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  1. The APDHA (Australian Pig Doggers and Hunters Association) had its annual general meeting withiun striking range of my place at the weekend and one of my mates (Steve) from had driven 14 hours to the meeting with his daughter and her boyfriend (Cassie and Matt) to attend. They planned to head home direct from the meeting but I convinced them to head instead to my place a bit more than an hour away for a Father's Day hunt this morning. They camped out our place last night ready for a 4am rise this morning to give us plenty of time to be on the ground ready for the earliest possible light this morning. We did my standard track around a productive quarter of my mountain block, showing the kids their first deer (a couple of red stags) and then their third, fourth, fifth and more deer (various fallow). Overlooking a particularly productive basin and ridgeline we saw our first pigs. Three grazed apparently unaware about 600 metres as the crow flies, giving rise to hopes that we might be able to cut them off before they made it into the blackberries. We had the dogs individualised on the truck (ie each dog held separately on a quick release or cage or whatever) so we had the option of getting every possible pig by releasing each dog as required. And it worked like a dream. We got above the three we'd seen and when they took off across the slope we spotted a bonus bigger boar attempting to make a sneaky escape on his own. Steve's Tash and my Geoffrey were given that job and Steve and Cassie were dropped on the pig before Matt and I did a quick U turn to get the other dogs as close as we could to the original three. Steve's Wal was let loose after the mob and grabbed a little angry boar and we passed that catch to put Matt's Surge out after the one pig we could still see. Now this was when Surge surprised me by chasing the smaller pig before peeling off and turning as though he was heading back to Wal's pig. But the young bloke's dog had spotted the third of the trio spearing off down the ridge and its was another fair sort of a boar. It's a useful dog that picks bigger pigs and this dog had done it. Matt grabbed Wal's pig and I ended up down the usual rocky slope in a blackberry with a toey boar held by surge. In about a minute and a half we had three of four pigs sighted and all boars. We all looked at one another as though were champions. It was quick, it was tidy and it was effective. A great little effort with each dog and handler doing what was required. Doesn't always work out like that but when it does, there is a tremendous sense of satisfaction I can tell you. A bit further on we picked up another pig, a sow after Geoffrey jumped on a scent down an eastern slope in the sun. Tash went to and probably caught the pig but we don't know. Either way, it was caught and on the outside of the berries so that was another bonus. Plenty of other wildlife about too, including a clutch of tiny wood ducks we spotted after the parents did the "I'm injured, chase me..." dance. A happy hunt and a happy start to Father's Day... Cassie and Matt with the best of the boars. Steve and the same boar. Matt and Steve with the boar I got in the berries with Matt's dog. Cassie and Matt with Wal's little boar.
  2. Could have been caught, cut and styed for the table before an escape. In past times some landholders would cut a boar and let it free range to be caught or shot later for the table. A barrow (or barra as it's colloquially known) gets big but untainted by the boar smell so makes good pork without adding to the breeding population. It's illegal to let any of them go so impossible to say what's happened here. They can be nightmares to catch too. Big, cunning and nasty.
  3. A quick tale of two pigs... I went out laying poison baits for foxes today on contract for a couple of landholders whose lambs are due. All up it's about 9000 acres so I need to kill a lot of foxes to make an impact. I prefer to trap but trapping just doesn't cut it on that scale. Anyway, the boars in this area often move into near the lambing paddocks to position themselves for the easy pickings living or dead lambs offer. I'd been talking to one of the landholders about pigs in general and what different sign indicated. When I met him at the house yesterday he said he'd seen some sign down near the creek beside his main lambing paddock. "Based on what you said, I think it will be a boar on his own." I got most of the baits laid and went for a look myself. There was plenty of sign but the breeze was going the wrong way. I passed the area and swung around into the breeze to give the dogs a better chance and almost instantly Dave and Mary went. It was only a couple of seconds and they were in the thick bottlebrush on a rough little boar. He was nothing special but tough and with the little bit of dancing around He was on the deck. While I was feeling happy with myself I got a text message on the phone from a mate of minewho has a couple of young dogs from my yard. He'd been out the night before and caught a few before his kelpie (a sheepdog) bailed up a big fella. Adam was on his own with a big pig the kelpie was stretched controlling when his 12 month old Jack (out of my Suzie) came screaming out of the dark and smacked onto the pig. Adam told me it was a struggle for the young dog but he held firm and the knife was pushed home. It was a barra (castrated boar) and weighed on the electronic scales came in at 127.2kg liveweight (279lbs). A good boar for the young dog to hold. (The pig bottomed out the farmers scales (pictured) and was transferred onto the electronic scale to get an accurate reading.) This is Jack (brown dog) and Jess (grey) with the kelpie. So two pigs, one small, one big and a long way apart but I like to think I had a hand in both of them. That's what I tell myself anyway...
  4. Thanks for the kind words Penny.
  5. Thanks too for the interest in the book. I appreciate the feedback. https://www.(!64.56:886/pages/The-Makim-Method/756989520991925
  6. As stevemac said, the right dogs can handle big boars. They don't need to be meatheads either. The key is the dog having the will to hang on and the hunter having the will to go in on a boar and grab its back legs to get conrol of it. There are all sorts of dogs used in Oz for the purpose and it is more about the will in the dog then pure size. This boars was a rough animal but caught by one crossbred dog with no injuries. Plenty can do it but you have to get there quickly and go in.
  7. The black mouth curs seems to be going well. I haven't seen them hunt but the reports are good so far. The general hunting populace is a bit baulked by the cost but they appear to be finding and stopping pigs and working rough cattle well.
  8. The Butters blood is effectively gone. We've been working within the existing family but I have three other people who breed based on my breeding but do their own thing with crosses. I trust them absolutely when it comes to judgement of a working dog and we get together once a year to look at what's been going on. (One bloke lives 15 hours from me so that's why it's only once a year.) They try other dogs or variations on mine and occassionally breed so our get together involves a few beers, a few barbecues and a few pig hunts to test things out. I have one of my mates dogs here now, Geoff. He's by a dog produced from an Ian Colley dog over one of my bitches (Gina...Russell x Kelly). That dog went back over Kelly to produce Geoff. He's a big, rough dog of about 12 months. Can find them, will tackle a rough pig without hesitation and let go on command. But he is bloody ignorant, not as easy to fine tune as mine but well worth the experiment.
  9. Now if this breaches forum rules, mods please delete. The book has been rocking along. It's still only in PDF file but I have been sending a few emails overseas with copies thanks to PayPal. It's 13 pounds emailed. If you want to know the details just send me a PM and away we go.
  10. You can't see any pix? Not even the ones on the last page or so? Some if not all pix are missing from the thread prior to my return recently so I will work my way backward and attempt to replace them. But it seemed the most recent ones were intact. Go back a page or two and tell me what you see.
  11. We have wolfhound, English bull, English mastiff, dane and probably more. It's inexact because it's not the breeds that matter so much rather how they express themselves in the dog's performance. If I was starting again from scratch I would use wolfhound, English bully and deerhound. English bully when crossed produces a good nose. Maybe not a pointer nose but a good nose and the will to follow it.
  12. Yep aggression is definitely not wanted. The dogs are like good soldiers. They don't have to be aggressive, just trained, equipped and with a clear understanding of the objective. It's about efficiency and effectiveness not drama. There's enough potential drama dealing with a live boar close up without the dog adding to it.
  13. The other factor is avoiding hunting in the extreme heat. Where I live it can be 40c in the summer and -10c in the winter so it's not all hot, dry work.
  14. Heat tolerance is not a function of hair. It's a function of fitness and genetics so the hairy dogs used here that are bred over time tend to be the ones that handle the heat. If you keep long hair from becoming matted it can act as insulation from direct heat as well. The worst issue here with long haired dogs is matting from grass seeds.
  15. I'd only have one dog that big. Most of mine are around 3o kgs. As for getting them upset...be almost impossible mate. The whole concept of pig dogs is to have them determined but manageable. You can't have dogs in a volatile situation like stopping a pig that get too excited. The standard pig dog in Oz lives with kids, cats, other dogs without an issue. It's one of the things they are slected for in breeding. The vets here love them because they are calm, used to being handled and submit to all sorts of things. The on switch is flicked when dealing with a pig but flicked off again when not.
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