Range day tomorrow. That’s some good father-son time right there.
Started rolling again tonight, after four years off the mats.
Feels good to be committed to it again.
Muay Thai will always be my first love - but that will wait. Cardio and conditioning must come first.
Just cracked 243 followers. So, here… Have a pic of my .243W.
It frustrates me when people try to justify hunting as ‘just another sport’. Hunting is not a sport - hunting is what we did before there was sport. It is much more primal and basic - it can be suppressed, diverted or ignored - but it still exists.
Early humans evolved to be hunters and gatherers for millions of years and humans as we know it now have only spent the last ten thousand years (approximately) practicing agriculture and animal husbandry. In a timeline of human evolution, civilisation and agriculture are not much more than the blink of an eye (furthermore, civilisation is entirely unsustainable). If you consider Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the innate drive to produce food is one of our most basic physiological requirements - sports only began to evolve as our basic needs were satisfied by agriculture and civilisation and humans had to find things to fill our spare time with.
I refuse to bow to the notion that I have to justify my activities - there is nothing more natural than being out in the bush chasing game (whether it’s with bow, dog or firearm). People like to criticise modern hunting and claim that the true hunter should be capable of running down a full grown deer and taking it with their bare hands - that’s how humans started hunting (that’s why humans can run marathons and have a heat regulating system, allowing them to outrun even the fastest game) and pretty soon found that it was more efficient to use a pointed stick. Firearms are just at the end of a long line of human technological evolution. I temper my drive to hunt with the utmost respect for the game pursued, whether it be a humble rabbit, feral pig or majestic stag. Just because it is one of our basic urges, it doesn’t mean it has to be inhumane or unethical. Firearms allow me to pursue the most basic of human urges, and ensure that the animal will undergo the least amount of suffering. Hunting, to me, should be both human and humane. It should heighten the senses, lead us to appreciate our own mortality and teach us to respect all creatures - big and small.
In my opinion, football, cricket and volleyball are sports - hunting is what it means to be human.
A few EDC items from my last trip - two weeks around Victoria and South Australia.
Bag - 5.11 Rush 12. Can’t say enough good things about this bag. Perfect EDC. Great organisation. Equally at home getting around the cities of Melbourne and Adelaide as hiking up mountains in the Grampians. Tough as coffin nails. It is a bit on the tactical side but MOLLE webbing isn’t that popular in Australia so no one seems to give you funny looks and nor did I manage to get stopped for random searches at airports (I know this is a concern in America). Helps that it is a subdued colour - as cool as the Rush 12 in Multicam is, I wouldn’t want to rock it in the city or going through airports.
Bottle - Klean Kanteen 40oz. Great bottle. Tough and doesn’t get that funky smell after a couple of days of use. I did make the mistake of freezing it and bulging the bottom - but this was easily fixed with a rubber mallet. If you want to freeze your Klean Kanteen I would suggest putting no more than an inch of water in the bottom and freezing that, then filling up with cold water. The ice block will then keep it cool all day, especially when used with some sort of insulation (e.g Shemagh).
Shemagh - This is just a no-name woven (as oppose to printed) shemagh that I purchased on eBay. I didn’t actually wear it around my head on this holiday, but it definitely has many uses. I wrapped it around my drink bottle to insulate it - keeping it cool for hours even in 45 degree heat. It was used as a shade cloth to keep the sun off my little relative when sleeping in the car. I used it as a blindfold when trying to sleep while others had the lights on. It also has many first aid uses. I still keep it in the bottom of my Rush 12, even if only to give the items in my pack more protection.
Victorinox Spartan with P-7 clip - Great all round knife. I also carried my Leatherman Rebar (I really need to do a post about that multi-tool). Many people can attest to the usefulness of this knife. Very similar to my other favourite Victorinox - the Tinker.
"Only after the last tree has been cut down.
Only after the last river has been poisoned.
Only after the last fish has been caught.
Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.”
Native American Cree Prophecy
Picked up my two rifles from the gun shop this afternoon after almost a year of paper work and waiting.
It’s official - I am now a gun owning, ute driving, tattooed redneck.
Living the dream.
I hate my fucking job.
And it’s only Wednesday.
Missing this pup ever so much while on holidays. My dad rang tonight to tell me that he let her off for a run around the back paddock. She then proceeded to chase a wallaby down the gulley, crash around in the scrub for about ten minutes, then come back out chasing a fully grown buck deer. No fear and no dull moments. Also pictured is my parents’ red cattle dog pup. Also a crazy young thing.
London Bridge, Australia. It was named this because prior to 1990 it was joined to the mainland by two arches. The one nearest the mainland collapsed and two people were stranded, needing rescue by helicopter.
A big old Mountain Ash. Otway Ranges, Australia.
Panorama of the Grampians National Park.
From the top of Mt Williams. Grampians National Park, Australia. Unfortunately they have had terrible bush fires in the area recently, made evident by the smoke in the background. A beautiful and rugged part of the world. My hat is off to the fire fighters battling the blaze.
Feral Rabbit I shot on a recent hunting trip. Nice and healthy, good eating size. Rat 2 folder for scale.
Koala up a gum tree. Kennet’s River, Victoria.