In its 65th year, SSAA National has been championing the important role our hunters play in modern Australian society through our 2013 Year of the Hunter campaign. Much of the work we’ve done has forced the wider Australian public to rethink their opinions on hunters as food gatherers, hunting as an animal control method, and hunting as a recreation not dissimilar to fishing. Our sponsorship of the new television hunting show Beyond the Divide furthered our cause, while also supporting a dedicated Australian-produced hunting show.
Early in the year, our Field to Fork - The Australian Game Cookbook received international acclaim as SSAA National continued to capitalise on the ‘MasterChef phenomenon’ that is encouraging people to try new food and seek organic free-range food for the table.
In April, longstanding SSAA National President Bob Green retired and at this time, I took the reins to continue the hard work Bob has put in for the SSAA for many years. In May, I was pleased to attend the very successful SSAA SHOT Expo in Melbourne. The event boasted a record number of exhibitors and visitors throughout its two days at the showgrounds.
We sought your feedback this year in our online SSAA Membership Survey and had a great response. With the feedback we’ve received, we’ll be able to further shape this Association’s efforts, projects and publications to what members want and need. We hope to continue with these surveys and reach more and more members each year, particularly as our membership has now well and truly surpassed 150,000.
Our ‘Hunter by Choice’ billboards raised eyebrows and spurred complaints to the Advertising Standards Bureau midyear. However, our response to the bureau, where we discussed our efforts to educate the public, saw the complaints be dismissed.
Target shooting continued to be an important feature of the Association’s calendar, with many of our members participating at the local, state, national and international levels. The World Benchrest Championships was just one of many international competitions where SSAA shooters pit their skill and determination against the rest of the world. A worthy mention must go to 21-year-old Single Action shooter Sam Medway, who is now the World Single Action Champion after blitzing the field in the US event. Sam is just one of many talented shooters who are excelling at all levels of SSAA competition. Read more >
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