Media Officer Kate Fantinel looks at how the SSAA Farmer Assist program, which helps landowners tackle pest animals, has opened in two more states, South Australia and Western Australia, after initial success in Queensland. Politicians who support the shooting sports in federal parliament are hailed, but Anthony Pagan is critical of a sensationalist and lurid anti-hunting opinion piece in the NT News. Brad Allen savours a birthday deer hunt in Queensland’s Granite Belt region, while Matt Fox and his dad target feral intruders on a sheep property. North American correspondent Thomas Tabor is thrilled by the famous Winchester Model 1873 rifle, Con Kapralos assesses the new Walther Century air rifle and Paul Miller applauds the Krieghoff K-80 Pro Sporter shotgun. For youngsters, the SSAA National Junior Challenge looms enticingly on the shooting calendar.