Correspondent Greg Morton recently hunted water buffalo in Australia's vast Northern Territory where, he says, one of the owners of Aotearoa Safaris will be operating next year. If that name sounds familiar, it's because we've reported about their free-range hunts in New Zealand in four past articles and four positive hunting reports (articles 2519, 2454, 2339 and 2128 in our online database). Here's what Morton had to say about this operator's foray into Australia:
"Known as the Top End,' Australia's Northern Territory is famous for tropical weather, aboriginal culture,
Kakadu National Park, barramundi fishing, water buffalo, big saltie crocodiles and a laid-back lifestyle. Hunting here is as close to African hunting as you can find in the South Pacific. This region is as big as France, Italy and Spain combined, with a population of just 200,000 people. The capital, Darwin, is the pick-up point for hunters.
"Traditionally, hunting outfitters here have been Australian, many from out of state, but next year there will be a new outfitter with a kiwi accent. His name is Glenn Martin, and he's well known in New Zealand as the co-owner of Aotearoa Safaris.
"Martin, incidentally, is not the first New Zealand outfitter to hunt water buffalo here. Leithen Valley Trophy Hunts New Zealand (www.leithenvalley.co.nz) offers water buffalo on their private Conway Station.
"Northern Territory operations generally hunt free-range water buffalo on aboriginal lands, where the hunts are conducted according to rules set by the traditional owners. It is a contracted financial arrangement that benefits both parties. Sadly, one Australian operation had not upheld its end in recent times on Jawoyn Association Aboriginal........(continued)