Dingo Hunting Australia
Dingo Hunting – A Beginners Guide
Dingo hunting can be an eerie experience if the hunter decides to howl the dingo in.
The Dingo is Australia’s only native dog and dingo hunting is popular. Dingoes and Wild Dogs are located everywhere throughout Australia. Wild Dogs are found from the beaches to the city fringes, from the high country right through to the outback reaches.
Dingoes are thought to have originated from wild Asian dogs and came to the Australian mainland about 4000 – 6000 years ago. The Aboriginals have used dingoes as hunting dogs for thousands of years. The true dingo is becoming rarer to find because of cross breeding and it is now known as Fraser Island in QLD as having the purest strain left in the country.
Dingoes seem to favour forests and scrub next to grasslands. Access to water can also determine where dingoes are found.
A purebred dingo can weigh about 15 kg and stand about 60 – 70 cm. The colour of a Dingo varies from yellow-cream, reddish-yellow through to black and tan. If the Dingo is yellow it will usually have white ears, feet, underbelly, and tip of its tail. If it is black it will usually have tan ears, feet, underbelly, and tip of its tail. A lot of Dingo hunters mistake this colour change as being wild dogs, where as DNA testing is proving that they are in fact Dingoes
Dingoes are usually solitary or live in small packs. packs are led by a dominant male. Dingoes have a well defined home territory and rarely leave. Dingoes breed once a year in autumn/early winter and have the litter of pups 9 weeks later. Their litters usually number 4 or 5 pups. They are born and raised in hollow logs, caves or rabbit/wombat holes.
Dingoes can be heard of a night howling to each other. I have used this to my advantage when Dingo hunting as it can be used, if done correctly, to ‘call’ them in closer for a shot. Wild Dingoes are wary of humans and generally won’t attack, though wild dogs (crossbreeds) can be very dangerous and fearless.
The best time to hunt Dingoes is around September. Although if you want a beautiful thick skin as a trophy, you might be best to try a little earlier in the year while it is still quite cool. Dingoes hunt of a night therefore stalking or howling them in the evening is usually best. I have shot dozens of Dingoes during the night under spotlight while shooting roos for the chillers as a licenced kangaroo harvester. While I don’t class this as Dingo hunting, it taught me a lot about their behaviour