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.
In the meantime enter with care, keep watch on smoke and be well aware of the location of recently burned areas in case a refuge is needed. Should go without saying also to be careful at camp sites not to leave vehicles sitting over dry grass and have swags etc set up in clear areas.
Helpful hint, if you do get absolutely trapped, starting a small fire in your immediate area between you and an approaching fire may result in an already burned safe area when the large flame front approaches you. Always carry matches or a lighter.
Please note as well that, for safety and insurance cover reasons, a minimum hunting party of two is required in relation to park entry. Interstate licenced hunters also need to be (NTFC) Accredited and Permitted and MUST be accompanied by an appropriately Licenced, Permitted & Accredited NT resident hunter. Must be at least one NT hunter for each interstate participant.
AND PERMIT APPLICATION FORM PDFs FOR SUCH BOOKINGS ARE ATTACHED TO THIS LINK ...
WITH THE WET SEASON HERE AND AFTER SOME SIGNIFICANT RAIN ALREADY IN THE ADELAIDE RIVER REGION WE CEASED ACCEPTING FURTHER BOOKINGS FOR THE (2017) YEAR FOR ACCESS TO THE LITCHFIELD HUNTING AREAS. WE WILL MONITOR THE SITUATION AND ADVISE FURTHER ON 2018 AVAILABILITY DEPENDING ON PREVAILING AND FORECAST WEATHER.
A recent enquiry was received in relation to apparent "Cleanskin" cattle in designated hunting areas. While these animals may be taken it is the hunter's responsibility to ensure they are, in fact, cleanskins BEFORE taking a shot !! Animals may only be taken within the Hunting Area (Nth, Cent,or Sth) as designated in the permit.
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 traveled 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 are also still quite boggy (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 work done to ease the angles of approach and departure, with geo mat and rock base installed. A good representative example of crossing work follows ...
Mobile phones are out of range in the area. Travelling with an EPIRB (and plenty of drinking & washing water) is recommended. Avenza Maps still works on your mobile as it works off satellites.
We are advised it is not unusual to find WW2 Unexploded Ordnance in the area but authorities not too fussed as long as it is left alone. Has been through 70 years of bush fires etc and unlikely now to be an imminent danger unless interfered with. Just advise GPS coordinates (include specifying map datum and if possible some sort of ground / track marker to physically indicate where) to NTFC please but do nothing else. (REFERENCE FURTHER COMMENTS AT END OF SECTION)
ADF personnel exploded some 11 items of UXO on Wed 4 October and access to the Central & Southern blocks was closed for that day. All went as planned with no side issues.
WE REITERATE AS WELL PLEASE - DOGS AND QUAD VEHICLES ARE NOT PERMITTED IN CONJUNCTION WITH BCH ACTIVITIES IN THESE BLOCKS.
Feedback received from our first hunters into the area included ....
(NORTH SECTION) "
Shot 1 pig, saw 12 pigs, 2 dead buffalo, 1 horse
Absolutely beautiful country, We camped on the southern camp.
Thanks for the opportunity to hunt Litchfield.
We stayed at the southern camp ground in the southern block. Great camp site. We saw 4 buffalo and all 4 of us got 1 each.
We saw a couple of pig hunters in the northern block Saturday at about 7 in the morning when we were on the way in and then there was a family in the southern block looking to camp at the southern camp site, Saturday afternoon. There was 2 patrols in the central block on the way out we saw yesterday but think they were apart of the BCH.
All number plates recorded on the forms.
It was a good weekend and we’re looking forward to doing it again
A JPEG map of the hunting areas is as follows and a link to a higher quality PDF map is HERE
Access to the BCH Accreditation Handbook (downloadable PDF) is available through the following LINK
Our BCH Coordinator, Brian Boyle, has now set up a BCH Facebook Page which will soon have Course Accreditation Dates & Locations
NEXT COURSE EXPECTED IN FEBRUARY 2018 IN ANTICIPATION OF THE END OF THE WET SEASON.
KEEP WATCHING THIS SPACE !!