feature of this project is an area of remnant brigalow-belah forest, of which few examples of this vegetation type remain on the Western Downs. The scrubby forest is a refuge for wildlife and hosts more than 92 species of birds. A geological feature of the area are the depressions in the ground known as gilgais (locals call them melon…

8 min.
the leatherman wingman

The Leatherman Tool Group was founded by Tim Leatherman in 1983. Since then it has gone on to release dozens of diverse multi-tools in almost as many configurations. Different colour options, steels, refinements and evolutions of existing types helps keep Leatherman at the forefront of product innovation when it comes to tools for the home handyman, qualified tradesman, backyard shed tinkerer and yes, even the outdoorsman. The Leatherman Wingman model was released back in 2011 and quickly became one of the better sellers in the company’s line-up. Its success is simple to fathom. It’s not the biggest tool offered by this company, but it does contain more than enough implements for the average person to manage. Think of this model as having most of the things you need without going to…

4 min.
photography shares common ground with hunting

The activities of photography and hunting are more symbiotic than many people imagine. The very nature of hunting engenders an awareness of all lifeforms as a necessary part of any successful tracking down of game. As a hunter, prerequisite knowledge of your quarry’s habits and preferred habitat such as food and shelter opens the door to discovering the facts about plants and vegetation any animal prefers. While stalking you cannot help but notice a myriad of small and beautiful natural wonders which often provide a distraction to the job at hand. In the bush while hunting, these distractions can become the highlight of the day, especially as you should not expect success every outing. There’s beauty in the fantastic fungal displays, at times rich in colour and in terraced colonies on a long…