Penfold was born, raised and spent all of his life in Newcastle, an
industrial city 100 miles north of Sydney. Living so close to the
ocean, with some of the world's best surfing beaches on his doorstep, fishing and then spear-fishing
were his early passions. Kay
was living on a dairy farm at the time, so he seized the opportunity
to progress to hunting rabbits, ducks, foxes and kangaroos. Bob then
graduated to feral pigs, feral goats and then to serious deer hunting,
which he he pursued passionately around the world to this day.
the late 70's, he met John Berry and hunted the majestic species of
the mountains of New Zealand. He became hooked on the high adventure
and advanced to commercial Buffalo hunting in Australia's Northern
Following his first hunt in North America in 1979, which included Alaska, Canada
and Montana, Bob knew what he wanted to do with the rest of his
life… "To show the world's adventurers the 'real' Australia. The Australia
that normal tourists never have the chance to experience…The high
adventure Australia, which can only be seen through the eyes of the
big game hunter."
Bob says "There
is no other superb adventure opportunity in the world today, that
could compare with what we have on offer in the Australian outback".
Penfold established Hunt Australia in 1980 and has never looked back
had hunted Alaska, Canada and several locations in the lower 48 and
Mexico as a hunting client, so he understood the requirements
of hunting clients. Once
he began travelling to the annual Safari Club International conventions
in USA, he became aware of a whole new world, one that he has been deeply
involved in ever since…
was instrumental in starting the South Pacific Chapter of SCI, based
in Australia. Now there are several active chapters in the South
Pacific region. Over the years he hunted extensively in North America,
taking most big game species. He has hunted Europe and Asia taking
many different species in various countries. He also guided in and
been responsible for exploring hunting opportunities in New Guinea,
Indonesia, New Caledonia as well as numerous less well-known places in
Australia's remote outback.
In late 2005 Penfold sold his Hunt New Zealand operation to Kiwi
Safaris New Zealand and Hunt Australia to Matt Graham. Bob is retained
by both outfits as a hunting consultant, on an ongoing basis.
In January 2006 Bob was admitted to the Weatherby Foundation Board of
Directors - he says, the greatest achievement of his hunting career.
Bob's aim has been to help every hunter secure the best possible hunt
and trophies available. His motto for the last 23 years has been "ANY GAME,
ANY FISH, ANYWHERE, ANY TIME".
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