Hunt Diary #4
We spent the early morning having fun and getting some practise throwing Boomerangs and Spears
I took some time to get some more training in with my Mathews “Monster” Bow and to adjust my sights.
I made a promise to myself to set my Bow up with peep sites and a mechanical release when I get back. Shooting single pin and with fingers is incredibly tough in the field.
Another beautiful day. We spotted a big Boar and I shot him through the spine as he was running flat out at 45 metres with my Ruger Super Redhawk 454.
Later in the day I took three Buffalo with my Hyem 500 nitro. One with a cool head shot that I hope we caught on camera.
We spent some time stalking Buffalo through some dry and noisy leaves. Great training and a good test of your patience. We got close and I prepared to shoot with my bow but we got busted at the last second and they bolted.
We stopped on the way back to camp where a tree had fallen across our path. It was 8 inches thick and very hard and dry. A great opportunity for a little field testing. I never miss a chance to test my products out here!
I chopped it in half with my Special Forces Shovel! It took no time at all.
We spent the morning fishing in the lake.
I hooked two Saratoga and 5 Barramundi. Peter did an excellent job demonstrating filleting them on film.
We had planned to spear fish with some of the local Aboriginal fishermen but they didn't show up.
While waiting I scavenged for wood to make clubs and spears. I'm always looking for new ways to practise my survival skills and to make improvised weapons for hunting or self defense. I made several wooden spears and another tipped with a Bowie Bushman. All were very effective and functional.
Lots of fun.
This afternoon Buck shot and killed Big Buffalo with his bow at 25 yards. It was an awesome shot and it looked really good on film!
We travelled out to an Aboriginal village and talked to the head ranger. We arranged to go spear fishing with some local fishermen later today.
We spent some time throwing the Cold Steel Boomerang. My furthest throw was 70 yards. Pete managed an awesome 106 yards. Good fun.
We went spear fishing in the afternoon. We used saplings tipped with traditional fish-spear heads.
It was incredibly hot and humid. We all slipped and clambered around those steep and muddy river banks in the miserable heat and none of us (the locals included) managed to catch any fish.
Finally Pete managed to spear a small Archer Fish. Our only catch of the morning.
We crossed the lake and stalked a mob of pigs. We stirred up several large Boar and I shot two in quick succession with my Hyem 500 nitro (one at a respectable 65 yards and another at 90 yards, breaking his spine as he ran flat out!). Buck said that second shot was the best rifle shot he'd seen in all of his 30 years of hunting!
That evening it had cooled down and we tried spear fishing again. I managed to catch one Gar Fish. I speared five more during the night but they all wriggled free of the spear head.
We had a lot of fun fishing and talking till late into the night.
It's a pleasure hunting with Buck and Tim.
A great experience!