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    MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!


    A snapshot of Aussie SSAA members 2017.

    Earlier this year SSAA conducted the 2017 SSAA Members Survey.

    After looking through the results, the one thing we are sure of is that our members are passionate and diverse. Although the media may paint us with a different brush, many SSAA members work in professional occupations and hold university degrees while enjoying camping, fishing and the great outdoors. Recording the highest participation rate to date, the survey gave our 187,000-plus members the chance to have a say on many aspects of the SSAA, while capturing data about the people that make up our proud Association. Find out more about the survey and what our members had to say.
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    Improving lives with pistols
    Improving lives with pistols

    Dave Burgess explains how joining a local pistol club improved his life. “On the surface, the membership looks like a bit of an old men’s club, but the fact is we have all age groups, from junior to retired, with both male and female participants and from as many work, ethnic and religious backgrounds as you could imagine.

    Obviously, the thing we all have in common is our sport, but conversations wander into all sorts of unexpected areas, which I’ve found to be one of the genuine joys of spending time with my club mates,” says Dave.

    Firearm business strong with NIOA
    NIOA recently finalised a five-year contract, which will see it supply more than 30 different munitions to Australia’s military including a range of small arms to 120mm M1A1 Abrams tank ammunition.

    This news comes after the Australian-based company was honoured with the Medium Business Award at the 2017 Telstra Queensland Business Awards.

    If that weren’t enough, to round out a successful 2017, NIOA opened a new office in Canberra in early December, which will allow it to continue its commitment to supporting defence as a 100 per cent Australian prime contractor.

    Report suggests hunting should expand

    In February of this year, the Natural Resources Commission submitted its final report on the National Parks & Wildlife Service Supplementary Pest Control trial. SSAA NSW was the trusted hunting organisation to take on this program, as there was great concern at the time that if it was to fail, the future of public land hunting would come under threat.

    However, the report found that the pest control program should continue and possibly expand.

    With the Christmas spirit in mind, we have reduced the price of our award-winning Field to Fork cookbook to just $34.95. Plus, SSAA members who order now will also receive a free SSAA stubby holder valued at $7.25.

    Field to Fork - The Australian Game Cookbook celebrates the abundance that is Australia and its rich and varied wildlife.
    Hunting from a tiny home

    Grant Emans is an Aussie builder who ventured into tiny homes as a way to meet the market’s need for long-term accommodation solutions for caravaners, bed-and-breakfasts, farm stays and backyard granny flats.

    Much like manufacturers in the US, Grant has been building customised, purpose-made, stronger-than-a-house, homes on wheels for a couple of years. And as we found out recently, he is now on the prowl with a product custom-made for the hunting market.
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    The SSAA is excited to announce that it is looking for an Editor for the quarterly Australian Hunter magazine and other occasional publications and digital media.

    This position will be advertised through Hender Consulting on seek.com.au from the beginning of January. It is envisioned that this role will be filled by early March. Keep an eye out for the advertisement on seek.com.au in early January 2018.


    Rise of female hunters continues in Alaska

    Alaskan hunter Christine Cunningham is an animal lover, but also a hunter. She says that most people live in urban areas so they don’t have a first-hand relationship with nature, much less the ability to obtain food from sustainable sources. Christine and her husband have nine bird dogs, which they regularly take out while they hunt sustainably across the picturesque Alaskan landscape.

    Christmas greeting from the SSAA

    From everyone at SSAA National, we wish you a safe Christmas and happy New Year. We look forward to the challenges 2018 will bring while we continue to promote the shooting sports and protect firearm owners’ interests.

    I'll drink to that sentiment ! BB
    There is no Spring without Winter, without Mistakes there is no Learning. There is no Life without Death, without Doubts there is no Faith. There is no Peace without War, without Fear there is no Courage. For without Mistakes, Doubts and Fears there are no pathways to Wisdom.
    Ron Owen.
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