Looking for something truly out of the norm, both species and location that offer experiences you’ll never forget? Hunt Australia’s dangerous game!
The outback Northern Territory (NT) of Australia is home to three individual bovine dangerous-game species – the Asiatic buffalo, banteng, and feral ox. Our outfitting company in Australia has been hunting these three wonderful species in their individual wild habitats since 1980. We can connect you with the species and hunt that suits you best or develop a customized Australian safari combo to take in multiple species.
Australia is recognized as THE place to hunt jumbo, free-ranging Asiatic buffalo trophies. These bulls weigh in excess of 2000 pounds and sport impressive trophy horns. Mature bulls are usually bold and unafraid and require a stout caliber firearm, careful shot placement, and multiple shots to bring them down.
The hunting in the NT is best conducted in the aboriginal-owned wilderness of Arnhem Land, from a comfortable, tented safari camp. Gan Gan is widely regarded as the premium Arnhem Land buffalo concession, and our outfitter regularly breaks new boundaries and Asiatic buffalo records.
This is a great spot-and-stalk hunt for groups or family parties, with large numbers of animals and fishing available right there in camp. The regular hunting season at this concession is June through September.
It is all too easy to use the word “unique” multiple times when describing banteng – but that is precisely what they are. Banteng are more deer-like in their habits than other bovines, and the mature bulls are black with white socks and rump patch, while the cows are ginger-colored. Australia is the only location in the world where the wild Asian banteng can be hunted, and banteng live up to their fearsome reputation.
The premium banteng concessions are located on the Cobourg Peninsula – Garig Ganak Barlu National Park. Tags are strictly limited to 15 per season. This is mainly a walk-and-stalk wilderness hunt, but the exertion of the day is easily offset by the incredible accommodation at the luxury resort from which the hunt is based.
Seven Spirit Bay resort features individual luxury chalets with en suite, a la carte restaurant and bar, and fabulous views over Port Essington. Access to this concession is by air charter only, with no external roads to the resort. Access to the banteng concession can be extended from March through November, due to the nature of the terrain.
Feral Ox / Scrub Bull
Arguably the most dangerous of these three bovine species, the feral ox is highly regarded as a game animal in Australia and is listed in the SCI record books. These wild herds descend from primitive domestic stock that have been running free in the outback since the 1850s and present a super challenge to the sportsmen, especially when close stalking is called for.
Feral ox is their accurate description but ‘scrub bull’ is how they are known locally – a much sought-after trophy. The premium hunting location is based at a working cattle ranch with tented safari camp. Like the buffalo and banteng, our outfitter offers “up close and personal” rifle, archery, muzzeloader, and handgun hunts for this impressive bovine.
Scrub bulls can also be considered an add-on target at the Gan Gan buffalo concession during the months of August and September, with lower trophy expectations than the premium concession.
Any and all of these hunts can also be combined with deer hunts (six different species) at both ranch and wild venues, or combo hunts in New Zealand.