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Just got back from a hunt in the eastern alps of Austria not too far from Vienna. Hunted for fallow deer, mouflon sheep, and boar. It was very enjoyable if not rigorous, hunting mainly out of high stands.

All were taken with a single shot from a 257Wby and Barnes 100 TTSX. Fallow was taken after a quick stalk from about 75 yards after seeing it on a ridge. The mouflon was taken from an evening stand at about 125 yards. The boar at only about 5 yards directly below an evening stand.

The boar was the most interesting. It just showed up at the base of the stand. Hans the guide in German accent just excitedly said "BIG BOAR" as it was on his side of the stand. When I closed and latched the door on the stand I had a real hard time getting the door to close all the way. When I attempted to pick up my rifle I found out why, my rifle sling was stuck in the door hinge! I tried a couple times pulling on the rifle a little harder each time. Adrenaline was going now as I only had about a 20 yard window and he was moving directly across it. I basically made up my mind that one way or another that gun was going to come up, heave ho, it did. I cranked the scope down to 4 but the objective was still set at 100yd and all I could see was blurry hair. It wasn't a big deal but I had to find the edge of the boar a couple times to be sure the crosshairs were in the right place. The shot went in near the top of the shoulder angling very sharply down, it turned directly away at the shot but it was down. The guide said to shoot again to keep it from pushing off a ledge so I center spined it.

Some more pics and vids at http://sports.webshots.com/album/574656021WmDhOe





 

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Beautiful trophies! How much did the boar weigh?
 

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Thanks for the comments!

The boar was 170kg or about 375lb. Gave the Barnes bullet a workout at point blank range at 257Wby velocity.

 

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very nice. Love the pics with the quarry's last meal...don't see that enough IMO. Looks like those Barnes pills do the deed...
 

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Great trophies all, but I love the look of that mouflon! Very nice!! Congrats on a good trip, and thanks for sharing the pics!
 

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Just wanted to throw this out for anyone that may have albums on webshots.com.

You may notice that the pictures above in my original post are not there anymore. They were hosted on webshots.com. Last week 161 of my photos and videos were without notice removed by webshots. It was 15 albums that I began putting out there over 7 years ago and they had over 65,000 views.

When I sent a message asking where they had gone I received the following response, main emphasis claimed seems to be a violation of posting child pornography. Copy and paste as follows:

“Because people of all ages and backgrounds share photos and videos on Webshots, we remove material that is offensive to or inappropriate for our membership. We remove pornography, sexually explicit content and violent material. We also remove photos showing full or partial nudity, including those of children.

In accordance with our polic IES , we have removed 161 of your photos and/or videos. If we believe that you are engaged in illegal activities, we have the right to share your personal information with law enforcement, including your IP address.”


My response to the above was, copy and paste:

“So which of the above mentioned categories do you feel my photos fall into? They were primarily successful hunting photos. Every one of them was tastefully presented just as you would see on the front cover of any hunting magazine in Barnes and Noble or the supermarket magazine aisle. Hunting is legal in all 50 states. I noticed hunting ads on every one of my photo pages. Are those sponsors aware that you do not allow hunting photos?”

From Webshots I then received this response, main emphasis now seems to have shifted to copyright infringement, general nudity, and genitalia. copy and paste:

“We also remove images immediately if a copyright holder reports a violation. Generally images obtained from books, magazines, calendars or other websites should not be posted to the Webshots Community without the permission of the publisher or website owner.

Webshots does not permit the online storage or sharing of photos containing pornographic material, and will delete images or albums containing this material or any material violating the Webshots Terms of Use. Specific examples of images removed for adult
content include, but are not limited to:

Nudity
Women in sheer or wet tops
Women or men wearing thongs (g-strings)
Photos that concentrate on the genital area”


My response to them then was:

“Plain and simple, I simply do not understand how any of your responses apply to any of my photos in any way. It's as if you are referring to someone else’s pictures. Have you actually and personally seen them? doesn't seem so! They are my own images, they have never been published nor copyrighted by me or anyone else, guaranteed. They are not pornographic or sexual in nature by anyone's conceivable standards. Many are nature or wildlife scenes without any people, the only people are myself and a few of my 25 year old son, completely and fully clothed, long pants, long sleeve shirt, boots, very often with a hat and coat.”

Webshots response in its entirety from this morning was, and I consider this to be their final response as I feel they finally came clean on the real reason. I added the red texting, they didn't.

“Thank you for contacting Webshots Customer Support.

<span style="color: #FF0000">The albums are full of pictures with dead animals.</span> Please read webshots terms of use before uploading.”


I have read their terms and there is nothing about hunting or dead animals, of course there is about child pornography, nudity, and copyright.


Just thought I’d let others know in case you are using webshots. I’m going to try and let some of their hunting sponsors know and I’ll be putting my albums on photobucket, see how they work out there. I’ll also be posting this in a number of forums that I post to regularly so you may see this post in other places too.
 

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I personally prefer picasa - or even Live.com now. sick of the big photo hosts...i've been using picasa for quite some time now and have a good number of less than tidy dead animal shots. I'll never let anyone use webshots again. If i were you I'd cross post this in every forum you can. it's ridiculous.
 

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AG Interactive, Inc.
One American Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44144
Telephone Number of Designated Agent:
1-216-889-5945

these guys run the show. I also find it humorous that if you do a search of "hunting" on webshots just how many photos of dead animals come up. I think you fell prey to a nitwit college animal lover interning at some groovy high tech company and there is little if anything you will be able to do outside of cross posting on every single outdoor forum, alerting every advertiser, etc. eventually you will get their attention.

JB
 
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