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a rabbit problem looming
May 10th, 2021 at 5:59pm
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For anyone that hasn't seen a number of videos put together by one of the news channels by  Melanie Reid, it's worth a watch, some denied we had a building population, but it appears the penny has now finally dropped. Granted these are just pockets but given that they in or near townships, the options are limited for control. Punch in looming rabbit problem on face book & it should come up, well worth a look.
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Reply #1 - May 10th, 2021 at 6:42pm
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well we need a decent rain here, to begin with,a couple of hours of drizzle followed by a couple of inches of the wet stuff should sort out the first lot of dust....give another couple of inches of wet stuff and that will sort out most of the rabbits too....unfortunately I cant see us getting anywhere near enough rain in near future.
  
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Reply #2 - May 10th, 2021 at 7:38pm
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I remember as a kid going with my parents to visit a farmer relative over in the Wairarapa. I was eight or nine and remember the farm being somewhere alongside Lake Wairarapa.
His wife was home, and said her husband was up the hill with his neighbours doing rabbit control, so we walked the farm track and as we got closer to the lower slopes we could see ten or so men moving down the hill in a spread out line. Each man was beating on a tin and waving arms, and in front of them the hillside seemed to be moving ...... undulating - it was weird, didn't make any sense, but we could all see it.
We watched the men continue down the hill, then realised they were herding thousands of rabbits into a fenced area, two men at the rear closing the entrance to a large chicken wire enclosure.

Once all was closed, the men set about with clubs - and we moved away, it was a bit rough for us 'townies' .......... but that was around 1954 or 5.

And if I hadn't seen it - I'm not entirely sure I'd have believed it.

Edit -  looked online to see if I could find any mention of the above happening, and where and when.
And - I couldn't find any mention, but I did see what I did - and have a memory those men (farmers) went from farm to farm to deal with what was obviously a problem.
  
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Reply #3 - May 10th, 2021 at 8:31pm
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sorry, it's on Facebook, search rabbit problem looming.
  
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Reply #4 - May 11th, 2021 at 7:42am
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I remember we used dogs to "herd" them into fishing nets we had set up across the ground in Central Otago '72-'73.
  
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Reply #5 - May 11th, 2021 at 8:45pm
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persisting down with rain tonight so hopefully the little blighters will get wet burrows.... if nothing else it will help keep the grass growing.
  
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Reply #6 - May 15th, 2021 at 3:55pm
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Reply #7 - May 15th, 2021 at 6:09pm
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headcase wrote on May 15th, 2021 at 3:55pm:

I wonder what we've learned about all this - have we chucked out the last generation's knowledge (like we have in a lot of cases) for something better .............. because I see the same mistakes being made in this country time and time again.

I see it right across the board.

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In 1930, Rabbit Boards were set up with the stated view of reducing the rabbit population. People on unemployment were employed up and down the country to rid areas of rabbits and hares.
In 1955 the Rabbit Act was amended to allow the six South Canterbury Rabbit Boards to control wallabies.

In 1989, the administration of rabbit control was completely restructured. The Rabbit Boards were disbanded and Regional Councils took over the job.
Regional Councils then proceeded to publish some nice glossy booklets telling you what a rabbit is (with photos), and will offer advice to landowners on how to control them ...........

So - your Regional Council is now 'the wanker in charge' ......... of rabbits ........ and leaky sewage pipework  Smiley

  
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SF91 wrote on May 15th, 2021 at 8:01pm:
In 1930, Rabbit Boards were set up with the stated view of reducing the rabbit population. People on unemployment were employed up and down the country to rid areas of rabbits and hares.
In 1955 the Rabbit Act was amended to allow the six South Canterbury Rabbit Boards to control wallabies.

In 1989, the administration of rabbit control was completely restructured. The Rabbit Boards were disbanded and Regional Councils took over the job.
Regional Councils then proceeded to publish some nice glossy booklets telling you what a rabbit is (with photos), and will offer advice to landowners on how to control them ...........

So - your Regional Council is now 'the wanker in charge' ......... of rabbits ........ and leaky sewage pipework  Smiley


Shot al hare tonight while duck shooting, it broke left, up and downed him with an instinct shot. Not to much thought.
Am a bit sad now, we saw that hare everytime we went out there.
Got seven ducks in a couple of hours, which is two more than 12 hours on opening day.
  
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Reply #10 - May 17th, 2021 at 5:28pm
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Harry hare never worried me. Some farmers hate them esp when new trees are invoved. Dont breed like the rabbit. Sounds like a trip to Tekapo is in order. 😀
  
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Reply #11 - May 18th, 2021 at 6:33pm
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Might be too. Seriously thinking about a Forum weekend.
  

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I'd be keen to help out lowering the numbers. Pretty hard getting access in the Mackenzie though. Cry Owners may be changing their view if numbers are getting out of control.
  

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Reply #13 - May 18th, 2021 at 7:03pm
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Rumpy wrote on May 18th, 2021 at 6:51pm:
I'd be keen to help out lowering the numbers. Pretty hard getting access in the Mackenzie though. Cry Owners may be changing their view if numbers are getting out of control.


I should say that unless your willing to work for it numbers are well under control on the easy stuff. Its tight gullies up the hill a bit, and the tops where the action can be found.  Smiley
  

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Reply #14 - May 18th, 2021 at 10:12pm
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Good to know HC. Does twizel doc do small game permits? Have had a few from Geraldine office but there's bugger all rabbits around in the area. Should add that I'm not looking for a job, just recreational.
  

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