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Morning Woodland ~ Greys On The Increase.

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Shoto1, Jun 2, 2019.

  1. Shoto1

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    It was a warm start to proceedings in the ancient wood this morning.
    The sun already burning through, upon my early arrival.

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    I also visited yesterday, primarily to retrieve / check another trail camera and inspect the feeders; in particular the new one, further in the wood.

    The greys have started chewing the edges of the feeder platform. (Image from this morning).

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    I was setup in the new camo hide chair, which is working very well; the portability is great.

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    Once again it was the .22 350mm barrel Leshiy/ JSB Hades / coffee and Twix combo. :cool:

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    Four taken during the session, but it could have been more, as I wasted some other opportunities and only had limited time on this visit.

    I observed from the hides side window that one grey came to a stop within a few feet, before bouncing towards the feeder for a clean dispatch.
    Clearly demonstrating how well concealed I was.
    As long as they don’t see movement, all should be well....

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    I feel the decision to install a new feeder will pay dividends in the coming weeks.
    The trail camera picked up over 900 visits during the last week...:eek:
    There was constant squirrel traffic, from early morning to sunset.

    I need to plan a full days shooting and pack a stack of Twix bars..

    Roll on next weekend.
     
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    Dr B Journeyman

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    Great shooting Bud. :thumb: Looks like a busy summer ahead.
     
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    Great shooting and now I'm craving twix now:D
     
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    oedbachgen Major Poster

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    Great shooting and great pics Shoto1:thumb:, Give me a shout next time you go, I like Twix bars:D
     
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    Excellent as usual mate, well done.
     
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    Good shooting Anthony :up:. The greys are getting a right bashing lately.
     
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    Nice job mate. I went to my feeder location on Friday afternoon and shot five in just over an hour and a half. Then wife rang for a lift home from work, which is on my way home so I wasn't too bothered, the supply had dried up as it happened.
    It seems to me that there are territories where the squirrels are concerned, so each time I knock off the dominant residents, it takes a day or two for the underlings to make their move into the area. Does anybody else have the same opinion or am I imagining it?

    As for the Twix, I agree with your choice, after all, Topic bars are taboo... What has a hazelnut in every bite? Why, it's squirrel sh*te isn't it?
     
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    good job done shoto:thumb:
     
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    @Brooksy

    Thanks - I think you’re correct about territories etc.
    It doesn’t take long for an area to repopulate.

    ‘Topic bar’ Lol - I laughed like a drain. :D:up:
     
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    Sure thing @oedbachgen

    I stocked up on the way home; here is your one :p

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  11. Marky-Boy

    Marky-Boy Just The Two + 1

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    AWSOME!
    Beautiful pics
    Great shooting mate
    Likey A Lot!
     
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    Marky-Boy Just The Two + 1

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    Ps is your Permission in heaven?
    (That’s the beer)
    That first pic is absolutely stunning
    Stunning
    Stunning
    STUNNING!
     
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    Cheers ~ it’s a little piece of heaven.

    Most definitely, without doubt, my favourite permission..:)
     
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    rizla1 The welsh shepherd.

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    Nice shooting and great pictures :thumb:
    Im a kit kat man myself :D
     
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    Beautiful mate Beautiful lucky boy
     
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    Jagdwaffen Suns up guns up

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    Great post Anthony
     
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    robs5230 If it's a springer, it will be oversprung

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    Nice shooting Anthony.
    Just renewed on of my grey perms today so I'll be giving it some shortly.
    After thinking I'd hit them hard over winter, they haven't half reproduced.

    I must sort a feeder. I like the look of yours
     
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    Hi Brooksy
    No, squirrels are not territorial in a 'pure' sense. But they are in a soft sense. So, there can be dominant males and females, but they all share and cross-breed within a space - so no they are not dominant in that sense, but there can be a pecking order in terms of feeding and drey occupation - but its not extreme..:thumb:
     
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    Use a flip top, would be my advice....:thumb:....best of luck....
     
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    I've often wondered about this over the last six years, which was when I bought my first rifle and then got my first grey. It was September 2013 and we had squirrels all over my garden (I live about quarter of a mile inside the M25 in Surrey) and with holes appearing in the lawn and concerns over plant and tree damage, not to mention a love of songbirds, I decided to start culling them.
    In the first couple of weeks I had shot about ten greys and then noticed instead of seeing them every day it would be a day or so before a couple would appear and be dispatched. By the Christmas I had shot approximately 30 greys and by the following Christmas the total was about 85.
    From then on it seemed as if I could go a week or so without seeing one and then get two or three in a week. I also noticed that for about a couple of hundred yards around my house the population was less dense and I wasn't seeing them as frequently as when we moved in.
    I have continued to put out Tesco's hazlenut and chocolate spread but don't bother nowadays unless I see one in the vicinity of my garden and then I can almost guarantee it will pick up the smell and I will get it within a day or two.
    Jump forward to today and I am waiting to see any sign of number 200, as number 199 was dispatched a week ago. I feel really good about my 'control' of greys in this area as there is no doubt they have been thinned out and merely trickle back in, unlike six years back when there was a high level of activity. Six years ago I never saw thrushes or many baby birds and I am sure the greys and magpies were responsible, especially as the magpies would be seen in flocks, or is it parliaments, of up to seventeen........but no longer! Today the garden is full of baby thrushes, blackbirds, tits and robins, and I can hear birdsong at a level I had almost forgotten existed in our gardens.
    Oh dear, two maggies have just flown over the garden, pity I can't do anything to control them any more..........:rolleyes: ( that's me looking wistfully up at them!)
    Jim
     
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