I am kicking off my first blog with a big g’day to my new friends and supporters in the hunting community. I am the newest (but probably not the youngest!) member of the Hunters Element ProTeam and looking forward to representing H.E. and providing the hunting community with an honest and authentic account of my adventures while using the H.E. products.
Firstly, a little about me. I am Paramedic stationed in Goondiwindi Queensland Australia. That is my job, and a great one at that, but true passion is being in the outdoors. My sport of choice is bowhunting but I have seen the outdoors from the perspective of a bowhunter, rifleshooter, pig-dogger, fisherman (not a very good one!), guide, photographer, writer, hiker, star gazer, or kneeling in cow terds assisting a cowboy who couldn’t stay in the saddle! The outdoors can be enjoyed in as many activities as you could point a stick at.
The following is my bowhunting journey thus far.
2008: I purchased my first bow, a Browning ‘Rage’ compound. My first kill was a small ‘pot sized’ billy on my first bowhunt at Bathurst NSW. I took another 2 billies on that trip.
2009: ‘Suicide Billy’. This was a milestone as my first game taken on a solo hunt, and the inspiration to write hunting stories for Bowhunting Downunder Magazine. I have since written 12 casual stories in addition to my regular columns. I have taken a collection of goats and rabbits with my ‘Rage’.
2010: I purchased a Mathews Monster 7 and harvested my first bowshot pig. From there I have taken another 8 hogs. I took a buffalo bull on a trip to Nhulunbuy NT. This was part of a feasibility study for an Indigenous community attempting to setup bowhunting safaris on their land. This was also my first charge by a wild animal!
I began my regular column “Broken Bitten Busted” in Bowhunting Downunder Magazine, an 8 issue series on wilderness first aid tips and techniques.
2011: In a busy year for big game, I harvested my first red deer stag, a rutting 4×4, then two weeks later a 6×5. Another trip to Dhurujitbi community in the NT saw me take a Water Buffallo Cow at 50 yards. This one made front cover of Bowhunting Downunder in April 2012.
2012: I took a 6×6 red stag, and a number of small game such as rabbits, carp, pigs and goats.
I also began competing in Australian Bowhunting Association (ABA) field archery tournaments. I placed 2nd in Qld State Titles, and 5th Place at World Titles in Wagga Wagga.
2013: A trip to Namibia saw me successfully harvest my ‘bucket list’ of a blue wildebeest and 2 warthog. I also hunted chital deer in Charters Towers Qld. Although unsuccessful on the Chital, I took it as a great learning experience, and also took some quality boars as a consolation prize. I also had a short trip to Victoria to hunt the elusive Sambar deer.
2014: Possibly the pinnacle so far in my bowhunting life has been taking the new Australian Women’s Record Red stag in February this year (As seen on cover of BDU April 2014). It has been officially measured at 268 3/8 Douglas points.
I began my new magazine series ‘Babes & Bows’ which showcases the hunting prowess of a different huntress each issue, in order to coax women from the dominating shadows of their husbands, and show that we are proud to ‘Hunt like a Girl’, independently, skillfully and confidently.
From here, anything is possible, so keep tuned in for my future adventures!
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