Hunting

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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Decoy pigeon patterns with Mat Manning

Movement is one of the prime factors in persuading pest birds to approach a decoy pattern, as Mat Manning proves when he tries out a new flapper on a challenging day. Full-body Enforcer decoys were initially used to create the

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Night vision rat hunting – The Countryman

Were looking back to midwinter when Mat Manning set himself up with night vision and put in a late shift in an attempt to hold back the winter influx of rats. Cold weather is setting in and rats are becoming

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Airgun shooting advice: when not to pull the trigger

Phil Siddell explains the subtle art of knowing when – and more importantly when not – to pull the trigger. Once it started, the itch on the author’s trigger finger never really went away I’ll let you into a secret:

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Squirrel hunting in lockdown

Rich Saunders gets to grips with some pesky squirrels who’ve been allowed to do their own thing for far too long during the first lockdown We may have been enduring the frustration of lockdown, but squirrels on one of my

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Airgun hunting on the farmyard

The farmyard can be an incredibly productive place for airgun hunters who know how to employ the right tactics, as Pete Brookes explains. The air rifle is perfect for dealing with rats and feral pigeons, but shooters should always be

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Best pellets: how to choose the right one

Ammo Nation! As a country of airgun shooters, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to our ammunition. Mike Morton offers some pointers to help you pick your perfect pellet

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Squirrel control with Mat Manning

Mat Manning sets up for an ambush as falling temperatures and diminishing food supplies force grey squirrels to plunder the pheasant feeders. I absolutely love being out and about in the woods with an air rifle at this time of

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