Hunt: Pure Australian killings
Hunting is a strange entertainment. It seems to be cruel, but on the other hand it is a natural male occupation, the most vitally justified. Someone today hunts for bread, or rather, daily meat.
But for most, hunting is a hobby, a source of energy and inspiration. A difficult occupation, sometimes requiring courage – but all the more exciting, the greater the danger for the hunter.
In this sense, Australia is ideal for hunting. They hunt in every way: in jeeps and on foot, at night, making their way through the bush in search of crocodiles who are ready at any moment to pounce on the hunter … The beauty of Australia is that there is a choice that around there is a diverse nature, beaches nearby, and then – super-civilization, amenities, even luxury.
In addition, this continent, unlike the African one, has not been developed by our hunters. Until now, we have been offered in Australia a cultural holiday on the Gold Coast, on the Great Barrier Reef, as well as excursions around Sydney. In the best case, tourists were taken for a day to the reserve – to gawk at a kangaroo and pet a koala. And only now the Australians, represented by the largest Australian travel company Iris Tours (its Moscow representative office is called Australiana Iris), began to offer something special – something for which, in fact, people from all over the world go to Australia. Tours inland, to caves, river rafting – and, among other things, hunting and fishing.
They hunt kangaroos (there are 50 million of them, and 5 million of them are shot annually), foxes, wild boars, nocturnal cats, wolves (an animal a little more than a cat), a wild dog, dingoes, buffalos and crocodiles.
Oddly enough, a license for this is not necessary. The license, like weapons, has a local hunter, who is a guide for tourists, a teacher, and a father. The license holder is responsible for everyone who hunts with him in the company. And if the guests during the hunt begin to shoot at each other, it is he who will sit on the dock. The danger of being shot down by a neighbor is the only possible one during hunting for a kangaroo, a darling, night cats, foxes or wild boars. As animals move at wild speeds, hunters are forced to chase them in open jeeps. The main thing is to get into a running beast. They hunt at night, in the light of spotlights – it is too hot during the day, and there are no animals in the open.
Best Place – East Coast, Brisbane Area. There is the most popular “golden” hunter – David Gold. It would be more correct to even say “the Gold family”, since it organizes the hunt not only David, but also his wife. The “golden” family has an advantage over single people: one hunter has the right to take on a maximum of two people – in order to better control everyone. And together Goldy take four, so you can go in company. This is cheaper: if you are four, the event will cost $ 640 from the nose, if two – $ 700. It’s expensive, of course, but this is not just a one-time hunt, and the program is not for one day.
From the Gold Coast to Brisbane – 80 kilometers, there at the airport you will find a small plane Golda. The plane delivers the company to the base, where everyone selects and shoots weapons – large-caliber “remtons”. Then everyone in jeeps gets to the farm – there is feeding, and spending the night, and other pleasures. And actually the hunt is nearby. It is ridiculous that the owner of the farm David is dealing with is a former minister. A typical story: he retired, took up farming and began to host amateur hunters. Australians all live like this: expensive, but without luxury, home, quality, no frills, food. And an almost complete absence of alcohol. They drink beer – the climate dictates its requirements.
And those who came to hunt should not take alcohol. God forbid, the conductor learns the smell of alcohol, even if yesterday, the hunt will not take place, and your money cried.
Unlike kangaroos, fox etc, on which to hunt at least all year round and without restrictions, hunting for crocodiles is limited. There are strict quotas and deadlines – you can shoot at them in September and October. The fact is that this hunt takes place in a single place – in the north of the country, in the area of the city of Darwin, in warm humid tropics, where there are many aborigines. For them, crocodiles are almost the main food.
Nevertheless, it is the aborigines that drive tourists who want to join the hunt on crocodiles. This happens next to Darwin, in the Kakadu National Park, literally teeming with crocodiles and other evil spirits. In the case of crocodiles, it is not clear who is hunting for whom – a person for a crocodile or vice versa. It happens that hunters die – zoologists say that one homo sapiens crocodile is enough for a whole year. Recently, a terrible photograph went around the local newspapers and the Internet: a dead crocodile with a ripped open belly, and in it legs, arms, an undigested body. According to the signs of the eaten, they were even able to identify: it was just one of the amateur hunters.
To prevent this from happening, there are as many guides as there are tourists — an aborigine who knows the habits of animals, a white hunter with a license accompanying tourists, and sometimes a guide.