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My apologies to readers who may be wondering where I have gotten to. I have not posted much so far in 2018. I have had a number of messages from regular readers asking if I was still on the planet. The second half of the year will feature a return to more regular posts on shooting and hunting topics various.
There are a number of rifle reviews coming up. I am also reviewing a range of other gear, from chronographs, shooting sticks, GPS, lighting. There will also be a lot of ballistics testing of both centrefire and air rifle.
My excuse for the lack of aussiehunter posts is because of a particularly busy year. We were overseas until into January and came home to a continuous run of visitors. In total, there would only be a cumulative week or so of that period when we have not had multiple house guests.
We even went away interstate for a couple of weeks and left our visitors to look after themselves and the house. There have been a series of big, family social events, culminating this week with the wedding of our daughter. It has been a crazy-busy time.
Mixed in with all that, I have been working on a variety of major projects unrelated to aussiehunter. More on those later in the year. When I have had time to get out hunting, weather and other circumstances have often intervened to prevent me getting out with the rifle.
I did manage a couple of dogs with the help of my visiting hunting buddy Jan, but our repeated attempts to get out deer hunting were frustrated at every turn. Worse still, we have just about run out of venison. My first mission on getting back to a normal routine in June is to go stock-up on venison. I will also be field testing to slick Sauer 101 Classic XT in 243 Win on that trip, so there is a lot to look forward to.
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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. ...read more
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 two big...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
Primos Jim Shockey Gen3 Trigger Stick This morning was a good opportunity to begin field testing the Primos Jim Shockey Gen3 Trigger Stick kindly provided by Nioa for product review. First impressions were most favourable. It is the most convenient, fast-adjusting,...read more
Laying a Scent Trail to Lure Predators This morning I placed the guts and heads from half a dozen dressed rabbits into an old hessian potato sack, then dragged that smelly lure for a kilometre or two around a close by farm. I hunt there for wild dogs regularly but...read more
Wild Dog Hunt Double Success Yesterday morning a pair of wild dogs attacked birthing cattle on a farm not too far from my place. I had been there once previously for a look about with hunting buddy Peter. I was pretty busy with other locations, so I left it to Peter...read more
Fine Weather Hunt A prolonged bout of wet and windy weather began to lift yesterday. My visiting Dutch hunting buddy, Jan, and I made the most of that with an early morning start. A close-by farmer had shot a few feral pigs a couple of days ago, so we decided to...read more