John Nash Bairns­dale FGA

Field and Game - - RECOIL -

Hav­ing read with in­ter­est both ar­ti­cles,

Re­spect­ing Lo­cal Tra­di­tions and Em­brace Com­mon In­ter­est, and hav­ing hunted Macleod Mo­rass for nigh on 70 years as I am head­ing for the big 80, I would go along with John By­ers’ ar­ti­cle in re­la­tion to hides, nam­ing, etc., for the over­all ben­e­fit of all hunters.

The tra­di­tion I was bought up with in our area was if you built a hide you were en­ti­tled to the use of it on open­ing and clos­ing week­ends and other than that, it was first-come first-serve. The same hunters have been us­ing the same hides year-in year-out, ex­cept for when there has been a change in con­di­tions, such as lack of water, but when able to, al­ways shoot from the same hides.

In our area, names are not nec­es­sary as ev­ery­one knows who shoots where and who they shoot next to, re­spect­ing the hunt­ing tra­di­tions set out by our fore­fa­thers in this swamp many moons ago, and it is an or­derly shoot each open­ing day on a public swamp. The re­fur­bish­ing of hides is usu­ally done af­ter the an­nounce­ment of a sea­son and our group have com­pleted the job by Aus­tralia Day week­end.

From what I have seen in some swamps up north of Mel­bourne, there seems to be a cul­ture of pick a spot, walk out in the open and take your chances of get­ting a duck or two. True hunters con­sider their ad­join­ing hunters and make a gen­uine at­tempt to have rea­son­able cover so as to en­joy a good morn­ing with mates and not be a hin­drance de­ter­ring birds from com­ing into de­coy spreads, or chang­ing their flight path, al­low­ing all the op­por­tu­nity to get some shoot­ing.

I would sooner hunt in a con­trolled man­ner than take pot luck as they do up north, and while it may seem un­fair to Peter Mcken­zie, I see no rea­son why Gipp­s­land hunters should change their ways from the tra­di­tion I was taught as a young­ster.

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