Andrew Robertson works at a bank. During business hours, he works flat-out at his desk, only taking a short break for lunch. When it comes to the weekends, Andrew is quick to do away with his starched, collared shirts and get outdoors. The father-of-two has three remedies for stress relief – time with his daughters, fishing and hunting.
One is an artist and self-proclaimed author; the other an entertainer at heart. Andrew’s girls, aged 10 and 8, are the “highlight” of his day. “My eldest daughter has written more than 150 short books from ideas she has come up with overnight,” he said. “She has been doing this since she was four years old. My youngest daughter is a brilliant dancer and singer. She also loves to play sports.”
The Robertson family spends a lot of time reading, going to the beach, parks or lakes, and laughing with each other. They are a normal family that also enjoys the shooting sports. While the girls are too young to shoot yet themselves, they have a keen interest in rifle shooting. “When they are a little older I will introduce them to target practice using my shotgun and 30-06 at the Eagle Park Range,” Andrew said. He has waited a decade to bring his children into the sport.
Andrew has always enjoyed being outdoors. He can remember vividly the first time he caught a fish at five years old. “It was a colourful Parrot fish and I caught it using a tree branch with a line/hook I found tangled in the rocks,” he said.
His introduction to hunting came just a few years later. “I shot my first rabbit when I was 10 years old, with my brothers and their mates on a private property in Castlemaine, Victoria,” he said. “I loved being around my older brothers hunting. It was so exciting and the rabbits tasted great too, cooked over an open fire that night.”
Andrew has been hunting and fishing with a group of friends for more than 25 years now. “Some of my friends are now bringing their kids on hunting trips with them. It is really great to know that the tradition will carry on for another generation,” he said.
Hunting has taken Andrew across the state and beyond. He’s hunted feral pigs in Goondiwindi, Queensland; rabbits and foxes in Anakie; ducks in central Victoria; and deer in the Alpine Region. He reckons he has made life-long friends along the road.
“I am passionate about fishing, hunting and getting outdoors,” he said. “I love it. Wind, rain, hail or shine – there is always something to do outdoors. Dawn and dusk are my favourite times to hunt and fish.”
The shooting sports is about more than just getting outdoors for Andrew. It’s the discipline, accuracy and the ability to develop lasting, incredible friendships that keeps him interested. “I really enjoy developing the skills and knowledge around reloading rounds, including learning patience, accuracy and pride in doing a top job for your own customised loads,” he said.
“It’s great knowing that you have created something special, tailored specifically to your needs and requirements. It gives you a sense of pride and enjoyment, which is way beyond what you can buy in a box of bullets.”
Hunting is not an activity one would generally associate with white-collar workers, but Andrew has met his fair share of shooters through work. “I am so fortunate that my manager, her husband and kids also enjoy hunting, which makes for interesting conversations at work after a busy weekend away,” he said. “I have come across a number of hunters through work. It always prompts friendly conversations about their hunting activities and passions in life.”
Andrew’s story is proof that you can never judge a book by its cover. Andrew is a family man; a white-collar worker; an articulate professional and a hunter. It’s proof that you cannot put all shooters in the same box.