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Another year gone!

 

Well another year is done, they seem to go very quick.

Like many others, I’ve had a good year out in the field, chasing ferals and getting some good animals on the ground.

It’s been a pretty consistent year for me with regular trips out bush and every one has been an adventure.

I’ve had some really good moments, one in particular was taking my PB goat overall, and also another PB goat from another property.

Other memories include some good hunts with my son, also time spent at dams catching big Yabbies with him and watching him take his first fox.

Out hunting with my mates and the nights in camp around the fire, telling stories about the days events over a beer or two, something I always look forward to!

I can look back over the year and know I had a great time and certainly enjoyed it from a hunting perspective and look forward to the same and even more in 2013.

On that note, thanks to everyone for reading my articles, unfortunately, this will be my last for this site due to circumstances out of my control!

I hope you have enjoyed them as much as I did writing them and all the best for 2013.

 

 

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Personal best trophy goat taken by Phil Johns.

 

 

The chook house raider!

Anyone who lives in the country or in a rural area that runs chickens knows that there is always the possibility of a fox getting into the coop!

Yes, it has happened to me, on a few occasions in fact, even though I have a pretty good fox proof yard.

The last intruder got in a few weeks ago, bugger, it killed four and two missing, tea for a hungry fox! I wasn’t going to let this one away with it and I was sure it would return.

So what to do, yep, in went a couple of foot hold traps to catch the perpetrator! The key is to keep the surrounds as natural as possible to the undeterred predator so its comfortable in its return.

I also made sure that it had to keep to its path and would need to go over two traps I had in place some netting, this would also keep the chooks away!

Well my plan worked and I caught her, a vixen that was in poor condition, probably from raising pups.

Even my son commented on how rank this fox was, well it won’t be raiding my chook house anymore!

 

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Late Avro stalk!

Goats were sighted, only a small mob, but a fair way out.

Pulling up and getting out of the vehicle, checked the wind and decided it was right and we had enough cover to get in on them.

Moving off we used the small shrubs and trees along the way.

The goats were feeding along and seemed to be heading to a small low lying area with some type of green weed all through it.

We worked out if we could get to the edge of trees we were in then they would virtually walk right past us from 25m away.

Approaching the end of our cover we spread out and waited for them, what seemed like a long time, even though only minutes, we decided to take them!

With that mob dispatched, we noticed some more objects moving off around 800m out.

 

Not really knowing what they were due to a heavy mirage, we moved off to check them out.

As we closed the gap it was confirmed, another small mob of goats.

These new something was up and we lost sight of them for a while as we traversed across the slightly undulating country.

At 200m they parked themselves up under a small gum tree.

We moved in, single file and closed the gap to just under 100m, the goats very edgy and broke from their cover.

They were dispatched with some good off hand shots and we had secured a few more on this trip.

We were all pretty happy with our late arvo stalk out onto flat country and got the result we were after.

 

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Moving into the trees for cover!

 

Sometimes patience pays off!

Cruising down one of the tracks on the property, I noticed some objects moving slowly through the scrub.

Pulling up and turning the engine off, it was confirmed that a few goats were feeding in the scrub some 100m away.

We decided to sit tight and see what they do, hoping they moved out to a bit of a clearing!

A few more minutes passed as we sat in the vehicle and watched them closely, not really knowing how many there were in the mob.

There were more out further some 50m away, slowly moving, no rush just browsing on the vegetation heading into the wind.

Slowly and cautiously we walked over to the scrub line, making sure we weren’t seen by the mob.

After a few minutes we had counted around 8 billies in the mob, trying to find them all in the scrub proved to be the next challenge.

Again, we followed up behind them, using the cover around us and trying to close the distance, slow, steady and being patient was the order for this stalk!

Looking ahead the scrub was getting more dense, so it was decided to spread out and get into a position to take them.

Things didn’t exactly go to plan with our positions, but we managed to take the entire mob, with patience and good hunting skills this was another successful hunt!

 

 

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One of the biilies that was sighted!