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Chital Deer Hunt

Chital Deer Hunt

The last three weeks have been hectic.  I had to complete and write-up a number of reviews for the SSAA magazine.  I also got in several extended camping-hunting trips.  Between times, when at home, I was doing dawn and dusk hunts for wild dogs.  Last week, I was...

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Bunny Hunting and Bird Photography

Bunny Hunting and Bird Photography

Straight after my last hunting trip in mid July, I flew south for some weeks of family activities.  While I was away I had a few calls from farmers experiencing wild dog attacks on their stock and pets.  Since getting home mid last week I have been out and about...

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Savage B22 VFSS varmint rifle Review

Savage B22 VFSS varmint rifle Review

This review of the Savage B22 VFSS was first published in the SSAA magazine in early 2018. When I was a young fellow, shooting pests with both air rifle and an old Lithgow single-shot 22LR, I was envious of my cousin and his 22WMR.  I cannot now remember what make and...

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Weatherby’s Vanguard HSP varmint rifle Review

Weatherby’s Vanguard HSP varmint rifle Review

This review of the Weatherby’s Vanguard HSP varmint rifle in 223 Rem was published in the SSAA magazine in March 2018. Weatherby’s Vanguard HSP rifle is available in 223, 22-250, 243, 308, 270, 30-06 and 300 Win.  With the smaller cartridges, the magazine holds five...

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Bergara BA13 Take Down Rifle Review

Bergara BA13 Take Down Rifle Review

My review of the Bergara BA13 Take Down Rifle was published in the SSAA earlier this year and is re-posted here. The ethos of hunting is the skilful stalk culminating in a carefully placed shot.  Nothing epitomises that vision better than the single-shot rifle. ...

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No Shots Fired

No Shots Fired

  I have not posted for a few weeks.  In that time I have done a plenty of hunting, but no shots have been fired!  A couple of days ago, I got back from an extended hunt on a large cattle property in the gulf country.  Not much short of 1.5 million acres, with...

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Nosler Hunting Loads 223 Rem and 243 Win

Nosler Hunting Loads 223 Rem and 243 Win

There were only a handful of stalwarts at the Ravenshoe SSAA range today.  The run of tableland’s weather continues with leaden skies, gusting winds and mizzle.  My goal today was to double-check on the sighting of my hunting loads in 223 Rem and 243 Win. The weather...

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Where Farmland meets Wilderness

Where Farmland meets Wilderness

I have been getting out for some dawn and dusk hunts, well attempted hunts, on the local wild dogs.  I have got to see some of the fabulous sunrises and sunsets of late, but no dogs.  Yesterday afternoon I visited one of my favourite spots, where a deep valley is the...

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Another Dead Cow

Another Dead Cow

Yesterday afternoon, I visited the dead cow on my neighbour’s farm.  She had been in prime condition, and it was a shame to put her down.  However, her calving had gone terribly wrong, and that had quickly led to septicemia.  The owner had done his best, before coming...

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Stalking and Stake-outs

Stalking and Stake-outs

Over the last week, I have been out for a series of early morning wild dog hunts.  There has been no luck with that, so far.  The mornings have been misty and cool, with beautiful sunrises.  I have judiciously called, in good locations, but have not had any responses...

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Nosler Silvertips and Ballistic Tips

Nosler Silvertips and Ballistic Tips

This morning dawned with a solid fog – the harbinger of a calm, sunny day.  And so it was.  It was a good day to be shooting groups at the range.  My previous range session, last week, had been one of wild weather.  I was keen to finalise the sighting-in of my adopted...

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Nosler Projectiles in 243 Winchester

Nosler Projectiles in 243 Winchester

Nosler Projectiles in 243 Winchester The day dawned with gusting winds and rain.  Undeterred by the vagrancies of the local weather, I headed off to the range to continue my testing of Nosler projectiles in 243 Winchester.  More specifically, 90 grain Accubonds and 85...

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