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Hunting the Northern Territories of Australia for trophy water buffalo and banteng. A 8 day hunt plus 2 days travel in the Australian outback near the floodplains. These exclusive concessions produce high quality bulls and bullocks and deliver outstanding meals and lodging. Banteng cattle (also called Bali cattle or Bos javanicus) were brought to the Cobourg Peninsula in the Northern Territory from Bali in Indonesia. Banteng are smaller than beef cattle and have distinct white patches on their rump and lower legs. An additional buffalo, bullock or banteng may be taken with additional fee. Wild pig cull hunts can be included with no additional charge (tusks can be taken, but additional taxidermy of skins and skulls will require extra charge). Great land based fishing is available at some camps.
- Species: Asiatic Water Buffalo
- Average Classification: 98 - 110
- Shot Opportunity: 95
- Weapons: Rifle, Archery
- Hunt Catalog #: RBGOE-0002
- Tag Availability: Over The Counter
Average trophy size (SCI) are very high in the area, with some bulls scoring at as large as 110-115. Gold metal standard SCI is 101". A trophy bullock is a castrated buffalo with 15-20 years of age. These bulls do not broom and produce the highest quality bulls of 120"+ SCI. The horns of a mature trophy banteng bull measure around 17" in length with some exceptional bull's taping out to the 21" to 22" mark. The average circumference of the horn basses is around plus 12". The style of the horn can vary considerably. Trophy bulls taken in the area have scored 73 6/8" SCI, 74" SCI, and the No.2 bull taken with a bow scoring at 70" SCI. Gold metal standard SCI is 68. All Banteng harvested are recorded and come with certificate of origin.
It is recommended that clients bring their own guns but the outfitter can provide excellent firearms for use on its concessions. All firearms are modern and in good condition. Ammunition is supplied on current cost basis. Any damage outside of normal wear and tear caused by clients will be the responsibility of the client as set out in the terms and conditions. Any unused ammunition is to be left with the outfitter at the completion of the hunt.
Large caliber rifles no smaller than .375.
Outfitter set-up Recommendations:
.458 lot: Ruger M77 safari grade rifle topped with a Leupold 1 - 4 scope. This is a big banger with huge hitting power. It is ideal for buffalo.
.416: Ruger Alaskan topped with a Leupold scope, another great rifle for taking on the biggest floodplain bulls. It has enough hitting power for the biggest bulls you may encounter.
.375 Remington Ultra Magnum: Remington model 700 XCR chambered for the .375 Ultra Magnum. This is my favourite hunting rifle and is topped with a Schmidt and Bender 1.5 - 6 Zenith illuminated scope. It is a lot flatter shooting then the .458 and is excellent on buffalo, banteng and pigs.
.460 XVR Smith And Wesson:
This is an excellent hunting revolver. It is not for the faint hearted and packs plenty of punch with a 5 shot capacity it is packed with enough lead to take down your trophy animal. With a 6 inch barrel this handgun is extremely accurate and will meet the demands of any handgun hunter.
.500 Smith And Wesson:
This is carried more as a backup weapon with its short 2 inch barrel but can be used by the right hunter when hunting on GOE concession.
Shooting skills: standing with ranges varying from 50-100 yards.
70+ lb. shooting at at least 600 grain arrow with a 1 piece two blade cut on contact broad head. 25-30 yards is common, but be prepared with a 50 pin as they can be very alert animals. Being prepared to shoot at 50 yards will double your shot opportunities.
Second Bullock taken
Turbine A-star B2
May 20, 2020 - October 15, 2022
- Price: $30,475.00
All license and fees are included in the base price. Trophy preparation and shipping costs are at hunter's expense. Wild pig skin and skull preparation are additional cost.
Hunter can add additional buffalo and/or banteng on a trophy fee basis. Trophy fee paid upon kill. A hunter can shoot a Bullock bull instead of a buffalo. A bullock is a 15 to 20 year old castrated bull, supporting longer and unbroomed horns. Typically they are 115 to 120 SCI. A non-hunter can accompany a hunter with additional cost.
Northern Territories, East of Darwin, Australia, Australia
Deposit 80% refundable 1 year prior to hunt date. 40% refundable 6 months prior to hunt date. No refunds under 6 months of the hunt date.
Buffalo/Banteng hunts are 8 days plus 2 days travel. These days are usallly divided by 4 days hunting buffalo and 4 days hunting banteng. This is generally ample time to secure both trophy bull buffalo and banteng. Depending on the concession and style of hunting, it is not uncommon to see many trophy bulls in one day. It is usually allow around 4 to 5 days for a Banteng hunt and it's not uncommon to see 5 or 6 trophy bull's in one day, and often upwards of 80 to 100 Banteng in total. A hunting day can long with the usual rise before daylight, and at times returning to camp after dark. Like many animals, the best time to locate them is in the evening or early morning. During this time they can be spotted feeding freely in the grasslands and less timbered areas. During the heat of the day they rest and head inland to cooler and more heavily timbered areas. During a hunting day it is not uncommon to cross paths with Brumbies (feral horse), Wild Boar, the odd Buffalo and Crocodiles can also be sighted. Wild boar can be taken free of charge, and tusks can be taken but further taxidermy requires additional fees. Entry for hunters is mostly done by light aircraft to a local airstrip some 30 kilometers away or by vehicle and a 6 hours trip that comes with it. Exclusive area available for Banteng only through this outfitter with the outfitter's legal agreement for the area. Buffalo hunts are 4 days. This is generally ample time to secure a trophy bull. Depending on the concession and style of hunting, it is not uncommon to see 5 or 6 trophy bulls in one day. A hunting days can be long. Often rising before daylight, and at times returning to camp after dark. Unlike many large animals, buffalo can be spotted feeding on the floodplains throughout the day. During the heat of the day, buffalo can be found wallowing on the plain while some retreat to timbered areas. Wild pig cull hunts can be offered with no additional charge. Hunter can take tusks free of charge, but skinning and skulls require additional fee. Having multiple concessions allows for the hunter's capabilities and enables for the best opportunities to take the best animals possible. Some areas offer great numbers of animals and 1000's may be seen in a day, while other areas that are not so extensively populated produce some truly amazing bulls. When booking a hunt it is important to be honest about your capabilities, as different areas produce different animals at different times of the year. Some conditions are extreme and require fit and mobile hunters to produce excellent bulls while less mobile hunters may require different equipment and more remote camps to get them within range of a high quality trophy without physical exertion.
HuntX Scale (Low 1 - 5 High)
- Lodging & Accommodations: Cabin/Lodge?
Lodging & Accommodations Scale
5 - Cabin/Lodge
4 - Bunk House/Trailer
3 - Wall Tent
2 - Backpack Tent
1 - Client Provided/Hotel
All camps are steel structured tents and contain shared rooms, shared showers and toilets. Mattresses and 24-hour generator power is available at all camps. Air conditioning is available unless specified at time of booking. On some specialized trips we will utilize mobile camps but this will only be the case when we discuss with the client before hand. All camps have fridges and a wide range of soft drink and cold bottled water. All included in the price of the hunt. Alcohol is available when permits are issued, because the permits within Arnhem Land are at the discretion of the NLC and the liquor commission there is no guarantee alcohol will be available.
- Menu & Food: 5 Star Catered?
Menu & Food Scale
5 - 5 Star Catered
4 - Full Kitchen
3 - Field Kitchen
2 - Backpack Food
1 - Client Provided
All food is professionally prepared by one of Darwin's top restaurant chefs. Any special dietary requirements can be catered to if requested at the time of booking. Food is 5 star for a hunting camp.
- Physical Conditions: Moderate Hiking?
Physical Conditions Scale:
5 - All Vehicle Access
4 - Light Hiking
3 - Moderate Hiking
2 - Heavy Hiking
1 - Extreme Back Country
Low to moderate hiking is required in warmer temperatures. Sometimes bulls are spotted from vehicle and other times, walking is required. Hunts can be planned based on hunter's fitness level.
Transportation (To/From Basecamp)
With literally 100's of thousands of dollars invested in properly setup trucks, UTV's and 4x4s you will not find an operator with a better fleet of vehicles. This operation works with two 7 sear canters for larger groups and Hilux's for smaller groups. All vehicles are air-conditioned and well maintained. Once at the concession, Rangers are available to get you deep into the roughest country. All vehicles are setup with excellent lighting for hunting at night and have everything you can imagine to recover the vehicle in the event of a breakdown or getting bogged in a nasty swamp!
- Lodging & Accommodations
- Menu & Food
- Physical Conditions
Water buffalo/banteng hunts are 8 day hunts plus 2 day travel. This is generally ample time to secure both trophy bull buffalo and banteng. Depending on the concession and style of hunting, it is not uncommon to see many trophy bulls in one day. All clients can expect the highest level of equipment when hunting with GOE and with a wide range of ATV's, UTV's, Trucks, boats and other equipment we have what it takes to get you to the animals, with the best equipment and concessions we are consistently taking exceptional truly wild free range animals on a regular basis. A hunter who has been honest about their capabilities allows four full days of hunting and follows direction from the guide can expect to have a good shot at a bull of around 68points (Gold Medal SCI).
What Outfitter Provides
- Bedding and sheets
- Fishing gear if desired
- Gun rental and ammunition purchase is an option
What to Bring
- .375 or larger with 40 rounds of ammunition
- Good walking boots for hot weather
- A few sets of hot weather clothing
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