Lucky hunters well equipped to have a merry lit­tle Christ­mas

Sunday Territorian - - OUTDOORS - By BART IR­WIN

ALL I want for Christ­mas is still out there.

But the shops have plenty of gear that a hunter could use from Box­ing Day through to Jan­uary 5 when the sea­son fin­ishes next year.

We have been blessed with a few ad­di­tional hunt­ing days dur­ing the hol­i­day pe­riod, thanks to the great co­op­er­a­tion that now ex­ists with Parks and Wildlife and NT Field and Game.

Years ago, when the sea­son ended in mid-De­cem­ber, if you got a goose hunt­ing gift for Christ­mas it was like get­ting a walkie-talkie without bat­ter­ies.

NT Field and Game have a great range of stuff ev­ery hunter needs, in­clud­ing Mag­pie Goose FUD de­coys, float­ing de­coy sleds, Bird Hitches and portable hunt­ing blinds.

If you want to know what I want, it is a ShotKam. This is a video record­ing train­ing de­vice that has be­come my ‘‘must have’’ for 2013.

Tammy, at Lacky’s Guns and Out­doors, says of the Howard River area: ‘‘Hunters were re­warded in spades just be­low the Rock Bar. Black­ies and geese were abun­dant.’’

Isha, at Tex Gun Sup­plies, re­ported that the scores had picked up with the re­cent rain.

Grant, at Fish­ing and Out- door World, said birds were trad­ing over Har­ri­son to­wards the Ade­laide River flood plain from the sanc­tu­ary of Fogg Dam.

Isha rec­om­mends the Aus­pit Rot­tis­serie cooker for your Christ­mas goose and duck as an ideal hunter gift.

Moon phase: Wax­ing gib­bous to full on Tues­day.

Weekly rain­fall to Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 12: Gunn Point 12mm, Shoal Bay 13mm, Howard Springs Na­ture Park 13mm and Mid­dle Point 3mm.

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