From the Editor

Far and wide is a fair sum­ma­tion of this is­sue of Field & Game mag­a­zine.

Field and Game - - FROM THE EDITOR - AD­VER­TIS­ING Steve Lux­ford Sales Ex­ec­u­tive Mo­bile: 0429 699 553 steve.lux­ford@pulse­ ED­I­TO­RIAL Dar­ren Lin­ton (03) 5820 3160 Mo­bile: 0437 770 144 editor@fiel­

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.

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