Hunt Australia Season Newsletter

December 2011

 

Another year is almost behind us and it is customary for us to reflect on the year ‘that was’. The 2011 (where do all the years go??) hunting season started-off with trepidation, just as it did last year – this wet season was the biggest in recorded history. So at the end of May it remained to be seen just how much country we could access in the NT hunting concessions.

Driving into Arnhem Land was something of a ‘mission’, with lakes of water across the road and I believe we were the forst passenger vehicles to use that road this season. Crossing the Goyder was ‘interesting’ to say the least – with the vehicles floating part of the way before hitting the rocky bottom.  We couldnt believe our luck though when we dropped down into the Gan Gan concession area to find that it wasnt nearly as wet as we expected. It seemed to be the only place in the Northern Territory ‘Top End’ that missed much of the late rain – while just back up the road it was still partly flooded!

All of the Daly River country was inaccessible before mid-June and even then we had to cross the Daly itself, ferrying all of our equipment in a canoe. Just part of the fun of being a hunting outfit in the tropics!! Slowly, the river resided over many weeks and the country dried-out and gradually returned to something like normal. That said, even in August we were still finding places in the bush where we could not drive and creeks and springs were still flowing that we had never even seen before!

Buffalo Hunting – Gan Gan Concession, in East Arnhem Land, was up to its usual very high standard and while we didn’t shoot any true monster buffalo this year we did get quite a lot of excellent world-class trophies. We also ran a few cull hunts there, reducing cow numbers and these were also very succesful. One of the big ‘upshots’ of the year was the GREAT fishing at the buff camp. I don’t know if it was a combination of two decent consecutive wet seasons but every day, including cool days, we had excellent fishing in the ‘billabongs’; for barramundi and saratoga.

 

 

 Caption: Young UK hunter Mark Speelman with his first trophy for the wall - an East Arnhem buffalo bull

 

Boar Camp – The Daly Concessions were again a little slow for the first part of the season but stepped-up as the country dried out better. We also did quite a few cull hunts in this area (pigs, horses, donkeys and wild dogs) and these were overall very successful.

The buffalo hunting again was first rate – the best ever at the Daly River concessions and we even produced four bulls over the 100 inch mark – an incredible result, considering the relatively small buffalo herd; compared to East Arnhem Land. That area is improving in leaps and bounds in that regard and the scrub bull hunting is exceptional too, of course with proper wild red bulls in good supply.These scrub bulls are true dangerous game animals and a very worthwhile quarry.

 

 

Caption: Veteran US  hunter James Hall proved that patience in the hunting field pays dividends!

 

Watervalley Ranch on the ‘up-and-up.

After four years of absence from hunting at Watervalley game ranch, due to many years of difficult drought conditions – we are happy to announce that from March next year we will be back at Australia’s largest hunting ranch again! In 2010 the region of south-east South Australia had good rains from the outset and that has been followed up by excellent growing conditions, moving into 2011. Watervalley is flourishing and the guides in the area are sending great reports of very high-quality animals.

Watervalley Ranch boasts one of the largest private free-holdings in that region and terrific hunting for seven species of deer, as well as feral goats and sheep. These deer species include - rusa species, sambar, red stag, fallow deer, axis and elk.

 

 

Caption: Sambar stags are an impressive animal. The "bongo of the South Pacific"

 

New Banteng Concession Area

As many of you may have heard, there is a new concession area opening up on the Cobourg Peninsular in 2012, inside the Gurig Ganak Barlu National Park. This is a very exciting opportunity as the facilities for the hunt will include accommodation at a very well-appointed resort, right there on the peninsula. What’s more the new hunting concession is in a part of the National Park that has seen almost no hunting for the last 12 years... staff in the area are reporting seeing numbers of very big, old banteng bulls!! 2012 is going to be a very exciting year!! If you would like some more information on the hunting prospects and conditions in that area, please do not hesitate to ask.

Direct Qantas flights from Dallas to Australia

In 2011 Australia’s national carrier announced that it would be running flights in and out of their partner American Airlines hub in Dallas- Fort Worth airport. These flights have been running some time now very succesfully and many clients have enjhoyed flying Vrom Dallas to Australia directly, without having to stop in LA. These flight will certainly make it much easier for passengers coming from the mid-west or further east but if you do book these flights you should realise that while this is a direct flight from Sydney to Dallas – coming out here (USA to Aust) that flight stops in Brisbane on the way. Some clients, I think will choose to get off that flight at Brisbane airport in future and then continue with their travel itinerary. Brisbane is a very well-serviced airport, with plenty of connecting flights to most major Australian destinations.

If you would like to get a quote from Qantas for your Australian travel plans – you can call then directly in the USA on their Freecall number  1 800 227 4500  The Qantas telephone consultants are always very easy to deal with!

Staff Exploits 

Matt and Millie took a last minute opportunity to travel to RSA for a free-ranging spiral horned antelope hunt, taking nyala, kudu, bushbuck, impala and warthog trophies. Later in the season Matt was lucky enough to get an opportunity to take a big scrub bull with his new double rifle, for which he was very thankful. The hunting gods again smiled on Matt after the season ended when he found a classic old sambar stag while on the ‘guides trip’ to the Victorian high-country.

Pete Harding also took a really nice rusa stag in south-east Queensland and a big mature sambar stag with Matt down on the Victoria trip.

11YO junior staff member, Harry Graham was also pleased to take his first big game animal – a big trophy boar on his school holiday trip to the NT at the end of the season.

New Banteng Concession Area

As many of you may have heard, there is a new concession area opening up on the Cobourg Peninsular in 2012, inside the Gurig Ganak Barlu National Park. This is a very exciting opportunity as the facilities for the hunt will include accommodation at a very well-appointed resort, right there on the peninsula. What’s more the new hunting concession is in a part of the National Park that has seen almost no hunting for the last 12 years... staff in the area are reporting seeing numbers of very big, old banteng bulls!! 2012 is going to be a very exciting year!! If you would like some more information on the hunting prospects and conditions in that area, please do not hesitate to ask.

Direct Qantas flights from Dallas to Australia

In 2011 Australia’s national carrier announced that it would be running flights in and out of their partner American Airlines hub in Dallas- Fort Worth airport. These flights have been running some time now very succesfully and many clients have enjhoyed flying Vrom Dallas to Australia directly, without having to stop in LA. These flight will certainly make it much easier for passengers coming from the mid-west or further east but if you do book these flights you should realise that while this is a direct flight from Sydney to Dallas – coming out here (USA to Aust) that flight stops in Brisbane on the way. Some clients, I think will choose to get off that flight at Brisbane airport in future and then continue with their travel itinerary. Brisbane is a very well-serviced airport, with plenty of connecting flights to most major Australian destinations.

If you would like to get a quote from Qantas for your Australian travel plans – you can call then directly in the USA on their Freecall number  1 800 227 4500  The Qantas telephone consultants are always very easy to deal with!

Staff Exploits 

Matt and Millie took a last minute opportunity to travel to RSA for a free-ranging spiral horned antelope hunt, taking nyala, kudu, bushbuck, impala and warthog trophies. Later in the season Matt was lucky enough to get an opportunity to take a big scrub bull with his new double rifle, for which he was very thankful. The hunting gods again smiled on Matt after the season ended when he found a classic old sambar stag while on the ‘guides trip’ to the Victorian high-country.

Pete Harding also took a really nice rusa stag in south-east Queensland and a big mature sambar stag with Matt down on the Victoria trip.

11YO junior staff member, Harry Graham was also pleased to take his first big game animal – a big trophy boar on his school holiday trip to the NT at the end of the season.

Caption: A cracking 'scrub bull' with 450 NE double rifle

 

Convention Season

Once again our convention season begins in just a few short days, commencing with Dallas Safari Club the first week of January and culminating with the SCI Downunder convention in Coffs Harbour Australia. As always, it is with great anticipation we venture off to the USA – to meet up with old friends and to hopefully make some great hunter contacts... always something to look forward to! See below the full schedule and booth numbers... hopefully we will see you at one of these shows!!

2012 Convention Schedule

Dallas Safari Club Convention – Booth # 1604
Houston Safari Club – Global Adventure Outfitters Booth
SCI Convention – Las Vegas – Booth # 1277
SCI Downunder Convention - Coffs Harbour (Feb 28 – 29th)

Well that is about all for now – we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe, fun and happy Christmas period and prosperous New Year!!

From the Team at Hunt Australia

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