Australian Hunter

Edition 78

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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4 Issues

in this issue

1 min
from the editor

The same great content of Australia’s favourite hunting magazine rolls on with a fresh new look in Issue 78 to see Ben Smith’s mate rejoice as he secures his first ever deer, Gary Hall and his four-legged boar bailer knocked about in the Outback, Brad Allen hit the heights of NZ for trophy tahr, Mark van den Boogaart cover his Brisbane Valley stag pursuit here and on SSAA TV, Scott Heiman joyously hunt with the whole family, Don Caswell receive the call up from a local farmer to despatch menacing wild dogs, Chris Redlich hassled taking down a hefty hog and John Kiely make the most of a duck season that almost never was. We provide a reminder to keep on top of your game, feature the ultimate tips for hammocking…

5 min
a first for dan

I met Dan through a mutual acquaintance a few years ago. It was with a group of friends who are all into four wheel drives, camping, outdoors and firearms. Dan asked if I could help him with building his house and we started chatting about construction. After I grew to know him a bit more, I decided to take him hunting to a property in northern NSW where I had just gained access. The farmer had issues with deer, pigs and goats coming from the surrounding bush and causing problems on his land. They had wrecked fencing and were competing with the livestock for feed he had been putting out. We drove down on a Friday night after work and set up camp in one of the back paddocks. The wind was blowing…

2 min
moroccan-style tagine venison… yes shanks!

Venison shanks are an often overlooked item by hunters. They are easy to remove and can be prepared in a number of tasty ways. One of my favourites is to make a Moroccan-style tagine. It has a long list of ingredients, but do not let that deter you. It is a relatively simple recipe and makes for a memorable meal. Ingredients • 2 venison shanks• flour, seasoned to dust meat• 2 tablespoons olive oil• 2 onions (finely chopped)• 3 cloves garlic (finely chopped)• 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger• 1 stick celery chopped• ¾ red capsicum, chopped• 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves• ¾ teaspoon cardamom• ¾ teaspoon cinnamon• ½ teaspoon nutmeg • 1 teaspoon ground coriander• 1 teaspoon cumin• 1 teaspoon turmeric• 1 teaspoon dried parsley (or use fresh)• ¾ teaspoon ground black pepper• salt…

8 min
top bush tucker

There is no need to eat beef at every meal during a hunting trip as fish and crustaceans abound in most rivers, lakes and billabongs, especially in the tropics. “But I am not a fishing person,” some might say. So, what? It’s not hard to catch a feed on the end of a line and baited hook in most streams and billabongs. In fact, a line and hook should be in your survival kit. But I am going off the track here. There are other fishy things in most of our waters, like freshwater lobsters, commonly called crayfish or redclaw, or their close relatives – depending where you hunt. They are easy to catch in pots containing suitable baits. But, in the tropics we have both redclaw in the Gulf country streams…

2 min
blackfoot designs keep it simple

Like most hunters, I am on a never-ending quest to simplify my kit down to some essential, minimal items. Australian Hunter was given the opportunity to review a number of such products made by the small, Australian company Blackfoot Designs. Known for their excellent camo clothing, they also offer other useful accessories for hunters. While I am ‘old school’ with a preference for blued steel, timber and leather in my shooting gear, I have to say that leather slings have proved to be problematic over the years. I found leather slings prone to slipping off my shoulder, especially when I was wearing a backpack. Living in the tropics also means having to constantly address mould on leatherwork. I moved on to neoprene slings and, while they offered a better grip than leather,…

14 min
hammocking 101

Most of my mates chuckle as they see me pull out my hammock when we go camping. While we all spend a good part of our time in the bush, I know of few others who use a hammock as their preferred shelter for overnight or longer trips. Some hunters sleep in a simple swag with a tarp, others use stretchers, tents or doze in their ute while the younger ones take pride in ‘roughing it’, just sleeping on the ground. And I will be honest - I’ve done all, except sleep in the car because I am growing older and it was just never comfortable. After going through all sorts of sleeping arrangements out bush, I have settled on a hammock as my go-to shelter. I have a light tent in…