Category Archives: Phil Johns

Summer time!

Summer, is this the optimum time for hunting?

Animals congregating around water points, they need water, some regularly, others can consume enough through vegetation to last a few days, others need it to cool off  like pigs!

The warmer weather is here, the daily temperature is to increase as we head to what is supposed to be one of the driest summers we have seen in a while!

For the hunter this brings us with the advantage of working around water points to find game.

Some might stake out a dam, spring or trough, others work the area around be it following game trails or walking up channels that lead to dams.

Checking out shady places where they might be camped up out of the heat of the day.

An experienced hunter will work all these areas, looking for that sign, be it a print or droppings.

Knowing the animal’s habits will add to your success and like anything the more effort you put in the more chance you are of finding them.

While some hunters are turned off by the heat, others relish the advantage of the hot weather in being successful in the summer heat!




Finding game, like these goats in this case, around water points becomes more frequent in the hot weather!



Making it easier!

 When out hunting anything that I can use within reason to make any of the chores associated with the trip easier I’ll use.

One of the best pieces of equipment I acquired was a couple of gambrels.

I use these for when Im taking meat animals or want a skin from a big billy, hoisting them up to work away.

The gutting and skinning is so much easier when you are not having to bend down and turning the animal over each time to make a cut.

I’ve taken the skin off a 70+ kg billy, rather than trying to skin him on the ground I simply hoist him up with the assistance of the ute and away I go.

When taking smaller animals for meat, although they are a lot easier to skin and gut, the gambrel is still used when ever possible simply because of the ease in which they can be maneuvered and also keeping the carcass clean.

I use them a bit more now, as I haven’t built a shooting rack for my current ute and the hanging rack I had on my old ute was a dream to use.

I hope to one get one made up soon but the gambrels will do the job for now!




With the animal hoisted up skinning and dressing the animal is a whole lot easier!


The Opportunist!

The Opportunist!

 Well that’s what I would call it anyhow!

Cruising around on a property, we had got onto a few goats early on the trip.

Checking out an area I noticed something up ahead, just standing there looking at us from about 80m .

My hunting mate confirmed it was a cat, standing there as if we were no threat to it!

Well that’s where it was wrong as I pulled the ute to the left.

I stopped and started to get the rifle ready as it walked across the track.

Knowing I only had a few seconds, as once it made it to the scrub it would disappear.

Working the action of the Remmy pump I had chambered a 150gn bullet ready to go.

Resting on the mirror of the ute I centered him in the scope, no time to up the power but felt confident in taking him on 4 power.

The cat made it to the other side of the track and hesitated for a couple of seconds before the crack of the 308 and the whack of the 150gn bullet hitting home.

It just laid there, didn’t move, not even a flinch or a kick.

Happy with the shot, it was one less out in the scrub and certainly added to the whole trip in bagging a cat.

Of course all this happened in a few seconds and very opportunistic to say the least, but with the end result, we were happy!


Feral cat taken with a Remmy Pump in 308.

Last light at the Dam!

Approaching the dam I could make out a mob of goats feeding some 500m from our position.

My hunting mate had a bit of trouble picking them up, but I assured him that there was a decent mob there.

Moving in from the vehicle we made use of the cover, although not a lot we still done well in closing the gap to around 80m.

I suggested he move to where there were a few white and lighter couloured goats to make it easier for him to pick them up in the low light.

My task was a bit more of a challenge, with the better eyes I had a few motley colored goats out to my right.

The plan was to make it to a small patch of Mallee and take up our positions.

Once we were set I gave the nod and waited for him to let of a shot as I sat the crosshairs on the largest billy.

The boom form his .243 dropped the large white billy he had picked out while I let off a shot from my 308 to down a motley haired goat.

The mob didn’t know what the hell was happening and this gave us the advantage to take another goat each.

Unfortunately my mate couldn’t pick any others up for a clear shoot but I had a few still inform of me and a couple more shots in succession had two more down.

Another was breaking for cover and the 150gn hit hard with a solid wallop and he crumbled to the ground.

All up we did well, with the light fading fast, a good hunt at the dam to finish the day off!



Long haired billy taken on last light!