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Air Skinning Rabbits - a new technique

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by tinmanofkent, Aug 25, 2014.

  1. tinmanofkent

    tinmanofkent Tiger King

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    Had a bit of a jolly last weekend with Andrew (Elk Hunter). His friend Neil from the Scotland syndicate had some land he shot belonging to his brother. Neil had a very impressive night vision scope, he must have spent many thousands on it as when I looked through it in the dark of night it was as clear as day, with the exception that everything was green. I believe it was a Gen 3 night vision unit and really was the state of the art. Neil is set up and to be honest is mad for fox shooting. This was great news for Andrew and I as Neil was happy for us to shoot as many rabbits on the land as we liked and there was certainly no shortage. We shot 16 rabbits in the evening using Rapid 7's until dusk, then switching to 22 rimfire with the Pitch Black Hunter NV mounted on top. At the end of the night we had accounted for 16 rabbits and one young wood pigeon that had apparently fallen from a nest following a loud firework and was unable to fly.

    My favourite part of the evening was the last field I went to by myself. If I'm honest I think Andrew and Neil had become tired of my stumbling noisily through the night and told me to go have a play by myself in the last field while they sorted their gear by the car. All I can say is when I looked through the night vision what I saw resembled a carnival duck-shoot only with rabbits. They were very obliging sitting nice and still as I picked them off, one beside the other. Andrew later told me that Neil suspected I was missing the same rabbit over and over again judging by the number of shots they could both hear. I was like a kid in a sweet shop.
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    We posed for a snap with the bunnies laid out in the barn before gutting them and popping them in the fridge in fur over night. The next morning we decided to try skinning the rabbits with compressed air. Here is the new video showing how we got on...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MqEYvh488U&list=UUWwTzc9VwPoLBWMSrzNJI5w
     
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    Sounds like you all had a great time lads.
    I bet you loved the N/V mate
     
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    Nice bag there mate butI think the video would have been better with the Benny Hill soundtrack :D
     
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    Such a fun weekend with James, we defently laughed way more than we shot. We lived like kings for the weekend, lunches with home cooked ham sandwiches and cake, to roe deer lasagne for dinner and bison steak with chips.
    Hardest part was getting him to go home.

    Looking forward to James joining me on a red stag cull later this month. More fun shooting, gutting and skinning on a larger scale. Like the video.

    Andrew
     
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    Great stuff lads, sounds like you had a good time, that's what its about when you have a get together.

    With that barrel Andrew you could just waft it around in the dark and I reckon you would knock a few rabbits on the head:D seriously though what power and cal is that one mate? looks very pokey:eek:

    So James how did you find your new Rapid?
     
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    I haven't actually got my new rapid yet, Neil very kindly lent me his but it was awesome!

    My Rapid is arriving next weekend and I intend to go straight out shooting.
     
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    Good stuff James any probs with it Ill try and advise you the best I can.

    Its a mk2 isn't it mate? what cal did you get?
     
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    The origonal barrel was copped and had a bad crown job when I bought it. So I managed to get a other barrel but it was 21" screw cut. I'd every intention to have it recut and crowned, but I was in such a hurry to put it on I haven got round to it. The barrel shoots amazingly well even though the rapid is sub 12lb.
    I know is long but when I've the time and energy I'll chop it.

    Andrew.
     
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    Great stuff lads cheers for sharing

    Atb
    Nath
     
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    It's a .22 MK 2 rapid. I believe all the seals have been pressure checked and are okay.

    I've got to say I love the weight and balance.
     
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    Good stuff.
     

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