The website schedule is updated at least twice a day if possible at busy times and advice on success or otherwise, plus alternative options if necessary, goes out to applicants prior to the website being updated as E-Mail responses.
With our current website the updating is a messy & time consuming process and if we did so after every application we would lose much valuable time. Looking in future at on-line booking system but not gunna happen quickly as website hosts changing in Sept and would have to start all again anyway with whole new website.
Too many unknowns for year in advance bookings to be viable option. Would also make it almost impossible for new hunters to get a look in on prime dates at beginning of season.
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 993971 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, TRAIL BIKES AND QUAD VEHICLES ARE NOT PERMITTED IN CONJUNCTION WITH BCH ACTIVITIES IN THESE BLOCKS. Vehicles are to be left at camp sites and ALL 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: