NSW declares war on ferals

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 05, 2006 at 17:28
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The New South Wales Government has declared its intention to open four state forests for the hunting of feral animals.

The Game Council of New South Wales has nominated forests in the north-east, the central-west, Tumut and south-west of Tamworth for a two-day trial next month.

In the first week of February, hunters armed with rifles, or bows and arrows, will used dogs to track feral animals in each state forest.

The trial will assess mapping, booking systems and the impact on feral species.

If the assessment is positive, the game plan is for hunters to be allowed licensed access to 38 state forests and one piece of public land area.

The Government has already advertised the proposed declaration of the four forests as open to hunters for five years.
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Reply By: gramps - Thursday, Jan 05, 2006 at 18:49

Thursday, Jan 05, 2006 at 18:49
Finally!!! It's about bloody time, they've been dicking around for ages over this. Good luck to those who can get in on this. Better late than never.
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Reply By: Member - David 0- Thursday, Jan 05, 2006 at 19:02

Thursday, Jan 05, 2006 at 19:02
Now they need to work on giving 4wd clubs access so we can clear out the damn weeds
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Thursday, Jan 05, 2006 at 19:14

Thursday, Jan 05, 2006 at 19:14
Why

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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Thursday, Jan 05, 2006 at 19:16

Thursday, Jan 05, 2006 at 19:16
Why what?

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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Thursday, Jan 05, 2006 at 19:17

Thursday, Jan 05, 2006 at 19:17
There are some who may consider their weed crops to be very valuable and are prepared to defend them with vigour, be careful :)
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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Thursday, Jan 05, 2006 at 19:34

Thursday, Jan 05, 2006 at 19:34
Oh yeah...with shotguns and everything :-)
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Reply By: Beddo - Thursday, Jan 05, 2006 at 20:59

Thursday, Jan 05, 2006 at 20:59
This will be interested to see if it works or will it be like the movie "Deliverance" with a bushwalker or so shot. We have a National Park up our way that permit access for weed control, but they find that not too many people are keen on helping remove "Blackberry" by hand !!! OUCH ! Weed control is best done by spraying and there are restrict OH&S issues etc involved then. You have to have a ticket in chemical application !
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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Thursday, Jan 05, 2006 at 21:04

Thursday, Jan 05, 2006 at 21:04
That is all true, but there are 4wd club members suitably qualified and even equiped where I come from. The NP service won't do it, but what is frustrating is they won't let anyone else do it either. If you ever want to see land destroyed by weeds take a look at some of the National Parks in the North of QLD (not far North) it is a disgrace.

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Follow Up By: geocacher (djcache) - Friday, Jan 06, 2006 at 00:47

Friday, Jan 06, 2006 at 00:47
There's also restrictions on how close you can spray to creeks and water catchments.

Where do the blackberries grow? The creeks.

Why do we have them? The renowned botanist - one of early Austrlia's best - Baron Von Mueller wanted the colonists to be able to have jam just like they had at home.

Bl00dy idiot.

Dave
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Follow Up By: Member - bushfix - Friday, Jan 06, 2006 at 12:23

Friday, Jan 06, 2006 at 12:23
pretty effective work done around Dubbo Flats in the Brindies recently. Anyone know how that was done? Poisons? Right alongside the Goodradigbee.
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Reply By: Willem - Thursday, Jan 05, 2006 at 21:45

Thursday, Jan 05, 2006 at 21:45
It all started with the CAT thread........................LOL
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Thursday, Jan 05, 2006 at 22:34

Thursday, Jan 05, 2006 at 22:34
Bro, you aren't feral are you?
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Jan 05, 2006 at 22:45

Thursday, Jan 05, 2006 at 22:45
Sometimes I wonder meself....lol
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Follow Up By: gramps - Friday, Jan 06, 2006 at 00:38

Friday, Jan 06, 2006 at 00:38
I did'nt think we were allowed to even mention that 'c' word anymore :))
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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Friday, Jan 06, 2006 at 09:47

Friday, Jan 06, 2006 at 09:47
John, Willie isn't indiginous so he must be feral. lol
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Jan 06, 2006 at 20:25

Friday, Jan 06, 2006 at 20:25
Uncle Des

Really, if you weren't my Uncle and family and all that I could come over to the Riverland and eat all your donuts lol
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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 20:45

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 20:45
Sorry about the delay but been down to the big smoke.
Way tooo hot to eat donuts at the moment.
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 20:56

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 20:56
Hope you Lexics are having a healthier time than eating donuts anyway. Clouding up here so it may not get as hot as was predicted earlier for tomorrow.
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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 21:02

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 21:02
We have plenty of spare heat here at the moment if you want some.
High 30's to low 40's last week and this week.
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 21:40

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 21:40
I can do without those temperatures thanks. We did invite you down here for a cool(er) change.
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Reply By: Spango - Friday, Jan 06, 2006 at 12:12

Friday, Jan 06, 2006 at 12:12
Had been camping at Pilgramunna, Cape Range National Park WA the week between Xmas and New Years, was walking north of the camping ground fishing with metal lures, went to cross a gap in the rock wall I was following , looked down at my feet and there in a crevice were three feral kittens, now I am not a cruel person by nature but decided to kill them, I know what damage feral cats do to native animals, its a pity that you cant trace them back to their original owners. I mentioned to a CALM Ranger and he said he didnt believe that there were feral cats in the Park, christ we have foxes and goats a plenty, feral cats are surely going to be here.

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Follow Up By: gramps - Friday, Jan 06, 2006 at 13:07

Friday, Jan 06, 2006 at 13:07
That Ranger must get out and about his park a lot :) Spend all his time in the info booth does he?
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Reply By: Member - Bware - Friday, Jan 06, 2006 at 13:06

Friday, Jan 06, 2006 at 13:06
How will they ensure the safety of others using the park?
* By closing them while hunters are using them?
* By closing a certain section of forest?
* By erecting signage? ie 'Beware of stray bullets'
* What if you're already camped in a secluded bush camp and next thing you hear wizzing noises coming over the rise you're camped behind?
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Follow Up By: gramps - Friday, Jan 06, 2006 at 13:16

Friday, Jan 06, 2006 at 13:16
Don't know for certain yet but I'd expect heaps of Public Notices and signage around the Park well before time. Time will tell.

Depends on how they're going to use the dogs as to the likelihood of stray rounds/arrows. The specially licensed hunters expected to be used are very experienced and have been through thorough training and competency testing.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 21:35

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 21:35
They should use hollow tip shoelaces
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Follow Up By: gramps - Tuesday, Jan 10, 2006 at 13:30

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2006 at 13:30
Oh no!!! Not the laces again :))))

p.s. Sorry Truckster, been off popping ferals for a few days. Now I'm at peace with the world - should last a week LOLOL
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