From the Ed­i­tor

I'll bor­row a few lines from Jim God­den, trea­surer of Barmera Moorook FGA in South Aus­tralia with whom I spent a few days as the Duck Sea­son drew to a close.

Field and Game - - FROM THE EDITOR -

The visit to South Aus­tralia was twofold: the last hunts of the sea­son and a chance to spend time at Love­day, a mag­nif­i­cent wet­land that is the pride and joy of the Barmera Moorook branch.

Jim posted this on Face­book af­ter the fi­nal week­end:

"The big­gest take­away for me this year was the ca­ma­raderie and gen­uine friend­ships that hunt­ing gives me, I have caught up with many old friends and made new ones through­out this year. I started the sea­son with my youngest shoot­ing with me and fin­ished it with my daugh­ter and son-in-law stand­ing along­side me watch­ing the sun rise on an­other beau­ti­ful dawn.

“I have been fed and wa­tered at ev­ery duck camp I have wan­dered into, I've drunk more brands of beer than I can count and eaten ev­ery­thing from French, Greek, Cypriot, Ital­ian and Aussie cook­ing."

I was go­ing to write some­thing quite sim­i­lar but Jim puts it so well, I'm sure many of you shared sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ences dur­ing the 2016 sea­son.

It is worth shar­ing these sen­ti­ments. While 'the hunt' is im­por­tant, it is only a part of the broader fab­ric. The love of the bush and its crea­tures, camp life, shared food, drinks and ex­pe­ri­ences are equally as im­por­tant.

The peo­ple I meet in the field and those who take the time to con­trib­ute to the magazine con­tin­u­ally re­in­force the parts that make up the whole of a hunt­ing life.

Some take the cul­tural and emo­tional at­tach­ment to hunt­ing to a new level, none more so than the email that ar­rived from Bill Rae with the sub­ject line “50 years of duck open­ings.”

Bill's story is about fam­ily and tra­di­tion and how the 2016 open­ing was the most "in­spir­ing and emo­tional" event in his hunt­ing life.

You can read the yarn in full on page 18, and I'm sure read­ers will con­nect with the sig­nif­i­cance of the story as Bill hoped when he penned it.

Is­sue three marks a sig­nif­i­cant change with on­line ac­cess to the magazine. You will find the Apps are locked down and re­quire a lo­gin — this is the same lo­gin you use for the FGA web­site.

If you have not com­pleted the one-off reg­is­tra­tion on the web­site, go to www.

fiel­ and do so us­ing your unique FGA mem­ber­ship num­ber as the start­ing point.

En­joy the magazine, I look for­ward to catch­ing up with as many read­ers as pos­si­ble at the Na­tional Car­ni­val at Pine­grove, draw­ing a cir­cle back to where I started this ter­rific jour­ney a year ago.

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