Back from one of my favourite places in Wonnangatta-Moroka: six hours walk in from my car & five hours drive from here to the closest driveable location. This has to be one of the remotest areas in Victoria. Deer (and dingoes!) as common as rabbits elsewhere. Took our old Jack Russell, Tiny along for the walk. Turns out she is fitter than me and was still keen to hunt after six hours’ walking.
It also turns out that deer are utterly mystified by Tiny whom they honk repeatedly at whilst ignoring me utterly, whilst presenting (to me) perfect targets. Just had to shoot one, the dog promptly buried bits of it all over the bush, just in case she should pass this way again. At about 14 years old this becomes increasingly unlikely.
TWICE we figured packs of dingoes were hunting us: about 8:00pm on Friday night a pack came barking down our back trail from up river and had deer honking at them at about 30 yards out in the dark, (and me only having four shots in these ‘new’ John Howard mandated rifles – and my trusty machete). Figured we could take about five of them. This pack must have picked up on an orphaned calf and clearly made their kill about 200 yards up the hill behind the camp from where they set up the most infernal howling for hours! That, and a sudden wind change and downpour made it hard to sleep.
As we were walking out on Saturday another pack were again seemingly hunting our back trail this time led by what sounded like a bloodhound cross from the baying (MOST unusual for a dingo – these wild dogs have crossed with who know what other nasty breeds and are no doubt becoming more dangerous. Note to self: take more ammo next time). Fortunately they picked up the scent trail of a stag I had previously had two shots at (but been unable to locate in a hundred hectares of man fern – worse luck). The pack located him though! Better than eating us I suppose.
PS: On a later trip I did find some of the bones the dingoes had picked over but failed to locate the rack. Let me know if you find it!
Tiny loves my sleeping bag.
She also loves deer. ‘Yum’!
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