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Title: West QLD AUS Hunt report
Post by: BB340 on August 29, 2017, 10:00:33 PM
Not long ago returned from a great hunt in Western Queensland Australia. My partner and I had a 6 hour drive from my house to the property where we were spending a week with my mate, guide, outfitter, cook and taxidermist Danny Vanbrugh hunting for scrub bulls (feral ox), wild goats, feral rams and pigs.
The rifles I used were my .460 custom deluxe Mark V with 500gr TSX handloads, my .257 WBY Mark V deluxe with 115gr TSX handloads. Plus my vanguard Camilla in 7mm-08 with 140gr Remington Corelokt factory ammo.
The week was fantastic and I secured a fantastic scrub bull that may be the new No5 SCI record. The 1st shot from the .460 had him down within a few steps where I then gave him a insurance shot to the spine.
The next one was a very old bullock that had a great set of horns too. This old battler was in a very poor shape and we doubted he would of survived this coming summer's heat. Nonetheless he was one tough bugger! My 1st shot from the .460 broke both his front shoulders making him collapse head down but with backside still standing up. He remained like that for around 30 seconds then dropped. He was far from finished so I put a rear racking shot thru him. He lay completely down after that but then lifted his head and neck again. So I aimed for a neck shot but just missed the spine but it was enough to lay him flat. I then moved to a different position and put a finisher through his heat.
Both bulls were taken at no more than 50 yards.
The other critters I took were 3 great feral goats. Their horns were a 40", 41" and 43" one. I also took an old feral merino ram that had been running about on this property for quite a few years.
The .257 WBY with 115gr TSX's worked ok on a couple of goats and the ram. However the 115gr TSX's were a bit heavy for these animals. I knew they would of been but I was testing these loads in the field as I am using them for my plains game in South Africa next year.
The 7mm-08 Camilla performed flawlessly and knocked over a good billy and several pigs too.
All in all it was an absolutely fantastic trip.
Title: Re: West QLD AUS Hunt report
Post by: Michiganhunter on August 30, 2017, 04:26:15 AM
It sounds like a wonderful hunt! It's nice you have the animals that give you an opportunity to use the larger calibers. Congrats!
Title: Re: West QLD AUS Hunt report
Post by: .257 on August 30, 2017, 04:41:00 AM
Now that's a hunting trip!!!!

Congratulations
Title: Re: West QLD AUS Hunt report
Post by: terminator on August 30, 2017, 06:18:10 AM
That was a good hunt. Congrats.Looked like you had your little buddy with you also in a couple of picts.
Title: Re: West QLD AUS Hunt report
Post by: Blackbear3 on August 30, 2017, 06:19:30 AM
Congratulations,  sounds like a perfect tuneup for your Africa trip!!!
Title: Re: West QLD AUS Hunt report
Post by: BB340 on August 30, 2017, 04:00:33 PM
That was a good hunt. Congrats.Looked like you had your little buddy with you also in a couple of picts.


Yep you are right Roger, I had my little mate. He is named Crazy. It was him that found the first billy for us as we had spooked them and the cagey old fella instantly retreated to the thick timber and scrub. We had then ridden past him and another younger billy on two different days but the scrub was that thick you couldn't see in there. Then on another day I let Crazy off and he instantly bolted into the thickest part and flushed them out so I could get a shot. It worked out quite well.
Title: Re: West QLD AUS Hunt report
Post by: DW5 on September 22, 2017, 07:23:10 AM
Wow, What a trip! Great pictures too! How exactly did the 115s do? You mentioned they were a bit heavy, were the wounds they caused a bit dramatic for the size of animal you shot?

Also your story reminded me of another Australian hunter who has been posting a hunt on the internet lately. If you are familiar with Adam Greentree, you should check out the elk hunt he has been chronicling through pictures, short stories, and quick videos on social media lately. It's pretty good. His encounters with a curious grizzly bear are pretty legit.
Title: Re: West QLD AUS Hunt report
Post by: DW5 on September 22, 2017, 07:27:49 AM
Forgot to mention, good luck in Africa! There are a lot of members going on/gearing up for some amazing hunts on The Nation right now!
Title: Re: West QLD AUS Hunt report
Post by: BB340 on September 22, 2017, 03:25:39 PM
Thanks DW, you are right, it was a great trip. As to the 115gr TSX's, they were zipping thru these thin skinned goats and not opening up much. But I had expected that as they are made for bigger critters. They still did a great job and I will continue to use them. A 100gr TSX would be better for these critters.
I will have no hesitation using these 115gr projectiles in Africa for Greater Kudu, Zebra, Nyala etc.
Title: Re: West QLD AUS Hunt report
Post by: PARA45 on September 22, 2017, 05:11:59 PM
BB, what a sh*t hot hunting trip, congrats brother!  You took some amazing trophies.   Where are you going to Africa, and who are you hunting with?  I'll probably head back to SA in the next two years.  I have some unfinished business with some plains game, and my lovely wife wants to go back and said that our living room wall needs more dead stuff......I love this woman.  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: West QLD AUS Hunt report
Post by: BB340 on September 23, 2017, 04:54:36 PM
BB, what a sh*t hot hunting trip, congrats brother!  You took some amazing trophies.   Where are you going to Africa, and who are you hunting with?  I'll probably head back to SA in the next two years.  I have some unfinished business with some plains game, and my lovely wife wants to go back and said that our living room wall needs more dead stuff......I love this woman.  ;D ;D ;D


Thanks Oscar, your right it was a sh*t hot trip!
I will be hunting in the Limpopo province. Right up on the border of Zimbabwe and only about 40kms from Kruger national park. Will be hunting with Tshipise Safaris. Will be taking Cape buffalo bull(s) and cow. Then Greater kudu, Impala, Gemsbok, zebra, nyala, duiker, steenbok and baboons. Plus anything else that may happen across lol.
Also taking a 3 day tour of Kruger National Park half way thru the hunt as my girlfriend has always wanted to go there.
Title: Re: West QLD AUS Hunt report
Post by: terminator on September 23, 2017, 05:03:35 PM
WOW.That sounds like a great hunt coming up also.Good luck and keep us informed with a lot of picts and stories.
Title: Re: West QLD AUS Hunt report
Post by: BB340 on September 24, 2017, 01:18:42 AM
WOW.That sounds like a great hunt coming up also.Good luck and keep us informed with a lot of picts and stories.


You bet I will Roger. Wish it was this year instead of next though. But time will fly by. Hopefully give me I will have a new house with trophy room by then. Or as I say, A Trophy room with a house attached lol.
Title: Re: West QLD AUS Hunt report
Post by: Michiganhunter on March 18, 2018, 01:01:19 PM
In the photo with the merino ram there is a pile of dirt the rams head is resting on. Is this just a natural pile of dirt or is this something an animal made and if so, what kind of animal?
Title: Re: West QLD AUS Hunt report
Post by: BB340 on March 18, 2018, 03:06:09 PM
In the photo with the merino ram there is a pile of dirt the rams head is resting on. Is this just a natural pile of dirt or is this something an animal made and if so, what kind of animal?


That is an old Termite mound. They are a small grub type thing that eats wood. They use their saliva and dirt to make these mounds in which to live. Some of these mounds up in the Northern Territory can reach 12ft in height.
Title: Re: West QLD AUS Hunt report
Post by: Michiganhunter on March 18, 2018, 04:41:54 PM
In the photo with the merino ram there is a pile of dirt the rams head is resting on. Is this just a natural pile of dirt or is this something an animal made and if so, what kind of animal?


That is an old Termite mound. They are a small grub type thing that eats wood. They use their saliva and dirt to make these mounds in which to live. Some of these mounds up in the Northern Territory can reach 12ft in height.
So those mounds of different sizes behind you in the photo are create by termites? We have termites here also in the states.
What are the predominant predators for kangaroos and are they good to eat? I have also heard of the brown snakes you have and from what I’ve heard and watched they are extremely deadly.
I’m no different than 99% of hunters all over that enjoy watching and reading about animals of all sorts. The books and videos on Australia mentioned you have years when roads are so plentiful that driving on roads is like driving on ice. I’ve seen where you’ve had mice population explosions that decimated grain fields and storage facilities.
Do you have populations of furbearers that are trapped or shot and sold for mittens or clothes? Are dingo
Title: Re: West QLD AUS Hunt report
Post by: Michiganhunter on March 18, 2018, 05:55:32 PM
In the photo with the merino ram there is a pile of dirt the rams head is resting on. Is this just a natural pile of dirt or is this something an animal made and if so, what kind of animal?


That is an old Termite mound. They are a small grub type thing that eats wood. They use their saliva and dirt to make these mounds in which to live. Some of these mounds up in the Northern Territory can reach 12ft in height.
Title: Re: West QLD AUS Hunt report
Post by: BB340 on March 18, 2018, 06:17:31 PM
Yep those are all created by Termites.
The main predators of kangaroos would be the dingo and the introduced red fox. Kangaroos are a prolific breeder. A doe can have up to 3 joeys going at one time. She will have one that lives on the outside of the pouch and is old enough to eat grass but may also still require milk. Then she will have one that will live in pouch and starting to learn to hop but still only lives off milk. Then she will have a fetus still attached. She can then produce 3 different types of milk to feed them all. She can also stop the growth of the fetus for as long as she wants. So if say a drought comes along and there is not enough feed around, she will halt the growth of that baby until better times arrive. It is ridiculous how the animal rights activist try and tell other countries not to buy kangaroo products because they are in threat of becoming endangered. The truth of the matter is that there are that many of the buggers hopping around the place they are quite a big pest. They decimate our grain fields quite a lot. There are quite a few things made from the kangaroo and the meat is sold in supermarkets and exported overseas. It is quite a strong pungent meat that needs to be either say cooked on the rare to medium rare or done slowly in a casserole. We could do a lot more with our kangaroos if only the animal activists would stop with their lies and halting the growth of the industry. The number one repair job to motor vehicles is from hitting kangaroos. And they do some serious damage when one hits them too! Rabbits and pigs are also a major problem in destroying cropping grounds.
Yep mate we have some pretty serious snakes down here. I think we have have 9 of the top 10 dangerous snakes in the world. With the most dangerous being our Inland Taipan I think. The brown snake is quite a dangerous bugger and probably one of the most encountered of the dangerous snakes. That and his big brother the King Brown.
   
Title: Re: West QLD AUS Hunt report
Post by: Michiganhunter on March 19, 2018, 06:20:38 PM
Here in the states we have a huge problem with deer/vehicle collisions. We have more whitetail deer in more states than ever. The population explosion has to do with many variables but hunters have done more to increase the habitat and protect the species more than all the groups like Peta, humane society and so called animal lovers combined. We have more auto accidents due to many reasons; the adaptability of the specie to thrive in all types of habitat, environments and climates and the increase of people moving into newly developed suburbs that used to be farm country. The refusal of these new towns to control and reduce the population through hunting also contributes to the problem. No one wants firearms to be used in populated areas, but archery could be and is a safe alternative. I remember quite a few years ago reading an article about doing this very same thing in the suburbs of Minneapolis/St. Paul. There were some absolute monsters shot. Instead of allowing this type of a safe hunting technique, they just used a broad stroke of the brush and painted all hunting as dangerous, cruel and abhorrent to rationally minded, civilized societies . As more and more suburb residents have their expensive flora eaten, landscape destroyed, aggressive rutting bucks chasing kids waiting for the school bus, $2000 specially bred dogs being impaled and expensive SUV’s and soccer mom vans damaged with insurance rates skyrocketing due to unwanted Bambi encounters are waking up to reducing the herds by listening to sound, scientific advice of wildlife experts and using the best way to reduce the herds. Hunting. I have hit probably a dozen deer and just about everyone I know has wrecked a vehicle. My brother hit a deer, had it repaired and a couple weeks later did so again. He picked his repaired truck and the next morning, about 12 hours later, hit another deer and totaled the truck. This all happened in the span of about 5 weeks. This happened to someone who knows how to watch and anticipate areas that deer may cross the road. He pays attention to the glow of eyes at night and if he sees a deer cross the road ahead of hit, he slow downs and anticipates another deer that might be following.
I guess I went “off subject” on this post and apologize for doing so.
Title: Re: West QLD AUS Hunt report
Post by: Michiganhunter on March 20, 2018, 06:10:07 PM
I just received my April 2018 NRA’s American Hunter magazine. There is a story on hunting Australian Water Buffalo on Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory’s. It’s a good read.
Title: Re: West QLD AUS Hunt report
Post by: BB340 on March 21, 2018, 03:19:32 PM
Cool. The Water buffalo is a great critter to hunt. I am hanging to get back up there for another trophy buff hunt.