I have been getting out for some dawn and dusk hunts, well attempted hunts, on the local wild dogs. I have got to see some of the fabulous sunrises and sunsets of late, but no dogs. Yesterday afternoon I visited one of my favourite spots, where a deep valley is the border between wild, national park ranges and cultivated pastures, where farmland meets wilderness.
I got there an hour before sunset. With a clear winter sky, the recently mowed fields were a soft golden colour. I was glad to have put a few layers on. Even though I live in the tropics, at our elevation, 750 metres (2,500 feet) above sea level, it can get a bit chilly.
Big rolls of hay were dotted about over several hundred acres. Using them for cover, and a rifle rest, I called here and there as I worked my way about the large, mown field. With the sun nearing the horizon, I made my way to the valley where the farmland meets wilderness.
I made my way a little way down the side of the valley, just enough to give me a good sweep of vision to both sides and across the forest edge. It looks like perfect wild dog country, and it is, although I am yet to pull the trigger on one in that location. I have lots of trail camera photos showing the antics, and I have seen them with my own eyes on multiple occasion, but always too far or too dark to allow a shot.
The weather has turned to misty drizzle so my hunting forays will be on hold until that blows through. It will be a good opportunity to get moving on an ambitious project. I will be testing a broad array of air rifle pellets. A loner air rifle, in the form of a Weihrauch HW100T has just shown up, and the Caldwell chronograph with its LED screens is working a treat with air rife pellets, so everything is in place to commence. The wet weather will make sure I stay on-task with that.
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