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Consolation Prize

Consolation Prize

Today, I spent most of the day chasing wild dogs, without success.  However, I did get a consolation prize for my efforts.  I stalked and called from numerous locations along the jungle border where vast tracts of state forest jungle meet farming land. In my travels,...

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Sauer Classic XT 101 in 243 Winchester

Sauer Classic XT 101 in 243 Winchester

I’ve always liked the German approach to light stalking rifles and was keen to get one in 243 Winchester; a good all-round calibre for Australian hunting.  The light stalking rifle project was conceived at a time when a few well-known upper-echelon companies were...

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Bare Hands in Paradise

Bare Hands in Paradise

I am fortunate to live in a scenic part of tropical far north Queensland.  I am a keen birdwatcher and photographer.  Just from our property, I have identified nearly 200 species of birds and am confident that, in time, that count will exceed 200.  David Attenborough...

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Diana Outlaw PCP air rifle

Diana Outlaw PCP air rifle

In between daily excursions after wild dogs, that have so far been unrewarded, I have begun to review the Diana Outlaw PCP air rifle.  I have fired less than twenty shots so far but am already impressed with this rifle. With the opportunity for a rabbit hunt, and a...

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Afternoon Boar Hunt

Afternoon Boar Hunt

Yesterday afternoon, I decided to slip in a quick pig hunt on my way to town to pick up some spare parts and a new drive belt.  It was only a minor detour down a dirt farm road and then a 500 metre walk to where a dead cow has been getting a lot of hog attention.  The...

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Dead Cow Society – scavengers attracted by carrion

Dead Cow Society – scavengers attracted by carrion

My hunting buddy Pete has taken over dog hunting duties while I attend to some serious landscaping projects at home, and a lot of watering as things dry out rapidly.  Pete shot a dog just on dark a couple of nights ago.  Checking the trail camera shows that the dogs...

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Lucky “New” Hat

Lucky “New” Hat

A few readers picked up on my “new” hat.  (You guys are paying more attention than I have been giving you credit for!)  Actually, that hat is about 20 years old.  I bought it as an eventual replacement for my everyday hat, which is now over 30 years old, and showing...

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Elusive Wild Dogs

Elusive Wild Dogs

A week ago, a farmer near me had a pack of four young wild dogs attack a sick cow he was attempting to nurse back to health.  A few days ago, a more serious attack was too much for the distressed beast and it died as a result.  All this week I have been trying to...

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Boar at Dusk

Boar at Dusk

Yesterday afternoon hunting buddy Pete and I stalked the dead cow on the edge of the jungle.  The previous day, a dark boar had come to feed on the carcass a bit before sunset, at about 17:15.  If he repeated that, Pete and I would be waiting for him. We were in place...

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Feral Pigs on Trail Camera feeding on carrion

Feral Pigs on Trail Camera feeding on carrion

This morning I replayed my pursuit of marauding wild dogs.  After seeing a pack of 4 at first light yesterday, I was hopeful of making contact this morning.  I chose a different spot today, electing to stand against a fence post on the ridge top and look to the...

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Wild Dogs at First Light

Wild Dogs at First Light

When I pulled up at the first paddock gate it was just breaking first light.  I had intended to unlock the rifle and ammo and load-up in case I saw wild dogs between that point and my destination, a kilometre or so across the farm.  However, out where I...

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Wild Dog Predation on Livestock

Wild Dog Predation on Livestock

This morning I again stalked the dead cow.  I sat and called as the morning light came.  After about 45 minutes I moved down to swap the trail camera card.  I was pleased to see that something had begun to feed on the carcass; the rear end had been...

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