The Junior Shooter
If you’re a junior member of the SSAA or a young person who’d like to try your hand at sports shooting or recreational hunting, then The Junior Shooter is for you. This special newsletter features stories about casual plinking, competitive target shooting, hunting for the table, hunting for wildlife management, firearm and outdoor safety, and the legal and ethical requirements of shooting.
The Junior Shooter includes interview-style articles and advice from young shooters who have competed nationally and internationally, as well as letters from members, game meat recipes and puzzles to keep you informed and entertained. Each issue also includes member competitions with great prizes up for grabs.
Many of the stories are written by junior members of the SSAA or their family and friends, but all are written for juniors, so we can ensure the next generation can continue in their chosen recreation safely and sustainably.
Queensland junior member Riley Philips maps out the route she took to enjoying long-range shooting, outlining the help she received and how she is now guiding her younger sister Grace in the discipline. There is also a family connection when Joseph Sorrentino embarks on a deer hunt with his dad in the central tablelands of New South Wales. Continuing the father-son combination, Matt Fox and his dad set out on a week’s hunt in Charters Towers, Queensland. Matt learns about deer identification and selection from expert Clark McGhie and bags a trophy chital stag, seven trophy boars and two wild dogs among their bumper haul. Technical Advisor Brendan Atkinson offers some guidance on how novice shooters can master the ins and outs of sighting their rifles.Download
Victorian hunter James Adams shares some of his experiences in hunting hares with his -22 calibre rifle and lays bare some of the habits of the creatures, revealing where the expression ‘Mad as a March hare’ emanates from. Commonwealth Games gold medallist Alethea Sedgman gives an insight into how she became interested in shooting and the rigorous training and dietary guidelines she implements to keep in tip-top condition for international competition. Grandad and SSAA member Jack Boswell writes an open letter to his third eldest grandson about his enthusiasm for hunting deer. Juniors turn on the style by dressing in formal attire for a grand occasion as part of a pheasant shoot in New Zealand, and chef Erica Wright serves up a kangaroo burrito bake.Download
Queensland handgun shooter Blake Williams talks about his involvement in the NRA World Action Pistols Championships and his hopes for the future. Sixteen-year-old Riley Philips offers some tips about how to survive in the bush, thanks to lessons gleaned from hunting with her grandfather in western Queensland. Riley covers such things as what to take, clothing, bedding and camp chores. Senior correspondent John Dunn outlines the Yanco Program - an initiative put in motion by SSAA members Kathy Tobler and Brett Bensley in conjunction with Yanco Agricultural High School to put sports shooting on offer as a recreational activity for students. A fine read is rounded off by a crossword puzzle.Download
Once you have caught your game then comes the tricky task of cleaning the catch. Elise Jurasovic delivers a step-by-step demonstration of how to skin a hare, accompanied by photos of the process, until she has clean meat ready to take to the kitchen. Elise then shows she is no slouch on the cooking front when she serves up Italian braised hare in red wine. To round off a recipe double-header, Erica Wright puts together Italian-style goat. James Adams embarks on goat hunting expeditions along the dry, flat, scrub-covered terrain of outback New South Wales to the highland ranges of East Gippsland in Victoria, and John Hill weighs in with some basic rifle shooting techniques.Download
The names given to particular cartridges can often be a source of bafflement to junior shooters. However, as Tim Blackwell explains, there is logic to the creation and title of this quirky element of shooting. On a similar theme, Barry Wilmot opens the doors on the art of reloading, which can be a rewarding exercise both in terms of enjoyment and money-saving. Out on the range, Rachael Andrews discusses the role of spotters and how they can provide invaluable assistance for medal-chasing target shooters. Cheri Tabor takes us on an enthralling deer hunt in Volcanic Mount St Helens in North America, while how to cook game from such a trek is detailed in a recipe for venison chilli con carne.Download
Firearms licensing and regulations vary in all states and territories across Australia, so we offer a concise guide as to what a junior shooter needs to do in their respective area. Thirteen-year-old Connor Knack tells his heart-warming story about how he took up shooting after a medical condition prevented him from playing physical contact sports. Elise Jurasovic, 11, shares her joy of growing up in Tasmania as part of a family that hunts and how she yearns for when she can apply for her minor’s permit. North American correspondent Thomas Tabor unravels the mysteries of a bullet’s ballistic coefficient, and chef Erica Wright rolls out her recipe for kangaroo teriyaki. We also have a junior shooter’s crossword for you to puzzle over.Download