From the Editor
This marks the end of my first year as editor of your magazine.
We set out to deliver a breadth of content that would appeal to the interests of all members in some way while at the same time informing, educating and entertaining.
From the majority of the feedback it seems we have done a decent job but there is always room for improvement and new ideas.
We won’t sit still and now, having been through a full cycle of the seasonal activities of Field & Game members, it is clear there are still countless things left to explore. Above all, the magazine should be about people, their experiences, their stories, their wisdom (keep the emails coming Paddy, you never cease to inform and entertain and eventually we will find some stories suitable for a wider audience).
There are two highlights for me since the last issue. Attending the Conservation Through Sustainable Use of Wildlife conference in Brisbane provided great examples of the practical application of this model around the world, whether it was hunter based or commercial harvesting in partnership with indigenous people. You will read a number of examples in coming issues but in this edition space only allows for a general report on the conference and the papers presented, including those by Field & Game Australia and the Australian Deer Association.
The second highlight was the release of the RSPCA (Victoria) review, which was led by former Victorian Police Commissioner Neil Comrie. I know the work that went into the joint FGA and ADA submission and the outcome justified the stance both organisations have taken, without much support, for many years.
Sometimes advocacy can feel about as useless as a scream in space (remember, nobody can hear you) but in this case the lone voices were eventually heard.
RSPCA (Victoria) will end its activism where it conflicts with the laws of the state and its privileged role as investigator and prosecutor; duck hunting, greyhound racing and jumps racing. It shows that you need to keep chipping away regardless of how insurmountable the challenge seems.
The timing of the November magazine release is quite deliberate. We delayed publication so we could include full coverage of the 2016 National Carnival in this edition rather than February, which had been the tradition.
The National Carnival, held for the second year at Pinegrove, was an outstanding event and it deserves the prominence we have afforded it in this issue, to do otherwise would be a disservice to the 500 competitors, their supporters and the many volunteers who put their heart and soul into organising it.
As always, your feedback or ideas are welcome.