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Good news Return To The Ancient Wood

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Shoto1, Mar 17, 2019.

  1. Shoto1

    Shoto1 Donator

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    I headed back to the ancient wood early this morning, following on from yesterday‘s visit, which was far too windy to shoot quarry.

    Upon arrival, it was immediately obvious the weather had calmed down, with a brighter sky and much less wind.
    The walk in was extremely pleasant, as I contemplated whether the feeders would see any visitors during my session.

    To keep things light and fast, I decided to take the Leisy on its own, again with the .25 calibre barrel fitted, (350 mm).

    I walked cautiously but unusually did not see any squirrel activity.
    (They often run along the boundary fence or high up in the trees).

    Upon arrival at the feeders, everything was quiet and still.
    After a few minutes I was installed in the man-made hide and after quickly checking my zero I sat and waited.
    I noticed the wind had started to pick up again and the temperature was decreasing rapidly; it’s amazing how things can turn around in such a short period of time.
    Fortunately, I had anticipated such an event and made sure I was well wrapped up for the long wait.

    Having recently installed another feeder, (still visible from my current position but too far away to shoot), I would occasionally look through the rangefinder to see if any of the greys were in that location.
    There didn’t seem to be any activity but then I spotted one sitting on top of the feeder, happily getting stuck in to the peanuts.
    With no luck at the feeders in front of me, I decided to exit the hide and quietly work my way around to the position of the other feeder.

    I could see a few greys coming down the trees in the background and heading towards my location, which was by now standing behind a tree with two forked branches, with the Leshiy resting on my Primos tripod.
    (It would have made too much noise to go inside the natural holly bush hide, I previously created).

    I was very still as I was sure the grey at the base of the feeder tree could sense my presence.
    Anticipating it’s fast departure, I waited until it was side on and launched 20gr of H&N FTT, which connected very hard, doing its job.

    After returning and more waiting at the original Hide, I decided to relocate my position to the new ‘Holly Hide’ which is extremely well concealed and surprisingly warm and snug.
    I could still see the other feeders but felt sure that I was now in the best place...
    Wrong.....

    Two greys were at the original feeder and doing a good job of eating as many nuts as they could..
    I couldn’t sit still any longer, (secretly enjoying the back and forth stalking between locations).

    Leaving my seat and rucksack behind, creeping back and behind the first location, not going in as I would have been spotted.
    I positioned myself behind the rear camo netting, deployed the trigger sticks and dispatched the grey on the feeder.
    Another huge whack at just over 20 yards, dropping it to the ground.

    Even though it was interesting going back and forth, I will eventually move one of the feeders further into the wood, I also have another one planned for next month.

    I’m hoping to make a decent dent in their numbers but will focus on shooting at one feeder location per visit.
    (I like sitting in my chair watching the world go by).

    I was very pleased with today’s trip and look forward to future sessions in the wood.

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  2. rizla1

    rizla1 The welsh shepherd.

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    Nice pictures and well done on the 2 squirrels :thumb:
     
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  3. Dr B

    Dr B Journeyman

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    Lovely write up and pictures as always Anthony :thumb:
    Did the natural hide stand up well to the winds or did you need to do some TLC?
    I often find going to the woods after a storm is a good way of getting new natural hide materials from the woodland floor.
     
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    Tadpole Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    Thanks for taking us along on your morning in the wood, good result ... :thumb:
     
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  5. Rattymcrattyface

    Rattymcrattyface Nobody's honkin' Manilow

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    Should write a book Shoto. Tales of the hunter:thumb:
     
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  6. Treecreeper

    Treecreeper Based

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    A great write up Shoto. It reminds me of the sort of articles I used to read in Airgun World about 35 years ago :thumb:
     
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    It was more akin to ‘Tales of the unexpected’ this morning :facepalm:
     
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  8. Shoto1

    Shoto1 Donator

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    @Dr B

    Thanks.

    The ‘Holly Hide’ was almost ready to use, all I needed to do was a bit of chipping and chopping and it was good to go.

    A solid evergreen structure, that should serve very well indeed.

    Luckily, it’s 26 yards from the feeder tree :cool:

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  9. Dr B

    Dr B Journeyman

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    That'll do nicely!
     
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    Glad you had a better day today mate :up:
     
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    Marky-Boy Just The Two + 1

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    I enjoyed that I was almost there

    Great shooting and lovely pics
     
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  12. steevie dan

    steevie dan Big Poster

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    Excellent pics and result mate, excellent write up, love the natural hide, well done.
     
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    mikeyhall1 Pepe Le Pew

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    Nice shooting Anthony, and awesome photos

    What a beautiful location.
     
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    Jagdwaffen Suns up guns up

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    Belter Anthony....
     
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    Mark246 Donator

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    Great read Shoto and nice shooting :up:
     
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    skewey Engaging Member

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    Look forward to the next instalment.:loser:
     
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    pbrown Bunghole

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    In somewhere as beautiful as that why not, life couldn't get any better. :up:
     
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    Very nice mate! Great shooting! Looks fun

    I do love the edgun! I know teds holdover bashed them but how do you find it for such a small compact unit? I know you’re shooting the big stuff but long range accuracy good?




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    The Iceman Well-Known Member

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    Great write up Shoto :thumb:

    Cheered my Monday morning, before work, up no end. :):up:

    atb Mark.
     
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    Thanks @Reevo17

    My Leshiy is excellent at longer range too, the LW barrels are first class.

    My current setup has .17, .22 & .25 barrels (.20 will be along soon).
     
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