Hunt Australia – Season Newsletter
Well folks, it is that time of year again when we say farewell to the year just gone and look forward to the following one ... with a bit of holiday cheer in between!
Gan Gan concession was up to its usual high standard – right from the first day of the season. While it was a poor wet season and dry as a wood-chip when we opened the camp in late May – we still found good hunting mainly by accessing country further afield that we wouldn’t normally see. At least we weren’t getting stuck in the mud as usual! By August we could practically drive and walk wherever we wanted (within reason).
Clients at that location took some fabulous bulls up to 109 SCI – indeed not everyone can take a monster like that – but there are always fabulous, old (low-scoring) bulls too be found and ALWAYS that chance at a once in a lifetime trophy. That is free-range hunting for you!
Dave took one of the biggest bulls of the season – on the first hunting day!
Down at the Daly River concession we did lots of mixed boar and cull hunts and everyone seemed to get what they were after. One of the beautiful things about of this place is that there is always something to do, always animals to pursue – especially if you keep an open mind and stay out on the trail. With no trophy fees for cull animals and pigs – our hunters don’t need too much encouragement to keep looking.
The Daly concession (Dorisvale) is renowned for producing record-class trophy boars – and they did not disappoint in 2013. What’s more the buffalo and scrub bull hunting in the area just gets better and better each year.
Young Caleb from Saskatchewan enjoyed ripping into some big trophy ‘tuskers’
2013 was also note-worthy for us in the TV shows that came to film hunts. Sometimes doing these TV shows can just be a downright chore – but when you have fun hunters and crew it is infinitely easier and enjoyable.
In June we hosted Aaron Neilson and the “World of Sports Afield” TV show at Gan Gan buffalo concession. Aaron took two trophy bulls out with his 416Ruger rifle – and I would suggest a great TV episode is going to be the result. Dedicated hunters and all-round good-guys like Aaron are always going to be fun to have in camp – and this trip was no exception.
Later in the month Jim Shockey and his daughter Eva sampled some Northern Territory buffalo and scrub bull hunting, on Jim’s third tour with Hunt Australia – filming episodes for Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures. Jim took out a fabulous ‘scrub bull’ (wild ox) – one of the biggest we have seen lately. To my surprise, Jim was really pumped about going after our great scrubbers – he has hunted them in three other countries and is very fond of them as a feral game species. The following day Eva followed up her Dad’s success, by taking her first ever dangerous game animal – a beautiful old buffalo bull. Matt says it was such a pleasure sharing that experience with this charming, genuine young hunter.
J.Shockey was very pleased with his first Aussie scrub bull – one that will be hard to better.
Before taking on the NT bovines – Jim and Eva hunted the wild free-range deer of far north Queensland – taking rusa and chital (axis) deer with the bow and rifle. ...In Jim’s words...
“I have hunted with Matt Graham, in Australia, three times now and each time the hunt has been excellent! Just returned from an axis deer, rusa deer and hog hunt in Queensland and again the hunt was world class. Eva and I both took great axis deer and rusa stags (mine with archery gear) and Eva also tagged up on a big feral boar.”
These wild-and-free deer hunts are accessed through either Townsville or Cairns – coincidentally the main jumping-off points to the Great Barrier Reef!!
Eva and her Dad and her beautiful North Queensland Javan rusa stag.
Further on the deer-hunting scene – Watervalley Game Ranch has simply been going from strength to strength of late – with hunters claiming some great trophies, especially through the good conditions that the property has enjoyed in the last few years. Watervalley is the largest privately owned hunting reserve in the South Pacific and boasts wonderful hunting for two species of rusa deer, sambar, axis (chital) deer, fallow bucks and red stags and feral goats as well. Some visitors will take the time to do some sightseeing while hunting in that part of South Australia – one of the great travel routes in Australia – The Great Ocean Road – is only a few hours drive away.
Hunt Australia on Youtube
We have a new Youtube channel where we have been starting to upload videos relating to our hunts and concessions. It is ‘early days’ yet and we only have a few there now – Check it out here - https://www.youtube.com/user/HuntAustraliaTV?feature=watch or at Google+ https://plus.google.com/110582618118260717494/videos
New Travel Agency
Many of our long term clients will remember our wonderful private travel agent Kylie-Jane Tull, who worked with us for many years. Kylie sold her old business a few years back – to take a break and to concentrate on her family. Well – Kylie just couldn’t stay away from us and is now back with a new franchise travel agency - Travel Counsellors – and she is ready, willing and especially able to take care of your travel consultancy, bookings and insurance needs. If you do need some professional assistance with your travel plans to the South Pacific or elsewhere you can see Kylie’s Bio and contact links at this PDF page.
While we are busy shamelessly promoting outside businesses – it is with great pleasure that we announce an ongoing promotional partnership with the online auction site Gun Auctions (Australia) - www.gunauctions.com.au . From time-to-time we will be running special auction hunts through this site in the ‘Hunts’ section – so do stop by when you can and see what is going on there. This is a relatively new auction site – so if you have any firearms or equipment to sell – you can take advantage of their free-listings and low-cost upgrades.
Yes it’s that time of year again!! First week of January we head-off again to the USA for the annual convention trail. Once again we will be visiting Dallas Safari Club, Houston SC and the SCI – Convention in Las Vegas. It is always a good time to catch up with past clients and make plans for the future. Be sure and stop by the booth if you are coming to those conventions – site numbers listed below.
Dallas Safari Club – Jan 9th – 12th – Booth # 3021
Houston Safari Club - Jan 17th-19th - Lost Frontier Safaris Booth
SCI Convention Las Vegas – Feb 5th-8th – Booth # 1771
Lisa scored this beautiful barramundi near the Gan Gan camp
Let us take this opportunity to wish all of you a safe and happy holiday season - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year - from the team at Hunt Australia!!
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