ZINIO logo
Australian Hunter

Australian Hunter Edition 70

Add to favorites

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.

Read More
Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia
SPECIAL: Get 40% OFF with code: JOY40
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
from the editor

Our 70th edition of Australia’s favourite hunting magazine is so chock-a-block, we added some extra pages. Out in the field, Donald Riddell takes down a giant scrub bull, David Duffy stalks Outback NT for camels, Perry Magowan reunites with his brother for their annual deer hunt, Ben Smith hunts a bevy of pests and tries his hand at fishing for cod, a last second drive for Ben Unten results in a feral trifecta, Christian Monahan hunts hares for more than one reason and the Big Game Rifle Club Victoria goes to South Africa to land a batch of trophies. Cats, ‘kittens’ and canines are covered, as we feature developing a hunting relationship with man’s best friend. We show you how to train the eye to take your hunting to the next level,…

6 min.
scrub bull expedition yields grey giant

The overnight fog had been burnt off by the advancing morning sun. Our guide, Clark McGhie, took note of the conditions as we waited in a clearing on a dry ridge at the end of a 4WD track. It was July, but the day looked like it would hit the high 20s temperature-wise under a clear blue sky in Queensland’s high ranges. The breeze was the issue; it was very light but also fluky. This constant change of wind direction, even when this light, would dictate the next few hours of the hunt. Given how close we might need to encroach to take a shot, perhaps within 20m in this type of bush, every breath of wind was likely to be a game changer. Why were we here? I was hunting a…

4 min.
learning curve key to lining up game

As hunters, we spend a lot of time looking for game. With growing experience in the field, we see more game and our hunting success increases. For newcomers to hunting the challenge is converting looking into seeing. When I first began hunting I was constantly disappointed by the amount of game that I only spotted as it sprinted away from me. The goal of every hunter is to see the game before it moves, ideally before it is aware of the hunter’s presence. As my game spotting progressed, I tried to analyse what it was that had led to my improvement. I determined that I had endeavoured to detect what I call the key lines. A large part of seeing game is learning to identify the key lines that distinguish the…

6 min.
ultimax riflescopes pay less for maximum quality

I accidentally stumbled upon the Ultimax range of riflescopes online through English shooting and hunting identity Richard Utting, who reviews high-quality optics. His review of the Ultimax, specifically the 3-12x56 with the illuminated reticle, impressed him so much to the point that I had to investigate further. Initially, I managed to glean some additional information on the Ultimax line in that it is manufactured under the Nikko Stirling Optics marque and that it includes three models in the 1-6x24, 2.5-10x50 and the 3-12x56. With the Nikko Stirling line being distributed in Australia by Outdoor Sporting Agencies, we arranged for a review on Ultimax scopes in the 2.5-10x50 and the 3-12x56. The packaging for the scopes is somewhat inconspicuous. The black cartons only stated the name, model and reticle and ‘Made in Japan’.…

9 min.
set triggers for hunting

In any given firearm the traditional component parts of lock, stock and barrel work together to enable the user to aim and deliver an accurate shot. What constitutes an accurate shot varies considerably. On the range it might be a benchrest shooter aiming to slip a projectile through the hole made by a previous shot. In the field it may be a hunter aiming to head-shoot a rabbit or drive a hunting bullet into the chest cavity of some game animal he needs for meat or wants as a trophy. Obviously, there are a whole range of variations in between but whatever their personal needs may be, all experienced shooters and hunters agree that a good trigger is an essential requirement for accurate shooting. In his book The Hunting Rifle (Winchester Press, 1970)…

6 min.
brothers in arms cherish annual deer hunt

We only just seemed to blink our eyes a couple of times and 12 months had gone by. Now it was almost time for the annual roar in southeast Queensland again. My brother Darcy and I made a pact a while ago to hunt together every year for red deer at rut time (‘Two old-timers’ - edition 66). We don’t walk all that far anymore, it’s rather about being in the bush and enjoying it. Just the smell and sounds, the different things you see and experience on each hunt. Sitting around the campfire at night after tea listening to stags roaring to each other and telling old worn-out hunting stories. But they sound good anyway. This year I was hoping to find Darcy a good stag carrying a top set…