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Old 11-03-2005, 06:11 AM
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hi fellas.
just joined this forum today. nice place. lots of americans but not many of us loggin onto this great site. its interesting hearing some of the hardware they are allowed to use. i just wish i had a license back when we could own a semi-auto before they were taken away.
anywhos it seems like you're a bit of a character daveh. he he. just quietly i think you well and truly have a bit of experice behind you. interesting some of your stories on the postings. i am just amazed that pro shooters still operate. when i went pig shooting a little while ago NW of bourke,NSW i was amazed that the properties were serviced by a couple of pro roo shooters. very interesting and very good. disappointing for the longevity of the sport knowing you are semi-retired but i guess that gives you time to heal all your wounds from being afeild (e.g. being kicked by camels etc.)! he he.
i live in geelong W of melb. and mainly hunt rabbits, foxes, cats, hares, goats and only one trip have i been pig hunting. which i loved. i know of a few people who sometimes take a roo for dog meat, and sometimes just quietly we have a few roo steks on the bbq qith a few cold ones on a nice arvo. just quietly anticipating the next session.
well thats a bit about me. i have read a little about some of you guys throughout your postings. but i hope to read much more in the future for sure.
i was out picking off a few bunnies the other night after work (beauty of daylight savings) and this half white, half light grey rabbit came out and was playing with the other rabbits. my mate and i were taken aback and took us a while to recognise him as a rabbit hidden in the bracken and he frolicked about. anyway i decided to take a shot with my 22wmr and missed on the first and then again on the second as he darted away.
my mate has since seen him out and about and has missed two shots also. we have indeed found our white whale (or rabbit as the case may be!).
any suggestions?
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Old 11-03-2005, 07:19 AM
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Welcome to the forum. Rules are simple, be nice and join in.

I live in Northern Idaho and just came back from two weeks elk and deer hunting. Didn't get anything so far and will concentrate on deer til the season closes.

Where we camped we heard Wolves almost every night and all the deer we saw were extremly skittish. We did not see an elk, though there was some sign.

Talking to the game wardens it seems the august and September bow hunters did pretty good, but the rifle hunters were not scoring very well.

This looks to be the future of elk hunting here now that the federal government has re-introduced the gray wolf.

Anyway I've been hunting since the late 1950's and though I'm getting older I like to hunt the coyotes in the winter. We mostly use calls that sound like dying rabbits and do pretty well.

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Old 11-03-2005, 06:46 PM
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hi fellas.
sometimes just quietly we have a few roo steks on the bbq qith a few cold ones on a nice arvo. just quietly anticipating the next session.
Lockie, what kind of cold ones do you serve down under with that BBQ? Fosters is the only aussie brew I've tried. I like Samuel Adams, Paulaner, Grolsch, Becks, ... Oops, don't want everyone to think I'm a candidate for AA now...just a good brew with dinner thanks .

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we have indeed found our white whale (or rabbit as the case may be!).
any suggestions?
... Hmm ... well, OK. Yep, just keep pluggin away and you or your mate will get that wascawy wabbit ! When you do, take a pic and share it with us heathens over here. Matter of fact, you should skin that rabbit and save the pelt for posterity. Make heap big hunting story for your grandchildren someday.
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Old 11-06-2005, 08:00 PM
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well faucettb,
sorry to hear bout your hunting expoloits with the elk. they are something i would love to hunt and also sink my teeth into one day also. tell me more about this grey wolf re-introduction? very interested. keep at the hunting game. if you've been hunting for nearly fifty years i bet those coyotes know to head for the hills come winter time cos they prob arent too safe anywhere near you. what sort of rifle do you use for that? i love whistling foxes with my CZ .22wmr. we do it here in summer mainly though (cos whistle and calls seem to be practically useless at any other time than through dec-june/july because they have other things on their mind; like breeding). do you go spotlighting for them?

gringo loco,
well we serve anyting thats cold really. i love all the beers you spoke of above. being kind of partial to the grolsch really. the aussie beers that spring to mind are victoria bitter (VB), four x (XXXX), Cascade, james boags, carlton draught, tooheys (new, old, extra dry), crown lagers, coopers and the old fosters. really whatever is cheap and cold! my favourite would have to be the crown lagers or you cant beat a cool vb after a day at work or afternoon surf/hunting session.
im into making my own beer too and admittedly the last few batches havent been that great but as long as she's chilled it all goes well with some bbq'd food! oh jesus i think i need to send myself to AA too! he he. no i am part time uni student also so that makes it ok for me to try everything under the sun. well, thats my reasoning anywho. you see its is all in the name of research!
as for 'moby', i will defeintely keep on keeping on and try and get him sooner or later. im thinking it will be a lil sad if i finally do get my white rabbit. but i am never going to give up the fight! i will most def keep the skin and hang it on a wall somehere, a few places seem ideal. and dont worry, i will be sharing the pictures with you guys as i am sure i am aloud bragging rights! i wish i could say i have all summer to get him but as i am heading overseas @ end of decmeber for almost 2 months i might not get as much time as i like. i will be on your continent for a bit and might see what you guys have on offer when it comes to the hunting and fishing games.
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Old 11-26-2005, 04:33 AM
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i was out picking off a few bunnies the other night after work (beauty of daylight savings) and this half white, half light grey rabbit came out and was playing with the other rabbits. my mate and i were taken aback and took us a while to recognise him as a rabbit hidden in the bracken and he frolicked about. anyway i decided to take a shot with my 22wmr and missed on the first and then again on the second as he darted away.
my mate has since seen him out and about and has missed two shots also. we have indeed found our white whale (or rabbit as the case may be!).
any suggestions?

I always had the self imposed rule that if I missed more than five shots for the night I packed it in for the night ! Needless to say I never missed more than 5 times !!!!!!! .Mind you there where nights I realised that I had'nt washed my hair (when I still had hair ) or I decided that for the common good that it wa better for me to go back to camp so I would'nt show up the other Blokes who were shareing the same chiller as me ! Yeah I know nobody else belives me either Ah the shots I have missed !(always in front of witnesses )! It's always the way !!!! The best night I ever had on Roos was 2.5 tonne (60 roos the lightest being 36 kg) Yet I could'nt boast about it to any one as they were shot on another Pros patch ! Hey it's Ok though whilst I was busy cleaning up his properties he was returning the favor in kind to me !
As for rouge Rabbits who live charmed lifes? Just remember he who manages to get away ends up as stew another day!!!

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Old 11-26-2005, 01:34 PM
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60 kangaroos? Dang, Dave - what in the world do you do with 60 of the critters?

Know the hides make mighty nice boots. Guess the meat could be dog meat. Read here recently of one of your blokes BBQ'ing some - usually, anything BBQ'd taste like BBQ!

Don't think I've ever shot 60 of any thing in one setting. Used to hunt jackrabbits at night when a kid in NE Colorado (MANY years ago, as DOK would tell you!) and sell the carcasses to the mink ranchers to finance the gas and ammo for the next excursion. Back then, pickups had fenders on them and we would sit a guy on each fender and a couple standing up in back, leaning on the cab. Would take off across the fenceless pastures using the headlights to spot the rabbits, then all would open up with the .22's.

Never shot anyone, but occassionaly would find a blowhole with the tires and get bounced off fenders and the bed of the truck!
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Old 11-26-2005, 04:47 PM
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60 kangaroos? Dang, Dave - what in the world do you do with 60 of the critters?

Know the hides make mighty nice boots. Guess the meat could be dog meat. Read here recently of one of your blokes BBQ'ing some - usually, anything BBQ'd taste like BBQ!

Don't think I've ever shot 60 of any thing in one setting. Used to hunt jackrabbits at night when a kid in NE Colorado (MANY years ago, as DOK would tell you!) and sell the carcasses to the mink ranchers to finance the gas and ammo for the next excursion. Back then, pickups had fenders on them and we would sit a guy on each fender and a couple standing up in back, leaning on the cab. Would take off across the fenceless pastures using the headlights to spot the rabbits, then all would open up with the .22's.

Never shot anyone, but occassionaly would find a blowhole with the tires and get bounced off fenders and the bed of the truck!

They where taken for Meat & the hides . On a Good week (in the good old days ) I averaged 1.5 tonne a night . or around 750 roos a week ! Now this was working 7 nights a week ,traveling several hundred mile in a shiftwhich ranged from 8 to 14hours ! A lot of people envision the Life of a Pro shooter to be one of excitement & wonderful profit ! At the end of the Day we never talked of breakdowns ,getting bogged ,snapping axels ,nights that it blew a gale & you just could'nt hit anything(still having to pay running costs )! Mind you I'd do it all over again ! I started as a Rabbit shooter at the age of 15 (average of 200 a night ) & over the years hunted Water Buff,Camel ,Donkies,Roos ,Rabbits ,Foxes ,Dingos !I suppose there would of been around a dozen times I should of been killed ! (the problem of working hundereds of miles from another human being& in remote areas !)

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Old 11-27-2005, 06:57 PM
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thanks dave for the welcome.
i was wondering if you would be back again to have a chat. my CZ is currently out of acction at the moment as i am doing some works to it, but i can gurantee that i will have it up and running again within a week and then it will be on for young and old to get my "moby dick" and get stuck into the summertime foxes round coastal vic. lots of cubs bout at the moment actually.
after shooting roos for so many years yu would surely have to be sick of eating roo steaks/stews/casseroles etc wouldnt you?
it is one of the things i look forward to after summer begins, getting the mates round and having a few roo steaks and brews.
i dont know if you read my previous posts but i wondered what your going to be doing with daylight saving time on your hands and the wonderful summer weather?

kdub,
in a previous post we got into the topic of cold brews and you mentioned samuel adams. well i was at a mates place the other night and stopped at the bottle shop to pick up some beers and remembered what you had said so i bought a six pack. good stuff. i will be drinking a few more of them over the coming warm months. thanks.

one more thing dave, where did all the other aussie shooters go?

cheers guys and happy hunting till next time.
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Old 11-27-2005, 10:13 PM
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Got me mixed up with someone else, LL - I'm not a beer quaffer. Have been known to sip on a single malt whiskey with a dash of soda now and then!
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Old 11-28-2005, 02:20 AM
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Got me mixed up with someone else, LL - I'm not a beer quaffer. Have been known to sip on a single malt whiskey with a dash of soda now and then!
sorry kdub,
you're right i meant that to gringo loco. so if you're listening gringo, thanks for pointing me towards a nice beer when served cold (not that there are many bad beers when served cold!).
i am only just now starting to enjoy a whiskey or two since visiting the ski slopes last year. they were wuite nice after a hard day on the slopes and mixed with a little snow. "tisk sigh" memories.
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Old 11-28-2005, 05:53 AM
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thanks dave for the welcome.
i was wondering if you would be back again to have a chat. my CZ is currently out of acction at the moment as i am doing some works to it, but i can gurantee that i will have it up and running again within a week and then it will be on for young and old to get my "moby dick" and get stuck into the summertime foxes round coastal vic. lots of cubs bout at the moment actually.
after shooting roos for so many years yu would surely have to be sick of eating roo steaks/stews/casseroles etc wouldnt you?
it is one of the things i look forward to after summer begins, getting the mates round and having a few roo steaks and brews.
i dont know if you read my previous posts but i wondered what your going to be doing with daylight saving time on your hands and the wonderful summer weather?

kdub,
in a previous post we got into the topic of cold brews and you mentioned samuel adams. well i was at a mates place the other night and stopped at the bottle shop to pick up some beers and remembered what you had said so i bought a six pack. good stuff. i will be drinking a few more of them over the coming warm months. thanks.

one more thing dave, where did all the other aussie shooters go?

cheers guys and happy hunting till next time.
lockie
Mate! I have a polocy in my place ! If the Kids won't eat their vegies I (a) threaten to to show them a Picture of the Mother-in-law or if that fails (b) Roo meat for the next week! They'll even broccili after that !
Two things I really can't stand eating these days are Rabbit & Roo!!!!! My Old Man was a Pro Shooter & I grew up on what ever he was shooting at the time & then fell into the same trap myself !(If you ever want to totaly destroy your tatse buds try a Damper & boiled Roo meat sandwich ) I know this for a fact as I had come into unload a load of Roo Butts years ago (before human consumption days ) & a Old hand was enjoing a morning feast of the above mentioned ! I had no idea of what he was eating but after 13hrs of sheer disarster (blow outs ,bogged twice & a broken rear axle ) I was famished ! I grabed his sandwich from him (Hey he was old & had ,had a good life! I was young with my whole life in front of me ....The whole surviveal of the fittest thing .......I mean to say I had'nt eatern in at least 6hours ) I took one bite of said sarney & spat it out ! I asked the Old bloke what it was & he replied .........Boiled Roo meat!!!!!! It took me 6mths to get the taste out me mouth !!!!!

As for Aussies on the site there are only a coupleof us around here at the Pres time ! Kombie is always lurking in the shadows like a flasher out side a convent ! (I'll pay dealy for that one I know ) But his a top bloke ! I'm going to be away for a couple of weeks but will be back with a vengiance !
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Old 11-29-2005, 05:41 AM
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And here I FLASH!!!
Don't worry, Dave, I'll return the favour in kind.......
G'day, Lochie.
Welcome to the party.
Yeah, the lucky guys living on the other side of the pond do get access to a lot of cool stuff.
The prices are what makes me cry.
I live about an hour north of Canberra and hunt bunnies mostly.
I only started shooting about 4 years back and am yet to nail my first fox but I made a trip to Byrock last year and knocked over some goats there while searching for pigs(who were obviously holidaying in the same place faucettb's elk are at the mo ).
Anyhow, no white whales around here.
I'm just happy nailing the silly, little wabbits that continue to breed under the shipping container's in one of my workmate's stockyards.
Only about a 20 minute drive, comfortable place to sit and I managed to knock over 7 in an hour one evening a fortnight back.
Can't argue with that.
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