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Land for shooting

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by p1ug1, Jun 22, 2014.

  1. p1ug1

    p1ug1 Active Member

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    Hi all, not sure what section this should have gone in.
    i live in a flat around the swindon area, eventually i want to do some hunting but am really struggling to find somewhere to practice shoot.
    I have looked at local clubs etc but they all seem to be open around the times im at work.
    Has anyone got any ideas or know of any land around the area as to where i can practice target shooting so that i can get enough accuracy to then look at getting a permission?
    many thanks
     
  2. mmamonster

    mmamonster Pro Poster

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    Google earth your area and go knocking on doors mate
     
  3. PaulJC

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    I'm in a very similar position to you, dont yet feel in a position to go knocking on doors and have no real space of my own to shot at home, i can manage about 15 yards at best here, so i have to go and pay for range time, so i have mostly shot targets at 25m indoors and shot the plinking range at the local airgun club when work shifts allow, there are plenty of clubs out there, just keep looking...
     
  4. p1ug1

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    yeah i know what you mean, im not quite confident enought to go knocking on peoples doors, especially seen as to start off with i wont be shooting live targets. Would feel a but rude just asking for the ok to shoot on the land. Shooting clubs all seem to be around the same times, but im not often free until around 6 most days. I really enjoy shooting but not sure the other half will put up with me using the hallway as a range much longer lol
     
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    tintin Engaging Member

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    Do you work permanent Sundays? and never have a Sunday off?. old Downs opens on a Sunday morning along with Barbury.
    Also once a member, you can shoot at Barbury FTC until dusk on a Wednesday
     
  6. Clubshot

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    Air Gun Clubs mostly operate @ Weekends - Bisley has 7 Day Access for Full Members

    Trouble is that Most Vermin Shoots get offered to Full Bore Shooters who are willing to pay for right to use their Fire Arms

    Also much land is being brought up by Land Groups that control Shooting rights - that can sell it on

    Might be lucky through forum boards to find a local Shooter that has Shooting rights

    Aware my Club Members have most of the Shooting Rights for most of the land around my Club @ Lea Valley

    Sure it the case around the Country -

    As club Central Contact I have often been asked if my Members can Control - Vermin with Air Gun's -

    BOB/R
     
  7. chevin

    chevin Keyboard Hero

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    It took me a month to build up my confidence to go and knock on a farmers door and to my surprise he said yes, maybe because he is also a shooter I don't know.

    But just be positive and give it a go any things worth a try to be able to shoot in your own space.
     
  8. simonc_here

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    To be honest that was exactly what I did first off. I asked a local farmer if I could shoot down the track at the edge of one of his fields.
    He looked a bit confused but said sure after checking I had insurance. He said he didn't need anyone to shoot the pests as he and his son did it, but was fine with me shooting targets down the edge of a field.

    try it, you never know.

    Simon
     
  9. p1ug1

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    thanks all for the replies, looks like im gunna have to do some looking around and see if i can get a farmer to let me use some land. Fingers crossed.
     
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    I got a bollo cking Saturday from a gamekeeper who asked me to deal with the vermin on a 600 acre shoot. I haven't been yet and he offered me the shoot three weeks ago. Some people NEED your help so don't be afraid to ask.
     
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    you dont ask, you dont get. put a bit of legwork in and ask the local farmers if its ok to just 'plink' on their land. leave the permissions/hunting till later when you're a confident and accomplished shot. if you get the go ahead to shoot on some land, you never know where it may lead, as you've put your face about.
     
  12. Tadpole

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    Last Saturday evening on the way to one of my permissions I called in to find out about a good size plot of ground I had see rabbits running about on.
    I found out by chatting to a workman the name & number of the landowner, called at the house with no response.
    A telephone call also drew a blank, popped a personal letter explaining the events to date & offer to 'help' with the rabbit problem.

    Last evening I spent twenty minutes chatting to the best sort of landowner you could wish for, 'help yourself & could I have a rabbit please' needles to say a good supply of rabbit is the least we can do.

    The conversation ended with the gentleman saying 'it's nice to chat to someone' so you see a little research & gentle approach job done.
    I hope this gives some of you guys encouragement to keep at it, look out for the results of this new permission on my 'Youtube' channel soon ..... :coffee:
     
  13. tintin

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    I spoke to a lady at one of the garden centres and managed to bring the conversation over to 'land owners'. It turned out that she and her husband had 9 acres of land and that there was a rabbit and squirrel population that was getting out of hand.
    When I went to visit, it turned out that they had the remains of a castle with a moat on the edge of the land - the local village had been built from robbed stone, leaving only part of the battlements remaining. Probably the most magical and unusual permissions that I have ever had the privilege of shooting on.
    I spent a lot of time at that garden centre and picked up another parcel of land from a race horse owner.
    If you don't go out there you won't find.
    I will repeat what I said on another thread, go out into the country pubs and play darts, you will meet loads of lads who work for the local land owners. Once you get to know them, they are a great source of information.
    Dave
     
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  14. p1ug1

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    Hi all, done a bit of asking about through people i know and today i went to see someone about shooting on some land, for the time being i have now managed to secure 114 acres, including open fields and forest areas. While walking around with the bloke today i saw rabbits, pigeons, pheasants the odd squirrel. Just have to get my shooting up to speed now so i can go and have some fun :)
     
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    I'm not too sure that I class killing Gods critters as being fun.
    I enjoyed being able to use my hunting skills to assist the landowner in controlling pests and in being able to bring food to the table.
    You need to have respect for your quarry whether they are a pest or not.
    Don't forget that you have two good shooting places nearby, Barbury FTC and Old Downs.
    It's good that you manged to get some land with permission to shoot on. Just make sure that your skills are up to the job.
    Good luck and keep us informed on how you get on.
     
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  16. p1ug1

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    I didnt mean that in the way it came across, i do have respect for the quarry, if i didnt i would already be shooting on the land, something that i would never do until i can guarantee a clean kill.
     
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    Don't worry about it. The important thing is that you have got the right attitude, and you are going about it the right way.
    When I originally started shooting I didn't have any intention of hunting, it sort of happened.:)
     

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