Banteng hunting in Australia on wild, free ranging herds is conducted up on the Cobourg Peninsula, in the Northern Territories of Australia. This is one of the pure and genuine hunts that you will remember for a lifetime. Banteng hunting in Australia is as much about the hunt as it is about the trophy, and it is a great combination with water buffalo.
Banteng Hunting in Australia
Typically, you’ll start this hunt at the water buffalo camp.
The banteng hunting camp is about a seven hour drive from Darwin. If you wish we can organize air charter to this camp. You’ll usually need about three hunting days for hunting a trophy banteng bull this area.
When Banteng hunting in Australia you are looking for those large old mature bulls.
Horns on a bull banteng will vary from 18-25 inches in length per side, and bases 10-15 inches. Cows also have horns but much smaller in length and mass. There are two main classifications on trophy hunting banteng that are wild and free ranging.
Measurements of horns are based on the Safari Club International scoring system where a silver medal Australian banteng will go up to 66 4/6 inches combined (adding both horn length and base measurements together). Over 66 5/8 is considered gold medal.
Hunting banteng in Australia you’ll utilize 4×4 vehicle driving jungle roads looking for crossings to water in the morning, it is not uncommon to see banteng when driving out of camp which is located right on the ocean. From there you’ll spot and stalk with assistance looking for a big trophy bull. Recommended caliber for banteng hunting in Australia is the 375 or above, with shooting distances typically under 100 yards.
Once you arrive at camp, you’ll unpack and settle in. Get to know everyone and have some nice food, snacks and refreshing drinks. You may wish to sight the rifle or bow in that afternoon before the hunt in the morning.
Hunt days consist of up before daylight, you’ll enjoy a great breakfast selection while your lunches, cold drinks and hunting trucks are packed ready. The days can be long and dusty.
Most of the hunting is spot and stalk, or from tree stands and hides on swamps for bow hunters. Lunch is always at a good waterhole for a rest or maybe a spot of fishing. You’ll hunt plenty of pigs throughout the day while looking for that big buff trophy, scrub bull or Banteng.
You and your guide will usually arrive back at camp just after dark. If there is any trophy preparation to do, your guide will work on that while you have a hot shower and relax by the open fire with a drink until dinner is served.
The banteng camp is on the coast line and fishing can be provided to break up the hunt.
There may be some other huntable game species in the area.
Once you’re done, you can also add a banteng cow and a free range Sambar stag on a trophy fee basis. There are also quite a few wild pigs in the area. Recommended hunting months are June-September when all the roads and ground is dry and easy to access.
Lodging and Accommodations
Your camp will be remote, but offers all of the services that you’ll need. Include men and ladies hot showers and flush toilets. Safari tents are all equipped with power, lights, quality beds and linen, cupboard, table and chair and all screened. Camps are all generator powered and well lighted. They have laundry services as well. Camp kitchen and dining and bar area is all hard stand with very comfortable seating. Buffalo camp has landline phone connection, plus satellite phone [pay as you use], and Banteng camp we can get cell phone service. Accommodation can be upgraded to luxury for the discerning client as we use choppers for transfers.
The outfitter is responsible for all meals, snacks, drinks, beer and wine. Three meals per day plus snacks.
- Breakfast is a hot cooked meal or cereal, toast and fruit.
- Lunches are made and packed, wraps ,salads, cold meat, fruit etc. Healthy snacks through out the day also.
- The dinner menu varies, Beef, fish, chicken, pasta etc. They will cater to all food allergy and ask all clients what they prefer prior to their hunt.
Your Hunting Guides
- All guides are experienced and licensed to the corporate hunting license.
- Usually, there is one guide per hunter, so if there are two hunters in camp, they will have two guides.
- Clients do not have to pack out meat or trophies. The guides do it all, but a help is always greatly accepted.
- Hunting transport is with 4×4 land cruisers and Yamaha atv.
At Outdoors International, we understand the importance of meticulous planning and seamless logistics for a successful hunting expedition. Our team of seasoned professionals is dedicated to providing you with a memorable and stress-free experience. From assisting with permits and licenses to arranging comfortable accommodations and reliable transportation, we and our outfitters take care of every detail, allowing you to focus solely on your thrilling adventure.