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    Goats last laugh

    Green overalls proved a good choice today, sliding down a slope in lush green grass (on my back) provided entry into a gully system undetected.

    Previous trips had cleaned the Goats completely from this farm and i was surprised to hear of a "survivor"

    Typically the wily few grazed within view of the owner and bolted at the slightest new sound, and this one was no exception, as this was probably my fourth attempt to get him i learned that magpies, plovers, parries and farm animals all provided an adequate warning system.

    Sidling into a cooler scrub filled gully


    i found a small patch of wild strawberries and tried to to rekindle the memory

    To say they lacked would be an understatement, they were as sour as battery acid and stole moisture like a mouthful of dry weetbix



    Sitting in position to glass the whole valley i was not surprised to see it empty, magpies earlier had told anything that would listen about the green intruder.

    Having nowhere else to really be, settling in for the long haul seemed a reasonable choice, laying back in the grass i shut my eyes, farm flies aside it was quite relaxing

    Everywhere around me were grasshoppers of all types, two even having a hopathon on my rifle and stayed on it for probably 10 minutes



    An hour passed before i spotted my target, high above a bluff system on a steep grassy slope he munched. On hands and knees i moved 50yrds to get a better shooting position and disturbed a small frog



    And near the cover of some scrub a lil covey of new Quail



    The last few yards in the open grass were easy as its great cover

    236yrds easy for the 223, i waited for him to lift his head, dog tucker to be

    At the suppressed shot he dropped and slid out of sight, job tidy.

    Standing where he last stood i had to smile, at the headshot he slid down the steep slope and dropped off into an impenetrable cliff/ gorge system and was gone



    All that and i had no dog tucker, Goat had the last laugh.
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    You seem to be at one with nature, its simply comes and hops into your hand

    I always thought those were wild raspberries?

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    Nice story and nice photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibo View Post
    You seem to be at one with nature, its simply comes and hops into your hand

    I always thought those were wild raspberries?
    Im not actually sure what they are, i just had a memory of them tasting yum as, but they don't
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    Very nice writing style.

    Thanks

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    Yeah nah those wild strawberries are terrible.I like wineberries/dewberries when I find 'em.

    Superb photos,thanks for sharing!

    Goat shooting is a great sport and you never know what will happen next.

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    Nice detail, thanks for sharing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockland View Post
    Goat shooting is a great sport and you never know what will happen next.
    So true, almost needs it's own thread. Goats do the weirdest things.

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    those wildlife photos are bloody magnificent-love the crickets and the wee quail-mate you are something special.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibo View Post
    I always thought those were wild raspberries?
    Doh! Look at the leaves.
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    What more do we need? If we are above ground and breathing the rest is up to us!
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    7mmsaum I would have had a great time. I would have eaten the grasshoppers and the wild strawberries. Been eating the wild strawberries since I was a kid. Yes they are not that great but they are food.
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    What more do we need? If we are above ground and breathing the rest is up to us!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rushy View Post
    7mmsaum I would have had a great time. I would have eaten the grasshoppers and the wild strawberries. Been eating the wild strawberries since I was a kid. Yes they are not that great but they are food.

    Are the wild strawberries a native plant ?
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    Iv found them around Otago wear the old miners worked if they are in the sun good eating

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    I've got wild strawberries growing at home in my garden. They are small fruit, but very nice.

    I never get enough for a real desert, but they are nice to just pick off the plant and eat.

 

 

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