With the rise in feral predators contributing to agricultural damage and native species decline, the Katanning & Surrounds Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes annual shoot will be held on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd February, followed by a Tally Breakfast, hosted at the Wurgabup Rifle Club.

The shoot is part of the Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes community-based feral animal control program that runs across the entire agricultural region of WA. The idea is to make a greater impact through coordinating teams to conduct baiting and shooting activities at the same time across the landscape.

The Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (WA) are donating $5 for every fox and cat culled, up to $20,000, annually to the Regional Men’s Health Initiative. The Regional Men’s Health Initiative acts as a bridge of support and education to regional men, communities and health services.

At last year’s event a total of 71 foxes, 10 rabbits and 7 feral cats were culled, with winning team Who Let the Dogs Out taking out the title for 2019.

This contributed to the overall 2019 totals of 1125 people participating, 4355 foxes, 186 feral cats, 1317 rabbits and 194 pigs and other ferals, for a total of 7177 feral animals managed through this coordinated program.

This year, the Wurgabup Rifle Club is offering to all registered team participants an opportunity to zero their rifles at the range after 4:30pm on Saturday afternoon in preparation for the Saturday night shoot. A light meal will be available on Saturday evening so that people can leave straight from that venue. Hot showers and toilets will be available Saturday and Sunday.

The tally breakfast will begin at 7:00am on Sunday February 23rd with a hot meal served up, thanks to a kind donation from WAMMCO.

Teams can register online using the Katanning Landcare Facebook page, website, or by contacting the Landcare Centre at 10 Dore Street, email hello@katanninglandcare.org.au or call 9821 4327.