COVID-19 restrictions stop Simulated Field competition
Further restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19 make it impossible to run Australian Simulated Field Competitions, novelty events and practice.
All events for this weekend have been cancelled and we expect it could be some time before branches can resume, even on a smaller scale, given the restrictions imposed nationally and additional measures taken by individual state governments.
Equally, the strict rules on gatherings of any kind and unnecessary travel means no working bees or face to face branch meetings.
While no specific measures or advice has been announced regarding duck and quail hunting, these activities are still impacted by the clear and unequivocal advice to restrict movement and social contact which is;
The Field & Game Australia Board encourages all branches and members to stay safe and well. While we deal with this unprecedented health crisis, the most important thing is protecting yourself and your family.
If it is safe and practical to do so; branches and individual members are encouraged to reach out to vulnerable members to ensure they get any assistance they need.
Membership renewals are important because there will be a lot of work to do when this crisis is over. We understand that some members will be suffering financial hardship. We are here to help and support you so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org about your situation.
On behalf of the Board and the National Office Team I wish you and your families all the best.
Peter Hawker, Chair, Field & Game Australia
Staying positive in uncertain times
We have a new podcast discussing the current events and how we plan to get through with our health, sanity and sense of humour intact. Click on the image below to listen.
So what do we do now?
We have some fun.
Social distancing doesn't mean no socialising.
Field & Game Australia members are adaptable, inventive, practical, knowledgeable and some are downright funny!
Over coming days we will be reaching out for you to help create a really big conversation. Here's some of the stuff you can help with.
We all have to eat
Some of our favourite chefs including Riccardo Momesso and Daniel Airo-Farulla will be cooking up a storm. We've already reached out and from their bunkers they will be sharing tips, tricks and game recipes.
When you pluck some game from the freezer, why not take some photos or video and share your own cooking with the membership. Email to email@example.com or direct message Field & Game Australia through our Facebook page.
Are you social distancing in your shed or man cave?
If you are, then no doubt you are surrounded by really interesting things.
Why not pick something out that has a story attached; where you got it, how you use it, how it saved your life or filled your bag.
It can be anything. Take a picture, write a little (or big) story and send it to us so we can share. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org or direct message Field & Game Australia through our Facebook page.
Are you digging out those albums from the good old days?
Now is the perfect time to tell those old (and not so old) stories of your exploits.
You know the ones; they leave a squad laughing so much they can't shoot straight and a hunting party with moisture on the wrong side of their waders.
We've heard some rippers over the years, but we'd also like to hear yours. Send your pictures and story to email@example.com or direct message Field & Game Australia through our Facebook page.
We are doing as much as we can!
The May Field & Game magazine is still being worked on but as we have seen over the past few days, it is pointless trying to predict what we may or may not be able to do in 5 weeks time.
In the interim we are going to share as much as we can. Watch out for the hunters helping wildlife video in the next few days.
Daryl Snowdon is clearing his shed and has plans to turn it into a workshop/production studio for lots of instructional videos and we can keep the podcasts rolling out more frequently. Lauri Rowe is working on ideas to entertain the kids.
CEO Dean O'Hara will use his confinement to reach out to members on a range of issues.
When things return to whatever the new normal is, we want to be ready not just to get Field & Game activities back up and running but to be a better and stronger member organisation.
Get involved, have some fun and we will all get through this together.