Water Buffalo are big and they are plentiful! As Australia’s premier big game animal, the Water Buffalo deserves the highest level of respect when hunting. They are extremely tough and difficult to put down and are every bit as tough as the African Cape buffalo. Buffalo charges can and do, occur! On average, our Australia Water Buffalo hunting Outfitter deals with at least 1 serious charge each year.
Weighing around 1,800 to 2,100 pounds, a mature Water Buffalo is aggressive and dangerous. The horns of a mature buffalo bull measure 38″ to 60″ wide tip to tip! They live in wet, swampy, mud-wallow areas and come out to feed in nearby grasslands. This hunting concession combines a remote, privately owned 1,500 square mile cattle station as well as adjacent Aboriginal lands. The best time to hunt Water buffalo in Australia is from Late May to October.
Generally hunting will be spot and stalk, however for bow hunters, or any hunter wishing to, there are tree stands and ground blind hunting available. Travel is from specially outfitted 4×4 vehicles which all have a winch, satellite phone, GPS, first aid kit, and other necessary off road gear.
5-7 Day Australia Water Buffalo Hunts
Departs Darwin for hunting on approx. 1500 sq. mile privately owned cattle stations. Safari includes all meals and accommodations while in the outback, guided hunting, trophy care and ground transportation. Price also includes the trophy fee on a Buffalo. Additional Buffalo may be taken for a trophy fee. *there are no fees for Dingo and Donkeys.
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8-10 Day Australia Water Buffalo Hunts (ideal for bow hunters)
Departs Darwin for hunting on approx. 1500 sq. mile privately owned cattle stations. Safari includes all meals and accommodations while in the outback, guided hunting, trophy care and ground transportation. Price also includes the trophy fee on a Buffalo. Additional Buffalo may be taken for a trophy fee. This hunt is highly recommended for Bow hunters. This hunt also allows extra time if you think you want to harvest additional species. *there are no fees for Dingo and Donkeys.
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Queensland Hotspur Lodge is a modern lodge with all the comforts of home, located on the Tropic of Capricorn, in Queensland, Australia. Non-hunters are welcome and will enjoy relaxing here. The Lodge is air conditioned with six comfortable bedrooms and three spacious bathrooms with hot showers and flushing toilets. There is also a large veranda around the lodge providing a great view, and you will enjoy the prolific bird life of the area. After the day’s hunt everyone can relax at the bar, the swimming pool, or our recreational area around the barbecue, with a plentiful selection of great Australian beers and wines. Meals are home cooked Australian style and prepared to your satisfaction. Laundry facilities and Internet access is also available.
The weather here is lovely. March, April and May is Fall with daytime highs averaging 80-85 degrees Fahrenheit and the lows will be a comfortable 50 degrees. June, July and August is Winter with daytime highs in the 75 – 80 degree range and the nighttime lows averaging 45 degrees. September, October and November is Spring with daytime highs in the 85 – 90 degree range and the night time lows averaging 55 – 60 degrees.
Northern Territory Lodge This lodge is a very comfortable with three bedrooms, air conditioning, hot showers, flushing toilets, and laundry facilities. Relaxing in the lodge or around the barbecue with a local Australian beer is always very nice after a day’s hunting. Enjoy home cooked Australian style meals prepared to your satisfaction. Hunting in the Northern Territory is usually done in May through September.
Other activities available in the Northern Territory are World Class Barramundi fishing; Helicopter sightseeing; Aboriginal Art and sacred relic viewing. There are numerous tourist and shopping destinations at the Top End.
*A Member of the Northern Territory Professional Hunters Association
I have had the good fortune to bowhunt around the world, from Siberia, to Africa, to Australia, Argentina,and most of the U.S. Over the years I have met three guides who are the best of the best. Andrew Mackay is one of the three! He is the finest back up man on dangerous game I have ever seen. He is a true HUNTER! His knowledge of the game he hunts is phenomenal. He can take even the least experienced bowhunter right in on an animal and make sure he is safe. He is one of the funniest guides I have ever met and he makes his camp seem like a bit of home and comedy routine all at the same time. I have hunted Water Buffalo with him three times and will be going back again soon. I have taken two big bulls with longbow and recurve bow with Andrew, and both went down in sight….one arrow each. If you have a chance to hunt with Andrew for gosh sakes take it. You will never have a better hunt… I promise you.
~ Paul B Brunner
I am a traditional bowhunter and I booked a trip with Andrew Mackay for Buffalo. He and his operation can be summed up with two words “the best”. Andrew works tirelessly 24/7 to make sure that your trip is more than a hunt…it is an adventure! Getting up every day and seeing birds of every kind and color, kangaroos, wallabies as well as other “strange” creatures only adds to the fantastic hunting adventure there in Australia. I have personally hunted all over the world but I have never been associated with someone with the knowledge, skill and work ethic as Andrew. If I could only make one “hunt of a lifetime” it would be with Andrew for Buffalo in Australia.
~ Paul Liberato
We purchased an auction item for Buffalo and Sambar deer at Safari Club International in Reno, and we had no idea what we had in store for us! Andrew Mackay worked with us before hand and together we carefully planned a one month hunt. Upon arrival in Darwin, we were met by Andrew and began our trip. We were fortunate to have taken a great number of true trophy animals. Andrew is extremely knowledgeable on hunting and field judging the animals of Australia. Jerel took two very nice buffalo, as well as a kangaroo and a wallaby. I harvested an exceptional banteng, buffalo, and scrub bull (feral ox) as well as blackbuck, sambar and rusa deer. The trophy quality was outstanding, including a number 1 SCI Feral Ox, taken with a handgun. I can honestly say we had the time of our lives. Andrew and his father are great hosts. It’s a full “family operation” as his brother and sister assisted in Queensland as well. Andrew is quite a cook “on the barbie”, the meals were fantastic! I cannot say enough good things about this trip. The hunting was great, the company was great. And we can’t wait to return to hunt the big buffalo again!
~Dr. Jerel K. Wottrich & Stephanie Wottrich
I hunted water buffalo with Andrew Mackay in July of 2009 and I couldn’t be more pleased with every aspect of the safari. Airport pick up, nice comfortable lodge and a fine Australian chef which is Andrew also. They have a vast and beautiful concession with plenty of game, and this guy knows where to find them. He can find buffalo bulls when other buffalo can’t find buffalo bulls. And did I mention trophy care and photography? Excellent. Anyway, I got two big buffalo, a nice feral pig with long teeth and had the time of my life.
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