Saturday, April 7, 2012
Dog and people tucker assured
Well, in usual inept-but-somehow-succeed way, I have just been out and shot my first wallaby (Yes, I have been there before, killed the one the dogs caught in the yard - with a piece of firewood, dressed it it etc. but before someone else has shot them, shown me how to field dress it etc, or at least supervised. This time it was just me.) It's kind of one of these 'we need to do it, and best it were done quickly and cleanly' tasks. I'm afraid I'll never make a 'pleasure' hunter, but I hope I make a reasonable hunter-gatherer. It was windy and nasty out there.I only saw one wallaby, I had shoot it without the benefit of a dead-rest, standing, and trying to hold a torch. Still I managed it, a head shot, more luck than judgement I suspect but it is gutted, skinned, now ready for cutting up. I had been rather worried about my ability to succeed at this, and it's been a small investment towards the gear (small because I've been fortunate in my friends, large because we avoid spending money unless we're really sure of it feeding us) so I am glad I did succeed at it. Next time I'll have a little more faith in myself and take a headlight and decent knife!