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WODONGA shooter Roger Williams has managed to get 22 wild dogs and recently collected $1100 in government bounty.
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But Mr Williams, 42, said the money was minimal compared to the cost associated with hunting the elusive predators.

“It does not even cover my fuel,” he said yesterday.

But money is not his motivation. Mr Williams just wants to help farmers who are having their stock killed.

“The satisfaction on a property owner’s face when I tell him I have shot a dog that has been killing calves or sheep is why I do it,” he said.

“Some farmers have almost been reduced to tears. That far outweighs any monetary value.”

His 22 dogs were part of 98 skins cashed in along with 4238 fox scalps in the North East to mark the 12-month anniversary of the government’s bounty on October 1.

A total of 116,691 foxes and 337 wild dogs have been handed in around Victoria.

The bounty at $10 per fox and $50 for wild dogs meant more than $1.7 million was collected by hunters.

Mr Williams finds it increasingly difficult to get time to hunt dogs with work and family commitments.

All the dogs shot by him have been around Upper Sandy Creek, Tallangatta Valley and Berringama, with most located in state forest.

“Every time you come across them there is something different. No two dogs are the same,” he said.

The dogs usually work in three-week cycles and Mr Williams anticipates where they are located from information he gets.

He managed to shoot his first wild dog when aged 16.

He has been pursuing them ever since.

“The fox and dog bounty is a brilliant thing,” he said.

“The fox numbers shot with the previous government are nothing compared to the past 12 months.

“Now shooters are actually going out and targeting them.”

The member for Benambra, Bill Tilley, said the benefits of the bounty were clear.

“The bounty may not cover all hunters’ costs but it does recognise their efforts and offers an incentive,” he said.

“The Fox Stop program of the former Labor government eradicated only 20,034 foxes over three years. These figures were exceeded by the present bounty in less than five months.

“Effective wild dog control requires a combination of measures such as baiting, trapping and shooting.”

Roger Williams.

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