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Feb 10th, 2010 at 8:14pm
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Well millions of rabbits to shoot/kill but grass is to long to do much control.

I'm guessing everyone is having the same problem in Canterbury. One good thing is the long/damp grass will be killing 25-50% of the young new born rabbits. An old time rabbiter said that long grass is the biggest natural killer young rabbits can have.

So i'm guessing it wont get any better for shooting until Winter, unless a block/paddock is stocked for a long time.
  

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Reply #1 - Feb 10th, 2010 at 8:30pm
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Whats it going to be like next spring if the buggers haven't been shot at this summer?  May force Ecans hand to get another RCD strain in..

Rumour has it from a few involved last time that there are people trying to source it now from Australia.

Been told that there is 10 strains, We have 1, Austalia has 2 and there are 8 others in Europe.  Each strain has an effective life of 10 years or so with a rotation of the virus the rabbits will never get truely immune.
  
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Reply #2 - Feb 10th, 2010 at 8:32pm
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Well, I know most of my ideas are a 'little' bit impractical, but this just sprung to mind - if you mowed a lane right through the middle of one of the paddocks, would the bunnies gravitate into it like how they do with fence lines?

Sorta a furry version of Moses parting the red sea?
  

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Reply #3 - Feb 10th, 2010 at 9:04pm
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Mork wrote on Feb 10th, 2010 at 8:30pm:
Whats it going to be like next spring if the buggers haven't been shot at this summer?  May force Ecans hand to get another RCD strain in..

Rumour has it from a few involved last time that there are people trying to source it now from Australia.

Been told that there is 10 strains, We have 1, Austalia has 2 and there are 8 others in Europe.  Each strain has an effective life of 10 years or so with a rotation of the virus the rabbits will never get truely immune.


Well if 25% of the littlies die, it shouldnt be toooo bad. As its probably easier to get those 25% from nightshooting even with the long grass.

Yep read in the Christchurch Press there are more strains out there and ECan is looking at bringing some in.
  

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Reply #4 - Feb 10th, 2010 at 9:06pm
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Monsterbishi wrote on Feb 10th, 2010 at 8:32pm:
Well, I know most of my ideas are a 'little' bit impractical, but this just sprung to mind - if you mowed a lane right through the middle of one of the paddocks, would the bunnies gravitate into it like how they do with fence lines?

Sorta a furry version of Moses parting the red sea?


They probably would, but on the hill its near impossible to mow unless you have a mulcher. I should ask to borrow the tractor/mulcher and test out your theory. But im guessing from what I've seen it would actually work!! But then then you would need to poison them as a 3 metre wide strip would be hard to shoot them, as they would quickly jump into the long grass.
  

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Reply #5 - Feb 10th, 2010 at 9:07pm
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I just head to the tops of the hills where the grass is shorter.  Thats generally were the warrens are anyway.
  

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Reply #6 - Feb 11th, 2010 at 2:25pm
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Forget the rabbits, the long grass has been killing me. Even with my daily dose of flixonaise the hayever kills me in it.
  
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Reply #7 - Feb 11th, 2010 at 6:48pm
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Spoke to a client today, wants me to come in and kills some bunnies/turkeys.

Even though proberly wont see anythign will head along.

If anyone wants a Turkey let me know... I will even pluck it/freeze it for the right price.
  

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Reply #8 - Feb 11th, 2010 at 8:59pm
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The long grass has been a problem right from the start of spring. I used to go out every weekend but have only been going out about every 2nd to 3rd weekend now. The property owner commented to me that I hadnt been coming out on a weekly basis and they thought I had lost interest, but I had to tell them that it was due to the long grass and that there destocking of animals had a bit to do with it Wink Wink
  

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Reply #9 - Feb 11th, 2010 at 10:10pm
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Watched something on the tv tonight it looks dry as down there?Are I wrong?
  
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Reply #10 - Feb 11th, 2010 at 10:18pm
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I shot on 2 properties on the weekend - 1 in Greta Valley & 1 in Scargill.
The Greta Valley was o.k on the hills but it was still pretty long but the flat property in Scargill was impossible to see any animals...the grass was up to the top of the tyres on the truck Shocked
  
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Reply #11 - Feb 11th, 2010 at 10:24pm
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Monsterbishi wrote on Feb 10th, 2010 at 8:32pm:
Well, I know most of my ideas are a 'little' bit impractical, but this just sprung to mind - if you mowed a lane right through the middle of one of the paddocks, would the bunnies gravitate into it like how they do with fence lines?

Sorta a furry version of Moses parting the red sea?


That's one of your better <evil> ideas youve had!  well better than jihad bunny anyway!

Not sure if we can convince the boss to let us stake out that little black one I didnt get a shot at last time...  he's quick... perhaps I can borrow a couple of tractors, we can camp out in the buckets  Grin Grin Grin  12 hrs for one black bunny, splattered with a centrefire anyway  Shocked

  

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Reply #12 - Feb 12th, 2010 at 10:50am
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7mm 08 Gravy wrote on Feb 11th, 2010 at 10:18pm:
I shot on 2 properties on the weekend - 1 in Greta Valley & 1 in Scargill.
The Greta Valley was o.k on the hills but it was still pretty long but the flat property in Scargill was impossible to see any animals...the grass was up to the top of the tyres on the truck Shocked


Whose properties are you sneaking into on my turf 7mm haha. Quite a few mates looking for shooters round here once grass gets sorted so will keep you all posted. Have a few to shoot already myself so if they look alright might even give up my own one if cousin isnt keen
  
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Reply #13 - Feb 12th, 2010 at 5:38pm
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gaudybrute wrote on Feb 12th, 2010 at 10:50am:
7mm 08 Gravy wrote on Feb 11th, 2010 at 10:18pm:
I shot on 2 properties on the weekend - 1 in Greta Valley & 1 in Scargill.
The Greta Valley was o.k on the hills but it was still pretty long but the flat property in Scargill was impossible to see any animals...the grass was up to the top of the tyres on the truck Shocked


Whose properties are you sneaking into on my turf 7mm haha. Quite a few mates looking for shooters round here once grass gets sorted so will keep you all posted. Have a few to shoot already myself so if they look alright might even give up my own one if cousin isnt keen


My relations farm Devaar North of Greta & Andy & Nicki F's place in Scargill.

Devaar is having professional shooters next month to clear the area as it's getting planted in forestry - so it was my last shoot there for a few months Embarrassed
  
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Reply #14 - Feb 12th, 2010 at 5:50pm
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gaudybrute wrote on Feb 12th, 2010 at 10:50am:
[ Quite a few mates looking for shooters round here once grass gets sorted so will keep you all posted. Have a few to shoot already myself so if they look alright might even give up my own one if cousin isnt keen


Good on ya gaudybrute1 Smiley
  
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