Victoria, feral cats

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Re: Victoria, feral cats

Post by Daddybang » 05 Aug 2017, 7:45 am

juststarting wrote:My oldest been learning about foxes in school and on a road trip, I was explaining to him what a feral cat is, how it's more or less the same as a fox, what he learned in school...

Driving through Philip Island caravan park, cat walks across the road. I try to accelerate, wifey tells me off (being in a caravan park and all), the cat runs off...

From the back I hear, with the same excited voice, that I get when I go shooting - "did you bring your gun daddy?"

f***ing proud father moment right there.



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Re: Victoria, feral cats

Post by Oldbloke » 05 Aug 2017, 8:55 pm

Daddybang wrote:
Oldbloke wrote:Went to the local SF the other day. Had a walk and a bit of a whistle for foxes but nothing showed.
But on two separate locations about Km apart I could smell cats pee. This often happens but I never see the buggers and they won't come into the whistle. I look up trees too but don't see them. What's the secret?


I've always gone after cats at night. They seem to be easier to find. :drinks:


Yeah, but I'm not in to spot lighting.
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Re: Victoria, feral cats

Post by Daddybang » 05 Aug 2017, 10:34 pm

Oldbloke wrote:
Daddybang wrote:
Oldbloke wrote:Went to the local SF the other day. Had a walk and a bit of a whistle for foxes but nothing showed.
But on two separate locations about Km apart I could smell cats pee. This often happens but I never see the buggers and they won't come into the whistle. I look up trees too but don't see them. What's the secret?


I've always gone after cats at night. They seem to be easier to find. :drinks:


Yeah, but I'm not in to spot lighting.



Could always try a tin of tuna/whiskas in the area ya smelling them in but they can be sly buggers. :drinks:
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Re: Victoria, feral cats

Post by Oldbloke » 06 Aug 2017, 10:58 am

"Could always try a tin of tuna/whiskas in the area ya smelling them in but they can be sly buggers."

I'm afraid not very practical as the SF is about a 45 minute drive away. And the other is over an hour. I usually go for a few hours so guess I could leave a bait when I arrive and return later once I find a spot.
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Re: Victoria, feral cats

Post by happyhunter » 06 Aug 2017, 5:04 pm

Feral cats are almost no challenge. You can be upwind and get scented and they don't bolt. Half the time they just look at you waiting to be shot or walk slowly away. They are a sight and sound based hunter and usually pretty confident and curious, usually their downfall unless some one else has had a crack at moggy and missed giving the bugger an education.
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Re: Victoria, feral cats

Post by RoginaJack » 17 Nov 2018, 5:02 pm

Well, "HappyHunter", meet "unhappy Trapper"!

I've got a feral cat that's got Champagne tastes. It just won't go into the trap but just sits at the front and watches. I've put out a tin of teases - chopped up snags, mince and Salmon to get it used to feeding at the trap entrance etc but no, wont go in. Gourmet Tom, will pick out the Salmon tail and leave it to one side but eat the snags and mince, then pick up the empty tin, drink the water from the bowl and wander off. With the ants around here, I put the food tin into a bowl of water.
Any suggestions? :huh:
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Re: Victoria, feral cats

Post by PoorShot300 » 17 Nov 2018, 9:01 pm

dbl post. :evil:
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Re: Victoria, feral cats

Post by PoorShot300 » 17 Nov 2018, 9:01 pm

Maybe,.. make the placement of the bait into the cage progressive. I'd just move the receptacle 1/2 diameter at a time, allow 3-4 times before next move...rather than just outside/inside...

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Re: Victoria, feral cats

Post by Stix » 17 Nov 2018, 11:22 pm

Its probably the smell of the trap mate... :thumbsup:

A stretch i know, but if possible, clean the trap, shoot another cat & wipe the trap down with the dead cat using its glands around mouth/side of face & its rear end...

If not, try a cat attractant like they use on toy mice etc on a toy mouse or bird hanging from the inside on the trap latch.

Use a trail cam to find what its schedule is & just be there early to shoot the fukr...!! :clap:
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Re: Victoria, feral cats

Post by Bigjobss » 18 Nov 2018, 2:55 pm

I killed one a couple days ago in the ANP whilst stalking into a gully I almost stood on the bloody thing and it ran about 10m onto a log and looked back at me long enough to ensure it was its final mistake.
And yes I know you are only meant to shoot deer up there...I shot a dog too on the trip so have at it.
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Re: Victoria, feral cats

Post by Stix » 18 Nov 2018, 6:07 pm

Bigjobss wrote:I killed one a couple days ago in the ANP whilst stalking into a gully I almost stood on the bloody thing and it ran about 10m onto a log and looked back at me long enough to ensure it was its final mistake.
And yes I know you are only meant to shoot deer up there...I shot a dog too on the trip so have at it.


You cant tell a yarn like that & not show pics...sheesh...!!! :unknown:

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Re: Victoria, feral cats

Post by Bigjobss » 18 Nov 2018, 7:05 pm

Stix wrote:
Bigjobss wrote:I killed one a couple days ago in the ANP whilst stalking into a gully I almost stood on the bloody thing and it ran about 10m onto a log and looked back at me long enough to ensure it was its final mistake.
And yes I know you are only meant to shoot deer up there...I shot a dog too on the trip so have at it.


You cant tell a yarn like that & not show pics...sheesh...!!! :unknown:

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Sorry mate no pics never even thought of it and the cat wasnt overly photogenic copping a 300wm at 15m. Come to think of it I've only taken one deer photo this year too because it was my first fallow but the rest were small does so I let the freezer do the talking :drinks:
The cat was normal sized and pitch black, had a small grey kitten with it which is probably why it stopped, the kitten was at my feet hissing when I shot its mum, strange experience.
The dog was pretty big orange with white tinges, sorta dingo looking shot at the edge of this swamp...I was perched up high in cover and watched it come in following my tracks from the morming, also stranged experience watching it sniffing the ground I had walked tracking me down
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Re: Victoria, feral cats

Post by Stix » 19 Nov 2018, 6:20 am

Nice one bigjobss... :thumbsup:

Hey what is "ANP"...?
I assume its a park...?
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Re: Victoria, feral cats

Post by Bigjobss » 19 Nov 2018, 7:41 am

Yep Alpine National Park
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Re: Victoria, feral cats

Post by RoginaJack » 20 Nov 2018, 3:24 pm

Put the trap out last night with fresh rump steak and a scented lure too. Got Mr. Tom Cat really interested. Actually went up and just in the trap entrance.......

Had the camera on another path, shows it's a pussy highway out there! I thought I was only dealing with one but 4 showed up. More pussys in the yard than at Kings Cross!
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Re: Victoria, feral cats

Post by Bent Arrow » 20 Nov 2018, 10:04 pm

My wife's cat goes mental for goat meat. Try a bit of that if you've got some
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Re: Victoria, feral cats

Post by Stix » 20 Nov 2018, 10:07 pm

Wish you were closer RJ...id come over n get em tonight...
Ive got enough space in my pickle bucket for another couple of cat skins :D
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Re: Victoria, feral cats

Post by RoginaJack » 13 Dec 2018, 9:26 am

Yep, still at it and Mr F. Cat is now starting to go into trap but only just and had to get a bigger trap. This sounds a bit like Jaws 'cause this cat is huge.

In the last fortnight I've had another 3 ferals show up on camera. The cats must have a roster system with each working different shifts 'cause there are no chance meetings or fights.
Stix, you might need a bigger pickle bucket too.
Watch this space. :violin:
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