This time on Air Arms TV we travel to
the Adelaide area to hunt in the Winterberg mountains. We will be joining up
with Rudy from Winterberg taxidermy, to help us with a major pest
problem they’ve been having in the area. Tonight we were in the Adelaide area
focusing in on spring hares. The farmer has asked us to come out and do some
pest control. He’s having a real problem with these critters, they’re
digging up holes all over the place where his livestock frequent and as a
result some of the sheep and goats have broken legs. So there’s some cloud cover
that’s come over it’s absolutely no moon so they’re going to be in the pitch
black, the winds come up a bit but that will actually help us if we can work the
wind to our favour. So let’s get out there and do some
hunting. The spring hare resembles a small kangaroo and can leap up to two
metres in a single bound. These animals are mostly nocturnal and
they live in underground tunnels during the day. Tonight we are using our Nite Site gear to make
our way through the dark. There’s just so many critters out here I know that Rudy
and I are gonna find something soon. Okay just to look a little bit right there… There… Can you see it? That’s pretty cool let’s go check them
out. That’s great look at that, a perfect spring hare, that’s fantastic. First
one of the evening that is super cool. So the night’s still young let’s get out
there get us some more spring hare. Man these holes are everywhere no wonder
the farmers having such a problem. We’re gonna have to really watch our every
step. Now you can see this is one of the holes at the spring hare dig you know
you could see how cattle, sheep, goats how they could quite easily step in here and
break a leg like we’ve seen many times before, so this is why the farmer wants us to help him out and like I said many times, could said many times it’s a lot of fun but at the same
time we’ve got a job to do so let’s keep going. There he is there! Right by that anthill. Okay areas okay I’m gonna try and take him off the shoulder. Just try and keep the light on him Okay, okay there he is. Off the shoulder, yes! Straight down man
that’s really cool. That’s two down and still a lot of evening
left. Oh that’s it that’s a great shot then,
look at that. Ah that’s perfect! This is
fantastic man, I can see why the farmer wants us to take care of this problem.
They’re all over here. Shot him exactly where I wanted. Right
there, a headshot that’s what you want. Straight down so that’s great! Let’s keep moving on and see if we can get a couple more on the way.
I just love being out here on the night even though it’s dark you still get to
see so much game and it’s incredible how close we can get up to the animals using
our Nite Site. okay just keep the lights on I’m ready just got t find them just tell me
when my beams close to yours okay, okay there he is. Hang on I’ve just got to steady. It’s a scrub hare. There, do you see him? Ready? Come come okay right all right
just to stay on them okay get ready get ready. That is awesome man, that is so cool. Scrub hare, spring hare, right there
together. I can’t believe how much wildlife there is all over this field,
unbelievable let’s go check him out. Man, how cool is that?
That is awesome! That my friends, there’s a nice fat scrub hare or Cape here as they call it and look at that just after I’ve taken the spring hare.
Man, that is very cool. let’s have a look! Now, let’s have a look at the difference, First, let’s have a look at the feet let’s just put this Air Arms down over here.
Okay, well first we’re gonna look at the Cape hare. As you can see the Cape hare has very soft feet, it’s not an animal that burrows, it’s an animal that just finds
scrubs, bushes and hides under. Where here, you can see the spring hare, it’s got
sharp toenails and as I said earlier the spring hare is part of the rodent family
it’s actually not part of the hare family. And now the tail, as you can see a
long extended tail on the spring hare and that’s a mainly for balance and as
you as you’ve seen in the footage they stand upright more like a kangaroo and
they hop around and that the tail gives them a good amount of balance and then
if you look at the Cape hare, just a small fluffy tail more distraction for
predators than anything else. While the night is still young we’ve got a
a couple of spring hares already down, a scrub hare ready for the pot, let’s keep on
going. This Air Arms s510 TC is a great rifle
for this kind of hunting. The twin cylinders give me the opportunity to stay a lot longer before having to refill. See this is the exact reason why the
farmer wants us to take these spring hare’s out. He’s got his whole herd of goats here
and yeah he’s lost a couple already, to broken legs and that’s causing a big
problem for him, so yeah we’ve got an important job. Although it’s a lot of fun
we’ve got an important job to do tonight. So that’s let’s keep going.
Now that I’ve seen the livestock I’m more motivated than ever before,
let’s get out there and get another one of these animals down. Hey hey hey he’s
going left I think he’s seen us. Come come come come
he’s stopped. He’s stopped. You know, you’re running along this ground here,
you can’t see anything in front of you. So you are just are hoping you’re not gonna run into a tree or a sand mound or a bush or something like that.
This is a lot a lot of fun let’s go check him out. Lovely, right on top of the head exactly what we were looking for. Let’s keep going. It’s getting really late now but the
hunting’s been so good tonight that I have to at least try for one more There’s a tree, let’s get set up on a
tree. What can I say? I already said that they’re all over this field and I was a massive problem and
this livestock all around yeah – and yeah it is true there is spring hare
scrub hare. Another one down let’s go check them out. Sure that was close you can see his hole
over here it’s just about to get into his hole so job done just before you got
away that’s brilliant. Well I think that’s a night, it’s about 12
o’clock in the evening and I think it’s time to get to sleep but what a great
night we’ve 5 spring hare’s and 1 scrub hare so I think that’s a job well done.
The farmer is gonna be happy and another great shot. Guys thanks for watching, we’ll see
you next time on Air Arms TV.