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.
Media Officer Kate Fantinel recounts the interesting tale of Ashley Bellotti-Mulders, the Western Australian 2013 Junior Hunter of the Year. Ashley, from Mundaring, near Perth, won the award despite living with severe dyslexia and demonstrates a clear understanding of the importance of hunting from a conservationist perspective. Also on the hunting front, Paige Donald enjoys a South African safari with her grandfather, where she took a warthog and a kudu, while Joseph Nugent describes how he shot his first feral pig on a property outside Moonie, Queensland. Victorian Bailey Hourigan had a similar experience when he downed a 100kg boar on a trip to the Gove Peninsula in the Northern Territory. Elizabeth Mullens, who grew up in a farming and hunting household, puts together a farmhouse-style recipe for rabbit pie.Download
Elise Jurasovic relives the highlights of a deer hunting trip to the central highlands of Tasmania. Along the way, she also managed to squeeze in some supervised practice at lighting a fire with flint and steel, which could come in handy during any emergency situation. We speak with Single Action World Champion Sam Medway, who introduces us to his alias, ‘Savage Sam’, as he moves into competition cowboy mode to sample a taste of shooting from the era of the pioneering Wild West. James Farrugia discusses how he promotes the joys of recreational shooting with newcomers, and Elizabeth Mullens dishes up her recipe for tasty honey-soy duck, bacon and vegetable shish kebabs.Download
Benchrest wonder kid Stuart Foate explains his enthusiasm for the discipline and how he became involved in the specialised category. He follows this up with a basic beginner’s guide for aspiring SSAA junior shooters who may wish to try to emulate his deeds. Brad Allen, a hunter with more than 40 years experience, passes on some of his knowledge to the junior ranks. Brad should know how things work, as he has introduced his four children to the art of tracking game in the wild. Sam Spanton describes how he and his dad, as well as his sister Lilli, enjoyed making hunting inroads into a mob of goats who occupied a ridge. And Cameron Smith discusses the issue of allowing shooters to hunt pest animals in national parks.Download
Olympic Games shooter Will Godward returns to deliver some expert tips about shooting from the offhand position. Will covers everything from feet, ears, head and eyes, stressing the need to be confident in your abilities and when to take the shot. Hunting rules for juniors within the various states and territories are given a thorough review, with all legislation closely examined. Senay Wilson describes the excitement of her first hunting trip with her dad and a group of friends. She was certainly thrilled when she shot a feral pig. Meanwhile, bunnies were the order of the day for Matt Fox when he and his dad nabbed more than 100 of the animals during a week’s hunt. Along with this glut of pests, they also nailed six foxes and a feral cat.Download
Olympian Will Godward talks about his success on the international shooting stage and remembers how it all began - learning his skills on the range as part of the SSAA Moonta Branch, where his enjoyment of the sport was nurtured. Denis Roe describes how his son Brendan took his first warthog and bushbuck ram back in their native South Africa. Continuing the hunting theme, youngster Samuel Cadorin recalls how an early-morning outing ended with him bagging his first billy goat under the supervision of his dad. And Professor Peter Terry from the University of Southern Queensland draws on his expertise to tackle some of the psychological challenges of the sport, discussing how mental toughness is an integral part of becoming a good shooter.Download
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