Australia had been my dream hunt from the first time I hunted with a bow. Along the years I had suffered a big Australian fever, dreaming about endless hunting properties and big pigs with long tusks. Decided to find a cure for my problem, myself and a group of friends fix the date to visit the wonderful land of OZ during the summer of 2011.
Cape York is the hog bowhunting paradise, big hogs, great tusks and good populations are waiting to the adventurous bowhunter. First adventure is arrive to the hunting properties, specially flying from Spain or europe. After a long air trip, you will find that you need eight or nine hours by 4×4 to arrive to the station where the hunt will begin.
Hunt pigs in the Cape is simple, you need to go to the bush and find the pigs, not feeders, no fences, no stands, no blinds, all is done by stalking near the billabongs, around the streams, rivers or close to dead animals where the pigs go to eat the worms and similars. Pigs move during daylight, are not fully nocturnal.
“Can you see the bedded pigs?”
The hunt succes will be determined because the water in the bush. With plenty of water, the pigs can be anywhere and with the incredible extensions of the land, around 2.000.000 acres for ourselves, find them can be very difficult. Yes, we choose one year with lots of rains and floods, so we spend all the day walking, walking and walking trying to find the big hogs. We found them, but was a tough hunt for sure, we walked a long distance before see any animal. The good work from our guides and the persistence was the key of the success. I like unguided hunts but i know that in our hunt, with the water conditions, guides were needed to find the pigs.
“Good one running”
“First hog of my friend Pope”
“Pope giving thanks”
During midday the sun is high and the heat is terrible, you need to stop, take a break and drink lots of water. Hydration bladders are a must, is the best way to carry 3 or 4 liters of water.
“Aitor and a big one”
“Alberto and Andy, Alberto´s first trad kill”
When you walk by the bush close to the water and you see wild animals as crocodiles, scrub bull or wild horses really you think you are in the last frontier. I am not sure about the dimmensions of the hunting area, but we drove by car around hour and half only to arrive to the hunting spots and then , begin to walk. Australia is not a hunting ranch, you can walk during hours before see one animal but sometimes the bush can be exciting.
A true experience and a must have for one Adventurous bowhunter, Australia is a bowhunting paradise…but forget the luxury african lodges.
The pictures show only a part of the animals hunted with our trad and compound bows. As information, we were hunting with Mick Baker, of Trophy Bowhunts and his guide Andy Ivy. Their work was excellent, i recommend them.
Thanks to Mario Bregaña for some of the pictures . Travel with a proffesional photographer is great…and funny.