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Open ground, canny rabbits.

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Size12, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. Size12

    Size12 Busy Member

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    Hi guys I could do with a bit of advice. I have a new permission (photo attached pointed field top left) all open ground with a bunnie problem along the top edge, the problem is all the ponds you can see are used by anglers, so hiding in the field and shooting north is not an option. There is a dried up trench running the length of field where a lot of the warrens are with a wire fence on top the land at other side of fence Is the fishing ponds and off limits.

    I have always worked with the wind in my face and led down in some brush but I cannot get anywhere near the rabbits they always stay annoyingly out of range.
    I have had 2 fruitless trips now and getting a little disheartened. I did get one woodie but it flapped off and died in the fishery tree line. DOH
    I am wondering weather to go FAC if I could get land cleared! Would it be better to go for ticket or ask if Land could be passed first with feo?

    Thanks in advance.
     

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    Have you thought about lamping?
     
  3. Size12

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    I am going to have to try, the only reason I haven't so far is that the fisheries are a weird lot and would probably complain. As there cabin is open to field so can see everything that happens.
     
  4. secretagentmole

    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    Why not shoot from the fisheries side into the fields so that way no anglers get the assistance of .22 at 8 fpe!
     
  5. Size12

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    I doubt I would get permission from fisherie tbh
     
  6. toytown

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    have have you thought about shooting along the hedge line, make yourself a portable prone hide. get a strip of very thin light wood i used 3mm plye, 3 sections 70cm x 40cm ish get some cabinet hinges and put the together so they fold flat and cut a a big notch out of the middle one so you can see then cover it in some came net and get a bit of rope as a sling. then you can set it and lay behind it when on open ground, its a pain carrying it but if you dont need to move much they are grand. ok you may spook them on approach but if you stay low and move slowly they wont go far.
     
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    you wont know until you ask,i would get there very early if in the evening and position my self along the hedgerow,start at one end and just move down abit at time when you have shot a couple.start at the pointy end of the field say on a monday and just work your way down over the next few days/weeks.
     
  8. secretagentmole

    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    Do not forget you are not firing into the fisheries, the rabbit on the other hand can be doing a lot of damage to the banks! Point that out to them and if they have dug nice large scrapes by the waters edge there could be a drowning if someone trips and falls in, these are things to tell the fishery! Get in that hedge and fire into the field!
     
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    Night Vision, static shooting from a hide, leave for a few days at a time. You will be covert , no grief from fisheries and you will soon get them under control. Plenty of cheap night vision out there you can even make your own for under a ton. Hope this helps atb.
     
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    im sure if you explained about the rabit problem and the mear fact you dont wish to risk a shot that could end up on their property should show them youre a respectiable chap and playing by he rules.... and after all you dont want to shoot their land just use it to change the direction of fire!
     
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    night vision might help :)
     
  12. r10hunter

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    Would the land owner let you put up some pallet hides ( old pallets set up in a V) set a few up and leave the rabbits to get used to them. Then hide in them as and when. Cheers Andy
     
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  13. Size12

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    Thanks everyone for the tips it has given me a lot of food for thought. As you have said I have nothing to lose by asking the fisheries. I guess I don't want to upset them as this is a new permission and I got the feeling from the landowner they are a bit anti! I will try a few ideas out and let you know how I get on.
    Thanks
    Jon
     
  14. Dan Giliballs

    Dan Giliballs Dave Boy Green ate my Trifle!!!!

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    what acreage is the permission?
     
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    If the rabbits are right out in the open, you could try lamping it with dogs. Always worth a try.
     

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