Australian Hunter

Australian Hunter Edition 73

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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Adrian Kenney keeps it simple by luring cunning foxes with a low cost button whistle, Chris Wardrop seeks out waterfowl in a dry Top End, Joseph Nugent roams with his father on a red deer roar with a difference, Sam Garro recalls trophy hunts with good memories being the ultimate score, Don Caswell topples a pair of porkers, Peter d’Plesse outguns wild dogs to then share his expertise and Simon Cocksedge is in the land of Vikings to hunt deer their way, detailing how fellow Aussies can join the adventure thanks to the Norwegian equivalent of the SSAA. We feature the versatility of the .223 Remington for medium-sized game and why it’s just as good now as ever, ‘see the light’ through Foxdog’s Z-Vision LED headlight and torch, find good things…

9 min
fox hunting with a button whistle

Keen fox hunters these days are inundated with various callers, whistles and electronic sound devices. In the Australian outdoors you can hear any number of torturous tunes being squawked, chirped and whistled to the confused ears and puzzled eyes of foxes. Like others, I too have been tempted into parting with hundreds of dollars for that electronic caller which emits amplified sound that will crack a glass. At times you may have that caller cranked up to full volume. On other occasions you’ll have that redcoat coming into range and the caller falls silent (low battery) causing him to pause, unsure. What makes things worse is when that fox has spotted your movement and is on its way to the next shire. Only a hunter can know the frustration that accompanies such…

7 min
minute of angle and long-range hunting… you’ve got it wrong

Minute of Angle, MOA, or even sub-MOA are phrases that are thrown around a lot, but the vast majority of people have This is because the MOA is usually referred to as an imperial measurement, which is one inch at 100 yards. This is the first mistake. It is not one inch. Secondly, people forget to calculate the difference between 100 yards and 100 metres. To quickly cover the science: The word ‘minute’ is a way of referring to 1/60th of something. For example, one second of one minute is 1/60th of that minute. One minute is 1/60th of one hour and so on. When we are talking (one) Minute of ‘Angle’, the size of the angle we are referring to is one degree. In other words, MOA = 1/60th of one degree. The…

5 min
a tough time in the top end

No one in my immediate family hunted when I was growing up. Plenty of people fished, my grandfather and parents in particular, but no one hunted. It was not until adulthood that I was able to realise a long-held desire to start hunting myself. Even then becoming a hunter was quite the challenge. After a handful of short forays with friends of friends, and some frustrating solo trips, I was fortunate enough to meet Tony in 2008. We linked up while I was living and working in Darwin. Tony had accumulated more hunting knowledge and experience than I could ever hope to acquire and I found him to be exceptionally generous with his time. He very quickly became my hunting mentor. Unfortunately career commitments have drawn my family and I away from…

7 min
the .223 remington a modern-day classic cartridge

It should come as no surprise to most shooters as to just how popular the .223 Remington cartridge is in Australia. It’s a relatively small centre fire cartridge by hunting standards, that started life in the late 1950s and early 1960s as the .222 Special, developed from its parent cartridge, the well-liked but less powerful .222 Remington. It ultimately became the military round we now know as the 5.56x45mm NATO, in self-loading rifles. I first saw it offered as a commercial varmint and small game cartridge in Australia, back in the early 1970s. The .222 was probably one of the most widespread centre fire cartridges in Australia at that time and had gained a large following among target shooters, varmint and small game hunters. Being inherently accurate, cheap to reload and…

7 min
buddy, it’s cold outside! layering clothing for added warmth

Most hunters have a basic understanding of wearing clothes in layers but it is not until you hunt, camp out or live in chilly climates that you are able to experience and test your cold weather know-how. With the changes and improvements in technology, there are also new alternatives to the traditional layering clothing system. The principle behind layering is to have separate layers consisting of: base layer, insulation layer, outer layer, rain layer and accessories. Base layer The base layer is usually long pants and a long sleeve tee-shirt-style top, designed to be relatively close fitting to prevent air movement across the skin surface and to retain body heat. Traditionally wool was the choice for base layering, but cotton and synthetic materials such as nylon are also available. Cotton is soft and…