....spent a week away chasing deer and hogs, normally the top day temps would be 20 or so C and below 10C over night. That damn week was over 30C each day and only down to 17-20C over night. property is also in the grip of drought. Hunting all week and didn't fire a shot, not because I didn't see anything, just no buck that was large enough and no meat as it was too hot to be fugging around with. Saw one big boar (and a bunch of little hogs) but he was motoring and when I did have him lined up has was skylining back toward my camp. Cunning prick..!! A few pics... A small buck, silly bugger, all about the girls at this point.... I was climbing a steep section and stopped to breathe (read gasping for air and bent over at the waist)...there right between my legs.... ....scared the crap out of me as I thought it was a WHOLE Brown Snake..! ...turns out it is a shed from a Black Snake. A couple of hogs I shot up here in a flying visit in late February.... you can see how dry it was then !! About 4 inches of rain fell between them and this visit but still not enough to get it right !! I have a few more pics and some video I have to copy off the laptop I travel with. I will get to that soon.... Rest of the pics.... Due to the weather there was perhaps a bit to much of this... The next two are taken from the same spot just 90 degs apart, sitting over a rutting stand to see what the dominant buck looks like... .... he was actually a nice buck that someone would be happy with, he was busy chasing away smaller bucks and I was too busy watching him to take pics of it all unfolding...LOL Late one afternoon looking up where I was the day before (that high point opposite). The snake and buck above where not far from the top there... And the view further down the valley from up there... I will try and work on the videos today.