Sunday Territorian - - FRONTIER - Join Field and Game, Join SSAA, Join Aus­tralian Deer As­so­ci­a­tion www.aust­ Like NT Field and Game on Face­book. Email: nt­fiel­ Or fn­flodge1@big­ — BART IRWIN

Ilove game meat and I love go­ing out bush to get it. I have started to re­fer to it as re­new­able food.

With all the hys­te­ria about re­new­able en­ergy, why wouldn’t I? The goose breasts and legs I re­move from wild-bred geese are self-sus­tain­ing. They didn’t need any­one to till a field and plant it with grain to later har­vest to feed them.

They didn’t need any min­ing ma­te­ri­als to fence them. They didn’t need any ir­ri­ga­tion equip­ment to hy­drate them.

They didn’t need any pes­ti­cides or par­a­site con­trol drugs. Af­ter I cleaned them the only pack­ag­ing they got was a thin plas­tic bag. No foam tray or cling wrap with la­belling.

They didn’t re­quire a re­frig­er­ated truck to trans­port them across the na­tion. They came will­ingly to my de­coys un­der their own steam.

Apart from my drive to the swamp, there were no fos­sil fu­els re­quired in their pro­duc­tion. Af­ter butcher­ing them, the of­fal was shared with the brown kites and ants. No land­fill ca­pac­ity was used.

The ben­e­fits I have reaped are a nat­u­ral, lo­cally grown source of the tasti­est pro­tein with no food miles. Lo­cals have been em­ployed and I have spent my money in Dar­win and the re­gional area sup­port­ing my hunt­ing life­style.

Last week I spent three days fly­ing over swamps in the an­nual aerial goose sur­vey con­ducted by NT Parks and Wildlife.

Out there in the vast swamps of the Top End, mil­lions of eggs have been laid and are be­gin­ning to hatch, to re­stock the pop­u­la­tion and re­sup­ply next sea­son’s larder. Get your own re­new­able meat soon.

NT Field and Game will be hold­ing the first Game Get­ter’s Ban­quet for mem­bers and friends at the club on Satur­day, May 13.

Come along and cook your favourite game meat del­i­cacy, share it with oth­ers and, at the same time, taste some of our best feather and fur cook’s spe­cial­ties.

Recipes will be on hand that will broaden your scope for goose, duck, rab­bit, veni­son, buf­falo and quail.

Sport­ing clay tar­get con­tin­ues on Fri­days at the NT Field and Game range, Micket Creek Shoot­ing Com­plex, Brandt Rd, Knuckey La­goon. There are now two grounds with the to­ken sys­tem in op­er­a­tion. The ranges will be open from 3pm on Fri­days for those who plan ahead and pre pur­chase ammo and to­kens. The sales desk nor­mally opens at 5pm. The next com­pe­ti­tion is the State of Ori­gin 75T hand­i­cap event on May 21.

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