From the Edi­tor

This marks the end of my first year as edi­tor of your mag­a­zine.

Field and Game - - FROM THE EDITOR -

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.

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