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No Woodies

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Andrew, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. Andrew

    Andrew Engaging Member

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    The forecast seemed ideal for a spot of wood pigeon shooting today. I dropped the kids into school and headed off to one of my permissions. I chucked a few decoys down and waited.. and waited ...and waited. Literally nothing, not even a corvid in the sky. After an hour of nothing I pack up my decoys and head back through another small wood on the permission. A squirrel bolts up the side of a tree and into a small hole 15ft up the tree but for what ever reason can't get in properly so his tails hanging out. I keep aim and the squirrel doubles back and pokes his head out. I take the shot and there's a loud thud but the squirrel doesn't even move at all, I re load and shoot again. Again a loud thud but no movement. Slowly the dead squirrel starts to slide out of the hole but it's back legs stop it from exiting the hole. It's just hanging limp from the tree 15ft up. I get out my catty and fire a few hex nuts at it to try and dislodge it. I then resort to lobbing a stick like a javelin which does the trick. Bit gutted I didn't get any woodies but a squizzer in the bag is always a good thing.
     

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    Nothing worse than putting in all that effort and things don't go to plan. Always Next time....:thumb:
     
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    One thing that did rub salt in the wounds was when I picked the kids up from school I could see from the school yard around 100 birds swirling around another one of my permissions on the mountain opposite! If I had only gone there instead, like you said though there's always next time.
     
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    Marky-Boy Just The Two + 1

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    Mate excellent shot one more than me today
     
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    mikeyhall1 Pepe Le Pew

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    Good bit of shooting there buddy
     
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    Never mind mate you got a squirrel, so not a waste is it, well done on the retrieve.
     
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    What gun is that ?
     
  8. Andrew

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    It's my trusty old mk1 rapid 7
     
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    Nice shooting buddy
     
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    It's never a wasted day getting away from it all. Good action is treated like a bonus in my book.

    Well done though mate, the pigeons will keep for next time....:thumb:
     
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    You are right, it's just nice being out in the countryside. I can see one permission from where I work, it's heaving with woodies today! They feeding on the acorns. Just need a day off now, roll on Friday!
     
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    I spend half my sessions gorping about to see where better ambush sights might be. If I'm walking along a hedgerow to a hide and a rabbit bolts through a fence, you can bet he'll be there again tomorrow. Or sitty trees where pigeons/corvids hang out certain times of the day, I'll pace out about 25-35 yards to see if there's a suitable place to batch up next time I'm there. My tundra tex guille suit helps out then...!

    Good luck Friday....:thumb:
     

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