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Autrailia water buffalo #8969420 12/07/23 06:58 PM
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Has anyone been on a hunt for these? If so please share your experience/reccomendations. Thanks!

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Not Australia but I killed on in Argentina.

Huge animals with a surly disposition. Australia has the biggest horned buffalo. FWIW, a .375 is on the light side. I shot mine 9 times.


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Was thinking about .458 win mag with open sights as was used on a cape but this would be on the back end of a NZ trip and my last trip to NZ trying to bring a gun was so bad I swore I’d never bring one again should I go back.

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I would recommend a caliber that starts with a "4" for buffalo.

Mine was a fun hunt....was a bowhunt that turned bad and had to move to the rifle. I would like to kill another one at some point in the future. They are bigger than a Cape by some margin.


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https://www.australianhunting.net

Make an account on the Aussie Hunting Forum (see above) and ask around. They are great to chat with on that site and the mods allow cussing. roflmao
You'll get real advice from locals just like this site. I've made some good contacts for fishing trips there, but never got a hunt put together. Tell them TexasDave sent you. up


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Read a tail about hunting Buffs in Australia and there is a tree that the fruit drops and ferments giving it a pretty good alcohol content and the buffs eat the fruit then so you have a surly drunk buffalo to hunt and can get a little more exciting at that time. don't know if it is true or just hunting writer blowing smoke.


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Originally Posted by kmon11
Read a tail about hunting Buffs in Australia and there is a tree that the fruit drops and ferments giving it a pretty good alcohol content and the buffs eat the fruit then so you have a surly drunk buffalo to hunt and can get a little more exciting at that time. don't know if it is true or just hunting writer blowing smoke.


Sounds like my kind of hunting.


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Originally Posted by chalet
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Read a tail about hunting Buffs in Australia and there is a tree that the fruit drops and ferments giving it a pretty good alcohol content and the buffs eat the fruit then so you have a surly drunk buffalo to hunt and can get a little more exciting at that time. don't know if it is true or just hunting writer blowing smoke.


Sounds like my kind of hunting.


There's some fruit that does that to elephants too. loco_too My folks had pyracantha bushes all across the front chain-link fence at our house at West Ave. and NW Military in San Antonio. Grackles would get drunk off the berries and the street was paved with dead grackles for a bit each year.


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Never been but from what I've seen it costs about the same as hunting cape buffalo in Africa. Believe it or not, it's cheaper to hunt water buffalo here in TX, and you get to keep the meat. How's that for 1st? food

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Originally Posted by DonPablo
Never been but from what I've seen it costs about the same as hunting cape buffalo in Africa. Believe it or not, it's cheaper to hunt water buffalo here in TX, and you get to keep the meat. How's that for 1st? food


It’s a bit cheaper to hunt a Buffalo in Australia than a Cape in Africa, even South Africa.

I’ve not seen many on game ranches here but you would be looking at maybe a handful of animals on any given ranch. Also, the buffalo commonly associated with Australia is the swamp buffalo with huge, swept back horns. The ones here would most likely be the river buffalo ( which is what is found in Argentina ) and have much less impressive headgear.


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Originally Posted by txtrophy85
It’s a bit cheaper to hunt a Buffalo in Australia than a Cape in Africa, even South Africa.


Where are you finding your good deals? I was reading a recent discussion on this subject on the African hunting forum and the general consensus was that the cost is about the same. I took their word for it as my pockets aren't deep enough for me to know.

Originally Posted by txtrophy85
I’ve not seen many on game ranches here but you would be looking at maybe a handful of animals on any given ranch. Also, the buffalo commonly associated with Australia is the swamp buffalo with huge, swept back horns. The ones here would most likely be the river buffalo ( which is what is found in Argentina ) and have much less impressive headgear.


This is true. I've never seen any with horns that compare to those "down under."

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The outfit that I hunted with in RSA is $13,500 for a cape and if it breaks 42” it’s $15,000. That’s about standard right now across the board from the outfits I follow in RSA, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia.

An Australian Water buffalo is running right now around $8500-$9500, though you can certainly find outfits that charge more just like you can for any other species.

For reference a water Buffalo in Argentina will run you from $4000-$7000 depending on size of horn.


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Thx. Contemplating the banteng as well.

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Originally Posted by txtrophy85
The outfit that I hunted with in RSA is $13,500 for a cape and if it breaks 42” it’s $15,000. That’s about standard right now across the board from the outfits I follow in RSA, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia.

An Australian Water buffalo is running right now around $8500-$9500, though you can certainly find outfits that charge more just like you can for any other species.



https://www.africahunting.com/threa...eld-with-derian-koekemoer-safaris.78897/

When it says "Proper Buffalo," does that mean it's smaller than 42"?

Also saw this deal and it doesn't mention a max size either. These are just a couple I pulled up in a few minutes.

https://www.africahunting.com/threa...th-henry-griffiths-safaris-12-000.75357/

Originally Posted by txtrophy85
For reference a water Buffalo in Argentina will run you from $4000-$7000 depending on size of horn.




How do the size of these compare to Australia?

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Originally Posted by DonPablo
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The outfit that I hunted with in RSA is $13,500 for a cape and if it breaks 42” it’s $15,000. That’s about standard right now across the board from the outfits I follow in RSA, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia.

An Australian Water buffalo is running right now around $8500-$9500, though you can certainly find outfits that charge more just like you can for any other species.



https://www.africahunting.com/threa...eld-with-derian-koekemoer-safaris.78897/

When it says "Proper Buffalo," does that mean it's smaller than 42"?

Also saw this deal and it doesn't mention a max size either. These are just a couple I pulled up in a few minutes.

https://www.africahunting.com/threa...th-henry-griffiths-safaris-12-000.75357/

Originally Posted by txtrophy85
For reference a water Buffalo in Argentina will run you from $4000-$7000 depending on size of horn.




How do the size of these compare to Australia?


A proper buffalo is a representative animal, not a giant but not a dink either. Something most any hunter would be proud to take and would make a good mount.

That hunt btw is cheap for a Buffalo and a sable. Sable have come down considerably in the last few years. They were $9500 when I went now list price is $6500.



The Australian swamp buffs are much more impressive horn wise. Long swept back horns vs. heavy, short curled horns. Body size they are about the same from what I understand. If I was looking for a mount I would take the Australian buff without question.


Here is the one I shot this past March as a reference. He’s “in the middle” as far as horn size is concerned






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Originally Posted by txtrophy85
A proper buffalo is a representative animal, not a giant but not a dink either. Something most any hunter would be proud to take and would make a good mount.

That hunt btw is cheap for a Buffalo and a sable. Sable have come down considerably in the last few years. They were $9500 when I went now list price is $6500.



The Australian swamp buffs are much more impressive horn wise. Long swept back horns vs. heavy, short curled horns. Body size they are about the same from what I understand. If I was looking for a mount I would take the Australian buff without question.


Here is the one I shot this past March as a reference. He’s “in the middle” as far as horn size is concerned






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