Dingoes firmly in his gun’s sights
Monto shooter enjoys it
HAVING a “dingo’s breakfast” is bush slang for skipping the most important meal of the day.
But despite the saying, Monto shooter Cliver Turner said going hungry is not something dingoes are fond of, especially with a lot of young calves around.
“I’ve even seen calves being born, and a dingo just right there, ready to eat it,” he said.
Mr Turner has been tracking, calling and shooting dingos and wild dogs since he was only 10-years-old.
“There’s no money in it, I just do it as a sport,” Mr Turner said.
“The council gives me $20 for a scalp and it cost about $140 to get each dingo.
“They get hundreds of dollars for them out west though. They are a really big problem out there.”
While the key to hunting the dogs is often being in the right place at the right time, he also has a few tricks up his sleeve to lure them closer.
“I just do a bit of yeowl,” he said, with a laugh.
“Most people in the bush can do that though!”
In a “weak moment” he
Clive Turner I’ve even seen calves being born, and a dingo just right there, ready to eat it
bought a game-caller, which can imitate the sound of the dogs, although they work much better with foxes.
“Usually I just sit by a dam and they might come in for a drink,” he said.
“Sitting in the bush like that is one of the reasons I like doing it. You see all the birds you could possibly see.”
The most dingoes the Monto shooter ever got in one night was five, and the largest pack he’s seen had nine. By shooting dingoes Mr Turner also spares them the hell of being baited with 1080.
“But the bait is necessary. I used to shoot a dingo about every three or four times I went out. Now it’s more like every ten, so that bait is thinning them down a bit,” he said.
Spending so much time around the dogs has given Mr Turner a lot of respect
PESTS TARGETED: Lifelong dingo shooter Clive Turner shot this animal only lastweek. He will soon take the scalp to the council to collect $20 for his trouble. for the animals.
“And they make great cattle dogs, although they do always seem to do something bad,” he said.
One friend raised a dingo pup as a cattle dog for years, before he returned home one day to find all of his 25 geese had been eaten.
Even though Mr Turner has been keeping a lid on dingo numbers for more than 70 years now, he doesn’t show much sign of slowing down.
He even got a new gun recently, a 22-250 made in Serbia.
“I might even go again this afternoon now, I feel like it after talking (about it) so much,” he said, with a laugh.