Honestly, it couldn’t have gone much better.
18 teams registered, and 14 of them showed up with a record-breaking haul of foxes for the annual fox shoot this year.
The conditions were near on perfect, with no moon, and pleasant temperatures. Many of the teams went out all night, and then came in with their bountiful collection of foxes, feral cats and rabbits.
Our teams received a collection of over $2000 worth of prizes donated by our generous local businesses, with everything from dog food, to gift vouchers, to cool electronics and some handy tools, plus ammunition, wine, goody bags, and more!
Thanks must be made to the following people:
- Bev & Geoff Kowald for hosting the breakfast. It was one of the best set ups we’ve ever had, with tables and chairs, big log seating, and a brilliant long bench for serving breakfast. Geoff also greeted everyone and confirmed each team’s tally, AND carted all the bodies off to a pit for disposal.
- Laura Hellard for taking 200 brilliant photos of everyone there and everything going on. I had time to take only 10 photos, so I could not have captured the day to share with everyone without her help!
- Rural Youth Katanning – a team of unsung heroes. Local young people, many of whom were also went out all night for the shoot, served hot breakfast to about 60 people, and surprised us all by donating it! Normally, we pay $5 for the Fox Shoot Breakfast, which is already a bargain for eggs, bacon, sausages, beans, toast, juice and coffee! So, thank you very much for your generosity!
- The weather, for being GORGEOUS and bright and delightful. It was such a pleasant morning!
- All the shooters who participated, who gave up their time, and made the cull possible. This will make a collective impact on the feral animals affecting our agricultural region, and hopefully slow down some of the damage they are causing to our environment.
- All the generous sponsors who donated prizes. I hope that everyone who lives around here has a chance to stop into our businesses and let them know that they appreciate their contributions to community events, and if you received a prize, please go in and say thank you to the sponsor!!
To see the complete list of sponsors, please go to our events page. Wherever possible, links to the businesses website or Facebook page has been provided.
And the results for 2015, and previous totals at the bottom:
|Broomehill Wild Wild West||21||210||1||5||5||10||225||3|
|Poverty Corner Poachers||16||160||0||0||22||44||204||4|
|Fox on the Run||12||120||0||0||2||4||124||8|
|Dead Eye Dicks||11||110||0||0||1||2||112||11|
|2015 – 14 teams||182||4||115|
|2014 – 11 teams||95||5||39|
|2013 – 11 teams||104||6||49|
|2012 – 11 teams||127||11||49|
If you want to know more about the Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes annual event, please follow this link.
Author: Andrea Salmond
Andrea has been with Katanning Landcare since 2013 and is passionate about equipping people with the tools, skills and resources they need to make positive changes to our environment.