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badger assist

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by nobbybonez, Sep 28, 2014.

  1. nobbybonez

    nobbybonez Busy Member

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    hi, just thought i'd share last nights events with you all, was a lovely evening, so decided to take a mooch about the permission next door wit the HMR. set out as the light as fading with the NV in my pocket, five mins walk and im set up on a hedge between two fields that horses grow in. it didn't take too long for my first opportunity, a young rabbit belted out of the hedge not ten yards away and sat looking right at me. very slowly i managed to get the rifle moved into a position where i could take a shot, lined up on the blurry form through the scope and let him have it. bit short range, but aimed over him and a clean kill. waited here for a bit longer, taking three more before darkness fell.

    getting the NV on the rifle, i wandered on, past two fields with nothing in, to a hedge boundary between four fields. setting up on the bipod off the hedge, i could see numerous eyeshine across the field. one pair of eyes under the gate the other side of the field - fox, a no-no on this perm. there were also three rabbits and a badger making his way through the middle of them.

    i waited until the badger was well clear to one side of the group and took the first rabbit with a solid heady. lining up on the second, i fired... and got a hit, but it was not a good one and left the poor fella doing rapid circles on the spot. as i quickly cycled the bolt and lined up the NV for a follow up shot, in steamed the badger from left of view and grabbed the rabbit! it gave it a proper sorting, tossing it about like a rag-doll, rabbit squealing good for a few seconds. stunned, i watched as the badger happily finished it off and began to chow on its head :eek: i was able to approach with a torch and sit some six feet away, watching him munch happily for a min or so before he wandered off...

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    now, i knew badgers will eat all sorts, and that they are opportunistic feeders, but the speed and aggression it showed were pretty surprising. when you think you've seen it all, along comes something to show you otherwise. :eek:

    i finished the evening with 17 rabbits in total, but i think i will note down 16 1/2 on my tally for the year. cheers up to the badger for the assist... :cool:
     
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  2. Glyn

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    Badgers are grumpy vicious animals when they want to be, but I suppose you have to be if your hunting for your food. Good write up though. A few more weeks target practice and I will be on the lookout for a perm, got a few farmers I know that might be interested but you never know till you ask I suppose.
     
  3. themadspread

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    ive seen badgers munching on a dead muntjack roadkill on the side of the road before
     
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    not seen much of badgers myself except on youtube and they were actively digging kits out to kill. i was talking to a farmers son who said they can and do damage a lot of crops with their wanderings too !
     
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    Nice little write up thx! Reminds me of when my brother and I went ratting with NV. He took out a little bunny and almost as soon as it stopped moving we watched a pair of beady little eyes moving rapidly up and down where it had dropped. Obviously it was a rat and its eyes did not move up and down for very long... After the session we went over and looked. A large area of fur had been stripped by the rat from the rabbits thigh prior to its intended sit down meal. Its amazing how quickly wild life will move in and clear up. I knew that badgers could be aggressive, but not to the extent of finishing off the lame, walking wounded and old.....
     
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    We lost all our ornamental chickens and the productive ones too - to a badger. They are apex predators make no mistake. They are not the cute, earthworm munching creatures they are purported to be - they kill for a pastime. The maize and cereals they can destroy has to be seen to be believed.
     
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    I've lost two shot rabbits recently to badgers, the other night one was ruining my night so I started to shoot rats from the berry bushes and he moved in and polished them off!

    Pesky critters!
     
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    hmm, beginning to think that i may have lost a chicken to badgers a while back. assumed it was fox, but it only took the one from a small pen, rather than killing the lot as they often do.
     

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