Hunting

Springer airgun hunting w/ Rich Saunders

Rich Saunders goes back to his roots with his Webley Vulcan in an effort to recapture his youth. Isn’t it funny what you think about when sitting in a bush, waiting for rabbits to emerge? Other than shooting, my passion

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Rabbit shooting – the Countryman w/ Mat Manning

After a winter layoff from rabbit shooting, Mat Manning makes a return to coney control with an evening on the pony paddocks. Rabbit numbers have been up and down on my patch over the past few years. Myxomatosis, which has

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Rat control w/ Mat Manning

With this year’s influx of rats refusing to let up, Mat Manning gears up for a long night on the farm. Last winter’s ratting season was absolutely crazy, and it is now extending well into the spring. A combination of

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Grey squirrel shooting – setting up a feeding station w/ Mat Manning

Setting up a feeding station is by far the most effective way to make a serious dent in numbers of destructive grey squirrels – Mat Manning explains how he does it. The woods where I am shooting today are managed

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Benefits of simulation training to airgun hunters

Philip Siddell explains how to use simulation training to improve the chances of the airgun hunter’s success in the field. The improvised shooting positions you practise during training are sure to come in useful in the field The last time

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Thermal riflescope – Mat Manning heads out for some pest controlling with new kit

Mat Manning swaps his usual infrared night vision for a thermal setup and has a busy night on the scaly-tails. Although I am willing to embrace new technology if I think it is justified by the improvement it brings to

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Farmyard feral pigeon control w/ Mat Manning

With feral pigeons and corvids threatening to spiral out of control on the farm, Mat Manning heads out with a sub-12 ft-lb air rifle – the perfect tool for controlling feathered pests around agricultural buildings. Where is no getting away

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Rich Saunders’ pest control on his permission

Rich Saunders tackles a new pest problem on one of his smallest permissions. My very first permission, gained many years ago, is a field in the next village. It’s only a few acres, but wandering about the hedgerows with my

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Crow decoying – The Countryman

With flocks of corvids threatening to decimate the spring drillings, Mat Manning sets up a hide and decoy ambush to deal with the unwelcome pests. On the farms in my locality, fields of maize grown for cattle feed are usually

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Controlling corvids ahead of the lambing season

We go back to February as Mat Manning puts in a late shift to crack down on scavenging corvids ahead of the lambing season. Hunting trips don’t get much more exciting than an evening targeting crows at the roost. Waiting

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