Snap Shots – 7 June 2012

Hunters and wild dogs

The relationship between wild dogs and hunters is coming increasingly under the microscope as the dog population in south-eastern Australia proliferates. Commentators are linking deer carcasses left in the bush by hunters with the success of dogs. Roger Bilney, part of the Victorian government’s Wild Dog Management Program, calculates that hundreds of tons of deer remains are left in the bush each year after hunters have taken meat and trophies from the 24,000-38,000 animals shot each year. He says this is “the most important issue” connecting sambar and wild dogs, although he stopped short of calling for change or offering solutions in his article in the Weekly Times.

Party at the range

A new gun range is being built in Texas incorporating two special rooms to host children’s birthday parties. “It’s your responsibility to know how to take care of your gun and know how to use it,” the owner of the Eagle Gun Range, David Prince, said when explaining that education was a major reason for his decision to offer the party option. The minimum age will be eight and children must be tall enough to shoot across the benches. They’ll also be supervised one-on-one by a parent or range officer. The range reportedly has strong support for its move.

Gun controllers pre-empt Tassie gun review

Roland Browne of the National Coalition for Gun Control has again called for tougher gun laws, quoting “anecdotal evidence” to back up his demands for stricter licensing and ownership limits. The state’s review of firearm laws is due to be completed very soon and Browne was quoted in the Mercury as saying, “we’re going back to the bad old days of too many guns and very poor gun culture”. He linked the growing popularity of firearms, a recent spike in thefts and “the anecdotal evidence of drive-by shootings, hold-ups and general misuse of guns” to attack law-abiding shooters, but his claims were contradicted by a police statement that the crimes generally involved unregistered guns.


If you haven’t seen it yet, the June episode of NIAO TV is online. Produced inhouse by the firearm distributor, it’s primarily an update on products they have available, with some insights into Ruger, Leupold, Redfield and lots more. There’s some laughs in there, too, as they take the mickey out of themselves.




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Mick Matheson

Mick grew up with guns and journalism, and has included both in his career. A life-long hunter, he has long-distant military experience and holds licence categories A, B and H. In the glory days of print media, he edited six national magazines in total, and has written about, photographed and filmed firearms and hunting for more than 15 years.