This is a photo of the shot I took of Mr Fox and missed. Shot too high....
This is the view I had of my target. Had to shoot under the tree/shrub from about 16 meters away.
Had a shot at Mr Fox last night. Big boy he was! I shot from about 16m away, my horizontal aim perfect, vertical aim, too high by 7cm… I lodged the arrow in the shed where it could have been pinned… My target arrow went through the shed and into my work bench where the head is still stuck.
There are definitely 2 foxes, as the one I shot at was big and bold, very long in the body and tail not overly bushy. I’m calling this one Mr Fox and he has to go. I have seen Mr Fox during the day a few times now, he has been the one getting the chickens during the day and the one who bit through the chicken tractor to get the ones in there. Mr Fox is responsible for the death of The General and for this, he is sentenced to death.
The second one I tracked last night and which has also been regularly visiting, was small, elegant, large bushy tail and wispy face. It has more of a white/grey sheen to it and is much more wary than Mr Fox, but is brave enough to watch TV with us. The second one I’m calling Moonlight, as it is the one I saw by moonlight a few weeks back and was mesmerized by. Moonlight… hard to say if I want to take this one out… it is such a beautiful looking creature…
Our first honey rob, I mean, honey harvest today! I suited up (proper suit this time not dodgy suit) and got the smoker fired up. On my way to collect leaves and bark for the smoker, I saw something moving along the tree line. “Damn bloody fox is game” I thought, but on closer inspection it was not Mr Fox, it was Blinky Bill! A koala was going for a stroll along the fence line and climbed a tree for a sleep! Pretty amazing I must say. I called the family out and they loved seeing their first koala on the property. Kobe-Li’s comment summed it all up, “This place is really special Ba!” Yes it is Kobe-Li, yes it is.
Back to the honey, I only got out 2 frames from the super and modified the frames to slowly convert the hive into Warre hives, basically a topbar hive in a box: http://warre.biobees.com/index.html
. They will be a little easier to maintain and I will do the crush and strain method of extracting honey. From the 2 frames we got 2.6kgs of beautiful amber honey. Amazingly sweet and finger lickin good! Interestingly, the honey from this hive was made mainly from the Bacchus Marsh pollen (that’s where I got the hive from a few weeks ago), and while I had my gear on I inspected my original hive which has spent close to a year here so the honey is from this area. The taste difference was very very significant! I much fuller taste with a stunning after taste! Can’t wait to do a proper harvest of our original hive.
So Mr Fox and I are starting up a bit of a relationship, one that is not really working out that well. Work is finishing up soon, so I will be able to really concentrate on hunting him down. My new toy came the other day and lets just say that at 15 meters he is a gonna, at 25 meters he will go quickly, at 50 meters, if I get in 3 shots, then he is bye-bye. I will keep practicing with my compound bow and hopefully at 50 meters, I will be able to pin him. Time will tell, ut until then, all the chooks will be kept inside until I can start working outside full time again.
This post is dedicated to The General – R.I.P