Thursday, 19 July 2012

Getting your eye in

It's cloudy in Sydney today but the sun is making the odd appearance and the mercury tells me it's 13°C. I'm heading to a nice parcel of land just outside Lithgow today where it's a pleasant 0°C. Yep, that says zero, at midday.

So why go? Glad you asked!

In exactly one month I'll be in my khakis with the ZKK602 over my shoulder, tracking elephant with my PH in the lead and our team of Shangaan and Venda trackers working the ground and watching the bush. There's not a whole lot of time left for preparation so I've taken a few days out of the office to get my eye in.

Today I'll be stringing up a few balloons  (or milk bottles if Lithgow lives up to its usual gusty conditions) and busting them with 500 grainers. I've not ever shot up at game before so I thought it might be a good idea to shoulder the rifle and have a go.

Tonight I might rig up the lamp and go on a fox foray. I've seen the odd fox on recent visits but haven't made the time to go for a hunt. Foxes with safari rifles perhaps? I did bring the .22 Magnum just in case.

In the morning I'll drive on to Coolah for some pig hunting as the cocky tells me that with recent rain and soft ground the hogs are out in force. There's always the chance for a bit of venison as well...

So that's my next few days in a nutshell. Looking forward to the solitude  and the mental space that comes with it.

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