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Australia Buffalo Hunt.

Post by Baz460 » 18 Oct 2017, 6:06 pm

Hi, Has anyone on the forum had any experience with hunting buffalo in the Territory?
What I would like is to be pointed in the right direction with regards to a 2 person hunt in September next year for two people, around $5000 Australian each
Would like one trophy bull each and maybe a couple of cull animals as well.
Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
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Post by Daddybang » 18 Oct 2017, 6:26 pm

Try Australia wide safaris I've heard they're ok (looking at this myself next year). Plenty of sites net. September is middle of the dry and the animals are not in the best condition. :thumbsup:
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Post by Chronos » 18 Oct 2017, 7:49 pm

Daddybang wrote:Try Australia wide safaris I've heard they're ok (looking at this myself next year). Plenty of sites net. September is middle of the dry and the animals are not in the best condition. :thumbsup:



Interesting. I though the middle of the dry and the buildup were the best time to hunt them. There’s certainly bigger all chance of finding them in the wet right?

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Post by Daddybang » 18 Oct 2017, 7:57 pm

Chronos wrote:
Daddybang wrote:Try Australia wide safaris I've heard they're ok (looking at this myself next year). Plenty of sites net. September is middle of the dry and the animals are not in the best condition. :thumbsup:



Interesting. I though the middle of the dry and the buildup were the best time to hunt them. There’s certainly bigger all chance of finding them in the wet right?

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Easy to find in the dry but poor condition on the animal . End of the wet and beginning of dry animals are in a lot better condition(still plenty of good feed). This may effect rifle/round selection. If the op is going on a guided hunt they should know where to find them regardless of season :drinks:
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Post by Chronos » 18 Oct 2017, 8:42 pm

Daddybang wrote:
Chronos wrote:
Daddybang wrote:Try Australia wide safaris I've heard they're ok (looking at this myself next year). Plenty of sites net. September is middle of the dry and the animals are not in the best condition. :thumbsup:



Interesting. I though the middle of the dry and the buildup were the best time to hunt them. There’s certainly bigger all chance of finding them in the wet right?

Chronos


Easy to find in the dry but poor condition on the animal . End of the wet and beginning of dry animals are in a lot better condition(still plenty of good feed). This may effect rifle/round selection. If the op is going on a guided hunt they should know where to find them regardless of season :drinks:


:thumbsup: good to know

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Post by duncan61 » 18 Oct 2017, 9:20 pm

I did an Arhnem land guided safari with an outfitter that lived near me at the time I learned a lot on the 6 day hunt.We get it for nearly half the price of internationals because the guide knows we will help out around the camp where the full paying clients are fully catered.I get that you are doing a paid Safari as you are paying $5000AUD for 2.What I know is you have to get a permit to go in to Arnhemland which will be done by the guide you are doing this with,The deal is to cull out the old bulls with the big horns so that when they are rounded up for export back to Indonesia the herd settles and can be worked with.If an old bull gets stroppy it will lead all the herd out of control and it gets dangerous for the crew rounding up.This is done before the wet season starts.I am not sure what condition has to do with anything its not like you are going to eat Water Buffalo bulls its the horns that are the prize and some of the best horns are on old worn down animals that will die in the next wet anyway.They only live about 10 years or so.A royalty of $1000AUD is paid for each animal shot so getting a small one for food you would be the first bloke to ever do that its about experiencing the N.T. The rivers are full of big sooty grunter and Barramundi,I put in a trap and caught super big cherabin.I took my 7mm Rem Mag and a single shot hornet and had a ball blasting cane toads with the hornet so take a rimfire if it fits in your case.For a fee you can have a go at scrub bulls I shot one that was stuck in mud so I got it for free and still got the horns.Big pigs are where you find them.Have a ball I still remember it as if I had done it yesterday
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Post by Daddybang » 18 Oct 2017, 9:32 pm

duncan61 wrote:I did an Arhnem land guided safari with an outfitter that lived near me at the time I learned a lot on the 6 day hunt.We get it for nearly half the price of internationals because the guide knows we will help out around the camp where the full paying clients are fully catered.I get that you are doing a paid Safari as you are paying $5000AUD for 2.What I know is you have to get a permit to go in to Arnhemland which will be done by the guide you are doing this with,The deal is to cull out the old bulls with the big horns so that when they are rounded up for export back to Indonesia the herd settles and can be worked with.If an old bull gets stroppy it will lead all the herd out of control and it gets dangerous for the crew rounding up.This is done before the wet season starts.I am not sure what condition has to do with anything its not like you are going to eat Water Buffalo bulls its the horns that are the prize and some of the best horns are on old worn down animals that will die in the next wet anyway.They only live about 10 years or so.A royalty of $1000AUD is paid for each animal shot so getting a small one for food you would be the first bloke to ever do that its about experiencing the N.T. The rivers are full of big sooty grunter and Barramundi,I put in a trap and caught super big cherabin.I took my 7mm Rem Mag and a single shot hornet and had a ball blasting cane toads with the hornet so take a rimfire if it fits in your case.For a fee you can have a go at scrub bulls I shot one that was stuck in mud so I got it for free and still got the horns.Big pigs are where you find them.Have a ball I still remember it as if I had done it yesterday


Condition on the beast is a factor in rifle and round selection and I can say that buff is one of the best red meats for eating that ya will ever taste!! :D
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Post by Die Judicii » 18 Oct 2017, 9:34 pm

Good luck getting what your after for $5,000 AUD each.
I just had a quote less than a fortnight ago for 1 trophy Buff each,,,, out of a two day catered hunt for me and a mate.

:shock: :shock: :shock: $13,000 each.,,,,,, and we were taking our own firearms and ammo.

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Post by duncan61 » 18 Oct 2017, 9:48 pm

What rifle and chambering are you taking.The crew I went with allowed a bloke to use a 6.5x55 but thats getting a bit on the light side for water buffalo bulls.The 7mm Rem did the job but the guides had Ruger Safari in 416 Rigby
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Post by Die Judicii » 18 Oct 2017, 9:56 pm

duncan61 wrote:What rifle and chambering are you taking.The crew I went with allowed a bloke to use a 6.5x55 but thats getting a bit on the light side for water buffalo bulls.The 7mm Rem did the job but the guides had Ruger Safari in 416 Rigby


6.5x55 ???????

No bloody wonder the guides had 416 Rigbys :lol:
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Post by duncan61 » 18 Oct 2017, 10:11 pm

Apparently the hunter with the 6.5x55 claimed he could do the job and did it well with shot placement.I am not sure how many he put in it but I hit my buff at about 80 metres in the heart lung area and then stood there smiling as it went down but it got back up and started to look for us so I put the other 3 in the mag into it then reloaded 3 more and ran out from behind the tree I was using and closed to about 40 metres then put 3 more in the heart lung area then reloaded with the next 3 and got behind on a 45 and put 2 more in it and seen them come out its chest and it went down again.Then it stood up again and because it was an old bull its spine was showing and it staggered around broadside I am now about 20 metres and I scoped up the backbone and put one through its spine and it splayed out and stopped for the last time.The guide went crazy as I walked around in front of it but it was dead as and I tapped its eyeball and there was no reaction.A solid bullet in 6.5 with enough energy could do the job but I agree it is light for big game and I would rather use a 50cal out of an armoured car
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Post by duncan61 » 18 Oct 2017, 10:16 pm

Some hunters use a bow and arrow or worse Internationals turn up with big ass hand guns and make outrageous claims of power and penetration then fail and have their lives saved by the guide and his 416 Rigby. 375 H&H is the right chambering
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Post by duncan61 » 18 Oct 2017, 10:42 pm

Daddybang I am almost certain the O.P. is going on a guided Safari in the N.T. but if you have access to Water Buffalo in FNQ then good luck to you and I get where condition is important.We have a few in the Northern Kimberly but I am not sure how you go about getting them.Where we hunted in Arnhemland they were everywhere and it was rare to see a track that did not have dung and hoofprints.I am sure a small one would be good tucker
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Post by Daddybang » 18 Oct 2017, 10:56 pm

duncan61 wrote:Daddybang I am almost certain the O.P. is going on a guided Safari in the N.T. but if you have access to Water Buffalo in FNQ then good luck to you and I get where condition is important.We have a few in the Northern Kimberly but I am not sure how you go about getting them.Where we hunted in Arnhemland they were everywhere and it was rare to see a track that did not have dung and hoofprints.I am sure a small one would be good tucker


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Post by duncan61 » 18 Oct 2017, 11:16 pm

Ahhh memories
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Post by wrenchman » 19 Oct 2017, 2:08 am

going over there to hunt water buff ranks up there with elk moose or grizzly and most the guys here wouldnt think twice about droping that typ of money sure we can hunt them on state land but so can every one else.
i hunt just about every legal way i wouldnt use a bow or a hand gun on some thing that big and i dont knock any that does as long as they are fallowing all laws i dont lke getting that close to any think that can turn around and stomp on me and if you are hunting with a hand gun you might as well have a rifle when it gets that big
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Post by duncan61 » 19 Oct 2017, 10:26 am

Good call Wrenchman,some of the stories around the campfire were interesting how they bang away at a big ass bull 25metres away with a super handgun but the recoil and the situation means half the pills are landing in ineffective areas.The spine on water buffalo is different to most cattle as it curves down deeper and their shoulders are a big ball of muscle,They are related to bison who as we know can run fast and for a long time and love doing the harlem shuffle on your head.The bow hunter stories are worse.With bow hunting you have to get close and plonk your arrow in the right place then stay hidden.The next day you follow the birds and your buff will be down.This one chap shot too high and landed his arrow in the shoulder mass then stood up and walked away pissed off.It seen him and charged but the guide put 3x.416 Rigby in it front on and it pulled up so close blood sprayed up to his waist.He quit guiding after that.Wimp!!!!!
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Post by sungazer » 19 Oct 2017, 1:01 pm

Maybe I should sell my dud bulls the ones that dont have good temperament to hunters rather than go to slaughter for meat only rather than Stud Sales.
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