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Tomorrow Looks Promising

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Dr B, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. Dr B

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    So, been out tonight and swapped the camera cards and topped up a couple of feeders with some nice goodies. The feeders have been hit very hard this week though I've been unable to get into the woods to hit them due to work commitments.

    I've tweaked the netting / hides after the xmas hiatus - all looking good now.

    Weather looks mixed, but lots of fair weather should happen....we'll see. Some wind forecast, but again, we'll just have to see.

    Magazines now loaded and ready. Two AA S410s charged up and zero checked. Looking forward to a weekend in the woods as the misses is away....!! My spider senses tell me it might a good days shooting (well, cam footage.....:thumb:)


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    Im out on squizzers tomorrow a/n :thumb:
     
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    What set up you taking for company? The Rapid?
     
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    Looks great drb
     
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    Spot the feeder
     
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    DR B do you think you are winning the battle of protecting the Reds from the Greys up there?
     
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    What time should I be their :D
     
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    Looking very good, the very best of luck
     
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    Great question. I would say yes, and we have clear evidence for this. However, I'd also add a caveat.

    So, in my article for the BASC magazine that I wrote about a year ago I published some data from a squirrel group. There was clear evidence that grey culls were correlated with increased sightings of reds. On some woodland I shoot, the reds have come back within the last 2-4 years after having been absent for about 10-12 years. On one permission a few of us have taken well over 1000 greys in about 6-8 years. On another I used to get 300-500 camera images over a two day period on feeders, and now its in the low 10s.

    We have been able to strengthen their (the reds) stronghold and extend their region back into woods they did once enjoy - but its slow going, requires a coordinated approach and lots of people working together. The cases of parapox are way down, but do occur from time to time - but numbers of reds have increased noticably in recent years. They are indeed, fighting back.

    The fight continues because all our data are of course based on the woodland we are allowed to shoot - we've no idea how bad the situation is in land that does not have a squirrel project in there and we've got our eye on a few really promising bits of woodland that we've not gotten into yet. The trick is to cover lots of woodland in an area, so the greys have nowhere to hide, hit the woods in parallel and in concert if possible (with fellow shooters) and keep it sustained, all year long. :thumb:

    I am concerned for the reds, but they are recovering in certain areas - the projects are working but the greys can be relentless at times.
     
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    Wish the numbers were the other way round more reds than Grey's may be in the future
     
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    Haha....love it...! But i note you own some .177s.....so you'll get stopped on the M6 and asked to turn around by the police.....its like Game of Thrones round ere.....:facepalm::):):thumb:
     
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    Plenty 22s though:D
     
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    Me too buddy.....:thumb::thumb:
     
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    Seen a few but not loads we have wood full off Grey's no one can shoot it
     
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    Looks like you've got a nice little permission there, what's that in the tree above the pheasant ?
     
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    Cheers Bud it is nice, and very extensive. It's a bird feeder (contains fat balls when i can remember to top it up!!!)
     
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    I did think it was something for birds or the squirrels but I wasn't sure.
     
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    I went out this afternoon, only saw 1 squizzer, i think after Exing 16 of them,i need more to take up the accommodation
     
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    The day did not start well. Firstly, while preparing the packed lunch I dropped my last remaining mini pork pie on the kitchen floor..:facepalm:..but then picked it up, wiped it down and decided 'it would be fine' :facepalm:. I made a flask of coffee and took some fruit to nibble on. It's a bit chilly at this time of the year so it was a case of base layers under a pair of Harkila field trousers (which are amazingly warm).

    It was raining in the morning - quite badly, so i sat that out and decided to hit them for their afternoon feeding. When I got to the woods a sheep had gotten into the woods and was wandering about, I couldnt get close to it to chase it out so ignored it but wondered if the squirrels would care. They didnt.

    The rain eased up for about 90mins and it got a little 'lighter' though remained overcast. However, it was that nice 'flat light' that makes for great shooting (grey squirrels and rabbits). Then the squizzers came out to play. I saw three, completely missed the first one, and then shot two males. All this action took place within 20-30mins. Then the rain came back, it got darker, and the rain was heavier. I didnt see the other squirrel come back so after an hour of hopeful waiting I called it a day. Once out of the woods I realised how much heavier the rain was. It didnt seem that bad inside the dense woodland - but it was a cold wet walk back to the car. Still a plus though as I need the excercise and its good to be out and about. :thumb:
     
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    A "draw" then :facepalm:
    I whatsapped my land owner, giving him a run down, he came back saying the squizzers are there when Im not :rolleyes:
     
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