Re: Q for F. Bailey on Hunting Down Under
Short answer is, yes they are hunted. Now, for the long answer - most Australian wildlife management agency’s would not know game management if it bit them on the *****. Most people that are in the respective State department tend to be fairly leftist leaning and not very sensible in their views to hunting or the issue of wild animal utilisation. Kinda like having the Democrats in control in the US. The resulting situation is that no sport hunting of any native animal is allowed in Australia and this wildlife resource is not utilised at all well.
However, there are licensed hunters, or more correctly, cullers who shoot kangaroos for pet and human consumption. A landowner can also get a permit for control purposes and this is where the legal hunting comes in. The landowner can get the permit, then allow the animals to be taken by anyone he wants to offer this to.
We have many sub species of roos over here and the Red and Grey are by far the most comon. Roos in general are fairly placid and not too hard to approach up to a point, but in some areas where they get shot a lot, they can be very skittish, as wary as any animal you might encounter. Roos are fairly nocturnal and like deer, most activity is early morning or late evening. Much culling of roo is done in the spotlight and you will see far more roos in the light at night than you would during the day. But, you will still see plenty during the day.
As for bringing in a rifle, yes this can be done. I don’t know the full details, but we do have a number of professional hunters here who cater to the mainly American market for hunting of buffalo and other animals, so many Americans will bring their own rifles for these hunts. There is some good hunting to be had in Australia and if you are interested in more info, email me off list and I’ll detail some of your options.