Hunting

The fast and the furryous!

Richard Saunders is left scratching his head about how to deal with some troublesome rats around the stable Setting up on a bench at a distance of 20 metres meant Richard had a perfect, stable platform from which to shoot

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Pigeon control in this month’s Countryman

In an effort to stop pigeons from decimating corn crops, Mat Manning sets up with hide and decoy tactics to pull in the birds Arable farming is a big industry in my locality, and farmers’ profits can take a serious

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Call of the wild w/ Kev Hawker

Kev Hawker reaches for his caller to keep the pigeons coming during an early morning mooch in the woods Many of my woodland forays are start-stop affairs – a mixture of roving and sit-and-wait tactics. That’s certainly the case at

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Squirrels with a springer

Richard Saunders turns back the years and hunts some squirrels with a Weihrauch HW 80 the old-fashioned way Every time I open my gun cabinet to go hunting, I gaze nostalgically at my 1983 Weihrauch HW 80 Mk1 and then

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The Countryman w/ Mat Manning: Daytime ratting

In association with BASC Join BASC today at www.basc.org.uk or call 01244 573030 Rat numbers have boomed on the farm and the cocky rodents are even venturing out in daylight. Mat Manning sets up an ambush to keep them in

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Which gun when?

Mat Manning delves into his gun room and explains how he chooses between his favourite airguns when he heads out hunting. Some time ago, a reader wrote in to ask about the various guns I use for my hunting and,

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Kev Hawker’s on squirrel patrol

Kev Hawker treats himself to a leisurely morning in the woods, and brings a few invasive grey squirrels to book while he’s at it. If you asked me to name the most destructive pest in the British countryside, I would

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Richard Saunders’ rat pack crackdown

Primos Trigger Sticks offer a stable platform for standing shots and can be made shorter for sitting or kneeling shots too Richard Saunders and friends crack down on some farmyard rodents. Although I shoot throughout the winter, it’s a huge

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Twilight crow shoot with Kev Hawker

Roost shooting can be a very effective way to cull crafty corvids – Kev Hawker puts in a late shift in an effort to reduce the numbers of these nest-robbing birds. Roost shooting is a great way to bring crows

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Right time, right place!

You need to act quickly if you want to bag a few birds when flying pests descend on seasonal feeding grounds. Kev Hawker reflects on an enjoyable afternoon’s decoying over a cereal crop. Being in the right place at the

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