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Crowd Funding for Joey McIntyre

Crowd Funding for Joey McIntyre

  In my previous blog, I mentioned the horse riding accident suffered by little Joey McIntyre. A crowd-funding page has been set up and is close to reaching its $20,000 target. If you would like to contribute, below is a link to the crowd-funding page. However, a...

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Howling Up Wild Dogs

Howling Up Wild Dogs

  Lately, I have been having good results in howling-up wild dogs.  That means I simulate their wailing call by blowing through my cupped hands, rather than using commercial predator squealers.  This morning provides no better example of that. I walked out into the...

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Centennial Remembrance Day 1918 – 2018

Centennial Remembrance Day 1918 – 2018

  We only got back home a few days ago after a couple of months in Portugal and Spain.  Luckily, we were in time to attend the 100th anniversary of Remembrance Day in the village of Yungaburra, in far North Queensland. It is only a small community but nevertheless...

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How to Handload the Best Hunting Loads

How to Handload the Best Hunting Loads

  Before setting foot in the field to go hunting you want to be sure you are loaded up with the best hunting projectiles.  Serious hunters put in a lot of time at the rifle range.  Even with a faithful old rifle, that shoots a pet load you have not varied in years, it...

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Sharpening Hunting Knives

Sharpening Hunting Knives

  I use DMT diamond stones for all my knife sharpening.  For removing metal quickly, I use the black 60 micron surface.  I only do this infrequently, on well-used blades that need to have their shoulder edge cut back, or on badly damaged blades. As described in detail...

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Deer Hunting Knives

Deer Hunting Knives

  My hunting knife carry has evolved over the years.  When I lived in the territory, I relied on a pair of Filicietti hand-forged custom knives.  I used them extensively for butchering buffalo and wild cattle.  Until recently, I continued to use these for my deer...

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Processing Wild Harvested Venison

Processing Wild Harvested Venison

Over the last two days I have been busy processing the venison from our hunt.  Tomorrow, we will finish off by mincing all the trimings and putting that into meal-sized bags for the freezer.  We field butcher our deer and do not leave much for the scavengers.  I use a...

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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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