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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