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 have changed their visiting times.
The following video of a robust adult male wild dog shows him arriving at around 10AM, long after Pete had packed up and gone home. In the coverless terrain, the dog is more than aware of where the danger is likely to come from, as he peers uphill towards our low blind. Not only that, Pete says our blind stinks as a result of wild dogs urinating all over and about it!
After twice-daily visits over the last week, we will give the dog spot a rest for a few days then go back together on Sunday. We have been giving it some thought and have a change of tactics in mind that will hopefully bear fruit.
After an absence of some days, yesterday I checked the trail camera on the other dead cow. That is only a few minutes drive and a short walk, so a quick visit is easy to slot in. That cow has been dead going on two weeks and there is not much left of it, and what is left is pretty gruesome! As expected, such behaviour is expected from feral hogs; their interest in a dead beast takes a week or ten days to develop. Interesting to see is a young pie-bald boar that is clearly the offspring of the big boar I shot there a few days ago. Also interesting is the stripy little piglet – a real throwback to his wild ancestors. I have been told that it only takes about 5 generations for feral pigs to breed back to their origin species.