Wild dog shooting

first up a story about helping farmers tackle pests which are one thing Australia has an abundance of from feral cats rabbits goats and pigs two wild dogs and plagues of kangaroos managing these pests is time-consuming as farmers grapple with increased work demands and complex firearm laws but as Peter McCutcheon reports there are many people out there happy to lend a hand and a warning there are some scenes in this report that viewers may find distressing it's a hard day's slog the andersons cropping feedlot and cattle breeding property in central Queensland are though there's eight hundred and twenty in the feedlot at the moment and then there's five hundred breeders plus the wieners we're weaning there are always left in the paddock and today there's a couple more mouths to feed two armed men on patrol what they're doing and how they came to be here is a story about untapping the unrealized potential of Australia's shooting community featuring juliek tryna raise cattle here they've had a fairly large crop of calves and they lost fifty but the time they got in touch with me fifty cars out of anyone's herd is a big loss shooting doesn't always have the best rat but certainly my experience and I'm not a recreational hunter I've never owned a firearm so I'm not one of them if you want to put in that context they certainly have done a lot of hidden public good if you thought guns went out of fashion after the 1996 Port Arthur massacre and buyback program you'd be badly mistaken shooting in 2014 has never been more popular membership of organizations like sporting shooters of Australia skyrocketing there's been a steady increase Peter of about 10% per annum over seven or eight years now which has been really really pleasing from our perspective in Queensland we are about nine times larger in membership than we were in prior pre-1996 go to fire one shot at each exposure detail action and many of these shooters up to 300,000 according to a recent University survey our recreational hunters that was one of the interesting responses we got is that they're doing that sort of recreational hunting taking our pest animals now but they actually want to do more and there's a lot more that needs to be done on properties like the Andersons farm the Andersons are still recovering from a wild dog attack on their herd earlier this year it was deeply disturbing some of the cards that you know that have not only been born a few hours when they were killed you know like it was I just didn't ever change you know not with six dogs in a pack coat its yeah that's when they do the damage and just it was just horrific and I could just see cows not mothered up to their calves and it was just such a distressing time Peter eventually came up and and pick me up in the yoozh and we went round and checked them all and made sure they were all mothered up on dark but yeah it's just night after night it's very distressing in just weeks they lost up to 40 curves and we felt terribly guilty like we could've done more or something that Peters often very busy that time of day could because it's a mixed farming Enterprise we don't stop he have to be on the sprayer call doing something else or mixing feed or something and I would be left you know with the children and yeah hearing this noise pretty close to home now Peter Anderson knows how to handle a firearm but spending hours tracking down elusive and dangerous animals was just too much I could have staked him out and spent you know days and weeks I'm doing it myself but you know was dry and we were drought feeding in the feedlot in full operation and and I had more than enough to do baking didn't work so the Andersons called for help through sporting shooters they were introduced to Tim Lawrence nice to see ya and we selected Tim mainly because he was a bit more local than some of the other applicants he's over at Glendon Tony two hours away and he does chef work in the mine so he's got four or five days off it at a time so he could come over here and give it a pretty fair effort Tim took out four of the six dogs earlier this year and today he's back to track down the remaining two where exactly were they I found two sets of tracks coming out of the Depot paddock we call it the depo paddock we're in the black soil I presume they cross the road okay towards some the cultivation which is next to the depo where you see the big silos and cross that coloration and go towards the dam at Kohler those other two are still getting around we see their tracks and Tim's determined to get them and yeah he enjoys what he's doing so it's like a hobby or an outlet for him and it's an a big advantage to us Tim doesn't charge for this service sporting shooters takes care of his insurance hunting for him is a welcome break away from his day job as a mine engineer it's a camping trip you know it's an opportunity to come out get out in the open have a wander round keep fit I'm stuck behind a desk for a lot of my job so yeah this this keeps me out keeps me active he's part of a national program sporting shooters called farmer assist which is being rolled out first in Queensland with the support of the rural lobby group AG force so what sort of farmers are taking up the offer we've had a lot of grazes so far so shooting cattle operations I've had a number of grazes from canola jam de long reach areas asking me about it and and you know call the AG force office to to find out more about it and there's been a bit of spread from word-of-mouth there as well the main reasons why farmers want a shooter on their property rid of pigs and wild dogs while dogs in particular cost producers hundreds of millions of dollars a year and were recently declared a pest of national significance there's also an increasing problem with kangaroos and culling macropods requires special permits the moment we're seeing some significant drought with about 80 percent of the state drought declared and we're seeing kangaroos competing with the livestock cattle and sheep but letting strangers with guns on the farms needs careful managing and ultimately it all comes down to trust we're talking about keen amateurs with guns going under private property there's a lot that could go wrong isn't there there's always a risk I would assume Peter but the the system and the program of sporting shooters have set up in pharmacists there's a lot of checks and balances that they put in place they put a lot of thought into it into into how they're going to operate it and manage it and also maintain the credibility and the reputation of the program itself those checks include signing up to a code of conduct and passing an accuracy test shooters have to be able to hit an 8 centimeter target five times from a hundred meters away as a British Army veteran and competitive target shooter Tim Laurence works within a tenth of this range about the size of a small coin if you can't shoot you're not going to make it you have to be a reasonable shop and it's important because it might seem a bit washy but if you're going to come out and start shooting animals the least you can do is be humane about it you don't want to start winging animals and then sending them back into the bush to die slowly it's not what we're about yeah one's from this morning doing that way I reckon he's going to be coming back this evening it is all volunteer and you know it's the Great Australian way of of helping out a mate helping out a farmer and developing a relationship that both sides can benefit joining Tim on this expedition is Matt godson a project officer with sporting shooters you're trying to second-guess what the dog is actually going to do what I've noticed for this one is you'll see his tracks going towards the farmhouse in the morning and then he'll come back either in the evening or in the morning I haven't been able to figure that out yet and then he just stays away for a day so where we found those tracks on on the path heading in towards the farmhouse hopefully I'll either this evening or tomorrow morning he's going to be heading back home I guess and yeah hopefully we'll know them the work is mainly done in the late evening and early morning it's a job that requires patience and endurance I don't mind looking for the dogs and not finding it doesn't bother me in the slightest it's it's not a job for people that just want to wander around if it holes in things you're not going to hunting is hunting and it's not cheating from time to time Tim looks through his scope for any hint of movement in the bushes but the evening hours passed without incident while dog appeared just after dawn taken out with a single shot from 30 meters it was a dingo domestic hybrid there are few of any purebred dingoes in this part of the world so how many hours work if you put into this one dog this dog I've known about for a while if I have known about it since the first time I visited I've just never been able to catch sight of it I would have bet spend 3 4 5 6 and this morning 7 hours 7 hours staking out that dog so I'm very pleased this morning it's not bloodlust it's an achievement I don't if you're gonna show pictures but those teeth yeah they pull cars apart yeah it's not a pet dog not about you there are other ways recreational hunters could help with land management according to a recent survey 77,000 sheeters were asked if they'd be prepared to pay an environmental levy every time they bought hunting equipment remarkably most of those surveyed said yes and we've got 60% responding that would they'll be happy to pay a 5% tax and another 30% saying they'd be willing to pay attender cent tax for conservation there is scope for that Peter it's proven to be an incredibly successful program in the United States where it's been operating now for almost 80 years so I think there's some scope here in Australia mind you there are some real obstacles in the minds of many of our members yes because it's very unusual for an organization to be advocating its members pay a new tax well as I say we would be very very cautious in promoting that primarily because I would leave that probably in the average Australian is not necessarily convinced that their tax dollar is is spent as wisely as it might be has not managed as wisely as it might be and they probably without being too critical don't necessarily trust governments of any color to not to keep their at their hands out of the till nevertheless the sporting shooters association is attempting to promote its green credentials this property just west of Brisbane is owned by sporting shooters Australia and is a registered Nature Reserve despite the fact that it includes a shooting range sporting shooters president Jeff Jones says the Queensland Government is now planning to plant over 100,000 trees years to increase the locals koala population and you'd be the sort of landowner that would be able to keep feral pests under control and most definitely that's part of the contract that we have with the government we do we are obligated to keep the feral animals under control will this be seen as a type of rebranding if you like of sporting shooters be more attractive to parts of Australia that have been hostile towards fire well I suppose it could be construed that way but I think it's part of if you like an evolutionary process the world is changing and and all sorts of sports and activities need to change along with it it's a change the Andersons very much welcome linking up with a shooter they can trust is not only insurance for their farming business it also brings peace of mind to a young family you think Tim will keep coming back here I'd like him to alright it's up to him and and I really hope he does continue and yeah yeah this is some this is much his home to his heirs all recommend coming back is not a problem I got into this in order to help out the farmers future and goj wonderful people and they're very keen and happy to see me when I turn up and that goes a long way towards it as well

26 thoughts on “Wild dog shooting

  1. I've seen what the pigs,dogs and Roos can do personally and shooting them is perfect and really does help

  2. Seems a bit crazy. Surely the dogs are part of the control. Do they not help keep kangaroo numbers down? Same success as wolves in the U.S..

  3. Australia The land of people with diminishing Goals. Boogy Boogy boogy. Criminal Colony, and People that literally murdered the local Natives with Guns. Are now the natives, being taken over by Liberal Nunses, who in turn have quietly been being taken over by foreigners. And lets not forget the point of this video. Taken over by their own degenerate vulgarity of pest animals that people either let loose/lost, or animals that people used to shoot and thin out for free. Who realistically now don't even have the means to defend themselves. Thats just perfect. You Ozzies Get your Rosetta stone, and learn some Mandarin before the Chinese invade. The Chinese will re nick name you the Panzzies LMFAO!!!

  4. Pests hmm. So Australians, (and I am not talking to Aborigines here) where did these so-called pests come from? Who brought them? Also, I never knew cattle were native to Australia.

  5. Australia 2017 and all we can you use is bolt action rifles apart from those who can use semi auto. What a joke!

  6. so how about instead of chewing on the people who put in the hard yards to feed us how about you get up off you butts put your god dam phone computer tablet whatever down and go help a farm in this kind of situation you pack of prissy nini pack of do gooders

  7. you have no idea what type of damage pest and feral animals do I've seen calves who've had their nose or leg chewed on by wild pigs cows that have had their bums chewed and udders chewed as for rabbits and roos the totally destroy crops so do camels

  8. I see a lot of people Aussie or not saying why or how could you well you don't want the being shot you go stay out on the stations and shew the bastards of things like wild dogs and pigs away see how long you keyboard warriors last

  9. More taxes & on shooters as well? Get f*****d. The government squanders its money on pay rises for politicians & keeping the multinational corporations and their rich counterparts happy with tax breaks while letting them pay ZERO tax. The government would rather give money to the above said than use common sense & help start and maintain a system that actually helps our farmers & country. You watch what happens, if the taxes come into play & become law, the money will not be state & federally allocated. You all end up paying more & more over time and people will not be able to afford to shoot anymore.. Just be very careful, it is a dangerous game when it comes to tax increases when associations and members are trying to establish this type of assistance and help, the government and their rich friend will screw you over. Example, no extra coast guard or aerial patrols, inspectors etc have been put into place that were promised when the government said the fishing license will provide this. I hope you see what I'm saying here.

  10. At least we are making progress Australia and Finding new ways of protecting our wildlife. But someday hunting will be banned altogether and there won't be any feral animals anywhere.

  11. omg. just shoot them. quit the bs. levies, taxes, humane, licenses. surprised anything gets done.

  12. to the people that live in the city and never see just what feral animals do to livestock, birds, and all natural species. grow up. look at just how many are killed vs how many they kill. one feral cat will kill about 1000 + birds in its life. crazy? how long will a cat live? and it eats each 2 days?

  13. stop justifying yourself moron.. how can you possibly blame chinese eat dogs when you guys having dog killing frenzy in your backyard? fuck you aussies

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