what setups were you taking out in the 70's and 80's

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what setups were you taking out in the 70's and 80's

Post by mickb » 08 Jul 2024, 12:56 pm

both before my time driving wise, I was still growing up in those decades. For you older blokes( no offence) who were hitting the outdoors pre 1990 what were you going out in, vehicle and camping set up wise? What are the main changes you have seen over the decades?
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Post by bladeracer » 08 Jul 2024, 2:07 pm

mickb wrote:both before my time driving wise, I was still growing up in those decades. For you older blokes( no offence) who were hitting the outdoors pre 1990 what were you going out in, vehicle and camping set up wise? What are the main changes you have seen over the decades?


I only went out on foot, though I went out once with a pair of spotlighters in an HR sedan, that regularly got bogged in paddocks. My mum bought me a Suzuki GT550 touring bike from a friend and I was using that for hunting. I'd generally just park it on one of the roads around the farms and jump the fence as it had touring tyres on it that weren't much fun in wet clay and grass. I still prefer feet over wheels.
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Post by on_one_wheel » 08 Jul 2024, 2:14 pm

All the bs electrical gadgets, camp lights, torches that actually throw a good beam, cheap winches, awnings were nothing but a tarp strung up, swags have come a long way fron the zip up canvas bags I first used, fold out chairs are much more comfortable now, eskys keep ice longer and fridges are much more affordable, weve also got good communication with cellphones and sat-phones now.

Personally I still keep things pretty simple out bush.
My swag is better, camp lights, and a compact gas cooker for those quick meals and a personal gps just in case.
One thing hasn't changed, actuality its got much worse, people still leave broken camping equipment, rubbish and crap everywhere, its a f***ing disgrace.
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Post by bigpete » 08 Jul 2024, 3:09 pm

Bearing in mind my age,I was using a lithgow 22 and a ruger 10/22, or a recurve bow
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Post by 9.3x64 » 08 Jul 2024, 4:10 pm

Wrong thread.
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Post by Oldbloke » 08 Jul 2024, 4:34 pm

FE station wagon, some tarp and a cheap sleeping bag with a bit of foam.
Stirling 22. Bunny Rodgers pocket knife.
Camp fire, fry pan, Billy, baked beans.
Rough, but simple.
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Post by bigpete » 08 Jul 2024, 5:10 pm

bigpete wrote:Bearing in mind my age,I was using a lithgow 22 and a ruger 10/22, or a recurve bow

And here in lies the problem with reading the forum while driving a tractor....totally misread the original post lol.
I was too young to drive but I remember the old Ford wagon and cheap tents were the go wherever we went,we didn't have swags till our teens by which time it was basically the 90s.
For what its worth I've been using pretty simple kit anyway up till earlier this year
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Post by 9.3x64 » 08 Jul 2024, 5:11 pm

Oldbloke wrote:FE station wagon, some tarp and a cheap sleeping bag with a bit of foam.
Stirling 22. Bunny Rodgers pocket knife.
Camp fire, fry pan, Billy, baked beans.
Rough, but simple.


Yep, that’s exactly how it was… :D
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Post by 6mm Remington » 08 Jul 2024, 7:16 pm

My mate had a HR sedan "green with a white roof" rego number PIG 936
We shot more s**t out of that car than most four wheel drives will ever see.
All we had was a sporterised 303, a Boito single barrel 12 guage and a Kershaw skinning knife.
That was back in 1982.
Fast forward to June 2024 and we went to Cape York in a flash Ford Ranger towing a five and a half metre plate boat.
We had a generator and filled a tuckerbox freezer with Barra, Red Snapper and Fingermark Bream.
Took the Beretta 686 and Miroku MK70 for flying birds.
The BRNO ZKK601 and Remington model Seven took care of about 2 ton of wild cattle that we gave away to local families up there.
Times have certainly changed. It is great fun hunting out of a boat. .
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Post by animalpest » 08 Jul 2024, 8:25 pm

In the 70's and 80's I often hunted on foot. The set up I still have is some of the same rifles but now have a worn out body :lol:
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Post by wrenchman » 10 Jul 2024, 8:33 am

I still use a lot of the stuff from the 80s Coleman lanterns and the rifles I have been told by my son I should sell some of it off the old Coleman stuff was old when I got it .
I got my first propane stove this past fall for cooking in camp and my son got a couple propane lamps they are nice to use but I hate all the small bottles that I have to
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Post by Oldbloke » 10 Jul 2024, 8:37 am

animalpest wrote:In the 70's and 80's I often hunted on foot. The set up I still have is some of the same rifles but now have a worn out body :lol:


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Post by Faedy » 10 Jul 2024, 8:47 am

I had a Holden HQ sedan
We pulled the boot lid off to stand in there to go spotlighting.
Spotlight was old car headlight on a handle...
Used a lithgow. 22 and a Winchester 32.20
This was the early 80s
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Post by Bugman » 10 Jul 2024, 2:15 pm

Had an old Isuzu Bellett. It even had a crank start. Did quite a few bush miles. Parked it where required, and hunted on foot with either
a stirling s/auto 22 or a one shot single barrel, shotty. In the late 70's the car died. :cry:
Then got hitched.
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Post by deye243 » 10 Jul 2024, 8:20 pm

Same hilux as I drive now my LN65 a 1985 2.4l .
Tent was a 2 man, esky for the milk and other luxury stihl chainsaw 034
And my rifle WAS a Remington woodsmaster semi auto 30.06 pumping
180g sierra round nose . 8-)
Did quite a few trips in to wonnangatta before it was turned into a highway
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Post by 6mm Remington » 10 Jul 2024, 8:51 pm

1986 we had a HQ sedan and took the boot lid off, laid a foam matress across the roof and shut the back doors to hold it in place.
That car just kept going until it spent a week underwater after a big flood. Best $200 we ever spent. I had a Franchi PA8 back then and no foxes ever got away from us. The sheep farmers loved us.
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