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Title: Australian Experience. Photo Essay
Post by: tradtusker on March 08, 2013, 04:51:00 AM
Not quite the Dark continent, but wild just the same.
Over the last few years, I have been guiding safaris in Australia, it opened my eyes to some wild country and I can say Iv come to appreciate this vast country and the beautiful landscape and game it offers to the adventurous bowhunter. Iv had the privilege to have some of our own Tragdagners in camp on some of these adventures and its always a pleasure to share in their hunts.

This is a vast land, and its a hard relentless country, the sun pounds day after day, the mosquitoes find no trouble biting through two layers of plaid shirt and will suck you dry faster then a sailor. Home of some of the most venomous Snakes and spiders all of which iv had my fair share of close encounters with, the shear remoteness of some of the camps and hunting area's mean that one good tagging from a deadly snake and there is little you could do to make it out alive.  This hard dry bush can kill you just as fast as the coldest wildest mountains!

Follow along we'r heading for the Northern territory. Where the Buffalo Roam....

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From "The Proposition" worth a watch.
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUVsDy0sc3k
Title: Re: Australian Experience. Photo Essay
Post by: tradtusker on March 08, 2013, 04:59:00 AM
My good friend Allan DeVore Glassing some prime Buffalo country, We have shared some great hunts together over the last few years.
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Sadly this valley was shot out by "pet food" culling the buffalo to make place for Cattle ranching selling the meat for pet food and crab baiting in the ocean. I had come to know this area like the back of my hand, I lived in a bush camp here for 2 months at a time, Living on Buffalo Biltong and fresh Baramundi during the season.
Title: Re: Australian Experience. Photo Essay
Post by: tradtusker on March 08, 2013, 05:10:00 AM
There are buffalo out there, lets go find them.
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there's one out in the flood plain, lets go take a look, dark color and solid build "I think he's a Big one"
Note the grass "topped" by the Buffalo, they have been feeding here frequently.
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Light is gonna drop fast now, lets move in.

Nice work, careful now. Arrow is nocked. "ready yourself"
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"Half way up the body, right on that blade of grass, he's about 26m"
Title: Re: Australian Experience. Photo Essay
Post by: tradtusker on March 08, 2013, 05:22:00 AM
"nice shot, hold your ground" ...."watch him, watch him i see blood from the nose" "he's going down"
unbelievable!  Congrats!
Craig Moy, with his bull.
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Great hunt bother.
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Lets get him back to camp, ill take care of it there.
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Craig told me during our hunt
" your mind is like a parachute, its only good if its open "    :campfire:
Title: Re: Australian Experience. Photo Essay
Post by: tradtusker on March 08, 2013, 05:53:00 AM
Its not Australia without PIGS. Lets head down this river I have seen good diggings of the river flat.

hard Klms on the boots here, you hunt with me you need to be ready to walk.

There is one, he's heading to the right, "stop" he's stopped, ears pricked. You must pay close attention to the ears, they give you important body language, Shhh got away with it, let him go feed....
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ok lets make the stalk, he's rooting in the burnt grass, "get close" Ill hang back.

"here we go, pick a spot Allan"
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Let me take a look at that Arrow.
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Title: Re: Australian Experience. Photo Essay
Post by: Friend on March 08, 2013, 02:06:00 PM
My duffel bag of memories and dreams has seemingly reached flood stage.

Your altruistic sharing of these respendit experiences have served to make the decision all too easy.

I just procured another duffel bag especiically designated for extraordinary memories and uncommon dreams.

Again, Thank you!
Title: Re: Australian Experience. Photo Essay
Post by: tradtusker on March 08, 2013, 04:16:00 PM
Yip, good blood. He wont go far. Solid boar.
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lets take a break, wanna fish?
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Give the lure plenty of action, real in and jig it...Bang your on!
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and

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this next Lagoon, I talked a client into helping me hand carry the boat into, its no doubt the first and Im sure for a Very long time will be the last time anyone will ever touch that water with a boat again. Some good size flat dogs in there as well.

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A man can work up a honest hunger (and thirst     :saywhat:    )

Heat up the skillet.
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Title: Re: Australian Experience. Photo Essay
Post by: DHR on March 08, 2013, 04:41:00 PM
Heck yeah Andy, great pic's both the fish and the critters.  I don't believe I've set foot on that continent for the last time!
Title: Re: Australian Experience. Photo Essay
Post by: slivrslingr on March 08, 2013, 10:32:00 PM
Great stuff Andy!  A buff hunt didn't materialize for me, so thanks for taking me (and the rest of the Gang) along via pics!
Title: Re: Australian Experience. Photo Essay
Post by: tradtusker on March 08, 2013, 11:58:00 PM
Daniel, you and I are hitting NZ high country amongst other things , just waiting for the card to be dealt.

Chris where is Au are you based now?
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Post by: slivrslingr on March 09, 2013, 06:48:00 AM
Perth, until June, then back to the States.
Title: Re: Australian Experience. Photo Essay
Post by: DHR on March 09, 2013, 09:49:00 AM
You know it Andy, can't wait!  In the meantime I'm enjoying these pics of the NT.
Title: Re: Australian Experience. Photo Essay
Post by: tradtusker on March 09, 2013, 03:19:00 PM
Sometime you just come across and area and think WOW

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if you could hunt ducks you have some action
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Through my bino's
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mmm whats that Pat?
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Title: Re: Australian Experience. Photo Essay
Post by: Siewho on March 11, 2013, 09:44:00 AM
Thanks for sharing. Great shots. Love the NT hunts boars and buff.
Title: Re: Australian Experience. Photo Essay
Post by: Macca on March 14, 2013, 04:12:00 AM
Great pics Andy, luv the pic of Allan drawing down on the pig.

Thanks for posting, cheers Macca.
Title: Re: Australian Experience. Photo Essay
Post by: Froggy on March 15, 2013, 09:45:00 AM
Andy,

Goodness... I sure do love your threads, pics are always top notch. And you are leading a dreamed life.....Congrats !!! Glad the Kanati is agreeing with you, sure are great bows.

PS..Quickly becoming one of my heroe's    :campfire:  

Froggy
Title: Re: Australian Experience. Photo Essay
Post by: gregg dudley on March 16, 2013, 06:20:00 PM
Wow!  That's all I got for you.  Just Wow!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: cacciatore on March 16, 2013, 06:40:00 PM
Great pics,Andy. One day I'll join you.
Title: Re: Australian Experience. Photo Essay
Post by: coaster500 on March 17, 2013, 10:29:00 AM
Thanks for the respite from the everyday grind Andy.........  

Your adventures warm the soul of this old hunter  :)


  :campfire:
Title: Re: Australian Experience. Photo Essay
Post by: Bisch on March 17, 2013, 10:16:00 PM
That is AWESOME Andy. I wish i could shoot enough bow and come back over there for a buffalo hunt. Next time you see Mick, tell him Bisch said hello!

Bisch
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Post by: Hummer3T on April 28, 2013, 07:11:00 PM
very nice, thanks for sharing
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Post by: LEOPARD on May 01, 2013, 05:26:00 AM
Great thread, bro. Definitely brings back the senses and memories for those that have had the privilege of roaming those wilds with you!    :campfire:
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Post by: DesertDude on May 02, 2013, 08:47:00 PM
Great pic's Andy
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Post by: Bear Heart on May 06, 2013, 12:21:00 AM
wow!
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Post by: amar911 on May 12, 2013, 01:38:00 AM
You have brought back some great memories, Andy. I can't say I have ever enjoyed hunting any more than I did on the trips there to Oz with you. It hurts me terribly to have the hunting area wiped out of buffs just to feed household pets. I knew it was going to happen, but the loss is depressing. I'm glad I had two fantastic hunts on that old cattle station before the slaughter. Every few days I re-live in my mind the walking and glassing, or the stalks you and I did, and I savor the memories of the shots when we got them. And there were the afternoons of fishing for barramundi in the croc infested pool or of relaxing in the swimming hole with the heated waterfall. As the saying goes, "Thanks for the memories." Those experiences were the stuff life is built on. Hope you make it back to Oklahoma soon so we can hunt deer and turkey together again.

Allan
Title: Re: Australian Experience. Photo Essay
Post by: tradtusker on May 12, 2013, 03:36:00 AM
I have fond memory's of that as well Allan. We had some pretty neat hunts together out there, very sad to see the end to the property and the great Buff that were there. Relive some of those hunts often, and wont forget the look on your face when I first told you to take off your boots we'r going to walk up to that Big Bull in your Avatar out in the flat burnt only one tree flood plain. It was about as good as your face when the Bull fell to the earth after a heavy arrow to the chest. Some wild hunting to share my friend!
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Post by: JoeM on May 17, 2013, 12:31:00 PM
Thanks!!   :)    :thumbsup:    :)
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Post by: Centex on May 17, 2013, 06:19:00 PM
Hold on let me put my eyeballs back in....yep that is awesome.
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Post by: kibok&ko on May 29, 2013, 03:44:00 AM
thanks for this dream time travel looking at your pics !
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Post by: FerretWYO on May 30, 2013, 05:53:00 PM
Always enjoy what you post buddy.
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Post by: VictoryHunter on June 04, 2013, 11:45:00 PM
Incredible hunt! Thanks for sharing    :campfire:
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Post by: Anointed Archer on June 05, 2013, 01:19:00 PM
Awesome! Thank you for the journey!
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Post by: Steve Clandinin on June 13, 2013, 11:02:00 AM
Always love your posts and Storys,fantastic in every way.Thanks ever so much for sharing.
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Post by: duncan idaho on June 17, 2013, 02:25:00 AM
Andy,
       Where are you calling home these days? Still guiding in OZ? or off to South Africa?
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Post by: Craig_H on August 15, 2013, 06:25:00 AM
Read / looked at this post several times, love the images.
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Post by: GANDGOLF on September 16, 2013, 02:36:00 PM
Great looking picture of PDK !!!
Title: Re: Australian Experience. Photo Essay
Post by: tradtusker on September 19, 2013, 04:21:00 PM
Bill Im living in Australia now. Freelance guide and timber cutter, As well as what ever else I can turn my hand at.