|Australia's First People|
As Mangan left camp early in the morning, he rubbed a mixture of mud and dead leaves over his body. This would help mask the smell of his body from any game. He walked noiselessly, every watchful, towards the river. He moved so as to be downwind of his hunting area, a grassland, recently burnt, that would now be covered in fresh young shoots. He knew the habits of the kangaroos. He could recognise their tracks and tell how long ago they might have passed. Far ahead startled cockatoos took to flight; Mangan knew he was near his quarry. As he approached the river the kangaroo tracks indicated that they had passed by only minutes ago. Mangan sensed that over the rise ahead the kangaroos would be grazing. He advanced a few steps at a time, taking care to remain sheltered by the few trees and bushes not burnt. Each time the kangaroos stopped feeding to look around Mangan remained motionless until they began to feed again. Slowly he advanced throwing-stick and spear at the ready. A few more steps and his spear would be thrown.
As there is a vast diversity of environments within Victoria many different hunting strategies were used. Methods also varied depending on the season and resources available.
Kangaroos and Emus