The winners, Ben Atkin’s team Riff Raff from Wagin won the Dumbleyung Ag Supplies $100 voucher for bullets. Runners up Fence Road Bandit’s (Mark Davidson’s Team) won the $100 cash donated from the Dumbleyung Roadhouse (Ric and Vick) and third, Dead Eye Dongo (Shayne and Lee Smith) received the $100 Meal Voucher for 4 at The GODI donated by Peter Bedford.
Marian Massam, Jacinta Arnold (Geoff Burrow’s daughter) and Dave Thurston volunteered to cook the eggs and bacon and served a hot breakfast to 40 people. The food for the breakfast was kindly donated by Dumbleyung Store and huge thank you to Amy and Michael Knight for your generous donation which was appreciated by the hungry teams.
Also, Pete from the Shire was on hand to cart away the evidence, thanks to the Shire for carrying out this duty for the event.
The fox shoot involves many hours organising, finding sponsors and promoting the event so a huge thank you to the volunteers who came out to support this year’s fox shoot. Without your interest and support this would not happen.
The Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (WA) donates $5 for every fox and cat culled (to a capped amount) to Regional Men’s Health Initiative. Since the support of the SSAA a total of $33 000 has been raised for Regional Men’s Health and a total of $580 can be added to the tally for the cull on Saturday night.
In 2018 in Southern WA, 3657 foxes and 1935 rabbits were culled under the Red Card Program, which is based on a one- two-night shoot in the autumn. In the Shire, a total of 860 foxes have been culled at annual fox shoots since 2006 and over this same time, 1080 baiting programs were organised by the Landcare Officer.
Rabbits have been targeted with Pindone and 1080 poison oats during this same time and a total of 378 rabbits have been culled across the fox shoots.
Foxes pose a threat to livestock, as they prey on poultry, lambs and native birds, reptiles, insects, frogs and particularly small marsupials. The total annual cost of foxes to Australia’s environment and economy is estimated to be $28 million.
Article by Claudia Hadlow
Pictured above right: Paul Murdock represents second placed Fence Rd Bandits