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    Brookwater (near Brisbane)
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    Shooting (dah!), 4WD, Camping, Astronomy, Family
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    223 LA102, 308 Weatherby Vanguard II, 22 WMR Browning T Bolt Varmit, ancient 20 Sheridan Blue Streak Air Rifle, 22 Kral Puncher Breaker air rifle.

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  1. That’s a cool pic of the fox in full flight, did you take it Vicfox?
  2. Thanks Pete, I had been checking out your callers, they look pretty god and certainly come up well in any reviews.
  3. Don’t know how many on the forum use them but I was wondering if they actually work? I know there are a large selection of them and are predominantly for American game but do the calls that are designed for Coyotes (for instance) work on wild dogs and foxes etc that we are more likely to find here? Are the ones with the mechanical decoys (the bits of fluff that spin around on a loopy wire) an advantage over the ones that just make a sound? Experiences good or bad??
  4. Hi Davin, Automatically opening knives (switch blade) are illegal in Australia as well. I don’t know about double edged knives, I am not aware that they are illegal but someone else may need to advise you on that (you can buy military bayonets in army disposals I think so presumably they are OK). Obviously you can’t carry knives of any sort (or even scissors) in the cabin on aeroplanes (they have to in your checked in luggage) but that’s the same pretty much the world over. You can also get arrested for carrying knives of any sort in public without good reason (i.e. you are an electrician and need to be carrying a knive to strip cables as part of your work, that excuse only works if it is obvious you are working or travelling to/from the job). Having said this, so long as you are sensible and when travelling around and your knife is secured in your luggage etc then you are OK, if you walk down the main street with a Bowie knife swinging from you belt you will probably get in trouble (despite the Corcodile Dundee image, “that’s not a knife”). If you are driving and Plod (police) pulls you over and finds the knife tucked down beside the drivers seat (or even elsewhere unsecured) then you are also in trouble. If you are planning a hunting trip you will have to apply for a visitors firearm license, firearms licenses are administered by the police in the state that yo wish to hunt in, I am not sure if a visitors license issued in one state is recognised in other states (hopefully that is the case). Our firearm laws are very strict as you are probably aware so please do your research so you don’t get disappointed when you arrive. I suggest a Google search of the police department of the state/s that you wish to visit and get in touch. There are companies that will organise guided hunts for you if your budget stretches to it, if you Google this in Australia and contact them they can also advise you on what needs to happen to make it legal for you to hunt here. Of course if you can find someone able to have to tag along on a hunt it will be cheaper and (in my opinion) more enjoyable but you will have to do more research on what to do to stay on the right side of the law. The Northern Territory is possibly a good place to look at to go for a hunt, lots of feral pigs, water buffalo etc. Also awesome wilderness, but a “long” way from Melbourne or Sydney. There are hunting safari companies that operate in the “Top End”, best to go in the “Dry” season (our Winter) so you are coming about he right time of year as we are just getting into the Dry Season now. There are also a number of guys on this forum from the Top End (I am in South East QLD, near Brisbane). You are probably better to hire or borrow a rifle/shotgun over here than try to bring your own over (this would be an exercise in pain I think, I have never tried to do this nor do I know anyone that has tried to bring their own firearms into Aus from overseas, its most likely possible but a lot of firearms you have access to in in the USA are not permitted in Australia and even bringing firearms in that are legal in this country probably requires a lot of hoops to be jumped through). Hope this helps, good luck, hope you enjoy your trip.
  5. Ok thanks, thought that may be it, I have never considered rubber as a fire starter (I keep cotton wool balls in by pack pack as I found my flint will ignite these pretty easy but then have to have some other dry tinder to ignite with the cotton wool balls to get the fire going, will have a play with some old rubber and may put a bit of this in the pack as well).
  6. OK Dunc’s & Joe, you have my curiosity what is the trick with the rubber for fire starting? If is better than other means of fire starting?
  7. Hi Mrnaz, I bought an Olight Javelot M3XS-UT, this was "way" more expensive than the torches you bought, very high quality torch, "supposed" to shine up to 1klm, I find it has a very impressive beam, but like most advertised illumination distances for torches, it is a pure fantasy that you can illuminate anything 1klm away, 300m sure, maybe further depending on what you are trying to illuminate and the atmospheric conditions where you are at the time. Having said this, I for one, will not be trying to shoot something over 300m away at night (I have enough trouble hitting something at a couple of hundred metres or less during the day). I went hunting with my son earlier this week (got back yesterday), as it turned out our night hunting produced nothing (not that we really spent that much time out at night), the torch performed well, just no game around where we were at the time I was using the torch. A few small pigs turned up to a dam we were staking out at dusk, but they scarpered before we could take a bead on them, my son had a crack at one as they were trotting off, I thought he got it but no sign of it or any blood trail so I think his shot landed close enough to scare it. Only thing I got on the trip was one nice bully goat (silly thing almost ran into me, I stalked it for a while then the mob turned around and ran our way, my son would have bagged one as well if his Howa didn't jam trying to load a round from the magazine into the chamber). The property is regularly hunted (as it is hired out to hunters) so any game is very wary indeed. They have had an excellent winter/spring and the property is very lush, lots of tall grass (and heaps of very tall thistle) so even seeing game is very difficult. Did a lot of 4WDing, a lot of hiking/stacking, very little shooting. Regards, Ted
  8. Thanks guys, a lot of good advice, very comprehensive Frankinslapper. I'll check out the lights recommended and try & make up my mind, all going well I'll be heading to north western NSW mid October for a few days of hunting with my son so want a decent light for then. I am hoping to spot a few feral cats, but pigs, foxes, rabbits and possibly fear goats are on the list. Range for spotting would be a few hundred meters/yards, probably no more than about 100 yards for shooting but who knows. If I have something capable of lighting up the game further out then more the better. Regards, Ted
  9. Did a search, not much on the site in the last 6 years regarding spot lights/hunting torches etc. I am looking at getting one I can attach to my scope, of course will be LED, preferably good to at least 100yds in reasonable conditions (by good, can positively identify prey) and not too huge. Don't need all the "doodads" (about the trickiest thing would be a high and low setting but that is no high on the list, don't need strobing etc). Am thinking of the Wolfeyes Seal, a little chunky but I can live with that, seems to be excellent quality and extremely good range if a tad on the expensive side. I don't know what else out there might be out there that may compare favourably and be cheaper (I know you only get what you pay for). I am going so guess that if you halve the range that the "responsible" torch manufactures claim (and divide by 100 for the shonks) then you probably get close to the true usable range. Any thoughts?
  10. For those of you that use a GPS for hunting, what do you recommend and what did you pay? Regards, Ted
  11. G'day, I'm Ted from SE Qld. Recently got back into shooting after more than 30 year break, enjoy shooting with my son. Only punching holes in paper so far but hope to do some hunting when opportunity presents. Currently just have a Browning T Bolt in .22 WMR but looking for a centrefire, exactly which one? Hoping the forum may help with this choice (some would say why one?).
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