When I think about Australia, which isn’t that often, I imagine a weird, parallel-universe Canada on the other side of the world, but with sand instead of snow, and Foster’s instead of Molson. However, I do know Australia is very much like the U.S. in one way: it has a pig problem.
Australia has 24 million very destructive feral hogs who are prevented from completely taking over the Outback by a thin red-necked line of 80,000 pig hunters and their dogs. That brings us to a new magazine: Chicks Smashing Grunters, which is Australian for Women Hunting Pigs. Just as is the case in the United States, women’s participation in hunting is growing in Australia, so much so that women needed their own pig-hunting magazine, as Bacon Busters, (and I am not making these names up) Australia’s largest pig hunting publication, is directed mainly toward men.
Chicks Smashing Grunters editor and publisher Louise Warren grew up in Australia’s Northern Territories, where she worked in the mines for 14 years and hunted pigs for fun. I am guessing she is one tough cookie, as they used to say in pre-PC days. She must also be fearless, because she took the step of starting a new magazine in the midst of the Great Magazine Extinction. But, Warren saw a niche that needed filling. As she put it: “There was bugger all for women hunters … there’s five other publications that are predominantly showcasing men.”
In the spirit of inclusiveness, the Chicks Smashing Grunters website not only sells women’s logo gear, but Blokes Smashing Grunters and Kids Smashing Grunters wear, too.