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Wild Dog Hunting in Australia

October 25, 2019


[CLICKING NOISES] [ROAR] [HORSE WHINNY] [SHEEP BAA] [PIG SNORTS] [MUSIC PLAYING] TOM VARNEY: I can hardly
keep the glasses still. You won’t believe this, but
there’s about a dozen dogs or more down here. There’s a tree in front of
me not very far away. They’re about 200 or
300 meters away. I’ll just grab the gun. And I’ll tell you, they’re all
colors and shapes and sizes. [MUSIC PLAYING] TOM VARNEY: This is when
the adrenaline gets going, I tell you. [MUSIC PLAYING] TOM VARNEY: They’re all playing
around the dam. And the only thing I’ve got
here at present is this. I haven’t used it
on dogs before. It’s like predator call. I can’t blow it now. But when I give this a call
here, I only hope that they will respond. [HOWL] [HOWL] [PREDATOR CALL] TOM VARNEY: Hold it! Hold it! Hold it! [GUN SHOT] [MUSIC PLAYING] [GUN SHOT] [GUN SHOT] BRENT FINLAY: There’s a survey
done in AgForce in Queensland in 2009. The impact on the livestock
industries was $67 million. But in the last 10 to 15
years, we’ve seen the emergence of the peri-urban
wild dog problem. That’s the packs of wild dogs
that roam around the towns and cities down along the Eastern
seaboard of Australia. The hybrid wild dogs
are the big dogs. These are dogs that are
greater than 30 kilos. They are a big, powerful
animal. What they do is they
just rip and tear. It is horrific, the damage
that you see. HANNAH: Tom Varney used to
be a psychotic criminal. In the 60’s he was overcome with
murderous compulsions to kill the police and
went on a spree of assault and arson attacks. Then he found God and threw
himself into a new obsession, hunting wild dogs. TOM VARNEY: Hello. Hello. HANNAH: Hi. TOM VARNEY: How are you? Come on in. HANNAH: Hi. I’m Hannah. TOM VARNEY: Pleased
to meet you. HANNAH: It’s good to meet you. TOM VARNEY: Yeah. HANNAH: It looks like a
beautiful little town. TOM VARNEY: Oh, lovely. Lovely. I was saying earlier, we come
here and there was only just the dirt track out there. And we started going
up the Bush. And I got into a
bit of hunting. Well, for a long time, I had my
license suspended, because of my misbehavior as a young
man, for six years. But it took 21 to get it back. HANNAH: Why did it
take so long? TOM VARNEY: Well, that’s
a long story. HANNAH: OK. I’d like to know that. TOM VARNEY: But yeah, I didn’t
get on too well with the law. HANNAH: Can you show
me around? Can I have a look
at the house? TOM VARNEY: Yeah. Sure. We’ll go straight through out
into the sun room we call it. This was one of the first
photos that [INAUDIBLE] came and took of us when Thomas
and I started hunting. And I took out 600 dogs around
this area alone. HANNAH: In what period
of time? TOM VARNEY: Oh. The first four-odd years. And I had the technique of being
able to call them up. HANNAH: Can you do it? TOM VARNEY: Yeah, I can. You want me to try? HANNAH: Do you mind? TOM VARNEY: No. HANNAH: OK. [MAKES WHOOPING HOWLING
NOISES] [APPLAUSE] TOM VARNEY: So then I got
into the camera work. And now I’ve got sort of
professional videos out. And the people love it. One of my features on my last
DVD was I called up– there was 13 dogs. And dogs being dogs, you know,
I’ve got a predator call that sounds like an animal
in distress. And they came charging
towards me. Well, I didn’t have much hair,
but it stood up on its end. HANNAH: [LAUGHS] TOM VARNEY: And half of them
went around the back. And half came straight
at me like that. And when they got from here, I
suppose about 15 feet away, I yelled out, “Hoy!” And they stopped. And I shot that one. And then, all of a sudden,
I realized this pack was just behind me. You’ve got sheep destroyed
by them. You’ve got calves nearly nine
months old, but just eaten out overnight, you know? So we’re talking about real
problems around here. HANNAH: I just want to ask
about this picture. And this one in particular. TOM VARNEY: The body
building ones? HANNAH: Yeah. TOM VARNEY: Yeah. Yeah. Well, I got into body building
as a young man. It actually possessed me. I ate all the food to
build myself up. And then I started doing a
little bit of fighting. And then a bit of alcohol
mixed with it. And that was a disaster
in my life. I was certified insane
in Victoria. And then I finished up in the
state’s worst lunatic asylum. And the first one, I went into
a psychiatric situation where they gave me 14 shock treatments
and tried to get rid of all this terrible
stuff in my head. And then it progressed. And I got out. And I burnt several police
cars and went in to shoot the police. And I was just a terrible,
angry man. It actually just about
destroyed my life. And today, I shed a tear nearly
every day with the thought that I can help
people today. And so I had a real
turn-around. And now I’m living
out how I feel. HANNAH: So how do you feel, when
you look at these photos of yourself now? TOM VARNEY: Well, I look. And first, I wish that I had
something like that today, because I’ve had a bit of a
major operation on my head. I had a little red spot. But it turned out to be
an aggressive tumor. And so they removed a part
of that muscle there. That big one you can
see there, well, that’s on my head now. HANNAH: OK. And how are you feeling now? TOM VARNEY: Well,
I’m on the mend. I just had radiation
treatment. And I’m into the third
week of recovery. HANNAH: Do you ever have any
problems with wild dogs? WOMAN: We did a while ago. They got to our trucks and they
chased the horses through the fences. HANNAH: They chased horses? WOMAN: Oh, yeah. They were chasing horses
through the fences. And they were coming out during
the day and trying to get through and attack
our dogs. And they were just
killing everyone. It was horrible. MAN: We actually had a lamb that
was totally eaten from the inside out and just
left the skin. There’s a chap in town here
who shoots them though. He’s the guru of the area,
That chap over there. TOM’S WIFE: Something to eat? HANNAH: Yeah. Thank you. TOM’S WIFE: Oh, go ahead. TOM VARNEY: Thanks, love. When you say I love them
and they are a nice animal, they are. But if you’ve got them killing
your animals, they’ve got to be disposed of. Now they’ve got baiting
and that. They do a lot of baiting
and that. HANNAH: Yeah. TOM VARNEY: If they didn’t do
that, a farmer couldn’t exist around here. You’ve got no other
alternative. You haven’t got Tom Varneys
running around every day just spending time on farms
trying to shoot dogs. PAUL COOPER: Here, the dogs
are nothing but a nuisance, to be honest. On many occasions I’ve come
across cows that have been down in the paddock due to being
slight, having a calf. They get, what you
call, paralysis. Then they can’t stand
on their back legs. And wild dogs will come in and
eat the rear end out of the cow while they’re there alive. HANNAH: My God. PAUL COOPER: Then you’re left
with no option but to shoot the animal. HANNAH: And so what is it about
hunting that you love? TOM VARNEY: I think the skill
of being able to outsmart. I did call one of my videos, I
think, “Hunting to Outsmart Wild Dogs.” And you learn
to think like the dog. And it makes it easier when you
know to really look for them and destroy them. You know where they’re living. I was probably addicted
to it, in many ways. But I know people that get all
the best shotguns and that. But they would never be able
to shoot the ducks that a natural man goes
out and shoots. Some people have all
that equipment. It makes them feel that
they’re a hunter. But a hunter, it’s
born into him. A rifle shooter can be
made a rifle shooter. He can have no idea
about guns. But he can learn how to
shoot at a target. I’ve always been somebody
that liked a challenge. I was never really beaten. If I couldn’t beat a man with
my fists, I’d knock him down with something else. And I’m not trying
to be aggressive, but that was my attitude. And it saved my life. Just a quick resume. That’s the little cow
horn I also use. You’ll see that thing
used on the video. And of course, the other
little predator here. I’ve been using it a while. [SQUEAKS] Very good. Not quite as convenient as that
one, though, because I have got to hang
on to that one. Put that one in my mouth
and can function it. A little powder, I always
mention it. Just whichever way the
breeze is blowing. Keep in touch with the
wind wherever you go. And of course, my
binoculars here, wouldn’t be without them. Last, but not least, is this
beautiful little .223 I use on the dogs. Find it quite sufficient. Don’t need anything bigger. So light, 5 and 1/2 pounds,
for when I let go of the camera and got that running shot
where I can pick it up and handle it. I handle it. It doesn’t handle me. [GUN SHOT] TOM VARNEY: Well, let’s get
back to the program. Sit back now and enjoy it. And we’ll catch you later on. I was out every day for
about 15 years. HANNAH: Every day? TOM VARNEY: Pretty well
every day, yep. Yeah, it was my life. Yeah. Thomas would come home from
school and say where’s Dad? Mom would say out
hunting dogs. And he’d say, what? Again? Yeah. I was probably hooked on it. I never thought so much
about the camera. It wasn’t until later that
somebody said you ought to put that together. HANNAH: Why did you start
doing the DVDs in the first place? TOM VARNEY: I started putting
it together with a little backyard fellow living
in the Caravan. And just in the big old, what’s
it’s name, the HS. And I’ve got a man said he
could put it together. Well, it was good. But it was rough as
bad, you know? But people loved it. When are you going to
do another one? HANNAH: And so do you think
you’ll do some more? TOM VARNEY: Doubtful. Doubtful. It just depends on
how I recover. HANNAH: Yep. TOM VARNEY: We had actually
planned to do a final one. Yeah. HANNAH: With you and Thomas? TOM VARNEY: Yeah. The ultimate end of it all,
whatever, what is it called? You know, Thomas ought to come
up with a name, “The Best of the Best,” or something
like that. Top day for dog. If anything, it’s a bit
breezy, a bit of wind. But a few showers around. And so are the dogs. I just heard recent there’s a
few dogs out on this property. So we’ll head off, even
rain or no rain. It’s a great day for it. HANNAH: So do you understand
when people, say, on your YouTube videos, write comments
that are very, very against what you do? Do you understand where
they’re coming from more these days? TOM VARNEY: Well, I do. You know, some of the youngsters
said I seen you shoot that dog. And I’ve got a little petty,
Billy or Mary I call her, a little white dog. They might even send
me a photo of them. They say, how could
you shoot her? Well, that’s only until they
have that little doggie that they love so much and have the
dog come in and then tear the little doggie pieces, which
has happened around here more than once. And you go and see. And they’ve tried to
patch the dog up. But it’s too late. 300 stitches to try and
patch the dog up. So when you’ve got that sort of
thing happening, they must have to lean towards, well,
these animals are not good animals to have around. A normal person would have to
have that understanding. But I think there needs
to be a real balance. Things have to be culled. And that’s it. Period. Well, a little bit different
this time. Yesterday, I was walking up on
the side of the ridge here in this area looking for a dog. And all of a sudden, about 9
o’clock in the morning, well, I noticed a bitch
with some pups. She took off into the wild. And I though she was
abandoning them. So now my job is to do what
I find it very hard to do. But when I stop and think of
what they do to the calves in a few months time, it’s probably
a little bit easier. Take a look how she had them all
nestled up in this tree. [WHINING] TOM VARNEY: Well, I guess that’s
what you might call a bit of a bonus, to take eight
out in a day like that. It saves a lot of hunting. The farmer, indeed,
will be pleased. HANNAH: Would you say that
your days of hunting are, pretty much, over? TOM VARNEY: I wouldn’t
like to say they are. But because of what I’ve
gone through– my son, I reckon he
can’t wait to– yeah. Well, I say that I’ll get
back at it again. In between my ears, I could
fight Jack Johnson. And I could do anything. Most people could say that. I do find it harder now, coming
from my understanding of creation. I don’t think I could shoot
anything myself no more. You know, one time
I would shoot anything just for practice. But I do find it hard
to shoot any. I haven’t really shot
any for some time. I usually am the
camera person. An animal, anything that thinks
today, I have trouble thinking that I could
destroy it. Even an animal, you know, he’s
looking all the time. He’s got a mind. It’s pretty hard to kill
something like that. Logically speaking. HANNAH: Yeah. I know. I know. TOM VARNEY: I wouldn’t be a
complete video, without a few highlights of the past videos. Just take a look at this,
at some of the dogs that I’ve lured in. Watch this. [PREDATOR CALL SQUEAKS] [MUSIC PLAYING] TOM VARNEY: [WHOOP SOUND] [WHINES] [GUN SHOT] [GUN SHOT] [GUN SHOT] [GUN SHOT] [MUSIC PLAYING]

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  1. Thanks mate , I loved that first shot , i was worried for you, the assholes killed my 14 yr old kelpie today, i caught them in the act , chased them off but not in time, he just got put down. It almost killed me carrying him home bleeding and panting, Teach me your trade please.

  2. I agree that it needs to be done but idk if i coukd kill the young pups like that. Id take them home and try to raise them.. Some would take to it well, id think, some would still have to be killed i know that, but at that age they have a chance to be domesticated

  3. These dogs are a menace where I live, they have cruelly eaten the back end out of my neighbors cow as she was calving and ate the calf as it came out. Pet dogs are attacked on their own verandahs, and people have been bailed up while out walking in the bush. No one at all mentions on here what these dogs do to wildlife. They have devastated koala populations that are already under so much pressure from habitat destruction. He is right, we caused the problem and so we have to manage the problem now.

  4. While I don't agree with the killing itself, wild dogs are a horrible nuisance. Even here in America, actual feral dog packs (not strays) are a horrible danger

  5. This looks like a lot of fun. I can't stand dogs, so this is right up my alley. Let's eradicate those fuckers together!

  6. @1:35 at least he died with a smile in his face. LOL that psycho fund an outlet for his murderous rage, dogs.

  7. I like your sense of humor. Your services are required elsewhere if you are so inclined… there's a swine infestation in your country.

  8. Fucking scumbag. Why on earth would you kill dogs and puppys. You should really consider your life and crawl away back to your hole and stay there

  9. Yes sure wild feral dogs are damaging to the ecosystem 🙄 says the people who sees nothing wrong with cattles and sheeps ruining vegetations and natural.habitats….at least they regulate the population of our destructive domestic species…..
    And then they will say that they are mutts and pest, knowing that hybridation is often good for some species to make the gene pool larger (talking about dingos)…fuckers let nature be…nature always regulate itself and the day we will not be here anymore our dogs and cattles will eventually disappear, mix or evolve into something new…
    I'm sick of people trying to control everything we keep making mistakes on mistakes…again and again…..doesn't matter if it's modifying an ecosystem by adding species that shouldn't be there, or trying to keep it intact knowing that nature is always constantly changing……
    Dogs have been with us for thousands of years (longer than our actual cattles and crops)and have mixed with all sorts of canine species….in australia they were more dingos at beginning (and the number decreased because again humans said they were pests) and now they are naturally mixing to adapt (with feral dogs) which makes the k9 number increase……so people want to protect dingos (the "pure" ones) knowing that most of the ferals you see are closer to the dingos genetically than actual domesticated dogs……simply because pure domesticated dogs can't survive alone unless it's an hybrid….stupidity smh

  10. Damn he shouldn’t have killed the puppies, he could’ve just taken them somewhere where they could’ve been trained to kill the wild dogs

  11. Good. Feral Dogs, Cats, and anything domesticated is a big issue in any environment. They can cause food-chain disruptions, and removing them is the only way to prevent that. Don't release your pets into the wild, keep them or sell them to a person that actually wants them or a place that keeps unwanted exotic pets.

  12. Lmfaoooo im glad you fucking British rejects lost a whole ass war and made bitches by birds lul every Australian is a P u s s y

  13. I would love 2 see you as game mate with a 7.62x54R in you HEAD PUNKASS…would ❤2 c yo head explode with that caliber🤣🤣🤣

  14. My area where I lived and parked my car has many stray dogs. Multiple car covers which I used to cover my car have been torn by them. I wonder how nice it is if there's a guy like him living in my area.

  15. Dingos are more solitary animals. Dog genes in the mix has made them pack up which is the problem. They take down bigger prey and more often. Dingos dont really attack people. Wild dogs on the other hand do. And they are in a pack.

  16. I love dogs, I am an Aussie myself but this has to be done to keep the population under control. Although I have no remorse for those feral cats, they destroy habitats and mess up the ecosystems.

  17. Tom Varney was a Psychopath and all around piece of shit. Very glad to hear this coward died in 2013, I wish he died in his mother's whore womb, fucking disgusting filth. Just projects his anger and psychotic rage on Feral Dogs. No hero, just a fucking punk dead bitch.

  18. Me watching those dogs die: LOL, so cute!! Go to hell b** of a dog!!

    I genuinely love what u are doing to the dog population.

    SLAY THE DOGS!!!!
    SLAY THE DOGS!!!!!
    SLAY THOSE EVIL HELL BOUND DOGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. I'm a dog lover but this has to be done. He is doing a tremendous service. Don't know what it is about Australia that makes any introduced species just explode (toads, cats, camels (I shit you not), dogs). They just do.

  20. My thought is that guys hunting feral animals should be able to use silencers… maybe if they got license for them as feral hunters/ contractors.. this is the sort of reason that semi auto should be legal as long as there is supervisor and the Silencer and the semi Auto rifle is kept at a police station till the certified supervisor gets there for the hunt…..

  21. Crossbreeding dingos with local dogs made a bad problem much worse. These australian wild dogs are pests, nothing more.

  22. Reminds me of a story my buddy from the Rosebud Indian reservation told me.

    Their was this old woman who was killed by a pack of Rez Dogs the very next day the tribal police killed every dog they saw that wasn't wearing a collar.

  23. I don't care how many dogs are roaming the streets dogs have the mental capacity of a 4 year old child, sure they hurt society but so do illegal aliens, and until it's legal to hunt them it shouldn't be legal to hunt dogs.

  24. People are mad because to begin with they should have spade an nuder an have a humane society to take in dogs cats that are on the streets. In return the natural environment won't be disturbed an they can create more jobs.. but hey Australia also had Mark "chopper" read an well that says alot about why there taking a more… "Aggressive route"

  25. This guy is so fucked up, hunters are so fucked up ur not good at fighting this doesn’t make you a man ur a pussy with your gun.

  26. This is what happens to millions of cats and people don’t think about the cats they only think about the poor dogs but cats are the really cool ones not the dogs because they get killed all the time for no reason because the photo and no one will love them so no one will feed them so they have to eat other animals and people are so angry about cats eating other animals so they just kill them and don’t love them

  27. I dont believe in hunting endangered spieces but these wild dogs are not endangered but rather an invasive pest like kangaroos.
    Cull them!

  28. Soot all the feral dogs you want. Leave the dingos though. Love the natives.
    Good job turning your life around though mate.

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