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PART 5


“JACKAL & LYNX CONTROL”

In this edition we discuss an important subject, what call to use when, this is very  important as well as echoes, day /night sounds, understanding the moon and what to do when we cannot hunt. We must utilize the days when we cannot hunt and make these unproductive days into productive periods to help us out in other ways.




CALLING AND THE TIMES OF THE YEAR

Predators are erratic and hard to figure out, predators don’t think like we do, they don’t plan for tomorrow or the next few hours, they do whatever their gut tells them to do next, it is this unpredictable behaviour that sets them apart, it is this behaviour that has allowed them to survive all these years.  The key to hunting jackal is to know what call to use when, that’s a vital point often overlooked by hunters, get to know your area and match the times of the year.

 

Remember; NEVER OVERCALL when using jackal sounds, this is important, never overcall. And in breeding season (APRIL MAY JUNE) never play a challenge sound to much, it will scare away year or two old dogs; play it for 10 seconds and NO MORE!!!!

 

THIS section of the course is important; - it will play an important role in your success. G Laubscher

This subject must be addressed in serious detail as it will be your success or failure.  I know a lot of hunters I have spoken to that use the incorrect sound; it is fairly safe to say that one can use a food sound all year as that’s a natural sound that will get interest levels up amongst predators. However if we use our imagination we can use sounds far more appealing to a jackal, a sound that will interest him even more. For instance I use a jackal yapping call. It sounds like a young jackal about 7-8 months old, goes yap yap, yap  yap, makes small “tjank” sounds that are very effective in the time young ones are out and starting to walk around, late Nov/ Dec. This gets interest and it kills. So, to make appropriate sounds at the correct time of the year is important. Even more is don’t use the wrong sounds as you will chase away a jackal- for instance, don’t play a social barking sound when little ones are out as a female will never come in as she will be scared those jackals will injure her pups. So, think like a jackal to catch a jackal.

Use a wounded jackal sound after  you shoot a jackal, put your caller off and use a hand call to make wounded jackal sounds, this makes them go crazy and often they run in to your area.

JACKAL CHART

Here is a simple yearly chart that I work by, some areas may be a slight bit different, so give it a month more on each end of the seasons to be sure if you don’t know your area very well. To begin you can use a standard predator distress caller during the year, you will pull in a predator no doubt about it, but getting more involved with sounds increases results.

 

NOTE; THESE ARE NIGHT SOUNDS ONLY .

 

  MONTH                           PERIOD IN DETAIL                   SOUNDS  USED

 

 JANUARY                       Social period                                Lots of jackals chatting is good

 FEBRUARY                    Social period                                 Lots of jackals chatting is good

 MARCH                           Social period                                 Lots of jackals chatting is good mix with food

 APRIL ( Half month)   Social period                                Lots of jackals chatting is good mix with food

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 MAY                                Mating season                              Challenge call

 JUNE                                Mating season                              Challenge call / mix with female whimper

 JULY                             Mating season                                  Challenge call / mix with female whimper

 AUGUST (Late)    Use a lonely Jackal looking for company as July & August is hard to call Jackals, possibly the hardest time of the entire cycle, so try a lonely dog looking for company.

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SEPTEMBER    Puppy rearing time (puppy’s underground)       FOOD SOUNDS Fawn- Rabbit

OCTOBER        Puppy rearing time (puppy’s underground        FOOD SOUNDS- Fawn-Rabbit

NOVEMBER       Puppy’s up and about time (Puppy’s out)         PUPPY DISTRESS CALLS / FOOD

DECEMBER        Puppy’s up and about time                             PUPPY DISTRESS / FOOD CALLS

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In September also try a jackal sound that they make outside a den, then mix with a male alpha call, it will make the resident Jackal male cross, and he will possible come in to kick that other dogs ass! So try to trick them.

 

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            Luscious Lips

            Scrub Hare Distress

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May is an extremely aggressive period, a male jackal is worked up in May and will protect his area, use a challenge caller, and it’s a killer! This is a yearly advisory chart that you can work to, it will give you a very good idea of times of the year and what call to use. For the cat chart it is far simpler. I have a CD with squeaky sounds on  to use during the year, it works well, but better is a standard fawn crying type sound, remember cats like a lot of busy calling, not dead faded out sounds, it must be awake and really active sounding for better results on cats. I have also found calling on a slight wind has given me good results.  On some farms using a distress caller all year works well so never discount that hand call for both jackal and lynx!

For a better call for cats, buy a Tweety caller or open reeded call and make squeaky sounds, my personally made cat killer is a good call also, see my website on the main page called CAT KILLER.  On an electronic caller like a Foxpro get Luscious Lips and a sound called SCUB HARE, both deadly cat calls.

If you are a Northern Cape resident like me and operate in jurisdictions of Sutherland, Touwsrivier, Laingsburg and Beaufort West I would suggest to you to not use a straight forward rabbit sound, a sound more commonly known as a Jackrabbit. I repeat, rather not use it, rather go for a sound more mouth watering, that of a small animal that’s endangered in these areas, namely the Riverine rabbit. These small rabbits make a very nice tasty and delicious meal to any predator, they know it as well!!!!!!!! So, use a smaller rabbit sounding call, use a cottontail sound.

I have a Riverine rabbit on CD if you want to get it. Costs R195-00. Call me direct for orders. Phone 0824853885. It’s a genuine sound, not a simulated sound. It is also crystal clear with no distortion at all.

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 I hunted in Ladismith on a weekend a year ago, after a successful weekend of calling black backed jackal we decided to get up early and set up, after sitting in the darkness for two hours we started calling 2 hours before it got light. The area we hunted was deserted, so I stopped next to a dust road. After calling for 20 minutes with a CASS CREEK I saw eyes, big ones at 200 yards. After turning down the volume it took the cat another 15 minutes to cover 70 yards. At 130 m he sat on a sandy patch, I could make him out in the scope with the white sand around him, my partner dropped him were he stood- The call I used was a COTTONTAIL on the Cass Creek. Cass Creek electronics are good for the price you pay for them (about R300-00) but sounds tend to be a little scratchy. However they do work, my only problem is you cant put your own sounds on them and they have no genuine jackal sounds. 

In my opinion after years of experience I would say generally mid April and May are a jackals most aggressive periods, going into his area and barking with aggression or a challenge call will really make that dog mighty angry, this is the time he has settled in to a breeding pattern with a new mate or resident dog, and by you doing a challenge call of aggression will really make him angry and chances are good he will come looking for you. Late June, July and August is the worst time to call Jackals.

 

Remember it is important to work out your area and the jackal cycle, some areas and the breeding times are very different to others, the above is just a guideline to areas I have hunted. With regards to a jackals active period in an evening I would say when it’s a quarter to half moon he is more active. Generally speaking they begin moving around an hour before it gets dark to about 10-11 at night. Then again from about 5 in morning to an hour after it gets light, and as I mentioned if it’s misty & overcast in the day and again if it drizzles at night, these are productive times.

 

A good call I use is a woodpecker sound, this is an inviting sound, a sound many lynx have made a mistake by coming into. Rabbit sounds are ok, but fawn is definitely better. Because it is hard to pin point when a lynx has little ones, it makes sense to play a squeaky sound but as I say a standard fawn sound is good, next time at that same farm use a riverine rabbit. I have shot kittens in December, July, August and March at the same farm, so a special time of the year for breeding does not affect these cats much, although books tend to say summer, I have proven they breed anytime. They teach kittens to hunt when older and sheep lose is higher.

 

CALLING SOUNDS DAY AND NIGHT

 

Cazando con reclamo that’s Spanish for hunting with a call. Your Reclamo must be good to outwit that predator, so know when and at what times to use those calls.

 

This is often an aspect overlooked by callers and hunters, many guys don’t know that times of the day or night require different sounds to attract predatory animals. As you are aware we don’t hear Jackals barking and howling in the day, so it’s not a good idea to use a CD with live jackals on during daylight hours or as it gets light. That’s a pretty foolish move that will not get many results, if any at all.  We must match the predator’s moves to outwit him. As it gets light in the day the best sound is a sort of lets call it an across the board type of call, one that’s good to call cats and jackals as well.

 

This call must be set up on your CD or electronic and be in place before it gets light, so when the light is right you push play and let the electronics play the bunny blues or fawn sounds. The other option is blowing a mouth caller but this practise in the day is more difficult as your movements will give you away. To hear a distressed animal can be anytime so this will not direct suspicion and caution a predator’s way. In the day you will be required to sit still, sun behind you and be elevated without a truck, but this we will cover in more detail later on, day hunting brings out the educated animals.

 

It is also quite an interesting topic to discuss as to why a rabbit screams in the way it does, and all predator hunters are very used to the bunny blues being played at night, but do you know why bunnies scream? It’s no stranger to the hunter, using a standard bunny in distress sound. Generally

its thought that a rabbit screams when its caught by a predator because its in pain. NOT SO!!! It s actually a last straw kind of tactic to get away from a predator, also you will have observed that often when you call you might find a rabbit close and he is in no way bothered about that distress sound you make. Well, it’s not a bunny beware predators are around kind of warning they make when screaming it’s actually quite the opposite, it’s a way to call in other predators so that the predator that has just caught a rabbit will find himself face to face with another predator, this is the rabbits whole game plan, now the two predators must tangle to keep the prize, this affords the rabbit to make a getaway. This is why a rabbit screams when caught by a predator; it’s a sort of last attempt for survival.

AN IMPORTANT TIP

Never just call in one direction : When we think of calling and sound, it is important to remember that sound travels and changes its pitches, wave lengths and the surround sound we try project is constantly changing, so when you call with a hand call the sound you hear is not what that predator hears. He hears that sound in a different wave length and pitch, so try to create what modern high tech radios have, namely surround sound. Don’t just blow the call I one direction, turn in circles when you blow at the back of the truck, change direction and blow in a full circle. This will ALSO give the impression that a distressed animal is moving and not sitting still. After all, a distressed animal turns and does not sit still so, make the sound change direction, this will simulate a moving animal. When we call that sound will bounce of mountains etc, so the more we make it a simulated movement the more it will seem more realistic to a predator.

If using a shooting stool, fit a caller to your chair, and speaker also, then as the chair turns so to does that speaker, and then from a distance because of the turning the sounds will change in highs and lows and the predator will think that rabbit is moving around as the sound waves are always changing! Now that’s a clever trick! One I use all the time!

See my site here

http://www.africanpredator.com/electronic.html  scan down and you will see the speaker on my chairs armrest with my mp3 player and small amplifier.

I have a rule, if I promote or use something I show that I do!

GENERAL CALLING SEQUENCE


 

This is a topic often asked by hunters, this sequence is directed at hunting jackal during a social time of the year as we noted before being January to early April. When I begin calling I always first scan before any calling in case a predator is walking around close by. Then I begin with a very soft call, like a coaxer caller also more commonly known as a mouse squeaker. ALWAYS BEGIN SOFTLY IN CASE A PREDATOR IS NEARBY!!! This call I use very softly in the beginning when calling, making a very low pitch squeak with the call, it is a very appetising call and definitely gets a meat eaters attention fast!

This call I blow for about 5-7 minutes, after about 4-5 squeaks I stop, scan with the light going at least twice in a circular motion, never less than once in case I miss eyes on the first scan. After I put out the light I blow again for 4-5 times, wait 15 seconds and do it again. After the 4th series I again light up the area. After 5-7 minutes if I have not observed any eyes I go over to a more hectic call that of a larger rabbit, fawn, or piglet or whatever I have decided to use after the rabbit squeaks.  Remember while calling with your mouth call to blow in different directions, and then from a distance it sounds like that rabbit is moving around.

I start the fawn or rabbit medium pitch so it travels within 400-500 metres, most predator calls get that kind of range at night easily. Remember at night the sound travels much further than what it would in the day, as at night we have no air pollution like the heat etc.  I carry on calling with that pitch for at least 10 – 15 minutes. Thereafter I go to a longer range of 700-800 yards. A good call as TNT or Lohman, Circe, Haydels or Wiley will have no problem in getting that range.

REMEMBER this important tip!!!!!!!!!! We all know a jackal will make his area for breeding as far away from human contact as possible, SO!!! If you are calling at the time of the year when puppies are under the ground like OCTOBER then REMEMBER that if you call long range the dogs will hear that call and they will chances are be far from you, so give them time to get to your location, don’t give up to early! WAIT LONGER!

Finally if I am hunting in jackal country in late April, May, June and I have not got an electronic caller, I will use a South African product made by us called a jackal adult and puppy barker. This caller is good to use in May as I mentioned and all you do is bark aggressively in a jackal’s area. He will become severely aggressive and look for the intruder. Then again in November you can use that barking call again when the puppy is out and about, by barking then and imitating a puppy the mother will approach thinking a little one is in trouble- unlucky her! This is an idea as to how I conduct my hunts, and note these are night hunting routines, day hunting will be very different.

For hunting of the felines remember cats like busy noisy sounds, a cat gets bored very fast! So, for him make busy active sounds, the concept can be carried out in the same way as I described above with the mouse squeaker first and then over to the short and long range call.


My hand made CAT KILLER CALLER.

BUT remember a cat takes his time, he travels far to get to you so where you call for 35 minutes for a jackal call for at least 55 minutes for a cat.  I keep record of EVERY hunt I do, and 99 percent of all the cats I have called came in after 40 minutes. Because of a cats nature being slow to respond we must give him the time to get to us. If I want to change my tactics I will use my CASS CREEK electronic on a very low woodpecker setting and later turn it up. A cat cannot avoid a distressed woodpecker, it is a really juicy sounding call, and also squarely attracts jackals.

As I commented on before, I would say a hunter equipped with a squeaker call, rabbit distress call and a barking call will be sufficiently equipped with correct ammunition for the hunt. I do not want to talk figures, so I will just say that over the years the amount of cats I have called in with a mouse squeaker / coaxer call is proof that it’s a deadly companion to have, and a sure acquisition to get. On a predator calling course I did in 2004 in Sutherland I called 3 cats in 2 nights, and back in Cape Town that week later on a farm in Philadelphia I called in another lynx that the client missed! These cats all were outsmarted by a squeaker. This is yet another reason why I like a Lohman / Circe MVP-4 predator call as it has a squeaker built in, so to does the Haydel’s cottontail caller. I also now use my personally built CAT KILLER game call, seen in above photo at second from bottom.  

UNDERSTANDING THE MOON

This is the one if not the most important topic regarding calling besides a calling LOCATION. I went calling with a caller once on a full moon, he used a black truck and had a large gap between the red lens and the white light he was using, so you know exactly how many predators we killed that night!  This individual mentioned to me he had hunted predators successfully for over 3 years!  The moon is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. This will determine the outcome of your hunt. Jackal are active over a quarter moon condition, but they can see well as can cats, you can hunt a jackal on a quarter moon as long as you don’t move much, have good telescope, stay well camouflaged,  call well,  and don’t call him to close.

A cat will spot you EASILY on a quarter moon, I can honestly say that in all the cats I have called in my time, and that’s quite a sum I don’t think I have if 2 times called a cat on a moon condition, from a tiny slit in the sky showing a moon – this is already to much. They can see very very well. Make no mistake; they are out and about on moon nights as they can hunt and see better. For jackal a quarter moon will offer many hunters with more powerful scopes of 17 power and up more advantages than hunting the jackal on a dark night. But they DO still move around. You may find that if you hunt jackal on a no moon condition they may get really close to you, not like moon hunting. 

All my farms I hunt on are cat and jackal active farms, SO I naturally choose a night that’s will suit both, and if it’s before a rain storm even better!!!!  These are all my tips I am offering as they work for me.

         UNDERSTANDING THE MOON CYCLE

To be successful means to understand the moon and how it changes or moves cycle. This will give you an easy way to grasp the concept, as I said every year the moon cycle changes so if you read this in 3 years time and I give times then by that date it will change. So I will work this an easy way.

Every year the moon comes out earlier. In winter it gets dark faster and in summer much later, so after a full moon in winter you can hunt two days afterwards, the moon will pop over the horizon about an hour an half later, by then you have finished hunting, but summer you will have to wait 4 days before you can hunt as it stays lighter longer.

So, this is how I work the moon, find out what date it is FULL MOON, lets say it’s the 10th,  then ( WINTER) I wait for 2 days then I can go hunt for an hour, after that day the moon comes out later and later, then I can hunt longer each night if I want to.  I then have about 13 days to hunt till NEW MOON. Then on new moon the moon starts getting bigger again, this is still ok to hunt for 3 days after new moon, then the moon is a slit in the sky, no good for cats, but if you want jackal then you still have another 5 days to hunt till its past quarter moon. So all in all 4 days after full moon you have for jackal 13-14 days to hunt.

Every year the moon is at full moon about a day to 30 hours earlier than the previous year. And in a year the moon cycle changes by about 18 hours in reverse.

Here is an example. In June 2007 full moon was full on the 30th, now in 2008 full moon is on the 18th of June. It goes in reverse in a moon cycle.

If its summer, you will have to wait about 4-5 days after full moon to hunt because it gets dark much later, then your hunting days are about 11 days in total. Keep in mind many farmers don’t allow hunting on Sundays, so that also affects the balance of days. This is an easy way of working the moon, wait till full moon, and then after 2 days go hunt in winter and summer wait 5 days and go hunt.

However the predators I hunt do not go to church so I hunt Sundays as well, it is up to God to decide whether predators are good or bad, but it is up to you and I to arrange that meeting.

HERE IS AN EASY CHART FOR HUNTING IN SOUTH AFRICA

 

Here follows an easy reference for you regarding night hunting in South Africa, it will help you choose good times ahead for calling.

REMEMBER; Go to the best place first and prepare yourself for the night, set up at least an hour before dark, and wait nightfall, then melt in with the area around you, let everything come back to normal and then when its dark start calling softly, then after 5 minutes up that volume. Give a jackal spot 35 minutes and for cats an hour.

 

MOON TIMES                      2008

 

Full Moon January 22nd              

New Moon February 7th

Hunt from January 26th to February 11th. 

Social Time of Cycle

Little Jackal still small but with colour

Use Food sounds and Social Jackal chatter sounds

Short bursts not long drawn out sounds. 

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Full Moon February 21st

New Moon March 7th

Hunt from February 25th to March 11th

Social Time of Cycle

Social Jackal chatter sounds

Short bursts not long drawn out sounds. 

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  Full Moon March 21st

  New Moon April 6th

  Hunt from March 25th to April 10th

Social Time of Cycle going into early breeding season

Social Jackal chatter sounds, also a LONELY jackal looking for company sound

Short bursts not long drawn out sounds. 

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  Full Moon April 20th

  New Moon May 5th

  Hunt from April 25th to May 8th

   Breeding season – Use Challenge sounds- short burst 3 seconds every 20 seconds

Jackal Locator sound

Jackal Alpha male sound

Because it’s early in April use a LONELY JACKAL sound, looking for company

Try LUCKY BIRD or Luscious Lips on the Foxpro 

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  Full Moon May 20th

  New Moon June 3rd

  Hunt from May 25th to June 7th

  Breeding season – Use Challenge sounds- short burst 3 seconds every 20 seconds

Jackal locator sound

Jackal Alpha male sound

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  Full Moon June 18th

  New Moon July 3rd

  Hunt from June 22nd to July 7th

 Getting a good female whimper sound is good now with a little Challenge

 Foxpro summer sound with crickets in the background.

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  Full Moon July 18th

  New Moon August 1st

  Hunt from July 22nd to July to August 5th

 Food sounds are now good, as in some areas female is in need of food for      stamina for little ones soon to be born

If you have a Foxpro use the DENNED JACKALS Howling sound.

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  Full Moon August 16th

  New Moon  August 30th

  Hunt from  August 20th to September 4th

 Food sounds are good all around

Small dogs are in dens.

Foxpro denning sound

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Full Moon September 16th

New Moon September 29th

Hunt from September 20th to October 3rd

Puppies are born and in dens

Food sounds are now king

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Full Moon October 14th

New Moon October 28th

Hunt from October 18th to November 2nd

Puppy in distress sounds

Food sounds

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Full Moon November 13th

New Moon November 27th

Hunt from November 17th to December 2nd

Food and puppy sounds, little dogs out of dens with adults now.

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Full Moon December 12th

New Moon December 27th

Hunt from December 16th to January 1st

Food sounds with a little social but not too much

 

END OF 2008

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MOON TIMES                       2009

Full Moon January 11th             

New Moon January 26th  

Hunt from January 15th to January 29th. 

Social Time of Cycle

Little Jackal still small but with colour

Use Food sounds and Social Jackal chatter sounds

Short bursts not long drawn out sounds. 

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Full Moon February 9th

New Moon February 25th

Hunt from February 13th to February 28th h

Social Time of Cycle

Social Jackal chatter sounds

Short bursts not long drawn out sounds. 

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  Full Moon March 11th

  New Moon March 26th

  Hunt from March 15th to March 29th

Social Time of Cycle going into early breeding season

Social Jackal chatter sounds, also a LONELY jackal looking for company sound

Short bursts not long drawn out sounds. 

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  Full Moon April 9th

  New Moon April 25th

  Hunt from April 13th to April 29th

   Breeding season – Use Challenge sounds- short burst 3 seconds every 20 seconds

Jackal Locator sound

Jackal Alpha male sound

Because it’s early in April use a LONELY JACKAL sound, looking for company

Try LUCKY BIRD or Luscious Lips on the Foxpro 

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  Full Moon May 9th

  New Moon May 24th

  Hunt from May 12th to May 28th

  Breeding season – Use Challenge sounds- short burst 3 seconds every 20 seconds

Jackal locator sound

Jackal Alpha male sound

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  Full Moon June 7th

  New Moon June 22nd 3rd

  Hunt from June 10th to June 26th

 Getting a good female whimper sound is good now with a little Challenge

 Foxpro summer sound with crickets in the background.

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  Full Moon July 7th

  New Moon July 22nd  

  Hunt from July 10th to July 25th  

 Food sounds are now good, as in some areas female is in need of food for      stamina for little ones soon to be born

If you have a Foxpro use the DENNED JACKALS Howling sound.

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  Full Moon August 6th

  New Moon August 20th

  Hunt from August 9th to August 24th

 Food sounds are good all around

Small dogs are in dens.

Foxpro denning sound

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Full Moon September 4th

New Moon September 18th

Hunt from September 7th to September 22nd

Puppies are born and in dens

Food sounds are now king

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Full Moon October 4th

New Moon October 18th

Hunt from October 7th to October 22nd

Puppy in distress sounds

Food sounds

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Full Moon November 2nd

New Moon November 16th

Hunt from November 5th to November 19th

Food and puppy sounds, little dogs out of dens with adults now.

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Full Moon December 2nd

New Moon December 16th

Hunt from December 5th  to December 20th

Food sounds with a little social but not too much

END OF 2009

This is a great indicator, it will help you in deciding on a good weekend, and also you can tell somebody fast if they ask you about a specific week day hunt or weekend. ENJOY!

This cat I shot in the head at 70 metres, he was behind a rock, and just showed his head, he would not come closer, he started looking around, a sure sign he was to soon leave. I called him with a hand caller. I enjoy calling cats; they are elusive and just plain straight weird!

BEST TIMES TO HUNT PREDATORS

This is another point that depends entirely upon how they are persecuted, for instance I hunt in a remote location in the mountains, we must walk to the lodge with all our kit, food and bedding, we sleep in a remote out building and wash in a river.

Very isolated, BUT this is on a farm very high up, and cannot be reached by a truck. We go to this place once a year, nobody hunts here, buck and game are plentiful, AND SO ARE PREDATORS, and they are not disturbed by man, so we call sundown in the day and sun up. We have no trouble calling in jackal in light hours, but if this was a typical farm we would not be so lucky.

 So, persecution is the answer to this, generally Jackal is most active just before sunset at dusk and then up to 5 hours after dark, then again the last 2 hours before day light and an hour after it get’s light. Cats are active at about the same times but often walk around in the day if it’s overcast and cool. You can try calling jackal on a misty morning when you can see 80-100 metres no more, and in a light drizzle of rain at night.  On farms with low persecution they can be seen in the day, but GENERALLY this is not often seen. But as I was told by a farmer regarding times to hunt predators, he said “ If you get nothing I am glad as I know I don’t have such a great problem, but if you constantly get predators on my ground I will be a worried man, but then again when you call nothing you are not happy as I cannot pay you!”.  So, what I mean by this is try call predators on farms with problems, and use the time of the month to your benefit. Cage trap all month!


 

BRIGHT MOONS- BAITING OPPORTUNITIES / DIRT HOLE

 

For most of us the brighter the moon the more depressed we get, we have to sit at home, watching television and helping the wife clean the kitchen Right?  WRONG!!!! No sir, we can have a choice!. By utilizing moon conditions we can prepare for upcoming hunts. Many guys are lazy and don’t want to walk miles looking for fresh tracks to find travel routes of jackal populations etc. But we can do this a more simple way. Here follows tips, things that I do, and they work.

 

For instance I use a method I call a “CALLING & TRAPPING STAND”. I learned this from a female American predator hunter. I find the area on my farm that has had game, lambs killed by a Rooikat/ Lynx. I then get myself 10 cages that we build for trapping lynx. I then go into the area in the morning at about 9 o clock and set cages in a circular position about 300-400 metres away around the carcass in a circle. And two cages about 20 metres from carcass. I then bait them, and leave. This is over a full moon period. Then that afternoon at about 4 o clock I walk back to the spot and find an elevated position and conceal myself near the carcass (100m away). Then as it get later I call for 20 minutes with a hand call long range and then when it is darkish I leave, then with a moon out I can see fine and walk back the kilometre to my truck. NOW!!!!!!!!!! You are saying why all this?? What for? Well because it works! The idea is that you call and make a dying sound, the cat hears it and because a cat takes his time you stop after 15 minutes and allow him to come closer, he will eventually pass through or close to one of the 12 traps and you stand a chance of catching him in a cage. This has worked for me often, try it, it’s a good tip. It lures the cat closer to your cages and makes the chances of catching him greater. I use a moving tweety bird in my cages. A DECOY NOT AN ALIVE BIRD!

 

This is an EDGE EXPEDITE BIRD in the cage, makes a noise and moves in circles, runs on a penlight battery. Hy vang katte dat dit kak!

Over a full moon or bright moon use this period to cage trap, walk roads and scout for fresh tracks, look for a scent spot, an area that has many jackal droppings, this is a scent spot and a good place to call.

Here is another EXCELLENT tip, one that not many predator hunters know, go into your lands along a remote dust or sand road, a place you suspect may have jackal or cat activity. Make what trappers call a DIRT HOLE SET. This is the best way to get a predators attention, no other way works better to get a predators attention than by making a dirt hole set. It is a hole that a predator makes to bury food. So, we make them to see what is walking around. (Any predator seeing that hole will come and look to see what food has been stored here by another predator.)

I make one every 150 metres in a kilometre area of sand road. I try find a bush 50cm’s from the road (Easily seen by predator) and make a dirt hole in front of it at a 45 degree angle into the ground about 25cm deep. I throw out fresh sand to give it a real look like a predator has burrowed at that spot, NOT USING MY HAND but a garden shovel. The hole must be 8-10 cm wide. And lastly put a few feathers inside the hole. This set up will get a predators attention and he will go straight to the hole to look what’s to eat, left by the other previous predator. Before you leave sweep away your footprints and leave the sand soft clean around the area, then the next day go look what came to investigate your hole.

THIS WILL give you a very good assessment of what predators are around. (I WILL DISCUSS TRACKS AND HOW THEY LOOK LATER). No better way in the world exists than a hole in the ground to get a predators attention. You can also leave a feather on top of a bush near your dirt hole to get attention from a distance

Remember cats and jackals like drinking water, so visit local water holes, sand banks next to rivers to see what is fresh. You can spend plenty time over a bright moon preparing and getting to know who is on your land. By utilizing your time doing these things will keep you informed as to activity on your farm.






 

END OF PART 5

Next we cover calling tips, predator tracks and identification and hunter partnerships.

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After this complete series you will feel confident in your ability to hunt predators; G Laubscher

 

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