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More pics from the ballot hunting season.

orchidmanorchidman Senior MemberPosts: 8,271 Senior Member
Havent been on patrol for the last 3 weeks ( I formulate the roster so I decided to have a break.)................but I figured I had better do my bit.

Over the last 3 weeks the weather has been terrible with gale force winds and torrential rain. I figured there would be some damage to the forest and one of the other patrols gave me a 'headsup' so I made sure I carried some cutty slasher thingys to clear a few tracks................what I should have taken was a D9 Bulldozer!!

On one of the main access routes to the hunting blocks I came across this.................

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About 30 trees stacked on top of each other completely blocking the road.............and there aint no way I was going to make any impression on it with my axe......

Here is a pic from the middle of the mess.....

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Because the road was blocked, it meant a detour of about 12 kilometres to access some of the blocks.

I decided there was a better way.................and remembered a disused track that went cross country, by disused, I meant it hadn't been driven on for about 4-5 years and in places was little more than a pedestrian track. Armed with my slasher I walked part of it and cleared some of the big stuff...............then decided that I had done enough and it was time to take the jeep through. After I successfully negotiated the track the first time, I decided to video the return journey.

Here it is................yes, there is a track somewhere in there :rotflmao:

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It was an interesting trip..............

It enabled me to take a short cut so that I could go and pic up these...............

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Here is a close up of the hogs 'hooks'..........

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Just to show you that we have idiots over here, this next pic is for the Defense Range which is adjacent to the forest..........Stick any kind of sign up out here and there is always someone who will use it for target practice................

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I have a few more pics to post up but its now midnight and I have to be up at 4am so I will post some more either late tomorrow night or on Monday.
( hope the vid comes out)
Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....

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  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,992 Senior Member
    orchidman wrote: »
    Havent been on patrol for the last 3 weeks ( I formulate the roster so I decided to have a break.)................but I figured I had better do my bit.

    Over the last 3 weeks the weather has been terrible with gale force winds and torrential rain. I figured there would be some damage to the forest and one of the other patrols gave me a 'headsup' so I made sure I carried some cutty slasher thingys to clear a few tracks................what I should have taken was a D9 Bulldozer!!

    On one of the main access routes to the hunting blocks I came across this.................

    patrolweekend27thjuly2014011_zps0e5fd711.jpg

    About 30 trees stacked on top of each other completely blocking the road.............and there aint no way I was going to make any impression on it with my axe......

    This is one of the reasons you have a hitch and chains.... drag them away!

    D
    "A patriot is mocked, scorned and hated; yet when his cause succeeds, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." Mark Twain
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  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,271 Senior Member
    BigDanS wrote: »
    This is one of the reasons you have a hitch and chains.... drag them away!

    D

    Don't know what happened to the other pics.........I had to go back and edit the post to put them and the video in........

    Those trees are about 60ft tall and at their base are about 3' through. Because they have fallen down on top of each other, all the branches are interlocked. There aint no way the jeep was going to move them..........hook one up and you have to drag the lot!!!!!!!!!!

    Jeep already took a beating today...............lucky all the mud/sand etc covers the damage.
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,992 Senior Member
    Nice haul on the deer, hog and goat... they look like an awesome sausage combination.

    D
    "A patriot is mocked, scorned and hated; yet when his cause succeeds, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." Mark Twain
    Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.... now who's bringing the hot wings? :jester:
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,271 Senior Member
    BigDanS wrote: »
    Nice haul on the deer, hog and goat... they look like an awesome sausage combination.

    D

    The guys that shot them damn near kissed me when I said I would give them and their 'kills' a ride back to their car. Told them a back leg of pork would be enough payment lol..................... They declined.

    3 big guys and 3 animals made the jeep bottom out on a few of the ruts.......
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 22,395 Senior Member
    Good on you for helping the guys out :up:

    The fact that you did doesn't surprise me in the least though.
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 26,090 Senior Member
    Those are good looking animals.

    I need to to go kill something...........
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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,457 Senior Member
    With a mess of downed pines like that a bulldozer or tracked skid loader would be the only way to get that mess untangled. I hate pine trees for that reason; a good wind will blow them over way too easily.

    I bet the Jeep did bottom out in some of those places. That's a lot of weight to haul! Bet the hunters were appreciative of the ride, too. Good on ya for giving them a lift! :up:
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  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,429 Senior Member
    Alec, do you have poisonous snakes there? That road would be ideal to find about 30 or so Rattlers around here. And lots of hogs too. That is one snaky path.
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  • HvyMaxHvyMax Senior Member Posts: 1,826 Senior Member
    Nice trifecta there. I wish we had that kind of variety season around here.
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  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 13,546 Senior Member
    That is one of the few bucks I can remember you posting a picture of, is that a "nice" one, how heavy would you estimate he was?
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  • Farm Boy DeuceFarm Boy Deuce Senior Member Posts: 6,083 Senior Member
    Your goat path looked pretty easy to navigate. Good luck with those blow down trees.
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  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,271 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 wrote: »
    That is one of the few bucks I can remember you posting a picture of, is that a "nice" one, how heavy would you estimate he was?

    Its about average for the area. It would have weighed about 70Kg dressed out. Head ( antler) development in this area is hampered by poor quality soil/lack of trace elements.
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
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