Some times things just go right and this afternoon was one of those days. This is the time of year the farmer on the west side of town has his oats starting to shoot and that brings in the raiders.
My hunting buddy had bumped into the owner’s wife recently in town and in the conversation he learned that they were getting roos and wallabies coming in and chowing down on their up coming crop. Naturally, he offered our help to try and dissuade them from doing so. Today, was the first time this year we’ve been over there and as luck had it I managed to nail one right off. Actually, he was the only one in the fields, a big buck roo. We both reckoned the shot was about 150 yds. and although a chest shot he managed to hop 50 yds. before expiring. I was using a .257 Roberts with a handload using a 75 gr V-max bullet.
That is the simple story now here are a few more details; (1) it was very windy and quite cold. (2) I had to wait until the wind ceased momentarily before taking the shot because there was a tree between us at my car and the roo. I was waiting for the wind to blow the leaves of the eucalyptus tree aside so I could get a clear shot. (3) The wind factor was strong enough that I had to allow for the wind drift effect on the bullet as it cleaved the air on it’s way to the target.
Well, It all came off easily and we were through quite fast. All we had to do was walk on over and butcher the critter. He was quite a big fellow and produced a lot of meat for my mate’s dog and for my cat ‘Killer.’ After dragging the remains from the field and into some adjacent tall grass we left and arrived home before dark.