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Today was a flop.

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by engraver, Oct 3, 2014.

  1. engraver

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    So I returned to the field on my other permission this morning expecting some crows, but no crows in sight.

    So I threw the hide up got snug loaded the Rapid mag and sat it out anyway for an hour or three![​IMG]

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    I only had 5 crow decoys and a Maggie decoy but expected crows to be wanting to come onto the field anyway but it wasn't happening.

    After what seemed like an age I heard a Maggie chatter in the distance so I put the gun on sticks and did a distress call through my crow caller, it brought it straight in, but if anything too close almost landing in the hide with me, as it chattered away no further than 15 ft away I rushed the shot a bit as it looked flighty but was pretty sure I put a pellet straight through the thickest part of the birds back, which should have dropped it, but no.

    I say feathers and the bird managed to get to a nearby hedgerow with the last of the oxygen in its veins, now that kind of shot I would say does work better with a bigger pellet than a .177 JSB which my rapid likes, dam I hate it when that happens.

    Then the next arrival was a great big crow it finally touched down after 5 or 6 circles of the field cawing away, with the 45 yrd ranger decoy I knew where to go and adjusted the wind and caught a glimpse of the pellet in flight against the birds dark feathers, straight for the head and pop, perfect shot he just rolled on his back.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    I thought I want me some more of them! but I waited and waited, then suddenly out of the blue a jackdaw lands, about 35 yrds out, so same again, popped it, but it went down squarking like mad, so recocked the gun and put another shot in it, and it pinned it down, I then made the error of leaving the gun in the hide and going to collect it, I got ten yrds off it and it jumped up like nothing happened and hopped off a great speed, I hopped after it and couldn't grap it in time for it to get to a hedgerow that was in penetrable for me, so again I wasn't happy that's two in one session, but that's hunting it happens sometimes, in fact even with the shotgun, so It was just that wind that took my shots off millimetres from a clean head shots.

    I was feeling rather demoted by this point when a lone woodie landed, so carefull ain this time and I managed an awkward angle head shot this time good straight through the head from the diagonal.

    Then just as I was thinking of leaving a group of what I thought were ferals landed but after zooming in with the lightstream I could see rings on their legs so I just watched from a far, as they were out of bounds.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    Never mind cant win them all, like I says that's hunting, anyone who claims never to have a bad days sometimes with airguns is a better man than me.[​IMG]

    I did get some ratting on the way back though the farmer tells me he has some rats in the cowsheds so I may have to give this NV lark a go sometime.:up:
     
  2. DR2501

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    Sounds like a good day to me mate, better than being sat behind this desk anyway!
     
  3. engraver

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    Thanks mate.

    I just wanted results as a farmer has asked me to string some dead crows on some canes around his field but when you want some you cant get any:D
     
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    Indeed a good day for you , better than working in a nut house in Nottingham !

    Great write up as per normal :up:
     
  5. engraver

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    When you put it like that mate yes lol it was.

    But im paying for it now that hide was uncomfy my back is killing me, forgot my fold up chair.

    If there is one thing i learned young about fishing and shooting is its as enjoyable as you are comfy.
     
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    Are you asking for sympathy because your back is hurting due to you spending all day hunting ? , I'm sure the retired lads will be along to give you some when they have woken from their nap :D
     
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    Comfort yes that's why I loved fishing for big barbel two rods pointing at the sky and me on a bedchair with a coffee, but It's nice to be comfy with a rifle in your hands.
    ATB.
     
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    Fantastic post with excellent photos - great set up there:up:
    Enjoyed reading it.
     
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    Yet another great post Elliot all in all a good day! atb Paul.
     
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    Not bad at all,at least you got out & about.:)
     
  11. engraver

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    Well thanks lads I expected a pile of them to be honest as the night before it was black over with them.

    But that's the way it goes sometimes, its getting much harder to decoy anything and with the first pheasant shoot of the season on the land tomorrow I cant really be using the shotgun as much.

    Im just looking forward to the frost if we get any as there is plenty of rape been planted around my permission, so I may get some winter decoying to come yet Ill have to just see how it goes.

    Thanks for reading anyway.:up:
     
  12. jps norton

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    Really enjoyed reading your hunting thread :up:
    Great photos and account of the session.
    Wish I was less busy with work to be able to get out more myself, even more so with the evenings drawing in
     
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    A good honest tale there Elliot.

    Happens to the best of us at times I'm sure, but refreshing to read a hunting trip "warts n all" mate.

    Enjoyed that bud.:)
     
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    Sometimes mate I think maggies are made of rubber, I hit one yesterday crossing straight in front of me, with two barrels of the shotgun, maybe only a few pellets connected but I hit it I know because I saw feather both shots, and in that split second after the first barrel I thought this is one of "those" invincible or lucky maggies.

    I don't know about cats having nine lives but maggies have Im sure.

    So anyway I only managed that one as using the semi auto I had another third shot in the chamber, and peppered it again for it to go down in some sugar beat but it still didn't hit the deck head first it hit the ground running!

    So its so satisfying when you do a real clean shot on a Maggie using an airgun isn't it?

    I do think of all the quarry we are allowed to shoot with airguns, that I seemed to kill more maggies in my .22 days, with body shots for sure.

    My .177s just go through them like butter at close range, but 50 yrders drop like stones, I just put it down to overpenetration at close range, as they don't take much piercing a maggies body like do they?
     
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    nice one Elliot its usually rabbits or rats for me and its a real red letter day if i manage to get a maggie or a crow ! so its a resounding well done from me ! atb gary
     
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    You may have thought the day was a "Flop". But the photos and write up was the usual excellent standard.
     

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