Australia: Pennicott Safaris Acquires Hunting Rights to Mary River Station

Mary River Station in Australia’s Northern Territory will host hunters again this year. Kevin Gleeson owned and operated this 332,000-acre private area for more than 20 years but put the property up for sale shortly before his death in late 2016. Private individuals who purchased the land in 2017 have granted hunting rights to Greg Pennicott of Pennicott Safaris (011-61-417-105-940; www.gregpennicottsafaris.com). Mary River Station is west of Kakadu National Park, about two hours’ drive from Darwin. The property includes a 10,000-acre high-fenced area with exotic deer species.

We reached Pennicott by phone to hear about his plans: “We are offering a combination hunt with four days of banteng hunting at Mary River Station and five days of water buffalo hunting at our camp in Arnhem Land in our Buckingham Bay concession. Some clients might like to take both buffalo and banteng at Mary River on a shorter hunt.

“Easy access from Darwin makes a four-day banteng hunt ideal as a stopover for hunters heading to or from New Zealand, as well.”

Pennicott says that banteng hunts will be quite affordable and those interested may contact him for pricing. Hunters will have the option of staying in cabins on the property or in a nearby hotel.

The land has some rolling hills and is timbered with some areas of thick cover. “It’s a nice area, with excellent populations of banteng, buffalo and boar.” The banteng were released on the property by Kevin Gleeson more than 40 years ago and have spread out beyond the property since. Dingo may also be hunted there.

As for exotics, Pennicott says that he has not yet assessed the enclosure at Mary River and will have a better idea of hunt options in two months’ time. Pennicott Safaris’ primary area for hunting exotic game is the 300,000-acre Watervalley Station in South Australia, which holds fallow, sambar, axis and rusa deer as well as red stag.

Pennicott primarily operates Watervalley in April, May and June, and Buckingham Bay June through Sept. Mary River is accessible year-round, with the cooler months being May through July. Although buffalo is available at Mary River, Pennicott says that Buckingham Bay, which is four hours from Nhulunbuy, offers a more traditional buffalo hunting experience in the remote bush. He has operated that area for 16 years. One of the big draws for Arnhem Land is the possibility of cull buffalo hunts, which focus on thinning older females from the herd. Culling is conducted in accordance with Pennicott’s agreement for operating the area, with all appropriate fees paid.

We are happy to hear that Mary River Station remains a hunting destination. For a look at the hunting there, see Article 3413 and reports 9781, 9430 and 8090, among others. We also have had five previous reports on hunts with Pennicott Safaris, all positive. If you hunt Mary River Station with Pennicott, please file a report.