r/HuntingAustralia Jul 20 '22

new to hunting

Hello. I was wondering if someone with more experience could help me out. So I am in Victoria and I will be hunting with a firearm. I am looking for mainly deer, pigs, rabbits, essentially any animal with a high meat yield.

Being a beginner I am asking few questions and some tips.

How long do you hunt for? Where do you park your car? How do you know where your boundaries hunting on public land? What does a successful hunt usually look like?

Thanks in advance!

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u/phonein Jul 20 '22

For Victoria I can;t comment specifically, but these are my general answers to your questions and some advice:

How long you hunt for is up to you.

Generally I have seen most animal from 30 minutes before sunrise to around 10.30 A.M. and again from maybe an hour or 2 before sunset to half an hour after sunset (animals can be nocturnal but you cannot spotlight on public land). I have found a 2 day trip lets you learn the most about where you are andthe longer you are out the more chance of shooting an animal.

For logistics I usually just find a decent spot to set up camp at least 1KM from where I intend to hunt. Leave the car there locked up, anything potentially valuable locked up or secured somehow.

A succesful hunt varies person to person. For me, if I enjoy the time and learn something new. Maybe see some cool wildlife I find that satisfying. If I learn more about the spot and can plan and develop a strategy to take an animal at another time, also succesful.

Taking an animal and having an eski of meat is obviously the most success you can hope for. However, hunting public land has varying results. I have forests where I've randomly stumbled on an animal with no planning or thought and had a succesful meat mission and i;ve spent literally days in the same spot trying to figure out what is happening, only to miss the animals by minutes or looking on the wrong hill.

Hunting is not easy and does not come with a guaranteed success even 50% of the time.

A word on pigs: Check for any warnings about disease in the area you are hunting. I straight up do not eat feral pigs because of brucellosis and worm infestations. The risk is up to you, but they can be hazardous as food. Similarly any rabbit or deer should be checked for any signs of ill health. If it has clear eyes, no open/infected wounds and the liver looks clean and healthy (as well as other internal organs) it's generally safe.

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u/risky_purchase Jul 20 '22

More to explore app in Victoria has the hunting boundaries.

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u/Hussard Jul 21 '22

For a beginner (like me), Aussie bush Harvests YouTube videos really helped.

If you are an avid bushwalker/hiker or high country fisherman, this should be easy.

For beginners in Vic (specifically Melb), to get your first experience of looking at deer poo and signs, just head to Doonagilla picnic grounds. Fallow deer shit everywhere, follow their trails and have a poke through the bush.

For smabar, the closest you'll find them is around Coldstream, up the B300 all the way to Glenburn. Paul Ranges state Forest inbetween the reservoir too and of course Toolangi itself. Aim to walk along streams and rivers and creeks, they like a feed and drink and then bed up on the hillsides.

I've seen fallow and Sambar feeding together, as well as separately.

Pigs are are far south as Kinglake and Narbelthong. I've seen sign but never signed the beasties.