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Hunting generates $439 million for Victoria

A new study has found game hunting licence holders generated an economic impact (direct and indirect impacts of game and pest hunting) of $439 million in Victoria in 2013.

DEPI commissioned the study to obtain an accurate measure of the economic impact of hunting, which will be used to inform the Government’s policy direction on hunting and game management.

The study measured expenditure on game and pest hunting by Victorian game licence holders using a survey, and was conducted by RM Consulting Group with EconSearch and DBM Consultants.

Download a PDF version of the report: Estimating the economic impact of hunting in Victoria in 2013. [PDF File – 2.7 MB]


Beyond the Divide: A TV Show for Hunters

In 2013, for the first time in this country, Australian audiences were able to watch a dedicated Australian produced hunting show on free to air television.The ground-breaking series returns in 2015 and will go to air from April 30 nationally, on the free to air CH31/CH44 Digital network.

The series is presented & produced by Rob Fickling from Moroka.30.  We have seen Rob’s passion for Australian hunting through his business and impressive range of gear and designs and now this passion has flowed on to our television screens. As the name suggests “Beyond the Divide” provides an adventure hunting series that not only captures the spirit of hunters and hunting in this country, in and around the Great Dividing Range, but also portrays what it takes to be an Australian, hunting and surviving challenging environments overseas.

Metaphorically “Beyond the Divide” also refers to the challenges we have faced as hunters in this country in having our hunting recreation accepted by the general public, politicians and the media. The show features both local and overseas content, in Rob’s mind this was a crucial point as there is a strong underlying message of educating the Australian public with Beyond The Divide. Rob considers it very important that local audiences get to see just how well hunting is accepted overseas and equally so, foreign hunting principles, ethics, practices and game management. While the show does not hide the fact it is a hunting series, it is refreshing to see that it has been tastefully filmed and produced. This is the first time that a hunting show has been produced and broadcast in Australia, for Australian audiences. This alone represents a dramatic leap forward in representing the wider Australian hunting community, the values we stand for as hunters and the love and respect we all share for wild places and the animals that inhabit them.
Series 3 features adventure hunting content filmed on four continents, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and  North America, the main theme being the true adventure behind the hunt, the wild places it takes you, the scenery, the animals and the people and characters along the way.

Aussie hunters are some of the toughest and most ethical hunters in the world. For this reason all of the hunts have been strictly free range, fair chase and on foot, and portray the real spirit behind ethical hunting. The series aims to both inform and entertain while reaching hunters of all levels as well as appealing to those who are new to the sport. Beyond The Divide’s excellent production standards and quality content, strikes an interesting balance to interest as wide an audience as possible and create a very unique and entertaining program, that appeals to the everyday adventurer, as well as the more hard-core hunting element.  In some circumstances Rob and his co-presenters push themselves to their absolute physical and mental limits in some of the most amazing and remote environments.
Each episode is a polished, entertaining production, featuring some spectacular scenery, amazing footage of wildlife, some exciting stalks and hard earned trophies along the way.

Click here to read more about Beyond the Divide

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Informing Decisions on Trophy Hunting: A Briefing Paper

Trophy hunting is currently the subject of intense debate, with moves at various levels to end or restrict it, including through bans on carriage or import of trophies. In the European Parliament, a group of Members have called for signing of a Written Declaration calling: “to examine the possibility of restricting all import of trophies into the EU, to ensure proper implementation of the rules by Member States, and to persuade countries that are issuing permits to trophy hunters without due consideration for the impacts of trophy hunting on conservation and animal welfare to discontinue this practice”.

This paper seeks to inform discussions on this Declaration and other relevant discussions in the European Union on restriction of imports of hunting trophies.

Trophy hunting is hunting of animals with specific desired characteristics (such as large antlers), and overlaps with widely practiced hunting for meat. It is clear that there have been, and continue to be, cases of poorly conducted and poorly regulated hunting both beyond and within the European Union. While “Cecil the Lion” is perhaps the most highly publicised controversial case, there are examples of weak governance, corruption, lack of transparency, excessive quotas, illegal hunting, poor monitoring and other problems in a number of countries. This poor practice requires urgent action and reform. However, legal, well regulated trophy hunting programmes can – and do – play an important role in delivering benefits for both wildlife conservation and for the livelihoods and wellbeing of indigenous and local communities living with wildlife.

Click here to download the complete briefing paper.

The attached PDF is a briefing paper for European Union Decision-makers regarding potential plans for restriction of imports of hunting trophies. Written by the IUCN. For more information, please contact: Dan Challender, IUCN Species Programme Rosie Cooney, IUCN CEESP/SSC Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group

Girls with guns: Meet three women who love hunting

This is a great story! A growing number of women who love adventure and the outdoors are embracing a traditionally male-dominated pastime — hunting. Their passion for the skills they learn and the challenges they work through is evident, as is the amount of criticism they attract.

The picture above shows nurse Emma Sears on a hunting expedition in New Zealand

To read the full story, follow this link to the ABC:

The world’s largest army…

A blogger in the US added up the deer license sales in just a handful of American states and arrived at a striking conclusion:

In 2010 there were over 600,000 hunters that hunting season in the state of Wisconsin. Put another way, over the season’s several months, Wisconsin’s hunters became the eighth largest army in the world with more people under arms than in Iran, more than in France and Germany combined.

These men and women deployed to the woods of a single American state to hunt with firearms, and no one was killed.

That number pales in comparison to the 750,000 who hunted the woods of Pennsylvania and Michigan’s 700,000 hunters, all of whom have now returned home.

Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia, and don’t forget the 1,169,667 in Texas, so it literally establishes the fact that the hunters of those five states alone would comprise the largest army in the world.

The point?

America will forever be safe from foreign invasion with that kind of home-grown firepower.

Hunting — it’s not just a way to fill the freezer. It’s a matter of national security.

In Australia, individual ‘skill at arms’ was alive and well until the beginning of the eighties and, with the final nail being driven into the coffin lid in 1996, rifle shooting was a sought after and encouraged skill enjoyed on weekends by thousands of patriotic Australians from within and under the Defence Act.

These proud riflemen formed the core of the two all-volunteer lead elements in the WWI and WWII 1st and 2nd AIF, both of which performed magnificently in battle at the beginning of each war.

Where would we find enough skilled marksmen today?