Pig Hunt – Buffalo Safaris Australia

Buffalo Safaris Australia

Hunt Description

Pigs were introduced to Australia around 1790 with the first settlers and have now colonized most of the Continent except the desert regions of the arid centre. They quickly reverted through natural selection to now resemble the wild Asian boar. Most are totally black but black and white variations are reasonably common. A mature boar in central Arnhem Land will reach up to 230lbs (100Kg) with most around 150 lbs — 175lbs. They range far and wide across our concessions and are often difficult to locate due to the plentiful water supply and long grasses. Most are taken as we happen upon them by chance whilst hunting buffalo. When we target pigs we visit water points, streams and swamps looking for fresh sign then walk them up. When groups are encountered the shooting can be fast and furious.

Our hunting area

We have exclusive rights to safari hunt over an area of native land totaling well over 1,000,000 acres. Surrounded by limitless wilderness to the north and east and bounded by the privately owned Mainoru cattle ranch to the west and Wongalara wildlife conservancy to the south. We have continuously conducted safaris for over of 20 years in this area, previously on both Mainoru and Wongalara indicated on the map above and have an intimate knowledge of the area and wildlife. Our Mt Catt concession is largely trackless virgin bush with the small Mt Catt native hamlet of 5 homes sited next to the mountain that bears its name. The movement of Buffalo, Wild Oxen (Scrub Bulls), Wild Horses, Donkeys or Pigs is totally unimpeded and their location varies with the season and abundance of water. Many miles are covered in a day accessing a limitless pool of wild game which is free to move over boundless wilderness.

Hunting with us: A typical day.

A typical day: Unless we plan to hunt at a far corner of our concession you will not be required to be up in the wee hours of the morning. The birds will wake you around 6.00 am for a leisurely breakfast before we depart around 7.00—8.00. In the cooler winter months buffalo graze on and off through the night and morning till the sun begins to bite around 11.00. They will then head for their favourite watering point to drink, have a wallow and rest in the shade, venturing out again around 3.00 in the afternoon. Our hunting technique is to spot grazing animals from the vehicle or on foot in the mornings and afternoons then institute a stalk to assess their trophy quality. By midday we too will seek a cool shady spot for our lunch break or return to camp for lunch. Our hunting method between 11.00 and 3.00 is to stalk into likely resting spots in search of animals or walk quietly along the water ways in the hope of discovering them bedded down. In the dry dusty conditions fresh tracks are readily apparent and tracking combined with local knowledge yields a high degree of success in locating buffalo. You will see plenty of animals, the challenge for us is to find one that is carrying an exciting trophy.

All in a day’s hunting: The not so glamorous aspects of a day in the field. From top to bottom, Negotiating a difficult creek crossing. We can get just about anywhere with care and a little effort. Searching for buffalo on an open plain. You would be surprised how little cover a buffalo needs sometimes. ‘I know its here somewhere’ exploring new ground. Few whites have ever set foot on much of our hunting area. To find new features we often have to rely on maps compiled from aerial photos. Now the hard work begins….. In Australia your PH does the skinning. Helping with the carry out ‘Not too far to go now Dave’. Sometimes it is impossible to get the vehicle close to the trophy, necessitating a carry out.

Price

  • 7 Day Safari – 5 full hunting days. (You arrive on day 1 and depart on day 7) Hunter (1×1) US$10,900, Hunter (2×1) US$8,900 per person, Non-hunter US$1,400
  • 9 Day Safari – 7 Full hunting days. (You arrive on day 1 and depart on day 9) Hunter (1×1) US$12,800, Hunter (2×1) US$10,400 per person, Non-hunter US$1,500
  • TROPHY PREPARATION & PACKING FOR EXPORT: US$300 per hunter regardless of quantity. Prices are all inclusive of: You will be the SOLE hunter (Hunting group) in our concession. Return transfers from Darwin BY ROAD. (Total travel time each way by road is approximately 8 hours.)

Optional Extras

  • OPTIONAL AIR CHARTER Return air-charter from Darwin is between US$1,600 and US$3,200 EXTRA per person depending on number of passengers.
  • TROPHY FEES for additional animals: Buffalo Bull US$3,400, Trophy Buffalo Cow US$1,400, Scrub Bull US$1,400, Boar US$400 (tusks over 4 inches total length) Non trophy pigs US$30, Donkey US$50. (Surcharge for skinning and preparing a full body skin to enable a quality lifelike mount, Buffalo US$1000 Boar US$500)

Prices are all inclusive of:

  • You will be the SOLE hunter (Hunting group) in our concession.
  • Return transfers from Darwin BY ROAD. (Total travel time each way by road is approximately 8 hours.)
  • Trophy fee on one Buffalo Bull. (Extra animals may be taken and trophy fees paid at the conclusion of the hunt)
  • Field preparation of trophies regardless of quantity. (Skinning and quality field prep of a full body skin is extra)
  • All meals and reasonable quantities of alcoholic beverages. Spacious, 2 roomed, traditional canvas accommodations serviced daily with separate bathroom facilities.
  • Daily laundry service.
  • Free use of fishing gear.
  • Free processing of all firearms / Shooters licenses and fees for the importation and export of your firearms. Free use of our quality Bolt Action Rifles in suitable calibers for hunters not wishing to travel with firearms.

NOTE: It is a requirement of our Liability Insurers that guests sign a disclaimer prior to the hunt to obtain the protection under the policy in the unlikely event of an insurable misadventure.

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Target animal:

Boar (Pig)

Hunt type:

Guided hunt, Game park, Safari

Hunting styles available:

Stalking

State:

Northern Territory

Firearm/bow rental:

Yes (included in price)

Weapon type:

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Language spoken:

English

Airport transfers:

Yes (for an additional fee)

Railway transfer:

Yes (for an additional fee)

Price

For 7 days

$15,250 regular price

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Included:

  • You will be the SOLE hunter (Hunting group) in our concession.
  • Return transfers from Darwin BY ROAD. (Total travel time each way by road is approximately 8 hours.)
  • Trophy fee on one Buffalo Bull. (Extra animals may be taken and trophy fees paid at the conclusion of the hunt)
  • Field preparation of trophies regardless of quantity. (Skinning and quality field prep of a full body skin is extra)
  • All meals and reasonable quantities of alcoholic beverages. Spacious, 2 roomed, traditional canvas accommodations serviced daily with separate bathroom facilities.
  • Daily laundry service.
  • Free use of fishing gear.
  • Free processing of all firearms / Shooters licenses and fees for the importation and export of your firearms. Free use of our quality Bolt Action Rifles in suitable calibers for hunters not wishing to travel with firearms.

Trophy Preparation: We personally prepare and pack all of our hunters trophies. All heads and horns are boiled clean in camp. All flesh is fully removed from skins with particular attention to lips and ears and then dried by salting for about 14 days until fully cured. Each buffalo skin receives a minimum of 100 lbs of fresh salt. The skins are then folded ready for shipping and stored in new hessian bags to ensure safe, ventilated storage and complete drying prior to packing. Pigs are boiled until the tusks can be removed which are then completely cleaned. Tusks are then filled with acrylic filler and packed in an air tight bag to ensure they do not over dry and crack prior to packing. Packing your

Trophies for Shipping: We hold all trophies in camp until the completion of the hunting season in October. Trophies are then packed for export in early November in the manner required to satisfy EU and USA authorities. The trophies are then delivered into bond store and documentation provided to our freight forwarders to enable them to obtain the appropriate quarantine certificates from the Australian Quarantine Service. For USA hunters we also complete the relevant US Fish & Wildlife Service import forms. It takes around 4 weeks from delivery of trophies until they are ready for export. Trophies generally arrive in your home country late Dec—early Jan. At this time your customs clearance agent or taxidermist will contact you for payment of the shipping costs. If you can supply full delivery instructions in advance this will assist us with the speedy and correct dispatch.

Not included:

Terms:

A deposit of 50% of the packaged price is payable in on booking. The balance (and air transfers to camp if applicable) is payable in 14 days prior to arrival. Trophy fees for additional animals are payable on all game taken or wounded at the conclusion of the hunt. The deposit and balance must be paid by International Telegraphic transfer (wire transfer) or credit card. We prefer International Telegraphic transfer for major payments. We also accept Visa and Master Card credit cards for payments of trophy fees and incidentals. We will also accept cash payments in AU$ and US$ but an additional surcharge of 5% will be payable to cover the cost of exchange on US$ currency notes. A US$2000 fee will be charged for cancellations requested prior to January 1st of the hunt year. Cancellations after January 1st may result in forfeiture of all payments received. If we obtain a subsequent booking for your cancelled hunt period your liability will equal the shortfall, if any, between the subsequent sale price and the price payable by you plus $2000. We advise you to take travel insurance to protect you against the possibility of having to reschedule or cancel due to insurable events.
Deposit is non-refundable

Accommodation & Travel

Accommodation description

Five hours after leaving civilization along the ruts and washboards of the dusty Central Arnhem Road Barry coasts to a halt then heads down an even smaller track. Forty minutes later Mt Catt appears ahead and you wind past the small, almost uninhabited, 5 house aboriginal out station nestling on its northern shoulder. Another 6 miles across the rutted Wilton River flood plain brings us to a small gap in a thick grove of trees bordering the river. A banner proclaiming Buffalo Safaris Australia hangs above the gap and you can spot the various tents and vehicles the make up a secluded wilderness safari camp – you have arrived! Barry pulls to a halt beside the living area and you cast your eye to the river and the traditional canvas tents sitting amongst the trees. Sonja arrives to greet you ; ‘I have just baked some fresh rolls, lunch will be ready as soon as you have settled in. Can I get you a cold drink before we show you around?’ Any lingering doubts vanish with her words. Now you’re sure you are going to enjoy your stay!

Tented Accommodation comprises roomy, two roomed canvas cabin tents that are fully screened against insects. Furnishings include full sized single beds, a dressing room, clothes storage and plenty of head room. All that you would expect to find in a comfortable room except an en-suite.

The open air Bathrooms are conveniently sited with spacious, mains pressure, hot & cold showers, flushing toilets and hand basin. Facilities are serviced daily. Food and Dining: All meals are created and served al fresco beside the river in “Camp Central” of what we like to call it “The Hilton on the Wilton” It doesn’t matter how good the hunting is—you can’t hunt all day. We believe you should look forward to the return to camp and the delights of the table and the wine cellar just as much as the hunt! Perhaps an appetizer of fresh prawns straight from the river at camp? Barramundi in tempura batter from the fish you hooked yesterday? A fillet of buffalo on mash with field mushrooms? All of our meals are freshly prepared and feature local game and fish when available along with seasonal fresh salads and vegetables. Our fully equipped open air kitchen features all of the appliances you would expect in a suburban setting despite our wilderness location. The kitchen sits alongside the dining table so you can whet your appetite watching us assemble a mouth watering delight over a chilled glass of your favorite thirst quencher. The perfect setting to review an exhilarating day!

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