Australian Hunter

Australian Hunter Edition 68

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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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ssaa gun sales Buy and sell new and used: • Firearms, parts and optics • Ammunition and reloading components • Knives and hunting products • Camping gear, vehicles, boats and property Easy and safe Registration is free and only takes a minute or two and the SSAA Gun Sales website is easy to use. Importantly, you can be confident that is a secure environment for online sales. Cheap and convenient Listings cost just $10 for SSAA members, which is a $10 discount off the non-member price. Choose up to six photos. The SSAA Gun Sales website works on tablets and smartphones, which means you can browse, sell and buy wherever you are. Try it now! Australia-wide If you have something to sell or need to look for an item to purchase, is an Australia-wide marketplace. It means your buying and selling experience…

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from the editor

Australia’s favourite hunting magazine sets things rolling for 2019 with incredible hunting tales and tips, rifle, ammo and product reviews, delicious recipes and more. Peter d’Plesse continues his battle with boars as the extreme conditions wage their own onslaught, Mick Chapman dodges crocodiles to come face-to-face with NT buffaloes, Don Caswell helps out a farmer devastated by vicious wild dogs, David Duffy varmints the middle ground on home soil before heading off to the mountains of Mexico for whitetail deer with his amigos, Leon Wright takes a gentleman’s approach to pursuing rabbits and a new hunting chapter sees father and son team up to fight ferals. Urban exploration leads to a rare litter of three Puma knives, examination of knives’ aft end results in multiple combinations and a showcase of Fox Knives…

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days under the northern territory sun

Having lived in the Northern Territory in the late-80s and early-90s for some eight years, it continually draws me back for more Top End adventures. Under a hot Territorian sun, it boasts some of the world’s best barramundi fishing, along with great pig and buffalo hunting, representing an outdoorsman’s paradise. The allure of days under the NT sun while hunting the Asiatic water buffalo is our incentive when travelling in a vehicle for three long days. There’s hours of seemingly endless straight, flat bitumen roads with white lines flashing past, then bull dust almost everywhere on corrugated trucking roads of the north. Dodging sharp rocky extrusions and potholes, with providence on our side, we experienced only two punctures but this all became a distant memory as we reached our destination. Having first…

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hardy pigs cope as drought takes hold

I’ve experienced three cycles of drought and flood in South West Queensland. This was the worst so far. Rob owns a property up the road from our usual hunting area and has spent his life in the region. He claims he’s never seen things as bad as the drought of 2018. Under the mulga, gidgee, eucalypts and woody weeds there was no ground cover, just red dust and stony gravel. What the kangaroos were nibbling, hunched over in the morning light, I had no idea. Goats are adaptable and can change their taste from the preferred to the essential to sustain life. Pigs can dig for roots under the remains of clumps of grass, forage for termites, seek out reptiles or chew on the carcasses of animals that have succumbed to…

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know your way in the bush

As a veteran hunter who prefers to hunt alone and do the extra yards, I have never lost my way in the bush - although I’ve come close and consider myself fortunate. However, having said that, I have always taken proper precautions to ensure a safe return to camp. Without a suitable respect for the bush, an adequate understanding of the terrain, preparation and aids to assist, it’s unwise venturing out into the scrub, especially if it’s for the first time. Even tourists, campers and hikers on well-marked trails have become disorientated and lost through a momentary distraction or by veering off the path to explore, often requiring the involvement of the Emergency Services in a search and rescue mission. Fences and waterways Some of the safest hunting can be had by sticking…

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the often misunderstood 28-gauge

There are some advantages inherent in shooting a larger bore shotgun. The larger gauge shotshells frequently contain a heavier shot charge, which allows the shooter to use bigger size shot and still be able to achieve acceptable shot pattern densities. Frequently, the velocities are also increased as the bore diameters become larger and that can sometimes result in adding a couple of metres to the effective killing range of the shotgun. However, no-one should assume that a larger bore is always the best choice in all hunting situations. As the barrel diameter increases, typically the shotguns become heavier and clumsier to handle. Frequently, they become slower swinging and the felt recoil to the shoulder of the shooter increases. On the other hand, if you choose, for example, to shoot a good-quality 20-…