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The Countryman: ratting by lamplight

Mat Manning goes old school and heads out after the scaly-tails with a spring-powered gun and a scope-mounted lamp. Rat shooting is synonymous with winter evenings, and as the year gradually rolls around it is starting to take up more

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Autumn hunting – The Countryman

The ripening of autumn seeds and berries creates a time of plenty for woodland pests and, as Mat Manning shows, an opportunity for hunters to cash in on the feast Autumn is a wonderful season for the air rifle hunter.

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Decoying woodpigeons – The Countryman

Mat Manning sets up for a morning’s decoying as the woodpigeons gather over a harvested barley field Late summer is a prime time for the pigeon shooter. Large flocks of these birds gather to feed on spilt grain left behind

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Evening rabbit hunting – The Countryman

With skittish rabbits proving difficult to outwit with a roving approach, Mat Manning switches tactics and sets up a stakeout. This ground has produced some good shooting through late spring and early summer. Short stalking sessions regularly yielded bags of

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Summer rabbit stalking – The Countryman

Balmy evenings are made for stalking rabbits – Mat Manning sets up for a roving session in the hope of bagging some bunnies for the pot. Summer rabbiting is one of the highlights of the airgun hunter’s year, not just

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Squirrel control – The Countryman

Go about it in the right way and invasive grey squirrels can be controlled safely and discreetly in the back garden – Mat Manning explains how. Unless you’re lucky enough to live in the middle of nowhere, garden pest control

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Hunting for squirrels w/ Mat Manning

In this month’s Countryman, in association with BASC, Mat Manning sets up a feeding station to keep his squirrel control in full swing through the summer months Today, I’m shooting on an estate that’s managed for pheasant shooting, wildlife conservation,

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The Countryman with Mat Manning

Mat Manning sets up a stakeout to bring the bunnies back under control after their springtime breeding boom. The late spring and early summer months are peak breeding season for rabbits, which means you’ll often see a distinct spike in

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