FOR INFO OF PROSPECTIVE HUNTERS WE HAVE RECEIVED A RETURN SEVERAL WEEKS AGO FROM A GROUP OF THREE IN THE NORTH BLOCK WHICH TOOK DOWN 12 PIGS, SAW ANOTHER 10 AND HAD SIGHTINGS OF BUFFALO & CLEAN SKIN CATTLE. CENTRAL GROUP TOOK 7 PIGS ON 3-4 AUGUST PLUS 1 CAT !! ANOTHER NORTHERN GROUP TOOK 13 PIGS, 2 CLEAN SKINS &4 HORSES. SAW MANY OTHER ANIMALS.
GROUP IN THE SOUTH BLOCK ON 27 OCTOBER TOOK 17 PIGS AND SIGHTED MORE THAN 50 OTHERS; PLUS MISC OTHER GAME. WALKED AROUND 22 KMS IN TOTAL.
GAME ARE AROUND BUT NEED A LOT OF WALKING AND A BIT OF EXPERIENCE TO REPLICATE THESE NUMBERS. PARKS & WILDLIFE ADVISE NO WHERE NEAR ENOUGH RAIN YET (29 OCT) TO SERIOUSLY AFFECT DRIVING TRACKS. WILL KEEP WATCHING BRIEF.
Some recent results follow ....
The following pics show recent campsite infrastructure improvements completed June - compliments Parks & Wildlife.
Access to the BCH Accred Handbook (downloadable PDF) is available through the following LINK
Access to the BCH Accred Course Enrolment Form (downloadable PDF) is available at the following LINK
Our BCH Coordinator, Brian Boyle, has now set up an NTFC BCH Facebook Page which will also have Course Accreditation Dates & Locations
Prospective hunters should contact Parks & Wildlife BEFORE setting out in order to receive fire warning updates. Best contact points are BATCHELOR OFFICE (Norm) @ 89 760282 or WALKER CREEK OFFICE @ 89 782302.
An Introduction to the specifics of Back Country Hunting is outlined in the PDF attached to this LINK
AND A NEW PERMIT APPLICATION FORM PDF FOR SUCH BOOKINGS IS NOW ATTACHED TO THIS LINK
It should be stressed that while most of the tracks appear passable with care some of them are deceptively smooth or clear with some hard to see deep ruts. Please keep speeds to a minimum even if sections appear to be clear; at least until you have travelled over them once. If, as well, there have been any recent fires in the area there are likely to be trees over tracks. Some areas can also be quite boggy after any decent rain (especially in Central & Southern blocks) and you should pack some recovery gear in that event. Northern Territory Firearms Council volunteers and Parks & Wildlife Rangers have improved some of the rougher creek crossings etc. but they are definitely not suitable for anything but good four wheel drives. Rangers advise 5 crossings in total have had recent major work done to ease the angles of approach and departure, with geo mat and rock base installed.
WE REITERATE AS WELL PLEASE - HUNTING DOGS AND QUAD VEHICLES ARE NOT PERMITTED IN CONJUNCTION WITH BCH ACTIVITIES IN THESE BLOCKS. Vehicles are to be left at camp sites and hunting carried out on foot. Some hunters have been "luckier" than others in terms of animals seen and the "lucky" ones seem to be those who walk more than 100 metres from their vehicles !!
Access to the BCH Accreditation Handbook (downloadable PDF) is available through the following LINK
Access to the BCH Accreditation Course Enrolment Form (downloadable PDF) is available through the following LINK
The Litchfield area has been used in the past for artillery and other military training and it is not unusual to find items of unexploded ordnance which have survived intended discharge and 50 odd years of bushfires. If simply left in place and locations appropriately marked these items are relatively safe BUT THEY SHOULD NEVER BE DISTURBED !! For future reference, procedure for UXOs is as follows: