Australian Hunter

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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2 min
from the editor

We hit the midway mark of the year with a jampacked 77th edition offering a bit of everything. In the field Adrian Kenney spends an afternoon waiting in ambush to bag rabbits and birds for the pot, Dick Eussen makes a trip to Cape York and explores coastal feral pig management, Ben Unten helps a mate eradicate deer competing with cattle for feed, Mick Chapman braves frosty conditions in Wyoming for speed goats, Don Caswell secures a barrow pig to discover a healthy specimen worthy of eating, Gary Hall toughs it out in the Top End for boars and buffaloes while Perry Magowan’s trek in a lush Brisbane Valley for red deer results in encounters with a couple of interesting four-legged locals. We look at an alternative to expensive Euro optics…

6 min
an afternoon airgun ambush

Finally, after several years of being out of action my Air Arms S410 was ready to hunt thanks to Ian at the Gunroom in Brisbane’s suburb of Sumner. With a daypack full of gear and the S410 over my shoulder I wandered off to the property in Victoria at a pace only matched by a rabbit with a whippet on its tail. Rounding the bend into the gully I intended to hunt for the afternoon, the bush came to life with the crashing of vegetation. Swinging my head to the left big-sized animal smashed through the scrub as I ran back to view the opposite face. I realised a sambar stag had burst into the open, bounding down the gully with his body covered in mud and about 24" antlers laid…

7 min
holosun red dot sight a ‘new’ classic

Many conversations between hunters seem to focus on optics. Who uses what? Why are European optics superior to Japanese ones or vice versa? Is a red dot or illuminated reticle better than a traditional cross-hair? Perhaps fortunately, there is no single answer except that whatever works for you is ‘best’. I will admit, I’m a sucker for European glass. There is a case for the brightest, highest transmission and magnification optics for those shots at long distances or last light. For most other shots, alternatives will do just fine. And so, with the law of diminishing returns in the back of my head, I often find myself researching for substitutes to the premium offerings by the likes of Swarovski, Zeiss and Leica for everyday applications. The result is that I use a…

2 min
to rebarrel or not to rebarrel?

Should I rebarrel my hunting rifle or not? This is a question that sometimes comes up in a hunter’s lifetime. It depends on certain circumstances, such as rifle age (barrel wearing) and use of said rifle, performance in killing power and so on and so forth. In my case it was an easy decision to make. I had hurt my right shoulder and was in quite a bit of pain. My doctor did not seem to be able to fix the problem and I could not take the recoil of my sambar hunting rifle, a .338WM. My older brother Darcy suggested I rebarrel my .243W to a 7mm-08 as it was a legal calibre in Victoria for sambar deer and had adequate killing power for the job. Thinking about this for a…

3 min
pesky cape york porkers

Feral pigs, dingoes and goannas prey on turtle eggs that are laid deep in the sand. But the keen noses of the predators have no problem finding them, nor do saltwater Aborigines who know that poking a long sharp stick in the sand is also effective. When the stick comes up wet, the eggs are dug up and eaten, often raw. It matters little if the embryo has formed or not… But with increased populations in communities and predation by feral animals on eggs and young, and the high mortality of turtles caught in fishing nets, Aborigines have recognised the need for turtle conservation and are leading the effort to protect them. One such group is the Pormpuraaw Land and Sea Management Rangers who are based the lower west coast of the…

5 min
industry insider: the sharp edge of survival

Think about how many times you handle a knife on any given day. Buttering toast in the morning; cutting cheese and bread for sandwiches at lunch; peeling, slicing or dicing fruit, herbs, vegetables. A good knife makes day-to-day chores a lot easier. But the implement you use in the kitchen is probably not the knife (or knives) you take hunting. Chances are you have a droppoint general purpose hunter blade and a favourite skinner. Quite probably you also have some kind of multi-tool hanging off your belt or quiver, or in your gun box. Added to these, perhaps you also carry a machete for around camp. Each of these blades have intrinsic differences that make them well-suited for the defined assortment of tasks for which they were designed. So what’s the best knife…