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12 July 2021


Industry leaders have credited TAFE NSW with helping protect jobs and export revenue by running a unique course that aims to give wild game harvesters the skills and knowledge to keep the industry afloat.


The Statement of Attainment in Game Harvester, offered through TAFE Digital, allows professional shooters from across Australia to gain accreditation to harvest wild game, a rapidly growing export and domestic market.


TAFE Digital is one of only a handful of training organisations nationwide, and the only one in NSW, to offer the course.


Owner of Lismore-based Fair Game Wild Venison, Jonas Widjaja, welcome the TAFE Digital course, saying it played an important role in supporting the nascent industry.


“Game meat harvesters who are qualified to go out in the field and harvest for human consumption play an incredibly important role on many levels," he said.


“Wild deer are pests to the environment and a cost to landholders. Harvesters help reduce that and support a growing industry.


“People are starting to understand that meat which comes from wild animals ticks boxes when it comes to animal welfare, live transport, ethical dispatch and being chemical-free.”


Kangaroos, wild boars and venison are the mainstays of the industry, sold on the domestic and export market for both pet meat and human consumption.


One of many to complete the course is veteran shooter Michael Anderson, who has been running a wild game harvesting business in country Victoria for more than 25 years.


Mr Anderson said despite his extensive experience, the TAFE Digital course ensured he remained industry-compliant.


“There’s so much legislation now and it really helped me keep up to speed with that and ensure my business was compliant,” Mr Anderson said. “I’ve been shooting since I was a teenager but the legislation is always changing and you need to stay on top of it.


“I employ eight contracted shooters and all of them have done the TAFE Digital course and loved it. It’s helping me keep people employed and keep the industry going in a safe, sustainable and hygienic manner.” 


The industry was dealt a bitter blow in 2009, when the lucrative Russian market suspended all Australian kangaroo meat exports for more than three years amid concerns about sanitation practices.


TAFE Digital meat safety teacher Shannon Walker said the course focused on ensuring hygiene and sanitation protocols were understood by harvesters.

He said the course was tailored to professional shooters requiring re-accreditation or those keen to enter the industry.


Units include hygiene and sanitation, an overview of the wild game meat industry, operating a game harvesting vehicle, inspecting and tagging wild game, and sharpening knives.


The 12-week course can be completed where and when it suits students through TAFE Digital.


For more information or to enroll, visit or call 13 16 01.


Caption: Fair Game Wild Venison owner Jonas Widjaja says a TAFE Digital course aimed at supporting the wild game harvesting industry is a ‘win-win’.


Media contact: Daniel Johns, TAFE NSW Communications Specialist, (02) 6938 1441, mobile 0477 722 428 

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Our VelocityFPS whistle will help you control unwanted feral animals by encouraging foxes and wild dogs from close range, mid-range and long distances to enquire!

This whistle is a variation to the standard Tenterfield style fox whistle and is the most effective way to call foxes from either close or far distances with outstanding results.

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This whistle is not like other fox whistles. Not only is this a fox whistle it also has the added advantage of being a wild dog call/whistle. The whistle is designed that if it is blown upside down it becomes a wild dog call! The whistle mimics the sound of a pup in distress and wild dogs can’t help but come to investigate. 
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New & Interesting Outdoor & Hunting Industry Products

50 Cal Big Game Hunting Air Rifle!

October 28, 2018

During October this year in North East Texas I had the opportunity to see the new Umarex 50 cal Hammer Air Rifle - Its incredible!

According to there press release Umarex (Fort Smith, Arkansas January 17th, 2018) – Umarex USA has officially announced the introduction of the Umarex Hammer™, the American-made .50 caliber air rifle that has become the most powerful production airgun on the planet.
The Hammer has been conceived, designed and engineered in America and is being made in the U.S.A. Its assembly will take place in Fort Smith, Arkansas within the facility of Umarex USA. Adam Blalock, CEO of Umarex USA, Inc. said, “We continually look for products that we can make right here in the USA and more specifically, within the walls of our building in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The Hammer represents powerful innovation in air rifles and I couldn’t be more excited that we’re equipped to build it right here.”

The sheer energy and three full-power shots delivered by the .50 caliber Umarex Hammer™ is achieved by its proprietary, patent-pending, Lightspeed™valve. The innovative engineering used to design this internal mechanism coupled with a .50 caliber, 550 grain lead slug is responsible for the generation of its 705 foot pounds of energy at the muzzle. Almost as impressive, it only takes two pounds of effort to operate its straight-pull bolt. This short, effortless, two-inch action is all it takes to cock the rifle and advance the magazine.

And YES its been a proven BIG GAME DROPPER!

I am looking to hunt wit this airgun in Australia next year so stay tuned....

Affordable Africa! Why You Must Experience Limpopo South Africa

May 31, 2018

Limpopo is game rich location! Whether its Plains game or Dangerous Game they have it available. Outfitter and PH Magnus Crossberg offers affordable hunting safaris in Limpopo South Africa.


Huge Kudu and other species dot the landscape along with Cape Buffalo. You can really experience all Africa has to offer right here in one location.


The Crossberg's, know how to look after you the moment they greet you at the Polokwane  airport. Its only a short 55 minute flight from Joberg.


A comfortable air conditioned safaris tent await you! Enjoy a dip in the pool right in-front of your air condition tent which also has hot & cold shower and flushing toilet.


A large camp fire and braai along with all the night sky has to offer will set the scene for your evening meal.

Magnus has a great selection of rifles available if you wish to travel with out your own rifle. For example - they have a nice 375 H&H fitted with a suppressor the makes it a extremely comfortable on your shoulder and noise reducing.

Mugnus, will also assist you to import your own rifle if you wish to bring it with you. Contact Magnus for more details.

The  Crossbergs have many species available for example The African Tiny Ten...lets meet some.

The Blue Duiker is the smallest member of the duiker family and the smallest antelope in Southern Africa; measuring only 32-41 centimeters (10-14 inches) at the shoulder and weighing 8-10lbs.

The Cape Grusbok (or Southern Grysbok) stands nearly 20 inches tall and weighs approximately 20lbs.

The Common Duiker (or Grey, Bush Duiker) is one of the larger species in the Tiny 10; standing 23-25 inches in height at the shoulder and weighs 35 to 45lbs.

The Klipspringer can be found in eastern and southern Africa; they reach approximately 17-24 inches at the shoulders and weigh 18-40lbs.

The Oribi is slightly larger than the Klingsprings, reaching 20-26 inches and weighing 26-49lbs.

The Sharpe's Grysbok weigh about 15-24lbs and stands about 20 inches at the shoulders.

The Steenbok (or Steinbuck, Steinbok) reaches 16-24 inches at the shoulders and weighs approximately 24lbs.

The Suni antelope resides in the underbrush from Kenya to southern Africa; standing 11-16 inches at the shoulders and weighs only 10-12lbs.

Plains Game like Kudu, Orix, Blue Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest, Sable, Impala, Roan< and may other.


Dangerous Game species like Cape Buffalo and the other 4 are available too.


The Crossberg's have comfortable vehicles, excellent trackers and skinner's to look after your game.


The lodge has a very comfortable African feel to it with full bar service and tasty meals waiting for you after the hunt.

Limpopo is a South African province bordering Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. It's known for bushveld and wildlife reserves, including part of Kruger National Park. West of the Kruger are the craggy Blouberg mountains and Makgabeng Plateau with ancient rock art. Near the provincial capital Polokwane, the Arend Dieperink Museum and fossil-rich caves of Makapansgat explore history dating back to early hominids.

The Crossbergs have many pre and post tourism opportunities also available like a trip to Kruger Park for example on request.

I can recommend PH Magnus Crossberg and his team of professional staff to look after your every need. 

Remington Ultimate 50 cal Muzzle Loader

January 01, 2017

The Remington® 700 Ultimate LSS Muzzeloader is Remington’s only muzzleloader, but that doesn’t stop Remington from packing this gun with the best features. This rifle offers a higher level of performance and accuracy than any other muzzleloader on the market. Remington designed the 700 LSS Ultimate Muzzleloader exclusively to be the first muzzleloader to reach 300 yards and possibly beyond. The Remington adjustable X-Mark Pro™ trigger, laminate gray wood stock, and floor plate are features usually found on centerfire rifles, but Remington has integrated them into this exceptional bolt-action muzzleloader.

Remington Ultimate Muzzle Loader 250 Grain Remington-Barns Projectiles

January 01, 2017

The Remington® Muzzleloader Sabots feature Barnes™ Premier 250 grain bullets. The Barnes muzzleloader bullets feature 100% copper core construction with Barnes patented Accutip™. The streamlined Accutip increases expansion for faster loading and superior accuracy. Barnes™ bullets offer exceptional accuracy and shocking power, combined with deep, reliable penetration.

The Remington™ Sabots are specially designed to handle up to 200 grains of powder. These sabots retain virtually 100% of their original weight, and ensure a higher ballistic coefficient, enabling exceptionally long-range performance with higher velocities.

International Gun Case That Really Works

January 01, 2017

Tuffpak™ Tripod Case

The Tuffpak™ is rotationally molded from high-density cross-link polyethylene. It takes over an hour to mold a Tuffpak™ . . . but it's worth it! This is the most durable tripod case available today.

The Tuffpak comes in - a couple of different models. The model number of each case will indicate its size. I have 3 Tuff Pak units and love them I can pack my compound bow and 375 Ruger plus clothing and boots in one case! I can highly recomendTuff Pack for discrete hunting trips

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