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First shoot on new perm.

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by the dog, Sep 19, 2014.

  1. the dog

    the dog Petrol engines do NOT like diesel

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    Went to my new shooting perm last night after a quick reccy on Tuesday. I got there at about 45 mins before the light went and had a good walk around with the owner. As I posted earlier in the week, he has seen a few rats about the place. He also mentioned the rabbits at the end of his field but they won't be getting any attention from me until he has got rid of his bull LOL.
    Amongst other features that will need further investigation at a later date, they have five large pig 'paddocks', each with a feeding tray which the rats frequent. He also has several chicken, turkey and peacock sheds / cages and some green houses.
    Rats were on the menu for this first shoot.
    I quickly checked zero on the gun, which was spot on at 10 yrds. Chosen weapon for the evening was the .22 BSA Bowkett R10 bought recently off Droid on the forum, topped with 2.5 x 10 Varmint and NS50 night sight. Given that I only had 3 hours available I edged my bets and decided to 'set up camp' in an area that gave me a good line of sight on the bird sheds and a section of one of the pig pens. I put a bit of bait down in an attempt to halt any rats which passed through the area, as I had not as yet positively determined where they would be coming from. Its all a learning curve at the moment. My suspicions were that they would be heading to one of the pig feeders or the bird cages. I sat there on my carp chair, NV monocular in hand, and waited for activity.
    Within 15 mins of the light disappearing, I saw my first rat to the right of one of the chicken sheds. It was a BIG SOD as well :eek:, later confirmed at 14" from nose to root of tail. I'd paced out the distance to the spot earlier so knew it was near as damn it 10 yards. Single shot to the head and it was 1 down. 5 mins later another appeared which suffered the same fate. Then I discovered I'd picked the perfect spot, as around 4 pairs of glowing targets appeared under the chicken shed through a missing wooden board. There was obviously a nest there. Over the next 90 minutes anything brave enough to venture out was dispatched. I shot a good few through the gap also, deffo pole axed as the unmistakeable sight of helicopter tail could be seen through the NV. It then went strangely quiet so I decided to have a bit of a tidy up. I collected 15 corpses, including another couple of monsters, and put them to one side. I could only recover one from under the shed however. Upon closer inspection, there was a huge network of holes underneath. I can only presume that the rest had either fallen in or had been dragged in by the other residents. I made a concious decision at that point not to shoot any further rats unless they could be recovered i.e. they were clear of the shed. I didn't want to risk any bad smells that could potentially annoy the owners. A further half a dozen 'rolands' ventured out and were dispatched. Again it went quiet, in as much that no further targets came clear of the shed. Whether it was the fact that lots of their mates were missing or they sensed some other danger, maybe my gun mounted NV was throwing some light off my face, I don't know. I may have to sit a bit further back in future. I saw many other glowing pairs of eyes through the gap but none ventured out. It was time to leave anyway, so I packed up and headed home with the biggest grin on my face. :D Over twenty dead rats recovered.
    Can't wait for my next visit. Lots of different areas to suss out, not least the green houses which have signs of rat activity. Maybe another nest.
    I'm a lucky puppy :D
     
  2. themadspread

    themadspread Donator

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    boy would i love a rat perm give em hell my son
     
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    :) sounds like a good perm , how areyou planning to cope with the greenhouses ? nice write up atb gary
     
  4. Elk hunter

    Elk hunter Keyboard Hero

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    I see no pictures, but sounds like a good night. I've never shot many rats as the farm cats keep on top of it up the farm theses days....bummer.

    Andrew
     
  5. the dog

    the dog Petrol engines do NOT like diesel

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    Greenhouses will be a challenge. A ditch runs parallel with them which I suspect may be a means of access for them. There is a strip of grass between the two which I think I need to trim. Might offer a shooting area. I will post some piccys after my next visit. Hopefully I may have some video also.
     

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