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winter hunting it`s hard

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by colinb, Nov 9, 2007.

  1. colinb

    colinb Well-Known Member

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    we are all happy to go out hunting during the summer and hunting seems easier during the warm months.

    however i have not long got myself a new shoot and i am keen to prove my worth to the land-owner.
    now the cold weather is moving in and all the bunnies are staying in bed and not cooperating by letting me shoot them!
    i only have one bunnie left in my freezer, soon i will be starving to death:eek:
    i went out on wednesday and i was at the shoot by 5.30am.
    by 9.30am i had shot at and missed one rabbit because it was to close and i misjudged my point of aim.
    and shot one rat:mad: (that`s not going in the freezer ooo! yuk!)
    four hours for one rat:eek::eek::D i must be mad!!!

    the land-owner has just given me permission to take a few pheasants also, so maybe next time things will be a bit better.

    what he must think? along i come with my whizz-bang NV + pcp and end up shooting one small scaby rat:D:)

    sod this getting up early lark, i`m going back to evening shooting.

    hopefully this cuttingly cold snap will kill off a lot of the fleas that carry/pass on the mixy virus.

    what are your shoots like at the moment are they going well or have all they bunnies gone to spain for the winter like on my shoot:)
     
  2. ian_baptiste

    ian_baptiste Engaging Member

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    im getting sweet F.A. at the mo, same as yourself, all the rabbits are inside next to their fires, where i should be..........
     
  3. andy s410c

    andy s410c Active Member

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    WINTER SHOOTING

    My gun won,t be coming out till the spring now unless the land owner asks me to do a particular pest control job.The ferrets are now doing the rabbit control for me :thumb:
     
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    My shoots have been brilliant recently.

    Been going out even more just now because it seems nobody else is. During the summer, my usual shoots can become quite busy.
     
  5. steve410

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    Best time for rats,I'm getting loads.:)
     
  6. Nicksi

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    Haven't seen a rabbit out for ages either, if you're up for a spot of night work lamping roosting magpies works a treat - they sit dead tight. Bag a few of them and you'll be quids in with the landowner!
     
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    Don't Know if you know this or not but that is illegal!!! The only bird it is legal to lamp is feral pigeons.
     
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    Thanks, might give that a rest then!
     
  9. Rockabilly

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    yeah leave it till springtime.;)
     
  10. Holt

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    I completely agree... went out last night from 9:00pm till 12:00pm and got 14 myself. The two of us killed 29 of them. Pigs enjoy a good feed ;)
     
  11. graham

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    i find if there are any bankings or overgrown bushy/bramble areas unshootable in the summer on your shoot,now is the best time for them as the rabbits still feel totaly safe in and around these areas unknown to them that a lot of growth has died away leaving the usually unseeable rabbits visible to drop the crosshairs on.they dont seem to move far between shots either so possible to bag a good few if weather conditions are rght.only prob is retrieving them from the thick stuff but simple enough if a you have a dog

    setting a few deeks out for pigeons is good this time of year too
     
  12. a1gunner

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    all thats on my shoot is corvids and ferals:confused:

    thaey all go in the sheds so it nice and sheltered and hay is cozy:p
     
  13. graham

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    i'v been out a few times in past weeks with ferrets and airgun.gr8 fun.posted another thread with the details.bankings and bushey areas work best when sat abck 20-30 yards from where you put the ferret in.a lot of the time the rabbits will just hop from their burrows a few yards and stop.if your ready and dont waste too much time they can build a good bag and turn what would normaly be a slow cold day into a red letter day

    good luck if you can bribe a m8 to work the ferret for you too;)
     
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    Hughgoldsmith..help me out with this one, as far as I am aware there are no restrictions on night shooting:-

    Birds:
    crows, rooks, jackdaws, magpies, jays, woodpigeon, collared doves, and feral pigeons.

    Mamal species:
    brown rats, grey squirrels, stoats, mink and rabbits.

    Can you point me in the direction of the legislation you are talking about so as to avoid any confusion.

    Cheers
    Deker
     
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  15. hughgoldsmith

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    I will have a look and see what i can find, but i can garantee you that the only bird you can lamp is ferals!

    Hugh
     
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    i wached a DVD of a guy lamping ferals in a barn and i have read in a mag that lamping birds is illegal:confused:
     
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    Well apparently there is a petty no "advertising" of other sites on here so i will PM you the link.

    Hugh
     
  19. Deker

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    I'm not sure if we are heading towards a difference between Night Shooting and Lamping but I doubt it.

    There are definately restrictions on the night shooting of Game birds and Deer but these are easily overcome if you are the landowner, occupier or have written consent.

    The species I have listed further up this thread are classed as vermin.

    As far as I'm aware these are all ok to shoot at night. Night, under most every Game/Hunting/Wildlife/Firearms Acts is defined as one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise. If there is a problem here, I and a lot of other people need to know about it...it will make virtually every woodie roost shooter illegal!

    Cheers All
     
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    It won't show in your pm either. You will have to email it ;)
     

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