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Old 04-21-2006, 02:01 AM
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Arrrghh!! Are my hunting trips jinxed?!!.....(long)


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Well, I headed out on Tuesday afternoon to meet some friends and go hunting mainly foxes on a property about 5 hours north-northwest of Sydney.
The fact that it rained the entire trip up wasn't a good omen and when we arrived we found the track down to the little house we were staying in was like the Somme....not a great start.
It was even too slippery under foot for my V6 4wd Rodeo dual cab pickup so we left it and my mate's late model Honda Accord Euro on slightly higher ground and lugged the gear down to the house.
Someone had already been down there since it had rained & had kindly stomped mud throughout the place. It's pretty tumbledown and just workable(power, fridge, running water & toilet) so we didn't need it dirty as well. Too late.

The next morning, Wednesday, the sun had come out and the place was drying up. Just as well. The mud on our boots was like glue and it would've sucked gumboots off. We walked up the creek, me with my Martini Cadet 25-20 & my mate and his son toting a Weatherby Vanguard Deluxe .243 and Brno .22LR repectively to try and whistle a fox. The wind was blowing the wrong way unfortunately and one took to his heels as soon as my buddy started blowing but a roo came up within 10 feet of him while he was trying to lure in any other reynards about the place and it was more than a little irritating as a curious roo tends to scare off predators.

The rest of the day saw us drive around looking for bunnies and foxes but nothing doing. The tracks were starting to dry out but it was still a little hairy for traction in my 4x4 which doesn't have LSDs or traction control. There were more ominous clouds and we headed back and had lunch. I had a rest and woke up around 5. At 6pm a thunderstorm hit for around an hour. More wet tracks. But since the sky cleared we hopped in the truck after dinner and headed for a likely looking field. The river bed had nothing to offer so we motored up onto the field itself and shone the spotlight around. FOUR sets of eyes looked back at us! It was fox central. After some hassles with my mates 243 I retrieved my k98 8x57 sporter with 3-12x40 scope and tried to get a fix.

My first shot was wide. But the next 2 were quite different. I now completely understand what people mean when they say the muzzle blast & recoil don't worry them so much & that you can make out what's going on. You could clearly hear the bullet move. Each time I squeezed the trigger the round went BOOMssssssssssssshhhhhhhhhTHUNK! as you heard it fly out and hit. I'm certain I hit at least one of the little devils but in the dark and soaked dirt do you think we could find their bodies?

So with a good idea of their probable location we left the search until the morning and tried the main roads on the property. After a short fiasco chasing a bunny that came to nought because my friend's son didn't have his Brno at hand & another skittish fox that crossed the road & disappeared into the long grass we finally happened upon a young fox sitting straight up in the paddock below us only about 50yds away looking at us! My mate was taking his time aiming the 243 and I'm in the drivers seat thinking "Just shoot the thing!" when BOOM!! the 243 goes off and the fox takes to his heels!
He missed it from 50 yards!

After some more messing around we headed back to the house and this time it was safe for me to take the truck and park it beside the house.
And then it began to rain, around 2am......

At 6:45 when we woke up it was still raining and the low ground where the house....and my truck.....sat upon was sodden and watery. We decided to get the truck out asap so I got all my kit into it and by a process of careful driving and gunning it in the right places(in other words by the grace of God!) I just got her up off the river flat the house was on.

Then after breakfast we carted all the stuff up to my mate's car and I got mine onto the safety of the gravel track. The Honda, despite all it's ABS and traction control moved an inch forward and back and then sat & spun. Two wheels just doesn't cut it where 4 has big problems. So it was off to the farmer's house to get the tractor.

So, where does that leave me after 2 days shooting? No carcasses or proof of success, a filthy car and a sense of anticlimax and disappointment. Why do I always seem to come back empty handed?

Further, we were supposed to be there another day but the property had 40mm of rain over night and 4" in the past 5 days! It would've been foolhardy to try and keep shooting. I found out on the news last night that the state maximum rainfall for the day had been 100 kms north and the 4th highest for the day had been about 100 south.

I guess I learnt one thing. NO ONE will tell me that the 8mm isn't capable of a long distance shot. My mate's son was completely certain I nailed one with the third shot and it was around the 200yd mark. We walked it so I know.
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Old 04-21-2006, 06:37 PM
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Mate I should say how sorry I feel for you ...............But hey you know me better than that For me this is a normal day in the Office !!!!!! But seriously my heart goes out to you it really does ! (I won't tell you that I broke my Old record last night of 2.2 tonne of Roos ,by takeing 2.7 tonne ...within a 5km radius of home !!!!! 80 for the night ! )
This is the part off hunting that we never talk about (& we seem to love about hunting ) Trust me when I say that we all suffer these droughts & their soon forgotten when we have a good trip


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Old 04-21-2006, 08:05 PM
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Thanks, Dave.
I know I can always count on you to bring me out of these black moods.
I'll tell ya, if things go awry when I come and visit later this year I'll know it's me and not the game.
I guess I was fortunate and had some fun with the bunnies last year but geez it'd be nice to really come back with something when it cost me $150 in petrol and food to get to the location.
I do have another chance though.
Next week I'm going to head out to my workmate's place to see if we can't call in a couple of foxes to their doom.
His goats have been birthing and the foxes are hiding out and have taken a couple of kids so there are definite possibilities.
I have one of those predator callers that is like a black rubber tube and works like a bellows.
I don't know if you've used them but other people swear by them.
Congrats on that haul of skippies.
Looks like that road licence and the local contracts are really bringing in the dosh.
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Old 04-21-2006, 11:34 PM
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I'm glad I could show you that it's always darkest before the dawn mate!I've always prefered theOld Button type call to any other ! The sure fire way to ensure a Good haul of Foxes is to drag a dead Roo (or Goat ) round the paddocks along the tree line .Leaving small peices of meat everynown & again ! This way the foxes are comming to where you want them not looking for them ! This is the methord I used to fill that contract ! You just wait a few hours & just drive along your drag& plink em off!

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Old 04-22-2006, 05:09 AM
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kombi mate... that is absolutely shocking! even if dave's heart wont go out to you then i will send out some symmpathy. it could have been one of those trips you would have looked back on with photos and memories of the 50 foxes you took in one night or something to that effect. but alas it wasnt to be.
you arent cursed mate. i have shot only 1 fox with my only rifle a cz 22 mag and i have seen literally a hundred when i havent got the rifle, or they are sitting at the 200m mark. talk about frustrating. am i cursed? heck no its just the way the game goes and deep down you know that you still had a good time out chasing those "waskilly wabbits" and wyly foxes.
that is, at least you have a good time having a few beers thinking bout chasing them, when you are warm, dry, clean and having a beer in your armchair i suspect!
next time you'll get em'. i hate freezing my arse off on an adventure and being wet, miserable and hungry but how good is the warm, the first beer, the shower and the food when ya get back in? 1000 times better.
i went for a bit of an adventure over to colleraine over the other side of the vic bout 4 and half hours from geeling near sa border over easter (well it was an overnight trip).
a mate from uni and one of my ol' school mates headed over to my best mate "critta" new farm. he is working there as part of his ag degree so each second year he has been at a new place which is good for all concerned!
we were waiting for one another mate, "silky", who lives in horsham to come and meet us at the "pub in the scrub" (as its affectionally known), which is 5 mins away from critta's so it would be easy for silk to find.
waited 10 mins, 20, 30, 40, 50 and no silk!
went back to crittas and let the boys at the pub know if an unruly character comes in to direct him to the old farm.
we went back to crittas and set up the gear for a nights spotlighting meanwhile it was drizzling slightly. silky came in about 30 mins later and was dropped off by one of critta's neighbours. silk had hit a big ditch on one of our wonderful country roads and broken the wheel hub on his ute!
lets go for a quick shoot then. looking outside it is now pissing down. and then it rained and rained and rained. i almost expected noah to come past in his arc and ask for two of each of the farm animals. everything was drenched and it was bloody freezing. no go. so we had a few quiet brews instead. next morning had a whistle in the gully behind the house. saw a redcoat but he got out fo there quick smart with the noise we were making. he had popped his head out from behind some gauze (think spelt thats right) bush and then hightailed it cos someone had whispered something. he wa sonly bout 60m away too. if he had of sat there for about another 4 secs he was toast (maybe im being cocky!).
then off to silky's car and get it towed away by racv and then drove him back to his property. stayed for lunch then the 4 hours back to geelong. drop off a amte and uni mate and i were back up to melb to get back into uni work .
good little quicm adventure.
maybe i am cursed afterall.
keep that chin up kombi and i hope that your encounters with crazy daveh in the future will be fruitful and also the next session on the goat eating foxes.
sorry this is so long winded.
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Old 04-22-2006, 09:06 AM
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I tell you what! At the end of the day I envy you Blokes! I've just wandered in from work & I reckon it's going to take me about 12hrs to thaw out! Come rain ,cold ,frost & occastions snow ! I have to go out in that sort of weather to earn a living ! Just remember when you think you jinxed or your Mates start building a boat to throw you out of (in the middle of the desert ) muttering something about Jonnas !!!!!! Just remember in your cases it isn't if you Bag something or shoot a Talley ,it's enjoying the company of good Mates ,The experiance of the hunt & the little & not so little mishaps !
Even in my case where I sometimes have totaly disarstess nights ! I have to sit back & find something to laugh about (or is it I live on the edge of insanity? ) No matter how bad it seems at the time ,there's always something to laugh about afterwards ! So keep your chins up fellas ! I'm going to try & warm up & clean myself up for Bed ! AS the Cook really has a problem with me comming to bed smelling like a Euro !

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Reminds me of the tale of the two duck hunters, all hunkered down in a sopping wet blind, wet up to their arses, shaking with cold from the 90 per wind blowing and low scudding clouds. One turns to the other and says "When I get home, If the wife ask me if I enjoyed my day, I'm gonna hit her right in the mouth!"
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Reminds me of the tale of the two duck hunters, all hunkered down in a sopping wet blind, wet up to their arses, shaking with cold from the 90 per wind blowing and low scudding clouds. One turns to the other and says "When I get home, If the wife ask me if I enjoyed my day, I'm gonna hit her right in the mouth!"
I'm biting my tongue.

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Old 04-23-2006, 04:19 PM
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i like that one kdub!

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Old 04-23-2006, 07:50 PM
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Well, suffice to say, it wasn't the best shooting fun I've ever had.
I do like that joke of your, kdub.
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