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#50074 - 10/18/17 04:41 PM Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories [Re: Hard Knocks]
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Found this picture of a fox hunter in the Riverina district of NSW.
A good nights work. grin

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#50075 - 10/18/17 05:07 PM Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories [Re: Hard Knocks]
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There was a time that ute load would equate to about double my weekly wage at the time !!
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#50076 - 10/18/17 07:24 PM Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories [Re: Hard Knocks]
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Yeah, the money was good, but I don't miss skinning the smelly buggers. grin
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#50080 - 10/20/17 01:35 AM Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories [Re: Hard Knocks]
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#50082 - 10/20/17 02:24 AM Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories [Re: Hard Knocks]
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That's nice, I assume they boil the scull to get it so clean ?

Whatever they do it the old bush method, leaving them on a meat ants nest. smile
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#50083 - 10/20/17 05:13 PM Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories [Re: Hard Knocks]
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For the buff, warthog and kudu they went in a river pool with a netting cover over them. Little fishys stripped away all the meaty bits in a couple of days ! The croc was packed in salt and stored that way and delivered to the taxidermist head still attached. My guess is boiling mate.
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#50088 - 10/23/17 01:13 AM Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories [Re: Hard Knocks]
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Some folks here use dermestid beetles and they do a great job cleaning up skulls. That croc skull is just insane. I'll bet the warthog will be, too.

That is a lot of foxes. Is there actually that many to be spotlighted in a night just running wild then?

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#50090 - 10/23/17 02:17 AM Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories [Re: Hard Knocks]
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Originally Posted By: Hard Knocks

That is a lot of foxes. Is there actually that many to be spotlighted in a night just running wild then?


Yes, if you are on the right properties and they have not been hunted. Problem is they are not worth the money they used to be.
Back in the day when were were getting top money (before the animal libbers started making a noise about wearing poor unfortunate animals who were slaughtered for their pelts in the name of fashion . grin )

Also we were fortunate that there had been a lot of rabies go through the continent.
Back then a good night was around 25-30. Some nights I only came home with 2 or 3, Very windy nights I just stayed at home, using a .17cal was very wind sensitive.

Where we were loading bush rock for the last couple of years before I retired, we were on an 18,000 acre property and the foxes were around in those high numbers.
What the animal libbers don't take into consideration is the damage they do in lambing season, also the damage they inflict on wildlife.

They are an introduced species here and remain feral, meaning there is no restriction with culling.
Without a decent price on their pelts, no one hardly bothers to hunt them much.
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#50103 - 10/30/17 10:54 PM Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories [Re: Trumby]
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Originally Posted By: Trumby
What the animal libbers don't take into consideration is the damage they do in lambing season, also the damage they inflict on wildlife.


How true. It is the same here in many ways with much larger predators.

We see some fox here in our farm ground, but few out away from civilization. They just cannot compete with the coyotes, and we have huge numbers of those.

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#50104 - 10/31/17 12:07 AM Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories [Re: Hard Knocks]
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My mother (76) drew a bull elk tag in a good unit this year and I've been busy spending as many days as possible out with her. We had been seeing good numbers of elk, but just couldn't find much with horns on its head.



Then over the weekend we located and made a try for a herd that we could see had some branch antler bulls in. It was tough on my mom on the way in, so I told her to just set her own pace and stop as she needed, no sense to push it too hard.

We came to the point where she needed a rest, so I got her sat on a good crossing and told her that since the elk had fed over the ridge I was going to move ahead and glass the next draw to see if they were bedded in it. I'd be back to gather her up after she had caught her wind. The elk were there alright and there were several more bulls we hadn't seen originally, a couple of them pretty good, so I slipped out real easy and headed back.

I didn't know that a few head had fed back over the ridge and I walked right under them and blew them out. They gathered up the whole herd, at least 30 head, and over the mountain they went. If you've ever hunted elk you know that deer change hills, but elk can and will change zipcodes. I was just sick. A whole morning's stalk blown and it was my fault after getting her to walk in.



A couple days later we get our legs back under us and decide to give it another try, a different spot that I'd got a lead on a few bulls and would hopefully be more glassing and less walking. Just after daylight we found a bachelor group of three bulls, a small five, a huge five, and a big six with a broke left. We wanted that big five and got set up for a shot.

The bulls were feeding up the ridge. Before we could get set up, the big five had fed into the timber with the other two following behind but still in the open. As quick as she could mom switched over to the broke-horned bull and sent one. This was long range shooting, and my mom is not nearly so familiar with the longer, open-ground hunting as she is with close range whitetails. Even so, we had done our job with the ranging and the dialing, and she put one through him at 514 yards. A little moment of hunching up and then off hard down the ridge he goes. Wow.....

No way was my mother going to be able to negotiate the slope, so down over the hill I went with a buddy that was good enough to volunteer this day.



Then started the work. We took him apart and started over the hill to the road in the bottom of the canyon with the heaviest pack I've ever shouldered. I hung my half on the scales today. The two of us each had this, and I had the horns and the skinned skull for a euro mount in my hands. Then I had to make one more trip alone for a smaller load after this.



With the head. I snapped a shot with the scales in it grin





My eberlestock day pack is built for a one-quarter load. My shoulders are hurting tonight (not the pack's fault) and my feet are bad sore and some blistered from the perspiration, side-hilling and ridiculous weight. BUT, we are home, my mother is all smiles now, and we are gearing up for the cutting. smile


Edited by Hard Knocks (10/31/17 12:25 AM)

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