Back Country Hunting

 

 ADVICE / OPINION FROM PARKS & WILDLIFE AS AT 13 NOVEMBER 2019 STILL NO-WHERE NEAR ENOUGH RAIN TO CLOSE HUNTING AREAS EVEN AFTER LAST FEW DAYS. LONG RANGE FORECAST SUGGESTS (NO GUARANTEES OF COURSE) HUNTING COULD EVEN CONTINUE UP UNTIL CHRISTMAS !!
 

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 

 

A person (adult or Junior) - who does not have a firearms licence can be listed as a nominee and accompany a permit holder on a hunt.
Note: the accompanying hunter//nominee - does not apply for and get a permit themselves - they are listed as a nominee on the permitted hunter's licence.
All nominees must have completed the BCH accreditation and be a current member of a BCH Approved Hunting Organisation.

Our BCH Coordinator, Brian Boyle, has now set up an NTFC BCH Facebook Page which will also have Course Accreditation Dates & Locations

WARNINGS DURING HUNTING 
: 1. Keep watch for fire alerts. Ensure you know your escape routes. Very carefully do a local back-burn if appropriate as a last resort, depending on wind direction & strength and if you really feel threatened. Keep parked vehicles & belongings away from grassed areas long / dry enough to burn.
: 2. Lots of tracks were observed last season (presume unauthorised access) around the North & South blocks in particular. We are keen to receive details (Rego numbers, make, etc) of all unidentified vehicles in your area please.
: 3. Much good work has been done by Parks & Wildlife to access roads and creek crossings etc. but the hunting areas access routes fairly quickly become impassable after any decent rains.
 
 WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING HUNT APPLICATIONS BY E-MAIL FROM ALREADY ACCREDITED HUNTERS. ACCEPTANCES WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE ABOVE SCHEDULE UNTIL CONFIRMED AFTER PAYMENT OF THE FEES & PROVISION OF SCANNED COPIES OF CURRENT SHOOTERS' LICENCES & A.H.O. MEMBERSHIP CARDS (TO BE SCANNED & ATTACHED TO EMAILS AS SEPARATE PDF OR JPEG DOCS) .

 
NEW HUNTING FEES - $25 ADMIN FEE PLUS $25 PER DAY PER PERSON FOR EXCLUSIVE HUNTING USE OF THE DESIGNATED AREA. (Admin fee only increase of $5 to assist in offsetting NTFC costs)

Please note that since last season various shooters licences and Hunting Organisation memberships may have expired. If you propose to apply for a Permit in 2019 please ensure your documentation is still valid at the time of your proposed hunt.
A PDF Report on the 2017 outcomes has been prepared and may be downloaded by clicking on the following   LINK  A similar report in respect 2018 is at the following  LINK
  
FIRE WARNINGS

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.

SAFETY PRECAUTION

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.

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

Enquiries have been 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.
We have also been asked about shooting apparent wild dogs. Parks have advised though that many hunters are not clearly able to distinguish Dingoes (protected species) from other large wild dogs and have therefore instructed that NO DOGS be shot through the BCH program.

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:

- Description of UXO (pictures best)
- Location: either GPS or GRID (Identifying map datum) with word picture on best access route. Eg  Southern campsite 2  -13.368877°  30.951651°
 
- Marking: Not absolutely necessary but either a tripod constructed with branches in vicinity of the UXO or else tree marking will be appreciated.
ADF noted the following general points about UXOs in the Litchfield area:
- The fuses have often been triggered but primers have not been struck. All safety means are therefore disabled by triggering of the fuse so movement
of these items (such as bouncing around in the boot of a car) could result in detonation.
- Although the rounds are quite old, high explosive is now often found seeping from projectiles under hydraulic pressure; HE is flammable and could be detonated by heat (eg bushfire).