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.
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.
fieldandgame.com.au 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.