Name and birthplace?
Marcus O’Dean, Brisbane, QLD.
When did you first start hunting?
When I was 14, at a schoolmate’s property in Forbes, NSW.
What are your three favourite species to hunt?
CATS, then daylight, then foxes and fallow deer.
What’s your favourite hunting technique?
Whistling in predators.
What’s your favourite hunting destination?
Tell us about the top three favourite firearms that you own (or bows).
1. CZ Full Stock .223 with Nikon 2-7x M223 scope. Light, handy, accurate enough and will deck everything up to medium game if you do your bit.
2. Sauer .30-06 with Zeiss Conquest 3-9×40. Accurate, hard-hitting and durable.
3. My No1 Mk3* .303 Service Rifle with iron/open sights. Just plain fun to rattle off 20 rounds in a minute.
When did you start writing/working for Sporting Shooter?
What do you enjoy about writing/working for a hunting magazine?
Meeting and talking to other hunters and shooters.
What is the best or most satisfying article you have written for Sporting Shooter?
“Think Like A Fox” May 2014 issue.
What advice can you give anyone wanting to get in to hunting writing?
Use an angle – what was different about your hunt? Give advice from your experience. Don’t be afraid of humour in print. Send 10-12 of your best pictures with the article – with captions!
Please supply three of your favourite hunting photos from past or present.
Sauer Puss: the single best shot I ever pulled off in the field. It was 200 metres, steep downhill rested on a rickety stump and the cat was half obscured. The Sauer .30-06 sure ruined his future.
Hot Foxes. There is nothing better than walking the hills, creeks and paddocks and whistling foxes in previously un-whistled territory. This hot February day, Alex and I took a midday break in the shade, before moving on to deck another four or five foxes. The combination of 12 gauge and .22 Magnum was unbeatable that day.
Federal Buff Hunt. A memento of a Nioa-sponsored trip where a bunch of Australian gun writers got to cull heaps of buffalo with the aid of helicopters in stunning NT floodplain country. The bonus was getting to see the oldest rock art in the world in Aboriginals’ caves. Awe inspiring and humbling.