From the Editor
Far and wide is a fair summation of this issue of Field & Game magazine.
While the kilometres rolled over, nothing was more certain that at the end of the journey there would be a warm welcome, a few laughs, and a few stories to tell (not all suitable for print).
The NSW city of Goulburn is a decent road trip for most Field & Game Australia (FGA) members but the friendly folk at Goulburn Workers Field & Game make it worth your while.
When you arrive, you soon catch the familiar sight of a blue shooters vest with “Goulburn Workers” in bright yellow lettering and the nickname of the person wearing it, Wazza, Snake, Big Man.
They are familiar because you see them all over the place. The “Workers” are keen and don’t mind a trip away to compete, for them it’s all part of being in the FGA family.
You have to admire their dedication and commitment and, if you are heading up the Hume Hwy around the first Sunday of the month you should call in, they don’t call themselves the friendly club for nothing.
More than 1000 km away at Lake Albert in South Australia is where we met up with a couple of very well-travelled and keen hunters from the United States, Ryan Bassham from Sitka Gear and renowned outdoors cameraman Jake Latendresse.
Both were in Australia for the first time, and in the context of our embryonic hunting tourism industry they are like early explorers. Along with Ramsay Russell, Ryan and Jake were gathering the information many waterfowl adventurers who come afterwards will use to navigate their way.
For every small difference (like the funny lingo), there is a similarity, and if these visitors prove one thing it is that duck hunters the world over are bound together by what we have in common.
In Gippsland, the welcome was warm (as usual), but the weather for the closing was definitely on the chilly side although the locals tried to mount a convincing argument that it was balmy by normal standards.
Weather was on the mind of Bairnsdale Field & Game, host of the 2018 National Carnival in November. It will be the third time the branch has hosted the event and memories of one, dubbed “Desert Storm” by competitors, still linger.
Weather aside, everything that can be controlled is well in hand with on-site works under way to expand into new territory to fit in the six grounds.
It promises to be a great event and well worth clocking up a few more kilometres.