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Cambridgeshire...In need of field to shoot

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by AAS2OO, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. AAS2OO

    AAS2OO Well-Known Member

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    Hi.

    I just bought an AA S200 and now need somewhere to do some pest control. I have been shooting a short while and have been educated by my cousin 20 years my junior!

    I'm just on the outskirts of Peterborough so really anywhere within 20-30mins would be good.

    Thanks
     
  2. secretagentmole

    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    I would not shoot a field, they are notoriously difficult to skin and you can never find a pan big enough!

    Come on man, use your loaf, get some insurance then get on the ruddy phone, google and use yell to find farmers, paddocks, golf courses etc. You should pick up some farmland going into the Warboys/Ramsey/40 foot area.
     
  3. AAS2OO

    AAS2OO Well-Known Member

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    Thanks secretagent...I was just curious to see if there are others on the forum nearby who might say, come with us etc, or I've got some land...but you're right need to get the ins, is it only through BASC?
     
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    witch side of peterborough are you ?
     
  5. secretagentmole

    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    I personally have BASA Insurance, but am looking for something slightly better this year (still not going down the BASC route though, we do not need to pay for grouse preservation, we are shooting rabbits and pigeons in the fens not wandering around North Yorks with beaters looking for what appears to be -and is often used for - an outside dunny in the middle of the world's biggest heather patch).

    As long as you have some form of insurance owners of paddocks are happy in case you do come over all Mr Magoo and lump a pellet up the backside of Dobbin the three million quid wonder donkey in the third paddock! Permissions are usually closely guarded things, often promoting rabid fury if anybody else even looks at one (wait until you get one of your own). So the time is nigh to get out the email kit, do some phoning, perhaps even get some business cards done from Vistaprint for handing out to landowners. If you get invited round do not go in a suit, conversely do not go in a shell suit either. Think smart casual and you should be about right.

    Rehearse what you are going to say to, do not ring up and then sit there trying to think of what to say, have a script ready, somethign liek, " Hello am I speaking to the farmer?" is always a good opener. the when you are follow up with "I was wondering if you had a vermin problem anywhere on your land, you know, rabbits, pigeons, collared doves," Impress on them the fact you know your species, can kill effectively and will not leave the area looking like a bomb has hit it. You should get a permission, might take a few days, but once you get one and have built a reputation, trust me, more comes your way.

    Do not forget to look after your permission holder either, Christmas time ensure you get them a nice bottle of something, hell we even bought our turkey from one permission holder (turned out to be the best damned turkey we have ever had as well, so good we ordered two for this festive season before new year)! It makes life more pleasant for them if they get a little something from you, some may even appreciate the odd rabbit or pigeon or there (got one permission back after the house was sold and dropped off a pheasant there, well it was shot in his woods)!

    Keep them happy and they will try to keep you happy!
     
  6. AAS2OO

    AAS2OO Well-Known Member

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    Thank you very much...
     
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    AAS2OO Well-Known Member

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    Thorney...
     
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    larro1 Engaging Member

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    Why do people come on here and say i just got a gun and want to start on some pest control what is wrong with starting on paper or steel targets and build up knowledge of how the gun reacts to pellets ,wind, how it fits you, body position and so on and so forth and look at older threads on the same subject. When i came back to the sport it had changed so much so i had to do a lot of homework even before i bought a gun let alone go shooting live quarry let alone get a permission which i which i am still struggling with still even after months of trying so to get my shooting fix i joined a local club and shoot metal targets (HFT) and it is so addictive. Darran.
     
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    I second that!!!

    Permissions are earned not given!!! It just makes you appreciate them when you get one..
    There's a Shooting range at Yaxley if you need your shooting fix till you find a permission. Here's the web address
    www.herewardftc.co.uk/

    There are plenty of knowlegeable people there for advice and if your lucky someone might take you out for a hunt!!
     
  10. AAS2OO

    AAS2OO Well-Known Member

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    Lol...this is exactly the main reason I don't like forums. Offer something helpful and keep your opinion to yourself, I'm sure there is somewhere in the terms about keeping with the thread. And why cannot I not go out shooting live quarry and learn how it really works in the field? You don't know me or about my ability to shoot.
     
  11. AAS2OO

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    Yes I am aware of HFTC.

    I have access to fields through family already - thank you -as said I was really looking for more experienced people to join with and/or another source to shoot.
     
  12. Aussiethunder

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    I hope this is taken as constructive critisim..

    You've answered the main question in your last post, we dont know anything about you ..
    Placing the post on the forum that you have is like placing a ad in the paper..
    In polite terms you need to sell yourself..
    You need to tell me why should I take a complete stranger with little shooting experience out onto someone eles property??..
    I have no problem taking a newbie out for a hunt to give them a taste and show them the ropes but I have get to know them first..
     
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    That's my thoughts, I'm only a beginner but I wouldn't want someone I didn't know coming along for the first time and turning up having only shot a couple of targets in a mates garden etc, I've got a couple of permissions around the cambs/beds area but haven't even shot them yet as I don't feel confident enough in my ability, and I'm getting pellet on pellet every time at 30 yards, I haven't the experience with varying windage and Hold under/ over, one of my close mates is in the market for a pcp so were going to go up the range together and get our techniques down THEN go for the wabbits. Untill then my mates ferrets can keep working the fields for us.CheersJosh
     
  14. AAS2OO

    AAS2OO Well-Known Member

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    That's fair enough...some people are keen to share their knowledge/experience, others less so.

    I think it's important to have an understanding, but I don't think you have to wait until you're good enough to join the Olympic team either. I learn through experience, and I'm not going to wait until I'm a perfect shot with windage etc...The more I shoot the better I'll get. I'm not offended if people are shy about taking people out, it is something I can do on my own, given a bit more time...Thanks
     
  15. secretagentmole

    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    Practise is important though and a few hours down the range with a good sidewind blowing will help you understand when it comes to getting in the field. We use Sinclair Shooting Grounds little air rifle range, that is near Spalding, a fiver for the day job. You can have hours of fun down there!
     
  16. tatsumi

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    Guys please stick to topic, this is a friendly forum where constructive advice is welcome. No one goes into a new hobby with the right ideas and direction, equally we should not presume to know a mans actions behind the trigger without getting to know them.
    Im sure every shooter here remembers that one poor shot, the unclean kill that made you think on the next shots. Sadly thats somtimes the way but positives can be taken from it.

    Cheers,
    Ian
     

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