Hunting

Fair Chase – ethical and sporting principles for airgun hunters

Philip Siddell explores the origins of the concept of Fair Chase and what it means for the modern airgun hunter Picture the scene: the 19th century is waning, there is little of the Frontier left to discover and settle for

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Guide to night hunting with air rifles

With after-dark ratting season in full swing, Mat Manning shares some top tips for gear and tactics to tackle these resilient rodents at night Rat shooting under the cover of darkness is a form of airgun shooting that I have

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Crow control – the Countryman with Mat Manning

Corvid control is a year-round job which benefits farming operations and wildlife conservation – Mat Manning heads out to tackle the scavenging flocks Crow control is a very important job on farms and estates. These resourceful corvids are not only

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Rat shooting with Rich Saunders

Rich Saunders takes advantage of a house move on the farm to crack down on freeloading rats that have been evicted from their lair  Who’d be a rat? One moment you’re enjoying life with unlimited food, plenty of warmth and

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Beginners guide to airgun hunting w/ Phil Siddell

Phil Siddell examines the benchmarks that any aspiring airgun hunters needs to meet before heading to the field for the first time. In my estimation, air rifle hunting is one of the toughest field sports around. It has a bit

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Grey squirrel control in autumn – The Countryman w/ Mat Manning

Autumn’s rich bounty stirs grey squirrels into a buzz of activity as they prepare for harder times. Mat Manning explains how to make the most of this golden opportunity. Autumn woodland has to be my favourite hunting scenario. The woods

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Night vision rat control with Mat Manning

Mat Manning sets up with night vision to tackle an infestation of farmyard scaly-tails as prime ratting season gains momentum Although some farms hold a resident population of rats right through the year, numbers of these unwelcome rodents peak during

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Squirrel control using feeding stations

Feeding stations can be a game-changer for airgun shooters tasked with controlling grey squirrels – Mat Manning looks back on an eventful year  People who carry out squirrel control with air rifles know that the use of feeding stations can

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Controlling woodpigeons – The Countryman w/ Mat Manning

Faced with a challenging crop protection assignment close to buildings, Mat Manning opts for a low-profile hide-and-seek approach. The purpose of today’s session is crop protection. Pigeons and corvids are targeting leftover grain on a stubble field which is to

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Rabbit control with thermal gear

A switch to thermal gear helps Mat Manning bring some tricky bunnies to book during a nocturnal foray. After an alarming slump over the past couple of years, the rabbits in my locality are making a very healthy comeback. I’m

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