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Question What do you do when you go out shooting but don't shoot ?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by 177, Sep 12, 2014.

  1. 177

    177 Donator

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    There isn't a punchline...

    Last week I went out shooting one evening and never took a shot. I did pick almost 18 pounds of blackberries though :D

    One of my permissions is on a river bank where I fish now and then - sometimes I go out with the rifle and end up cutting willows back on one or two pools or dragging weed out, depending on growth.

    Keeping in mind this is a family friendly forum :rolleyes: do any of you end up going out shooting and doing something else instead ?
     
  2. DR2501

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    Just watching the wildlife sometimes, as discussed in the Buzzard thread
     
  3. Elk hunter

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    I would say that most of the time I go out in my van I've got a gun and the dog. But I often just end up walking the dog but have the gun with me.

    Not to shoot but it just feels right.

    Andrew
     
  4. bunnyblatter

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    Sometimes we just wander about chatting and laughing.
    It's just good to be out
     
  5. essex sniper

    essex sniper Banned BANNED

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    As above and if it's very quiet quarry wise we have little shooting competitions between ourselves
     
  6. Kyska

    Kyska Honorary Member

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    I'm similar, if I go over to the farm for any reason I almost always take a gun with me, walking the dog, checking gates, footpath routes and so on.
     
  7. jw74

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    I just enjoy the scenery and piece and quiet.I like to have time to not think!
     
  8. Big Uli

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    I once had a sleep leaving back against a tree with my gun across my lap
    It was dark after all :D
     
  9. chevin

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    Enjoy the sounds and smells of the countryside, and think how lucky I am to have my perm.
    ATB.
     
  10. kermitboy1

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    I often lay waiting for my shots thinking, what shill I buy next to improve my hobby. But like someone has already pointed out, just watching mother nature and the changing seasons is a joy. KB1
     
  11. The Robin

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    Chatting to my mates having banter but if out by myself I watch wild life or/and also come on here if I have 3G :D
     
  12. mark112

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    Sometime go shooting just to get out of the way of 'er indoors'. Got home on the odd occasion to hear the comment "you didn't even take a gun!". Nice to just help on the perm with this and that. After going to one farm for 30+ years I now do virtually all the mechanical maintenance required plus help with combining, driving tractors, potato picking etc. Helping out has the side effect that you will be introduced possibly to other farmers. At one point I had seven perms that I could visit freely just through word of mouth. Sometimes just sit in the woods watching the world go by. Had deer walk past me no more than 5 feet away and haven't noticed I was there. Had birds perched on the end of my rifle and even had a rabbit sat on my foot once (no I didn't shoot it).
     
  13. chevin

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    Good point Kermitboy autumn for me just love it.
     
  14. Stevie Darling

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    If there's nowt about,

    a nice snooze under a tree
     
  15. Tinbum

    Tinbum Delusions of adequacy

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    I've described my shooting as "armed rambling" for years. Things have come to a head now as the mrs wants some rabbits as we're heading toward peak foraging season. I was gonna go out tonight, but I've only just finished a new project (Jason, it works a treat!;))

    Looks like I may have to actually kill something soon........:eek:
     
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    I know it contradicts the thread,

    but If I go out hunting and nothing is happening I constantly plink picking out little berries, or stones on the edge of the river, setting little tasks to myself like I estimate that to be ?? so many yards and two milldots then take the shot like it was my last.

    That's the bonus of airguns, you can be plinking away with a silenced pcp and quarry will still arrive when you least expect it, plus it keeps you sharp.

    I make a promise to myself to never return home with a gun unless its down to 100 bar, apart from the Rapid as it gets expensive on pellets with about 180 shots on tap, but the hw100 and Regal always get run down to 100.
     
  17. harry brown

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    Sometimes I go out working and end up shooting...Or the other way round?

    Today

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    Actually the two go hand in hand. The shooting perm got me this work which in turn got me this wood and another two perms. Plus some more to take a look at soon.
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  18. tinmanofkent

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    At the moment I like to rob the hedgerows. It's been a good year and best of all loads and loads of Kent cobnuts.

    Other times I like to chop firewood, in fact I sometimes start chopping wood and don't stop to bother with the gun.
     
  19. Jackroadkill

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    I quite often check fences and hedges for damage, watch badgers forage, try to squeak owls in, and generally feel chuffed about living in the arse end of nowhere. I also check the livestock and breathe deeply, as there's nothing like the smell of the countryside in late summer and early autumn.
     
  20. Seamaster

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    That's exactly what I would have said if Jackroadkill hadn't beaten me to it.
    We are lucky aren't we?

    Chris
     

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