Just got a call from my F-I-L, a hunting trip has been organised for late next month! It's been a few months now since I've had access to my rifles and let me tell you, my trigger finger has been VERY itchy! The place that we are going to is a 180,000 acre wheat and cotton farm and has an abundance of game, especially goats, pigs and roos. In exchange for a BBQ and a carton of beer we get the run of the place and an open invitation to take the property's bag limit of kangaroos (the Govt issues some properties that have severe problems with roos a certain amount of tags, which means you can hunt them legally), as well as any other vermin we can shoot. These pests literally cost the property owner tens of thousands of dollars in damaged and destroyed crops, so he relishes the opportunity for us to thin the herd a little. The drive will be pretty hefty (about 6hrs from home + 4 to get back up to the Gold Coast where I'm at uni) however it's going to be a great weekend away to go for a shot and catch up with some guys that I haven't seen since last year when we went. Our modus operandi by day is to drive around on 4x4's until we spot a mob, then dismount and stalk on foot within range. There is only ever two people with rifles at one time and all of us are experienced with hunting and guns, so safety is kept to a maximum. In the middle of nowhere there is enough to worry about even without adding guns to the mix. By night, we use a different method and 'spot and snipe' under lights. I would've loved to have had a new gun for the trip but my Weatherby .223 will certainly do the job, especially with the roos and goats. There'll also be a range of other guns; a brand-spanking .25-06 Ruger V/T, another Weatherby in .22-250, a Savage .308 and a 12 gauge Rizzini shotgun. For rabbits, hares and foxes we'll also have a CZ in .17HMR. I've got a couple of weeks and six exams left before I'm finished Uni for the year so this trip will be a good release for me before I start working full-time until February when I start Uni again. In case you can't tell, I really can't wait!