Hunting & Fishing
Australian Hunter

Australian Hunter Edition 63

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

1 min.
from the editor

Wild dogs can prove crafty adversaries as well as being ruthless killers of farm stock animals. Don Caswell offers readers of Australian Hunter 63 an insight into his methods of engagement: stake-outs, stalking and chance. Contrasting tales see hunting novice Matthew Dunne savouring the experience of his first pheasant trek in England, while old hand Steven Fine recounts some interesting tales from his time as an African safari guide. It’s not always easy-going in the outback as Christie Pisani details how to dispense first aid for bleeds and wounds encountered in the field. Still on the aspect of safety, Brad Allen embarks on a practical riding course for ATV drivers’ wellbeing. Rabbits certainly hog the limelight in this edition though, with Sam Garro, plus Steve and Lynn Bain going through the gamut…

8 min.
an arnhem land land longhorn

In the Australian idiom, déjà vu more or less equates to ‘been there and done that’. That pretty well summed up how I felt as the Nissan nosed down through the first of the myriad wet season gutters we would cross during the day and scrambled up the other side. It was country I had travelled before. There were landmarks I recognised that added to my pleasure in being there once more. When I last hunted Arnhem Land in 2015, I thought I’d had my fill and I wasn’t at all sure I would be seeing any of it again. What I didn’t count on was the pull this wonderful part of Australia has on the hearts and souls of wandering hunters like me. I didn’t really need to take another…

6 min.
rabbits beyond the range of the .22lr

Favourable rains and weather conditions over the past couple of years on the property we frequent had not only produced bumper crops but had also contributed to an explosion in the rabbit population, which was in spite of the owner’s eradication measures to reduce their numbers. The scrub and saltbush flat terrain riddled with networks of warrens was essentially devoid of any feed but the water in the creeks and dams, and the flourishing grain crops sustained their ever-increasing ranks. That is, before the property owner and this time, the neighbours, combined their efforts to be rid of the destructive critters. When only one owner takes action, it is often in vain as the rabbits just keep flooding in from the surrounding properties. However, this time, the combined exercise proved productive…

9 min.
the tikka t3x tac a1

Tikka has begun its foray into the world of long-range firearms with the release of the T3x TAC A1. This manoeuvre away from the norm of conventional stocked rifles is no real surprise considering the popularity in the United States of full chassis rifles that take on more than a hint of militaria. Now if you forget the ‘take on the look of’ aspect as regards military and replace it with ‘more practical than’, you will realise the reasoning behind the change in furniture attached to these barrelled actions. Ruggedness combined with practicality in the recreational shooting arena is the theme behind this model. When considering reviewing this limited range of rifles, I had the choice of a 24" barrel 6.5 Creedmoor calibre, which is aimed at, but not restricted to,…

9 min.
hog deer double

If you are not lucky enough to live in Victoria, close to hog deer habitat, your only chance to hunt these beautiful little creatures may be to do as I did and enter the Blond Bay Hog Deer Advisory Group (BBHDAG) ballot. On my third attempt, I was lucky enough to be selected for the first hunt period of the season in the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park (Boole Poole Peninsula) on the southern side of Lake King. Without doubt, it would have to be the best $15 that I had spent in some time and the long trip south turned out to be a great investment. The bush telegraph was certainly alive and well in Metung, as shortly after arriving at lunchtime on Friday, I received a welcoming phone call from…

5 min.
rookie relishes first pheasant hunt

Jostled between a husband and a wife in an army green Land Rover, we bounced down a village lane on the way to a pheasant hunt. It was autumn in England: cold, a rare sunny day, everything had already wilted, but we were excited. During the year that I had been living in England I had become accustomed to pheasants. They seemed to me ungainly, loud, obvious and skittish. My friend, one of the others in the Land Rover, had told me she thought pheasants were “animals made to be hunted”. At the end of the lane, we pulled in next to a barn. I stood out. Everyone other than me was dressed in barbour and tweed, knee-high socks and woollen caps, pheasant-print ties and off-white shirts, greeting friends that they…