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Re: A bit of crop protection [Re: NitroX]
      #277749 - 10/02/16 03:41 AM

That does sound good. I know (Canada) goose pepperoni is good, maybe bunny pepperoni is as well.

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Re: A bit of crop protection [Re: Daryl_S]
      #311946 - 08/02/18 03:18 PM

Re-opened this thread to extract a photo.

At the moment I have way too many rabbits around. I saw six big ones run in a well spaced line from under a tree at dawn this morning. Two or three others sitting elsewhere. This is from my backyard alone ...

Time for the rifle and shotgun to come out.

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Re: A bit of crop protection [Re: NitroX]
      #312187 - 11/02/18 09:52 AM

G'Day Fella's,

Looking forward to a Hunt Report (with photo's),from you NitroX.

Avagreatweekendeh!
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Re: A bit of crop protection [Re: Homer]
      #312201 - 11/02/18 12:31 PM

Ha ha. Here is a guesstimate of the hunt report.

"Got up out of bed ... hopefully put some clothes on ... took the dog into the backyard for him to relieve himself ... brought along the Mauser .22 with the wonderful new old scope Kuduae sold to me! Shot hopefully two or three rabbits in the dawn crispness/dew/ffffing residual heat still left over from the previous day (Depending on the dawn weather?). Skinned and gutted them. Hung them to cool (not likely in February)/put them in the fridge to chill .... Went back to bed.

Ha ha. Prelim hunt report

Will have to make it much more magnificent!

And unlike a good John Taylor hunt, wear clothes for the photos! He He.

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Re: A bit of crop protection [Re: NitroX]
      #312210 - 11/02/18 01:02 PM

Be careful when stalking those wee beasties, one never known where the Rabbit of Caerbannog may pop up next.

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      #312241 - 12/02/18 11:14 AM

That is some pretty looking country... looks peaceful..

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Re: A bit of crop protection [Re: Ripp]
      #312243 - 12/02/18 11:30 AM

Wish there were still some rabbits here in Ga. Would be great fun with my Rook rifles.

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Re: A bit of crop protection [Re: Birdhunter50]
      #318054 - 14/07/18 05:24 PM

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When I was a boy, a friend and I would walk the rail road tracks out of town shooting rabbits. We would shoot as many as we could carry and then head back. He was a couple years older than I was and when he got old enough to drive, he bought and old pickup truck. We would take turns driving and the other guy would walk slightly ahead of the truck and off to one side and head shoot the rabbits with a .22 long rifle shell. We did this at dusk and only hunted them after the first snow or real cold snap, as that would kill off the sick ones.

We did this out in the country along the many dirt roads we had around here back then. Usually we would wait till the snow plows had pushed though the roads and pushed up large snow banks on either side of the road. It was best to pick an East/West road, if possible, because our prevailing winds usually comes out of the North in the winter. The Rabbits would burrow down into the snow banks on the North side to get out of the wind and we could shoot them there at very close range. Head shots only!

We did this at dusk and only hunted them after the first snow or real cold snap as that would kill off the sick ones. His Dad was laid off one winter and they didn't have much to live on. He and I filled their freezer with Rabbits, Quail, Pheasants, Squirrels, and Deer, they didn't eat too bad that winter! We would shoot rabbits till dark or till we got as many as we wanted to clean that night. His Mom would have a good hot supper ready for us, and after supper we would clean rabbits till almost bedtime. If I had any homework to do that night it meant a real late bedtime for me.

One of the things I loved to make was rabbit sausage, we would bone out several rabbits and cut up a bunch of pork fat into cubes, then run the whole thing though a grinder. We would buy packets of sausage seasoning at a locale store and would mix in about three teaspoons of that for each pound of ground meat. It was wonderful stuff to eat on a cold morning along with your eggs and homemade toast!
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I wish I had photos from when I was just out of school and I and my friends could drive. We used to go spotlighting for rabbits on a sheep station near the Murray River, at Blanchetown. Near here. My friend's dad had an old ute near the river, unregistered, which we used to use for the spotlighting. I think we used to get arounf 75 to a 100 in a few hours, but weren't too serious about it. Not a lot by true commercial standards, but a LOT when you have gut them all. My friend used to sell them to a restaurant at the back door ... for maybe a dollar or a dollar fifty each.

I remember when we were shooting, we saw a building's lights in front of us, Oops, the local cop shop! Which was near a road bordering the property. We moved elsewhere. When driving across the only public road earlier in the day, from gate to gate, a truck went past and behind it in the dust was a police car. It drove on though.

Later after a few hours shooting, we returned across the road, and maybe a hundred metres in. Were busy gutting the rabbits, throwing the guts in every direction. And the local police decided to pay a visit. Had to walk gingerly through the minefield of rabbit guts to get to the vehicle. Of course asked whether we had permission to shoot on the station, we did. They used to catch about 50 or more groups poaching on the station a year. Then of course had to check all the firearms for registration. All were registered. Then gave Andrew, the guy with the access "curry" for driving an unregistered ute across the road ... left with giving him a warning. %%%%######****((( always have to act that way ...

A photo showing 75 rabbits hanging on the ute would be nice to show to our NE friends on here, particularly when rabbits can be rarer than deer in some parts of Europe and elsewhere.

I am planning to make some winter rabbit comfort food this month soon.

Will have to do "another report" on a rabbit hunt. With the mornings recently having been from minus 4 deg C to zero, no nude backyard rabbit shoots though !!! ie seeing my last "rabbut hunt report". I have enough bunnies probably in the freezers, but why not get some fresh meat. Again lots of them around.

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Re: A bit of crop protection [Re: NitroX]
      #318055 - 14/07/18 05:45 PM

Some people mentioned the vineyard and property photos. Here are some links and photos from another thread and webpage.





http://nitroexpress.com/files/200302/forums/carrara1.html

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Re: A bit of crop protection [Re: NitroX]
      #318056 - 14/07/18 05:47 PM

Some Autumn Photos


"Highways of the gods"












http://forums.nitroexpress.com/showflat.php?Cat=0&Number=1391&page=0&fpart=1&vc=1

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Re: A bit of crop protection [Re: NitroX]
      #318057 - 14/07/18 05:48 PM

Some Winter Pics

"A Pot of Gold" - actually two rainbows ending less than fifty metres away






Chilly




At last it is green and the creek is arising






Ah, where are those ducks?



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Re: A bit of crop protection [Re: NitroX]
      #318058 - 14/07/18 05:49 PM

Some pics for you flower lovers ...

"Salvation Jane" also known as "Patterson's Curse" growing in the mid-rows of a vineyard.



Known as "Salvation Jane" as it is a stock feed weed which sheep and cattle will eat and it will grow with minimum moisture and is often the only feed available in a drought.

Otherwise known as "Patterson's Curse" as it is a weed and there is better stock fodder and it can infest paddocks and compete with better grasses.

It also when mature irritates bare skin if brushed against, but not badly.



Mowing it down as a flatter surface in the vineyard increases air flow and reduces frost risk on cold Spring nights.

Also mowing down in preparation for spraying with a herbicide to conserve moisture for the vines.

http://forums.nitroexpress.com/showflat.php?Cat=0&Number=1391&page=0&fpart=2&vc=1

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Re: A bit of crop protection [Re: NitroX]
      #318059 - 14/07/18 05:50 PM

PS Makes it easier to see the rabbits and hares to shoot in the wine rows as well.

A couple nice juicy medium sized rabbits shot for the pot while slashing the "Jane" weeds too.



Another photo:



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Re: A bit of crop protection [Re: NitroX]
      #318061 - 14/07/18 05:51 PM

Because shooters are such flower "lovers" I thought I'd post these.

One day I was in my house and noticed cars kept stopping on the road in front of the property, over a dozen or more in two hours. So I decided to check out what all these people were up to and found our row of cacti on the front fence were flowering. Supposedly it only happens a day or two each year. The ladies network must have been phoning around to have that many people stop.









These photos remind me of images from the movie "The Day of the Triffids".

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Re: A bit of crop protection [Re: NitroX]
      #318063 - 14/07/18 05:51 PM

Some Spring photos from last year - September 2010.




GSP Blitzen on an inspection tour. Roos, foxes, hares and rabbits might be found lurking ...




Spring buds starting to burst from the spurs.






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Re: A bit of crop protection [Re: NitroX]
      #318064 - 14/07/18 05:51 PM

Some old vines, up to 90 years old.












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Re: A bit of crop protection [Re: NitroX]
      #318065 - 14/07/18 05:53 PM

Some nice little violet flowers that grows in the grasses.







A 40 to 50 year old vine, chip budded from Shiraz to Semillon in the early 1980's





Skippy in a nearby hay crop.








We have a wide variety of wildlife on the property, some nomadic. Wild ducks in the creek when flowing, mountain ducks, wood ducks, black duck, grey teal. Native game such as the Eastern Grey Kangaroo, once an Emu, echidnas, brown and red bellied black snakes. Very poisonous! Small lizards, stumpy tailed, blue tongue, and various others. Introduced game such as foxes, hares and rabbits. Pigeons! Native Crested Pigeons, we call Top Knots. Native birds such as galahs, I shoot these over the crops. Rosellas, small green parrots, willy wag tails, kookaburras, sulphur crested cockatoos. Hawks and the occasional wedge tail eagle. Froggy mouth owls, and other owl species.

I hope to bring photo and video footage of many of these species over time. Got to carry a camera around more!

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      #318066 - 14/07/18 05:54 PM

Female Black Duck and ducklings














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Re: A bit of crop protection [Re: NitroX]
      #318067 - 14/07/18 05:56 PM

Another photo from another thread. Winter now, with dormant vines.

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Here is something else I saw amongst the vines a day or two ago.



http://forums.nitroexpress.com/showflat.php?Cat=0&Number=1391&page=0&fpart=3&vc=1

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Re: A bit of crop protection [Re: NitroX]
      #318068 - 14/07/18 06:42 PM

Very interesting photos, certainly looks like a nice place.

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Re: A bit of crop protection [Re: Waidmannsheil]
      #318069 - 14/07/18 07:18 PM

Looking to repair the links on some very old pages, recovered some images.

My old GSP Siegfried,

A young Siegfried inspecting a then young shiraz vineyard.



This spot needed extensive excavation ... he was a big digger.



Watching my master.



A house is not a home without a dog. And a neither is a winery or vineyard.

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      #318070 - 14/07/18 07:23 PM



That's about 1,250 bottles of Shiraz wine and future fun



Hand picking some odd shiraz vines out of a then grafted vineyard from shiraz to semillon. Since re-grafted all back to shiraz ...

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      #318072 - 14/07/18 07:37 PM

Cabernet Sauvignon on the vine



View across the vineyard towards the North Para River



A splash of Autumn Red



"Sunshine in a bottle". Cool shade among the vine leaves.



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      #341386 - 25/05/20 08:04 PM

Tagged: Carrara

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      #341395 - 26/05/20 03:37 AM

Thanks for the pictures, John. - Lovely. Next time I get to Australia, will visit for sure.

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