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Australian Hunter Edition 77

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

4 min
anyone for seconds? from field to fork to fulfilment

A timely arrival for food lovers has seen the advent of Field to Fork - Second Helpings to satisfy the desires of discerning Australian hunters and fishers. The lavish cookbook is a follow-up volume to the initial Gourmand award-winning Field to Fork offering which was published in 2012. That impressive 124-page hardback ‘must-have’ edition also earned plenty of other plaudits from culinary reviewers and this version seems almost certain to follow suit. This extensive hardback ‘Australian Game Cookbook’ takes a journey around the sustainable, assorted, environmentally attuned helpings across our vast land. As the introduction to the book tells us, all 54 succulent recipes were kitchen and dining room-tested before being put into print for would-be chefs to prepare their quarry and any other options they fancy for themselves plus their families and…

7 min
the ever-reliable .243 winchester

There often seems to be no end to the cartridges people have converted to the 6mm calibre. Way back in time the US Navy had a rifle called the 6mm Lee, that in turn was eventually necked down by wildcatters to become the .220 Swift, but for the most part other rounds have been mainly necked down to the 6mm calibre. The best known of these being the .243 Winchester. Like many others the .243 began life as a wildcat. US gun writer Warren Page necked down the .308 Winchester to 6mm and called it the Page Super Pouper (not pooper). Not a very auspicious name for a cartridge that was to go on to be one of the most popular factory chamberings ever. Winchester ‘legalised’ it in 1955 and the…

5 min
buck’s fisherman model, the 121

A lot of hunters are fishers. To me there are few greater joys than tossing some hardbody minnow lures into a creek after a long day of deer hunting. I rarely pack for a deer camp without including a lightweight baitcaster in my gear. Fishing goes hand in hand with hunting, a means to feed oneself with something harvested free-range from the wild. To that end, a dedicated fish filleting knife is essential. As regular readers will be aware, I’m a Buck guy. I’m yet to come across a need for a knife that couldn’t be filled by a Buck. So, naturally, when I saw the requirement for a sleek fixed blade fishing knife, that’s the direction I turned. I found what I was looking for in their Model 121. Like a…

5 min
code red

Finally, one of the worst droughts the Brisbane Valley has ever seen was broken with a flood. Whole families of property owners were out in force for weeks helping to repair fences on river and creek crossings and mustering wandering cattle. With that done, I was looking forward to having a good hunt on reds this roar. Rain had restored the land; the grass was tall, thick and a rich coloured green. I called in to speak to a property owner who had only just taken over that particular estate. As I stopped the car the sound of a savage dog barking came from high on the house. Standing on the roof was a stroppy-looking blue heeler cross ridgeback bitch, ready, willing and able to inflict grievous bodily harm it would…

8 min
opening up the opinel no. 08

Once in a while, a knife comes along that just works. Not because it is exclusive, uses fancy materials or incorporates some cutting-edge new technology, but because it does what it was designed to do with a minimum of frills. A blade that to me approaches the epitome of a utilitarian tool that simply does what it was intended is the Opinel folding knife. Constructed of only five parts, which includes the safety mechanism, Opinel folding knives have little that can break or fail. While there are many variants available, the basic format and construction remain the same. The main differences between models are the type of wood used for the handle, the colour of painted versions, blade shape and size and the use of carbon or stainless steel for the…

3 min
around the campfire

On the surface this probably sounds like a bit of a navelgazing exercise, but if you look at what we do from the point of view of those who don’t hunt, it’s probably worth exploring. We can say we like nature; they may then ask why we shoot nature. We can say that the killing of our quarry isn’t all that important; they can counter that with “then just go bush walking.” There are probably as many reasons to hunt as there are hunters, up to a point. Everyone has their own reason for what they do, but if you looked at it objectively, you may just be a bit surprised. A hunter is not by definition a killer. Anyone who hunts and doesn’t at some point feel some sorrow at the…