Hunter Gives Thumbs Up To Water Buffalo Hunt With Hunt Australia


Published: September - 2010

Subscriber Thomas Cunningham has good things to say about a water buffalo hunt he and his sons, Justin and Nick, enjoyed in Australia this past July with Hunt Australia, arranged through Dan Goodenow of Jim Shockey's Hunting Adventures (248-613-7549; Dgoodenow@jim shockey.com). He writes, "This was a follow-up to a New Zealand trip with my two sons (16 and 13) and my wife. For this hunt, my wife remained at the hotel in Cairns while the boys and I flew to Gove (Nhulunbuy), a mining town on the extreme northern tip of Australia in the Northern Territory.

"We stayed overnight at the Walkabout Lodge in Gove and were picked up the following morning and driven about three hours down a lonely, red dirt road through a verdant green eucalyptus forest. The tent camp is rustic but comfortable. Our tent was brand new, with two-rooms and three cots. The camp features permanent flush toilets and two permanent showers, along with a screened dining gazebo. Meals were prepared by Meghan, the camp cook, who hails from Kansas City, Missouri, and did a great job keeping my two boys happy with hamburgers, pizza, spaghetti and other standards that they liked.

"There is a large crocodile, "Conrad," in the lagoon next to the camp. We didn't see Conrad, but we saw his girlfriend, a 12-foot female that occasionally patroled the lagoon. Temperatures were moderate - warm in the afternoon but pleasant in the evening and overnight. The place is buggy, so bring good mosquito repellent and use it. We saw no snakes. Other than the buffalo and many different kinds of birds, there isn't a lot of other fauna to see. We got a fleeting glimpse of a wallaby one day and saw dingoes a few times. We also heard dingoes howling several nights.

"Hunting is done by driving and spotting. Most of the driving was on relatively well-maintained roads, though some of it involved bush bashing' along watercourses. There is a large floodplain where many buffalo congregate. We spotted buffalo every day and shootable buffalo most........(continued)

 
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