While the kangaroo is a symbol of Australia which is very popular around the globe, these animals can actually cause a lot of damage. Kangaroos can eat crops and wild grasses which can damage ecosystems by removing the shelter and food needed by insects, animals and birds. Most Australian states allow professional hunters to cull kangaroos using firearms and travel operators can now arrange official hunting trips on which you will get the chance to shoot at a kangaroo. However, it is important that the kangaroos are killed humanely. Below is a guide to everything you need to know about the humane hunting of kangaroos.
The type of ammunition
Kangaroos are large animals. In order to achieve a humane kill which causes the least amount of suffering to the animal, you will need to use ammunition which can bring down the kangaroo in one shot. For this reason, you should avoid using smaller types of ammo such as .22 rounds. A .22 round is unlikely to kill a kangaroo outright, which will increase the chance that the animal will hop away with a wound and slowly die. You should ideally use 5.56mm or 7.62mm rounds as this type of ammunition have the stopping power required to ensure that the kangaroo is taken down after one hit.
If you are used to shooting at stationary paper targets on a firing range, it can be quite a change to be looking down the sights of your rifle at a living and moving animal. You should resist the urge to fire wildly at the first sighting of a kangaroo. Instead, you should remain calm and wait for the animals to stop moving. Once the kangaroo has stopped moving, it is likely it will lower its head in search of food. When shooting kangaroos, you should aim for the head. A shot to the head will instantly kill the animal which reduces any pain it may feel. If you only wound the animal, you should attempt to get closer so you can fire a shot directly into its head to finish it off. You should never fire into the body of a kangaroo as you may not kill it and instead you may leave it wounded and in pain.
If you would like further advice about using weapons and ammo on a hunting trip, you should contact a gunshop which specialises in this sector.