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Australian Hunter Edition 72

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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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2 min.
from the editor

Welcome to the first edition for 2020 where we hit the field running as Sam Garro shares a trophy tale from the Top End, Anthony Puddicombe enjoys a hunting holiday in the Snowy Mountains with family and friends, Don Caswell calls up elusive wild dogs, Rod Williams flies into wintery Alaska in a breathtaking search for brown bears, Chris Wardrop takes aim at feral goats, Chris Redlich and son make the most out of stags and Michel Durand takes to the skies for some contemporary pig hunting with the use of a drone. We also take an in-depth look through the eyes of the cunning red fox, profile the premium performance of wildcat cartridges, cover all the bases by sighting in prior to a hunt, highlight the many benefits of the…

8 min.
a hunting eye in the sky

When it comes to hunting, where do drones enter the equation? Some say drones are the future of hunting. Drone capabilities have expanded exponentially over recent years yet their prices have never been more affordable. Now compact enough to throw in your backpack for a hunting trip, are they an asset or just an expensive toy? I’ll let you be the judge. Only 10 years ago the drone scene was very different. Battery flight time lasted just 10 minutes, a maximum flying distance of 300-500m with average quality cameras and basic potential. Yet today we enjoy a battery life which can exceed 30 minutes flight time, 4k high definition cameras (the Mavic 2 Pro carries a Hasselblad lens, the same used on the cameras for the Apollo 11 mission landing on…

9 min.
a stag (dinner) party

I could not recall the last time I had watched the weather with so much anticipation leading up to a roar. With loads of work at home, I was really keen to be away with my son for our annual red deer roar hunt. Seven months had passed since our last hunt together and it was definitely a good excuse to replenish our venison stocks. Regardless of stag or hind, I am not as fussy as some hunters are for my choice of meat animal. I have mates who refuse to take a rutting stag as they believe the meat is too gamey and tastes awful. However, prepared correctly a rutting red stag can be just as nice to eat as a hind. Although a hind would ultimately be the preferred…

5 min.
foresight at your fingertips

It is time to come out from living under a rock if you haven’t noticed the new technology in bow sights that appeared on the market a little more than a year ago. I’m talking about the Burris Oracle bow sight, that calculates the distance while at full draw with the press of a button. You draw your bow, line up your target using the 20-yard pin then hit the switch. Instantly the Oracle estimates the target and the sight displays the correct light-emitting diode (LED) to shoot that distance. Fixed pin shooters are all too familiar with ‘gap’ shooting or holding over or under when distances don’t suit their practice marks. This means evenly splitting a set 30- and 40-yard pin to shoot a distance of 35 yards. The Oracle takes…

12 min.
shotgun shells explained a case study

The shotgun shell as we know it today has evolved since its invention around the 1860s into a sophisticated and effective cartridge that covers a whole world of uses at relatively short range. Originally they looked much like a brass rifle or pistol case with straight walls and various methods of holding the overshot wad in place to keep the lead pellets securely in the cartridge. Somewhere around 1880 paper hulls started to replace full brass shotgun shells mainly because of economy, and this method of construction with a brass head to accommodate the primer was popular right up until the late 1960s worldwide. In the early days felt wads were used to separate the powder in the base of the shell from the lead shot payload. The shell was finished off…

7 min.
open in case of emergency the leatherman charge

As regular readers will be aware, I like my Leathermans. Here’s why. . . I recall receiving a Swiss Army-type ‘thing’ for Christmas of about 1987 and even at my young age (at the time) I remember thinking what an overloaded contraption it was. Too much stuff. Way too much. And all of it almost too small to be of practical use. Sure, it was a cool novelty because I was a kid, but it was still just that - a novelty. For use around the farm or on overnight boating trips with my father to Rainbow Beach or on Moreton Bay, it proved to be less than useful. Fiddly, thin little blades which could barely gut a guppy, let alone process the hares I’d frequently despatch with my Brno Model…