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Hi all, I just thought I would stick some photos up from my part of the world, show you guys what goes on on the other side of the planet!

It's the middle of winter here and temps have been down to around 0 Celsius at night and up around 12-15 Celsius (55F) during the day, that's a normal day that is, it can vary. We have been burning off the bush around my farm for the last few days as a hazard reduction for the coming summer. Here's a couple of pics.

The white tree that is burning on the inside is a Eucalyptus, or Gum Tree, this one is a White Gum or Scribbly Gum. The scribbles are made by an insect burrowing under the bark.
 

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Cool..whats the gun in the pic?
 

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That's a Marlin 336BL (Big Loop lever) in 30-30, laminated stock, a beautiful gun, great for the Viking as it has an 18 inch barrel so is easy to maneuver inside the cab. Also good for walking through the scrub.
 

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A few Kangaroos with the family, I'll have to get a shot with the Viking and some 'roos.
 

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Awesome pictures. What are the two animals down with the leg traps?
 

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Thanks Narrowsboy, that's just a wild dog, they live in the National Park behind my farm. That one killed that lamb of mine so I trapped the lamb up and two nights later I caught the dog. It has a funny bob tail, a lot I trap have the same tail so they must have formed there own type of breed from whatever original pet dogs that they came from. They've been wild in the park for generations.
 

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Looks like a pretty cool place to live
 

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That's a Marlin 336BL (Big Loop lever) in 30-30, laminated stock, a beautiful gun, great for the Viking as it has an 18 inch barrel so is easy to maneuver inside the cab. Also good for walking through the scrub.
Hey Catus...your place looks awesome. I love wild country like that. Love the Marlin lever rifles. I have a 1895 SBL guide gun 45-70 that I use in the brush for wild pigs. Is your place in the Northern Territory? What kinds of critters can you hunt besides pigs and feral dogs?
 

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Cactus those are awesome pics!! Nice weapon by the way.. So u got kangaroos just jumpin around and u can just pet them?? Are u in some kind of zoo?... Can u hunt and eat kangaroos?...funny how I never would have thought that our winters are yours summers.. But lemme tell u, my winters here in Pennsylvania (northeast u.s) ain't 55 and mild at night ... It's usually about 10-20F degrees and under about 1 to 2 feet of snow!
 

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Hey Catus...your place looks awesome. I love wild country like that. Love the Marlin lever rifles. I have a 1895 SBL guide gun 45-70 that I use in the brush for wild pigs. Is your place in the Northern Territory? What kinds of critters can you hunt besides pigs and feral dogs?
No I'm not in the NT I'm on the East Coast just above Sydney in the mountains about 1000 ft above sea level. About 10 mile from the coast in a straight line. Mainly all farms here. I grow meat chickens and avocados, some sheep and cattle, I also have water buffalo and Chital deer wild on the property for hunting (no bag limit on either). Plenty of rabbits, cats, foxes and wild dogs, I trap and shoot about thirty dogs a year and I'm getting some really mangy sick ones at the moment (see pic).

The climate is good here, down to about 32 F at night in winter as I said earlier, summer days are normally about 90 or hotter with some days getting to 110 F although not very often.

We have an extensive river system here (Hawkesbury River) about ten minutes from my house with some pretty good fishing. I do travel to the NT a fair bit though, the fishing is awesome up there in the tropical waters.

Yeah I love the guide Gun, that's the ultimate rifle in my opinion, they made it in 357 and 44 as well for a while but dropped it before I could get one.

Here's a few more pics. My water buffalo, couple of pigs, Wifey and I out on the river fishing, that's a Flathead or "Lizard", a real good eating fish (not sure if you have them in the US), sick dog.

Make sure you let me know if you're ever down this way, I'll take you out on a couple of hunts. I'm out of buffalo at the moment but that's easily fixed. You're welcome to bring your 45-70 too!
 

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Cactus those are awesome pics!! Nice weapon by the way.. So u got kangaroos just jumpin around and u can just pet them?? Are u in some kind of zoo?... Can u hunt and eat kangaroos?...funny how I never would have thought that our winters are yours summers.. But lemme tell u, my winters here in Pennsylvania (northeast u.s) ain't 55 and mild at night ... It's usually about 10-20F degrees and under about 1 to 2 feet of snow!
No, no zoo, those 'roos are wild, however it is actually a mental hospital there (true!) and they live free on the grounds. People go there to see them and feed them, that's my father in law in the middle, they aren't normally that tame in the wild.

There's alot of other areas around here where there are thousands of 'roos and they are often a pest on farms, we shoot hundreds a night sometimes, they are good shooting. All head shots with a 204 Ruger (Sako 85 Stainless Varmint Laminate). We do eat them too, the meat is strong but good, no cholesterol and only about 2% fat, so very healthy. It's not very popular with the public generally though. You need a permit to shoot them as they are native.

Yeah that sounds a bit colder there than here, that's for sure! It does snow here occasionally, every couple of years, but it generally melts straight away. We are about 500km from Australia's ski fields, so we get the ice cold wind off the mountains sometimes. Glad you enjoyed the photos!
 

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Sounds like you have a nice place to run the Viking, hunt, fish and live off the land. Thanks for sharing photo's of your neck of the woods. Mangy dogs for sure. The two coyotes I shot this spring both had mange and stunk like rotting flesh. Predator control for a friend who has about 400 head of cattle.

Those two hogs look just like ones I have been hunting for years over in Trinity County in Northern California. Similar in color and look. Thanks for the invite....maybe someday that would be cool. I have always been intrigued with Australia....The buff there are tough looking beasts!
 

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I got the chance to go there a few years back. Loved it there. Spent time in Sydney and the Gold Coast. Want to go back one day again. If the Lottery pays out for me I will retire there. LOL
 

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Haha glad you enjoyed it Bosman, BrisVegas we call the Gold Coast and Brisbane, when you win the lottery you can come here and retire me too lol

As far as Kangaroo goes we have a large export market where meat is sent mainly to Russia (that's been canned last week with their latest foot stamping trade embargoes on you and us) for salamis etc. There are guys here who shoot 'roos for a living, they work at night out of utes (flatbed pickups), mainly Toyota Landcruisers, and shoot about 11 or 1200 kg a night. They gut the 'roos and leave the fur and heads on, hang them on racks on the back of the utes and must have them to the "box" by sun up. The box is a refrigerated container sitting in the middle of nowhere which is emptied every week or so when it's full. They are currently getting 65c per kg, or 65c per .4 of a pound (whatever that is in ounces). Not much! Here's some from the local supermarket. And the shooters have to be accredited, annually licensed, and buy tags for every roo they shoot as well.
 

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That's a Marlin 336BL (Big Loop lever) in 30-30, laminated stock, a beautiful gun, great for the Viking as it has an 18 inch barrel so is easy to maneuver inside the cab. Also good for walking through the scrub.

I thought the OZ goverment banned all repeating firearms? How difficult is it to own arms? I heard it's espically difficult in N.S.W..

Love my guns. One of the reasons for moving to Nevada. Only need Nevada Residence, and clean background. Takes only about 20 minutes. Espically love the AR's. I'm enjoying it while it last.
 

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I thought the OZ goverment banned all repeating firearms? How difficult is it to own arms? I heard it's espically difficult in N.S.W..

Love my guns. One of the reasons for moving to Nevada. Only need Nevada Residence, and clean background. Takes only about 20 minutes. Espically love the AR's. I'm enjoying it while it last.
It's not really very difficult to own guns here, you need a Genuine Reason, which could be hunting or range shooting, if it's hunting then you need a letter from a farmer or a license to hunt public land. If it's range shooting you need to attend 6 meets a year, events like the Shott Show are included. Then you need to do a shooting course (easy), apply, get all the background checks etc, once your license arrives you can then apply for a gun, which up until recently was just send off a form, when it returns go and buy your rifle.

Apart from pistols, generally all semi autos are banned. It started with military style semis then spread to all semi autos. Farmers like myself are allowed ONE semi auto shotgun and one semi auto 22LR if they can prove they need it, I have both, it's not that hard to prove (BS paperwork). And I'm not allowed to leave this farm with those two semis, although we had a small win recently and I can now enter my immediate neighbors property with the two semis, with their written permission lol. The general public cannot have any semi auto rifles at all unless they earn a living from pest control, which they need to prove, then they can buy AR's etc which are about $15 000 here. They have to apply for their license annually. Clay shooters are allowed semi auto shotguns if they have a Dr.'s letter saying they have back injury etc so need a lower recoil shotty.

Levers don't fit into the laws and are ok, they are treated as a bolt action, pump action centrefires and 22's are ok but pump shotties are banned, go figure. So a Remington 7600 .308 for example is ok here, even in Police Patrol format.

NSW is no harder as far as I'm aware than any other state, the gun laws are supposed to be national, but they aren't, I think Western Australia is difficult at the moment, I think it just depends which Socialist Nazi police minister is in power at the time.

It's really crazy because there is a Lebanese shooting in Sydney every second night with unlicensed guns while us law abiding shooters suffer from over regulation.

We have a new ammunition register in NSW now where if you want to buy pistol ammo you have to show your license AND rego papers for that particular caliber, and have the details (amount of ammo purchased etc) recorded. This was bought in because of the above paragraph.

I've driven from Reno to Las Vegas then LA, Nevada is very beautiful, I love how you can leave California with a whole heap of stupid alcohol and smoking regulations, then enter Nevada and have a chick cook you a meal at a counter while you smoke, drink, and gamble all at the same time haha
 

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It's not really very difficult to own guns here, you need a Genuine Reason, which could be hunting or range shooting, if it's hunting then you need a letter from a farmer or a license to hunt public land. If it's range shooting you need to attend 6 meets a year, events like the Shott Show are included. Then you need to do a shooting course (easy), apply, get all the background checks etc, once your license arrives you can then apply for a gun, which up until recently was just send off a form, when it returns go and buy your rifle.

Apart from pistols, generally all semi autos are banned. It started with military style semis then spread to all semi autos. Farmers like myself are allowed one semi auto shotgun and one semi auto 22LR if they can prove they need it, I have both, it's not that hard (BS paperwork). General public cannot have any semi auto rifles unless they earn a living from pest control, which they need to prove, then they can buy AR's etc which are about $15 000 here. They have to apply for their license annually. Clay shooters are allowed semi auto shotguns if they have a DR.'s letter saying they have back injury etc so need a lower recoil shotty.

Levers don't fit into the laws and are ok, treated as a bolt action, pump action centrefires are ok but pump shotties are banned, go figure. So the Scout .308 for example is ok here.

NSW is no harder as far as I'm aware than any other state, the gun laws are supposed to be national, which they aren't, I think Western Australia is difficult at the moment, I think it just depends which Socialist Nazi police minister is in power at the time.

It's really crazy because there is a Lebanese shooting in Sydney every second night with unlicensed guns while us law abiding shooters suffer.

We have a new ammunition register in NSW now where if you want to buy pistol ammo you have to show your license AND rego papers for that particular caliber, and the details (amount of ammo purchased etc) recorded. This was bought in because of the above paragraph.
This sounds like a nightmare of mine... I have about 20 guns myself,, several 22's, shotguns, large game rifles, an AR, 6 pistols a crossbow and a compound bow, and I have been stocking ammo for the past year or so, last I counted I had $3000 worth of ammunition in my safe,,, I cannot fathom a place where the gun laws are that strict, where in order to teach my son about hunting and shooting I have to spend 15000 on an AR (and that's if im a pest control expert) and fill out stacks of BS paperwork or go to dozens of classes and document every bullet I buy and probably be very modest about the amount I shoot because its soo limited, and also to worry what they are going to ban from us next. I feel for you guys that truly love to shoot and hunt and cannot enjoy the freedoms that we in the US enjoy everyday.. I just hope it stays that way. the only stuff I cant own are full autos and rocket launchers,, and I think I can live without them , I think... I attached a few pics of some of my favorites... the top pistol is my S&W 500 ..Id have to say its my favorite gun
 

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Is it true that since the most recent government gun grab, home invasion and armed robberies have skyrocket?
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Some very nice guns there tmcelheny.

The laws here don't worry me too much, I can own plenty of guns, shoot when ever I want, I've got my semi auto shotgun, and only need to prove every five years why I need that, so no big deal. It's the city people that do it tough with the stupid laws. I desperately need a semi auto center-fire though, which I can't have, I cannot control the masses of wild dogs here without one.

Also here you cannot use home defence as a genuine reason to own a gun. That might not sound like much but is actually a big deal, because the laws are all centered around that ideal. So in other words if someone breaks into your house you DO NOT have the right to shoot them. You can only use enough force as is deemed necessary at that instant to repel their attack on you, if they stop attacking you then you must also stop. If they are just walking around your house for example, you cannot touch them, you will be charged with assault, you just have to call the police, which will be thirty minutes away lol.

If they kick your front door in saying they are going to kill you and you shoot them and it turns out they don't have a gun or knife, then you will have been deemed to have used excessive force and will instantly become the criminal, get charged with manslaughter, and then spend probably years in court fighting the charges. Although if you are smart you will get off that one, it's just the fact though that you will become the criminal and have to prove your innocence that is wrong.
 
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