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TIME KEEPING

I have been asked what kind of watches I really like to wear at night for hunting, well here is a few that I do wear. Keeping in mind that they must be reasonably easy to read in total darkness.
 

The watches I like wearing are as follows, these 4 are my personal items, please note that I am showing these as this article fits into my course material on watches, see here PART 2

http://www.africanpredator.com/part2.html    (ALL ABOUT TIMES ETC)

These watches are easy to read at night and light up easily; here they are as pictured on my arm.

As you see they all have LARGE hour markings, easy to see in the dark and they all illuminate. (ALL AUTOMATICS)

The first watch is a Rolex Submariner, more commonly known as one of the worlds best looking watches, it is expensive BUT this watch does not miss more than 3 seconds a year! It is seriously accurate, lights up at night and has a big dial to read easily. Swiss made and scratchproof glass, a real masterpiece. ALL THREE ARE AUTOMATICS.

Then another SWISS made watch, an Eternamatic Super Kontiki, this watch is about 25 years old, BUT don’t miss a beat! Keeps fantastic time and also at night is easy to read. All three watches are shock proof and hardy watches, they won’t easily break.

Then the SEIKO, another automatic, another waterproof, shockproof etc, easy to read. Very strong watch and keeps fantastic time. I love wearing it, all 3 are heavy quality watches. I used to dive and wore this watch, until my ears gave me trouble, then I had to stop diving. For divers many of them wear a Seiko.


THIS IS A REAL WATCH! Man it’s a classic – it doesn’t come lovelier than this!


 

Then finally a REAL favourite of mine, is this LORUS, again waterproof and shock proof etc, this watch is over 10 years old. Is slightly weather-beaten and well used, BUT man it is a serious time keeper and in the dark lights up very well, here are two pictures of it, I love this watch. If you look at photos of jackal hunts of over 10 years ago you will see this watch on my arm, I have used this for many years and its still 100% accurate. The crate around the face protects the face and glass, after all these years the glass still has no scratches at all. The white marks you see are dust particles on TOP of the glass.

Here is a picture of how it shows up at night. After 5 hours in the dark it will still have sufficient illumination left, some watches that illuminate only stay bright for an hour or two.


 

I love this watch!


 

Here is a photo taken in 1999, I am wearing this watch, it is a long lasting classic. Over 10 years old and going strong! I bought it in 1996.

Here is another photo of myself and the watch, and a BIG RUSSIAN FERAL WILD BOAR, called in Western Cape.

Sorry for the bad quality of this photo, but I took this on an old camera back in 2001.

These pigs are big, that’s no lie, you can hear them coming through the forest over dead leaves, its exciting stuff! Just be elevated!!!! As you can see here I am exhausted, tired, rounded hung shoulders and slit eyes. It’s an all night hunt.


This was in 1999, basically wear this watch a lot! Was a a Varmint shooting weekend here with the Thompson Contender in 223 - taken in Sutherland.

Here is an extract from that TIME section of my 10 part course.

The hunting of predators is different in many ways, especially with regard to the different times predators take to respond to a call, and the routes they travel.

The jackal will respond in different ways and in different times to your call, depending on the time of the year. For instance, in the breeding season, May to July, the jackal will answer very promptly to a ‘challenge call’. He will come in even faster and be VERY aggressive (as long as he has not spotted you). Less than 10 minutes will transpire. However, in a ‘social’ time, January to April, the time the jackal takes to respond should be around 30 minutes or less. (Though this obviously depends on how close or distant the predator is from you when you start calling.)

Speaking generally a jackal will take less than 30 minutes to appear. It also depends on the particular area. Here is an example: I was asked to go to a new venue in the small Karoo. It was December and I could hear many jackals barking. I called for 30 minutes and got nothing, only a few very very distant eyes. I decided to wait 5 minutes and call again, as I knew they were around. It was half-moon with clear skies - not very good conditions! I was convinced they had seen us. We sat 10 minutes and I tried again; this time combining a puppy sound with an aggressive-sounding jackal bark. After 7 minutes I called in a bitch and shot her at 40 yards. So, it pay’s to wait and try again. Sometimes changing a strategy works. Time management is important.  So make it a rule ALWAYS to call for at least 35 minutes, or wait and call again, like I did.

Remember at night when using a live jackal sound, after you get responses always drop the volume of the sound you are making, otherwise if the jackal comes in close and your unit is on full volume, it will not seem natural and may ‘spook’ the jackal.

Then there are cats – elusive by nature and needing plenty of time to come in. To be a dedicated cat hunter requires great patience; after all, cats are on their own ‘mission.’ Cats travel far to get to a call, and they take their time about it, so it is important ALWAYS to stay at a stand longer than you would for a jackal. Cats can hear better than a jackal, and will therefore come from further to get to you. Cats are very unpredictable, as many predators are, so after calling for 50 minutes and having no luck, you could wait for 10 minutes and start again with a different sound, and give it some more time. Almost all the cats I have called and shot have been AFTER 45 minutes (and, strangely enough, in conditions where a very light breeze was blowing).

I called in a camp one night in the pitch dark; after 45 minutes a cat appeared on a ridge about 80 yards away. He would not come any closer, and after another 20 minutes calling he just sat still. Quietly we climbed from the truck and walked closer to the ridge, and at about 50 yards out we put on a powerful white light; the cat lay dead-still under a bush, but a few seconds later he was even more dead!.

Remember to identify predators with great care; cats come in slowly and low to the ground, tend to stand still for long periods and just look, have big eyes and blink slowly. The nice thing about calling in jackal and cat country is you can call both predators at the same time by using a ‘food’ sounding call.

Please note that when I refer to cats I am talking about feral cats, Groukatte and Rooikat/ lynx. I am not referring to bigger cats; I have no experience with them.

If you intend to hunt a farm or two or more farms with dedication, keep a register of events. After a year you will see a story developing, and the records will tell you what sound the predators like, the time to approach, etc. I keep records of every hunt and learn a great deal from these records.

                   Always use a good watch to keep your time monitored. If you use a Foxpro FX5 or Scorpion or Foxpro FURY they have built in clocks in the remote – a handy feature.

See more here

http://www.africanpredator.com/foxprofix.html

Look under FX5 or Scorpion/ FURY for remotes with clocks. The FX3, XR6 and 416B dont have clocks on the remote.


 

 

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