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James HarveyMemberAugust 19, 2018 at 12:28 amPost count: 1119James HarveyMemberAugust 13, 2018 at 4:32 amPost count: 1119
Ralph, I suspect in Texas, like downunder, pretty much everyone is having a siesta just after lunch. I did get woken up by some of the biggest trophy buck blow flies I’ve ever seen though. They were thick as mosquitos in some of Victoria’s forests, and would draw blood when they bite you. First time I went out I didn’t have insect repellent. Was a very long couple of days!James HarveyMemberAugust 11, 2018 at 10:47 pmPost count: 1119
Not a single thing David 🙂
I’d never been there before and had no one around to give me any guidance. I’d identified that there was a very healthy fox population in the district but I knew nothing of the deer there abouts. So I basically ventured out with the goal of shooting some foxes and keeping my eyes open for deer sign.
I got a couple of shots on a couple of foxes but the best I got was a little ruffled fur. Meanwhile I did see a lot of deer sign (particularly around water holes), but never any deer. I also saw a lot of hunters sign. Lots of empty shell casings etc. Australia has much less restrictive hunting laws in general than the US, so there is no particular season for deer, no particular season for bows or rifles. So in short I think the deer are under constant rifle hunting pressure and consequently quite sneaky. They certainly out witted me. I would often revisit water holes at first light and find fresh sign, suggesting they’re out and about at night.
But I did see lots of native fauna, cover a lot of ground and had several enchanting naps in the afternoon sun 🙂
jimJames HarveyMemberAugust 10, 2018 at 4:16 pmPost count: 1119
Dave, good luck with your hook and line today!
I found some photos of a little excursion from autumn 2017 that I thought I might share. I was down in Victoria (south east corner of Australia) for a little while and got my state license while there (one of only two states down under with public land hunting).
Central Victoria is a truly beautiful part of the world, wet with snow fed rivers, the rolling foothills of Australia’s alpine region, with the ghostly, twisted, eucalypt forests described by English explorers. For particular interest to hunters, our English forbears who settled there were hunting enthusiasts themselves and intentionally imported many game species from Europe. The list includes rabbits and hares, the cunning Mr red fox, Sambar Deer (Cervus unicolor), Hog Deer (Axis porcinus), Red Deer (Cervus elaphus), Fallow Deer (Dama dama), Chital Deer (Axis axis) and Rusa Deer (Cervus timorensis). All packed into Australia’s smallest mainland state (about 90,000 sq miles). Neat.
JimJames HarveyMemberAugust 9, 2018 at 3:29 amPost count: 1119
Troy, I’ll second the comments about a coach. If you’ve really tried and have found yourself not improving further, it’s a great idea to have someone who knows the game have a look at you. There is no shame in it, rather it demonstrates a thirst for improvement that we should all seek to emulate.
If you happen to be somewhere where you can’t find/afford a coach, I can strongly recommend the videos by Arne Moe on YouTube. They are really well done and you’ll try some different things. I’m sure some of them will click.
Good on you for working hard and asking for help when you need it! Good luck.
JimJames HarveyMemberAugust 7, 2018 at 4:56 amPost count: 1119James HarveyMemberAugust 7, 2018 at 4:43 amPost count: 1119James HarveyMemberAugust 7, 2018 at 4:32 amPost count: 1119
Hey guys and gals,
I’ve been offline and busy as all get out for far too long, which has kept my archery tackle in the shed and me off the ol forum.
Well I’ve missed it all so much I’ve actively decided to refocus myself on our beautiful pursuit. Where else would I start but checking in here? And lo and behold webmom welcomes me back and asks to hear about what’s been up.
I havent got much to tell except that I’ve been commanding some very big artillery pieces in some of Australia’s first genuine amphibious efforts in quite a few years (read: since ww2). It’s been busy and rewarding but I’m back on dry land and should be for some time.
I can’t wait to have some more archery tales to share here. And I very much look forward to reading all yours!
JimJames HarveyMemberJuly 26, 2018 at 11:04 pmPost count: 1119
Great idea Robin.
Top of my list will always be Man Eaters of Kumaon by Jim Corbett. He didnt use a bow but he hunted hard and sets a very fine example for writing about hunting. Don Thomas wrote on these pages something like “Corbett always put the tiger first, followed by the natural world he was in, followed by the courageous Indians who lived amongst them, and somewhere around the bottom of his priorities he mentioned himself”. I paraphrased/butchered that but you get the idea.
Saxton Pope’s “Hunting with the Bow and Arrow” is the best book I’ve read by a bow hunter. It’s hard to beat for romantic appeal and adventurous spirit.
JimJames HarveyMemberFebruary 26, 2017 at 2:59 pmPost count: 1119
It does seem problematic fellas. You’d like to think that whoever approved it considered the flow on effects and maybe the environmental cost of letting the pigs alone is worse (e.g. down here one of their big points of environmental damage is eating wetland birds eggs) so the cost of 2nd and 3rd order poison effects is still acceptable on balance.
But who knows?James HarveyMemberFebruary 24, 2017 at 3:09 pmPost count: 1119James HarveyMemberFebruary 23, 2017 at 12:46 amPost count: 1119James HarveyMemberFebruary 21, 2017 at 11:48 pmPost count: 1119James HarveyMemberJanuary 12, 2017 at 2:03 pmPost count: 1119
I’ve had a really busy couple of years and am really looking forward to getting my fingers on a string a bit more this year. And maybe getting to post here a bit more again.
I hope everyone had a great holiday season!
Webmom, the new site looks awesome!
JimJames HarveyMemberJuly 28, 2016 at 7:54 amPost count: 1119
Paleo I reckon a camo/dark neck sock that you can pull up to your eyes is better than paint. Add a hat for shadow and you’re sorted. Now all you have to do is stay up wind and not make any noise 😉
And yes, there’s definitely a psych component. It’s war paint (or hunter paint, if that’s your context). We often put it on for competitive events, not just field training. Sort of becomes a pavlovian response. ‘Paints on, time to fight’.