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On Banteng Hunting in Northern Territory Australia

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Report ID: 9429 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 21, 2013 to August 23, 2013
Place of Hunt: Australia - Northern Territory
Hunt Area: Cberg 55B and Gan Gan

Outfitter (or safari company): Karl Goodhand; Goodhand Outback Experience. PO Box 920 Howard Springs; NT 0835; Australia; Tel. 011 0409024989; Web
Personal Guide (if any): Carl Goodhand and Mark Sargent
Booking Agent (if any): Matt Graham; Hunt Australia. Tel. 011-61-2-6771-4734; Email:; Web
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:

Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo, Water - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 110"
Banteng - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 82"
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: The buffalo and banteng were free-ranging. All were plentiful.

SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Good Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Good Condition of Equipment: Good
Quality of Food: Good Trophy Care: N/A
Name of Airline: Qantas Airline Service: Poor
Airline Comments: Major problem with handling of firearms

Hunting Fees: Combined with report 9430 Amount: $37500
Trophy Fees: Included Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $2400
Other Costs: Trophy prep, transfers, licenses Amount: $1585
Total: $0

Problems of Hunt: See narrative report
Highlights of Hunt: Took all desired animals including possible no. 1 banteng.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? Success.

Hunter Name: Robert A. Dobson, III
Contact Information: Tel. 864-630-0386 - 1207 Pelham Rd., Greenville, SC 29615 E-mail:
Hunting Experience: 4 continents
Physical Condition: Good for age 74

IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Notified Personal Guide? Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?

This hunt was very memorable in many ways. I had planned the hunt because I love to hunt buffalo, and  I craved the "different" experience of hunting in Australia. It was important to me because I needed to take at least four of the animals available there - water buffalo, banteng, scrub bull, and either sambar, rusa or axis deer, in order to attain the diamond level Inner circles of Wild Oxen of the World and Animals of the South Pacific. I had been cautioned by my Outfitter, Matthew Graham of Hunt Australia, that it would not necessarily be easy to do. However, he promised to do whatever he could to make it happen and Boy! Did he deliver!

I was unaware as my son Jon and I left the US, that within just the past few days Matt had lost his banteng area due to a difference with his aborigine landlords. As a result, he had made arrangements for us to hunt with another outfitter, Carl Goodhand of Goodhand's Outdoor Adventures, who had a very good banteng area elsewhere. We knew nothing of this when we arrived in the airport at Darwin, and there was no one to meet us. We waited for a couple of hours, making frantic phone calls to Matt and his wife, and to all the phone numbers we had been given ... but no answers. Finally a young man showed up looking for two "American hunters". He did not know our names, and he had never heard of Matt Graham or Hunt Australia, but he was there to take us to "Carl's" hunt camp, to hunt banteng. With some misgivings, we climbed aboard for what turned out to be a long, long drive. When we arrived in camp, we were dismayed to find ourselves assigned to small tents in a camp which featured one main utility building and no running water. The facilities were not so bad, but they suffered in our estimation by comparison to the glowing description of Hunt Australia's "Resort" which was the camp in which we had been originally scheduled to hunt. We did not ever know the whole story about the reason for the switch until near the end of our trip.

All's well that ends well. Jon shot his banteng the second morning, and the second afternoon after some previous clients left camp we were allowed into the premier banteng area which they had been hunting. Banteng everywhere! Big ones! After a fairly short stalk I shot mine at about 100 yards. My guide at that point was Carl, and he ran ahead, rather excitedly, I thought as I followed along more carefully. As I approached, he was waving his arms and shouting "Top Five" -I had no clue what he meant until he looked me in the eye and said:" I THINK YOU HAVE JUST SHOT A TOP FIVE ANIMAL." Then he ignored me and proceeded to measure the horns with his fingers, over and over again. I just stood there, and he came over to me, shook my hand, and said that he thought that I had actually just shot the new world number one. The thought that I would shoot a top ten or better animal was so unlikely to me, that I didnt know how to respond other than to thank him. It has still not been officially measured, as the drying out period has just passed, and I am hoping for the best. Carl measured it with his tape back at camp at 82"+. Whatever happens, just having the experience of being able to entertain the possibility of a world record is very special.

We were met at Gan Gan by my close friend from South Carolina, Norman Pulliam, who had flown down to hunt buffalo with us. My guide was Mark Sargent, who was in charge of the camp and who would have been my guide for banteng had we been able to hunt Matt Graham's normal area. It was only then that I learned exactly what had happened and why we had hunted in several different areas - it had all been set up at the last minute by Matt Graham in order to give us the best possible hunting opportunities and the best chance at success. I am grateful to Matt for that he went above and beyond.

Well, we all got our buffalo at Gan Gan. All three of us took 109" to 110" animals. Not everything was perfect, we encountered the unexpected, we went with the flow. We got our animals and had a fine time and met some fine people.  And that's the most important thing.

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