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‘Roo Shooting in Pictures

June 30th, 2005 by Jeff Simmermon

As I have mentioned before, I am working on a large feature story about my experience shooting kangaroo in Australia. My other mate Luke Simon is a fantastic and talented photographer, and just returned from a shoot (in more ways than one) with these photos…hopefully we can use them with the story.

I seriously cannot stop looking at these…

Here’s a ‘roo shooter scouting for packs of kangaroo:
scouting

The first one of the night:
ute-moon-roo

draining

I cannot remember what sort of bird this is, but they are native to Western Australia, and I don’t think they are in the owl family:

bush bird not an owl

Like all too many other species, foxes were introduced into the Australian ecosystem and have run absolutely wild. They hunt and eat all manner of indigenous marsupials and are wreaking their own sort of havoc on the ecosystem. Consequently, it is a perfectly legal activity to just go out into the bush and drill as many foxes as you can. There is a difference between legal and enjoyable in my book, but I understand the reasoning behind it…

dead fox

As a soft inner city kid with a penchant for digital photography and comic book reading, I was totally unprepared for the harsh reality that comes along with killing mammals. I would like to state for the record that this sort of thing is not for me at all, but I do see the value in culling ‘roos, hunting, and I definitely eat meat. If you’re going to eat meat, you have to be willing to participate and get your hand dirty at least once, and I sure did. I overemotionalized what is a very normal, common thing for any country person that has ever slaughtered a hog or dressed a deer.

But one thing that hit me was the weird, grimly comical faces that the animals could make. I saw sights like the following a lot, and I never got completely used to it…it’s silly and scary all at once, and really makes you understnad he power of laughter as a coping mechanism.

If you get queasy easy or get bummed out by pictures of dead animals, don’t scroll down. I am building in a bit of space for the fainthearted so you guys can navigate away if necessary….

shot-roo

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