The Australian Hunter is Australia’s favourite hunting magazine. Published quarterly, it aims to create a better environment and community understanding of all forms of hunting, as well as provide hunters with up-to-date news and product information. It caters for hunters of all persuasions, including those who hunt for animal management, trophies and of course, for the family table.
Australian Hunter includes a range of hunting stories on all manner of game, from small game such as rabbits and foxes, right up to the world’s largest and most dangerous animals. Being the Australian Hunter, much of the magazine is dedicated to hunting in this country, however it also includes adventures and advice about hunting in other parts of the world too.
The magazine features firearm, knife and general product reviews from experienced hunters and outdoor enthusiasts, as well as practical advice for choosing and using these tools in the field. It also includes camp kitchen and game meat recipes and reader competitions.
Matthew Crowther takes a trip to the ‘Dark Continent’ of Africa and samples the sapping heat of a hunting excursion into Namibia. Closer to home, Mary Conway embarks on a journey to the Red Centre in search of some outback camels, while John McDougall bags a healthy haul of partridges just an hour and a half’s drive from Melbourne on the Cobaw Sporting reserve. North American correspondent Thomas Tabor offers his thoughts about the 12 best-ever hunting rifle cartridges, and Lynn Bain describes how to make semi-dried smoked game jerky that can be used as a staple in a hunter’s food rations. Plentiful reviews include gloves and gaiters from Max-Hunter, Ridgeline’s Apache boots, Savage’s Axis II Scope Package rifle, FAIR’s Iside EM shotgun and the lightweight Boreas Sapa Trek Farallon backpack.Subscribe
Paul Barker goes back to basics to bag a hefty haul of rabbits in a bunny bonanza, then promptly adjourns to the kitchen to share a finger-licking good recipe for fried rabbit. Elsewhere, there are tales of pursuing wild pigs in Queensland’s Channel Country, tracking fallow deer in the Snowy Mountains, chasing buffaloes in the Northern Territory, seeking sika on New Zealand’s North Island, and beaming in on bighorn sheep in western Montana. From a practical perspective, we off advice for choosing and using paracord, while Con Kapralos gets to grips with putting together a game-stalking backpack. Our reviewers test out the Savage M42 combination gun, Sellier & Bellot hunting ammunition, Fabarm Elos Black Diamond shotgun and the Zeiss Victory PRF rangefinder.Subscribe
Teenager Monty Williams fulfils his ideal script for ‘Schoolies’ Week’ when his dad Rodney takes him on a hunting trip to New Zealand that sees the pair on the trail of whitetail deer and tahrs during a three-week adventure. Brad Allen comes across a plethora of game animals on a trek to South Africa’s Natal region, while Rhys Millington stays closer to home on an interstate assignment in northern New South Wales for four days of hunting hogs. Don Caswell stresses the importance of projectile choice and placement when hunting deer, while veteran small-game enthusiast John Hill points out the advantages of using lighter loads. The Camp Kitchen turns positively gourmet with individual venison pies, plus rabbit and chorizo terrine enough to make any hunter’s mouth water. Our reviewers also test the Browning BLR Lightweight lever-action rifle, Fabarm Waterfowl Supermag 3.5" Camo shotgun and Gieggerig Hydrapak hydration system.Subscribe
The tropical island of Kosrae in Micronesia is the exotic setting for a traditional pig hunt as Alby Adams is guided through testing, dense jungle by a wily local. Maintaining the international theme, Mark Benns heads back to his native New Zealand and enjoys an overdue shoot for deer in the Kaimanawa Range of mountains. Leon Wright goes looking for quail, with his trusted German short-haired pointer, Cobber, leading the way, and Don Caswell muses on what it means to be a game stalker and the qualities that are needed to follow this style of hunting. Testing out equipment are John McDougall, who picks up a Webley & Scott 2000 Game field shotgun, and Bruce Wellington who checks out a trio of Vortex Viper riflescopes.Subscribe
Bob Salisbury explains how changing farming trends in Northern Ireland have led to an increase in woodpigeons, which provides great hunting for shooters. A long drive to Far North Queensland is made worthwhile for Alistair McGlashan when he and his brother Stewart come across feral pigs, chital deer and sooty grunter fish. Other animals featured in various yarns include South Australian fallow deer and feral goats, Arnhem Land buffaloes and African bushpigs. Don Caswell goes on the prowl for pest animals with his air rifle, while Dick Eussen looks at what different rifle and cartridge combinations work in downing wild pigs. Rick Huckstepp tests the Tikka T3 Battue Lite rifle, Rob Murton checks out Buff multifunctional headwear products and Neal Finch looks at The Whole Hog nose-to-tail butchery DVD. Pigeon with Cumberland sauce provides a succulent and alternative dish, and Geoff Cartner highlights the advantages for hunters of cooking with foil in the outback.Subscribe
Senior correspondent John Dunn goes out on the range in search of the rather unique pronghorns amid the vast expanses of Wyoming. It’s also a walk on the wild side for Mick Thompson, as he heads up into the spectacular Southern Alps of New Zealand to hunt the world’s most challenging mountain game animal, the Himalayan tahr. American hunter LP Brezny steps out of his comfort zone by journeying to Australia’s Far North to hunt heavyweight trophy scrub bulls. For treks into the bush, items such as the Lifesaver jerrycan to carry drinking water and the NexTorch Viker Star headlamp can prove invaluable accessories and both are scrutinised by our writers. Night-vision equipment is also given a try-out with the focus on the Guide IR518C hand-held thermal imager.Subscribe