“ROOIKAT EN MURPHY!”
MURPHY’S LAW AND A GOOD EVENING OF NIGHT VISION!
Well this was indeed fun, a good friend and I decided
to get out and test new Night Vision equipment, we had
Lunar Binoculars 5 power, new night vision rifle
scopes, monovisions, and a few other varieties of
expensive stuff to test and see what we will use in
2010, stuff changes so we must keep with the times.
We went to a farm that has given me many cats over the
past years; I have hunted it from 2001. We made a
stand off the road 120m from the point of a crossroad,
and all around us open fields, except for cover and
trees dead ahead.
We never had a rifle as we never planned on hunting,
and just opened the back of the bakkie, and waited for
nightfall and the darkest of skies, it was pitch black
so we begun, and tested all new models and other
exciting models including a new laser device that
extends NV even much further than normal. (This
we now ALWAYS will use).
After about 3 hours of testing what each unit can do,
I said to Daniel, well we need to test it on a bat
eared fox as they are plenty here, and when you call
them they stand for a long time offering a lot of time
to look at live animals and take photos or just
observe with night vision models, they offer you a lot
of time to look and observe and test NV equipment on
so it is a good animal to practise on generally.
So we each picked up a set of NV equipment and stood
at the back of the bakkie, the night was pitch dark,
December 12th -2009) , so at
9.40 I put a new call in my mouth, I had just finished
putting it together last week actually, a new model.
I called catty style with it, an open reeded style,
and both of us scanned with NV, after 20 minutes I
picked up eyes at 120m looking from the tree line
area, then it walked towards us, at about 100m I
turned on the Infra Red Laser and centred the spot on
the animal, I could see the lynx easily, it came
closer and at 21m it stopped dead for the first time,
it turned and looked left and right, and Daniel and I
could not believe that here sits a very prime lynx,
21m from us, and we had no rifle. We had no choice but
to kill it with some very choice words until it got
tired of this rabbit and moved off.
I have called many cats in my time with hand calls,
and this was the first one I called without a rifle,
next time we will have a gun!
Anyway, we will get him next time! But that’s Murphy’s
Interesting again on this hunt, the cat was called in
windy conditions, I have called the majority of my
cats with a wind blowing, and
again proving cats cant smell you, this one had a
breeze blowing in his face for over 120m for over 10
minutes and still he came and looked in our direction.
BUT because you use Night Vision they come real close
and are not troubled by any lights.
Night Vision RULES!!!!
Pussy cat won this round!