Thursday, 27 June 2013

A week of munted legs

Well it's been an interesting few weeks of hunting. We have been taking a bunny for dinner every day. The pups are totally into the whole routine. We get dressed in our finest hunting gear (A pair of jeans, some sports shoes, a long sleeve T Shirt and jumper if necessary) pick up the little bunny gun, watch the pups get excited and head up to bunny hill. We sneak over the top of the hill through the thick Ti tree for cover, they stand behind me, I line one up, squeeze, wait a few seconds and tell them go get it. They run down towards the aim point, sniff about, one or the other finds the bunny and then returns it to me. I then gut it and we head back down the hill to home, where I divide it up. Basically they get half each, but they take it in turns of getting the head. As said before, they eat the whole thing. Fur and all. Great roughage!!

But this week we had two firsts. First of all we shot a Sambar. A three legged one at that. Poor girl had had an injury at some point and her front right leg was missing from the knee joint down. It had obviously not slowed her too much as she ended up having a fantastic amount of meat on her. Again the pups performed well, pointed her to me, waited for me to fire, waited for the go get it command and went to the carcass. This one didn't need tracking. She fell instantly with a headshot ensuring she did not suffer any pain. Lights out immediately, which is just how I like it.

Then a few days later, we did our daily trip to bunny hill and the bunny had a healed but previously broken front leg as well. Again, this one was a headshot, so bugs was lights out instantly too. It makes me very happy when this can occur regularly. While an engine room shot is quick, a shot to the computer is instant.

Here are some pics of some happy puppies and some of the unusual legs these animals were living with.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Been doing some gun conditioning

Since on occasions we hunt with a gun, or at least go out hunting with another gun hunter, I have taken the precautions of conditioning the pups to the gun. I was a bit surprised at how well they took to it, as Zsa Zsa isn't a fan of loud noises.

We started with a shotgun, but from long distances of 200+ metres and slowly worked our way in closer over a period of time. Each shot was followed by praise and a little play and then we moved in closer and repeated the process. I used a shotgun as it is loud. very loud. so I figured anything less noisy won't be an issue from there. As I said, they took to it like they had been doing it all there lives. No stress, no anxiety and barely a flinch when it goes off.

Included in the gun conditioning was working on being steady until released. This is something I never really worried about with the bow, as the with the bow, there is no follow up shot. You either drop it, or you miss. So I always just let them go after it as soon as the arrow was unleashed. Again, it didn't take them long to work out that they needed to wait till released to track the prize.

On Friday when we shot the last Deer with the 300WSM, they behaved perfectly, waiting till I gave to go get em command to follow the Deer and track it to where it stopped for it's final sleep.

Both of them are getting better and better at the whole hunting caper and I am truly looking forward to when they are 4 or 5 years old and where barely a command is needed to be issued.