Upcoming Trip

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by AusLach, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. AusLach

    AusLach New Member

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    Just got a call from my F-I-L, a hunting trip has been organised for late next month! It's been a few months now since I've had access to my rifles and let me tell you, my trigger finger has been VERY itchy!:D

    The place that we are going to is a 180,000 acre wheat and cotton farm and has an abundance of game, especially goats, pigs and roos. In exchange for a BBQ and a carton of beer we get the run of the place and an open invitation to take the property's bag limit of kangaroos (the Govt issues some properties that have severe problems with roos a certain amount of tags, which means you can hunt them legally), as well as any other vermin we can shoot. These pests literally cost the property owner tens of thousands of dollars in damaged and destroyed crops, so he relishes the opportunity for us to thin the herd a little.

    The drive will be pretty hefty (about 6hrs from home + 4 to get back up to the Gold Coast where I'm at uni:() however it's going to be a great weekend away to go for a shot and catch up with some guys that I haven't seen since last year when we went. Our modus operandi by day is to drive around on 4x4's until we spot a mob, then dismount and stalk on foot within range. There is only ever two people with rifles at one time and all of us are experienced with hunting and guns, so safety is kept to a maximum. In the middle of nowhere there is enough to worry about even without adding guns to the mix. By night, we use a different method and 'spot and snipe' under lights.

    I would've loved to have had a new gun for the trip but my Weatherby .223 will certainly do the job, especially with the roos and goats. There'll also be a range of other guns; a brand-spanking .25-06 Ruger V/T, another Weatherby in .22-250, a Savage .308 and a 12 gauge Rizzini shotgun. For rabbits, hares and foxes we'll also have a CZ in .17HMR.

    I've got a couple of weeks and six exams left before I'm finished Uni for the year so this trip will be a good release for me before I start working full-time until February when I start Uni again.

    In case you can't tell, I really can't wait!:p
     
  2. stalkingbear

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    Sounds like good fun ahead! What does roo meat taste like?
     

  3. AusLach

    AusLach New Member

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    Bear, roo meat is very gamey and extremely lean. The only way I can eat it is marinated and grilled rare. The best way I can describe it is kind of like venison but stronger.

    The trip however will be more of a cull than a meat harvesting exercise, and we'll probably only dress one or two smaller ones for the BBQ.
     
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  4. M14sRock

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    Oh, man!!!! I want to come!

    Have a great time, and remember to take a LOT of pics for us.
     
  5. AusLach

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    Qantas - flights from America to Australia Get here by the 15th and you're more than welcome! ;):D

    I can't wait to get out there, I went and bought a case of ammuntion today for the .223, and was pleasantly surprised at the price - $144 for 200rds of Federal Powershok. Usually we'd be paying over $200, but our Aussie dollar is pretty strong at the moment compared to the USD so that must've bought the price down a bit. Remember that we don't have access to anything mil-surp so our prices are usually substantually higher than yours.

    P.S. This probably should be in the bunker lol but there's another thing I'm looking forward to... It's quite a sight to see an emu hit by a 12 gauge slug at 20 feet :eek:

    Nothing but sh!t and feathers!
     
  6. AusLach

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    This had better not end up in the Freudian Slips thread!
     
  7. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    But you know it will!
     
  8. M14sRock

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    One of these days I will darken your doorstep and we will burn some powder. I have a friend in AU who blows stuff up for a living (explosives) and knows all kinds of great places to go. :D

    Is it legal to plow down Emus? Are they edible?
     
  9. AusLach

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    Good to hear!

    No to your first question and yes to your second. Now don't get me wrong, I'm definitely not going to go out and hunt an endangered animal or anything like that, but if the Govt. could see the damage that both roos and emus do to the wheat and cotton crops, I'm sure they'd change their tune:mad:

    Both animals cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage to both crops, and are in plague proportions after a very good winter season down here. It's not so much that they eat the crops, but rather they knock down acres at a time when bedding, mating and fighting. I'm sure that no matter how many we manage to harvest won't even be 5% of the animals in the area at that time.
     
  10. M14sRock

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    Oh, are they endangered? The roos are like rats though, right?
     
  11. AusLach

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    No the emu is definitely not endangered, they ARE officially 'protected' though. For what reason I'm not sure because like the kangaroos, after a really good winter season down here they're in plague proportions as well!

    I know that some might see my actions as unethical or whatever but to understand you really have to see the kind of damage these pests do. The emus run rampant through the paddocks and knock down the wheat in 3 foot wide strings that can be miles long. Where mobs of roos bed down during the day they crush the crop and when the males fight they can clear areas the size of half a football pitch. Pigs root up the table drains and paddocks looking for food and for whatever reason, nothing seems to grow there for years to come. Goats do the majority of the eating of the crops, epecially early in the season when the seedlings are just emerging.

    I'm sorry about the way I explained it before, I made it sound like we're just a bunch of rednecks who are going to just blast anything that moves. It's definitely not like that however to be clear, this is more of a culling trip than a hunt. We conduct ourselves with the utmost professionalism and respect for the game we are harvesting. All game is killed humanely and quickly, as is every hunter's responsibility. We are performing a favour for the landowner and only take game that he has told us we can shoot on his property.

    There is no way in the world that I would shoot an endangered animal. They are protected for a reason and deservedly so. The only reason the emu is protected however is because it is on our Coat of Arms, and when they cost a fellow land that much money I can make an exception, even to my own rule.
     
  12. 556plinker

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    I relish the thought of shooting prairie dogs the size of Roos.....sounds like that is case down under. Shootem up and have a great time.
     
  13. AusLach

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    Almost, they do have the annoying and unfortunate habit of pi$$ing off after a couple of shots though! Thanks and I will
     
  14. zhuk

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    Awesome news, Aus! I know you've been quietly dying inside not being able to shoot any of your babies for so long. Stoked for ya :D


    Hell of a trek, but I guess that comes with the territory, so to speak heh. In fact, I just got an invite at very short notice to go up to my cousin's property this weekend, so I might well be able to give hunting a go, first time.


    And you MUST get pics for us, yeah? Well all the 'publicly viewable' ones anyway :p



    So happy for you mate ;)


    [btw, you should do a 'pig-count' so we know how many of those lil bastards you manage to get. Best of luck, you're performing a valuable public service!]
     
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  15. AusLach

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    Update...

    Well the trip that was planned to occur next week has had to be put back, recent rain in the area has forced harvesting to run longer than expected. There are 25 harvesters running on the one property at the moment, and we decided it would be safer and more productive for everyone involved for the culling trip to be postponed to early December. Usually harvesting the entire property takes about four weeks, however the wheat can only be harvested when it is completely dry, otherwise it sweats and spoils.

    I'm a bit disappointed, however safety is our number one priority and it would have been stupid for us to travel all the way out there and go shooting while that many harvesters are running around the clock. So, everyone will just have to put up with my nervous anticipation for a little bit longer! :D
     
  16. M14sRock

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    Bummer, Mate! But maybe next month will be better?
     
  17. AusLach

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    I hope so, the game will certainly be easier to find because temperatures will easily reach over 40*C (100*F) through the day.. I dare say that the trip will mainly consist of early morning/late evening hunts and spotlighting!!
     
  18. M14sRock

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    Always look on the bright side.....:D But 100f is getting pretty warm.
     
  19. zhuk

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    Sorry to hear that mate! I know how much you were aching to go :(


    Although you have to be happy for the boss I suppose huh...just hope they don't get those locusts they keep threatening will hit central NSW :eek:



    Don't imagine the temps would get under 35* at any time up there in Dec, would they? Early am/night would probably be the most productive time anyway...got my fingers crossed for you :)
     
  20. AusLach

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    I'll admit I'm a bit cut up about it for now but it's ok, I'll get out there eventually lol.

    Old mate who owns the place reckons that he can have one good year out of thirteen and that will cover his losses for the other twelve.. Thing is, this'll be the fourth 'good year' out of the last five :eek:

    Rich doesn't even begin to cover it!!