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    I didn't realise that the M16 was loud enough to carry that far
  2. Urine extraction mode turned to 'Off' I too am a bit lacking in the hearing dept and often lose higher pitched noises but luckily can still hear my call on Mouse. I grew up in the company of an old fella who had his explosives licence and we would regularly go off here and there blasting whatever needed shifting. Used to think we'd had a good day when I went home with my ears whistling. Got the same from a days pigeon shooting, 2 in the hide and no ear defenders so the ears whistled well at the end of the day. Now the damned things do it all the time (tinitus) and make hard work of conversation in noisy areas etc. No-one seemed to think that hearing protection was needed 40 years ago. The most we did was to put our fingers in our ears for the really big bangs.
  3. Umm .. Have you tried turning the volume up ?
  4. If your model has 'Mouse' on it, try that ! I only have the cheap little ICOtech GC101, but the mouse call has proven to be by far the best call on it, or my mates bigger posher model (that doesn't have the mouse call). Twice now I've had Charlie run in from distance (over 500yds) and actually try to attack the caller by jumping up at the fence post I've put it on.
  5. There's an old saying in angling that applies just as well to shooting ... "There's more to fishing than catching fish" Not only does this give an excuse for 'blanking', it highlights the fact that simply being there is more than half of why we go. I sat out last evening hoping for a munty. Not a deer to be found but saw Charlie emerge from a spinney and wander off across the stubble,( left him alone as he's no problem in that location), had rabbits emerging from burrows not 15yds from me and start rummaging through the stubble for gleanings, and had a magnificent barn owl swooping over me several times like a ghost on the breeze. Went out hoping for some venison and returned without touching the trigger but I'd never call that a wasted evening
  6. I have seen this in previous years too. Pigeon suddenly 'turning on' on stubble that's been left for a week or more. Perhaps they're hitting dropped grain that's started to chit ??
  7. I have the Tracer LED RAY F900 and it's a great bit of kit. Use it for rabbits and foxes and it never gives any problems. I use rechargeable batteries and they usually last longer than the shooting session. I have mounts fitted to 3 different rifles so I can swap it from one to the other. Been using the Tracer lamps for years now and upgraded to the F900 when my viable range extended due to getting a .204Ruger. The F400 that I used to use is now a handy pocket-torch, Both units are fitted with the red LED.
  8. Foxes do climb trees .. Had a couple of dens on my permissions where the only entrance was via a hole at at least my head height (I'm 6'4") in a rotten-cored willow. They had got down the rotten pith of the tree and found it to be easy to dig out. Only one of the trees had a fallen branch wedged in it to make a ramp for easy access. The other was a good jump of about 5 feet before the fox could have a good foothold on anything other than the bark of the trunk.
  9. I always thought that the rubber sheeting behind the targets was to do what it could to prevent bullet fragments ricocheting back up-range after the bullet had struck the backstop. Once there are a few holes in it I don't think it will make any noticeable difference to the amount of air-borne lead floating around.
  10. Don't Plod in this area have the brainpower to simply ask the owner of the land on which the man was seen if they have given shooting permission to anyone ? If the fella is on a high field above a well walked-around reservoir then he's going to be seen and heard by all and sundry. Not somewhere a poacher is likely to lurk (if he has an ounce of common sense), but perfectly OK for a safety conscious shooter to operate.
  11. I'm about to teach my granny to suck eggs I'm sure, but ... If you set a Fenn on the post and rail fence make sure it's in a tunnel and not open to the sky. Best is to make a wooden tunnel from 4 pieces of plank and make the centre section openable or removable so you can get at the trap. A baffle board or sheet of mesh held vertically around and above the tunnel will encourage the little **** to go through rather than over or round.
  12. A feeder, a hide, and a good air rifle can be a very effective method of getting on top of a situation like this. I use 'hopper' type feeders with peanuts as bait, but the lift lid type can be better, especially if you use grain or maize as bait (it runs like sand in an egg timer if you're not careful !). Let the squirrels find and then get comfy with the feeder before shooting over it. Check levels daily and wait until the bait is disappearing fast (usually happens within 4 or 5 days), then sit out with an air rifle zeroed at distance from hide to feeder. I've had 32 squirrels in 3 hours by doing this (first session on feeder on new permission) Don't take the traps away though. They will be working for you 24/7 whilst you can only devote so much time to sitting out with the gun.
  13. Never forgotten the rifle bolt, but I've driven some distance to go pike fishing and arrived only to realise that the rod was still at home .. 2 days later my fishing buddy arrived at the same place (having taken the you-know-what unmercilessly out of me earlier) and he'd left his reel at home. Revenge is a dish best served cold
  14. My 'Wish I'd never got rid of it' shotgun was a diddy little side-by-side. I never knew who made it, just that it was marked "The Fox". It was way too short for me and as light as a feather (so it kicked like a mule with heavy loads), but for some reason I could shoot really well with it despite it being so small and me being a lumoxing great 6'5" lump. Memory tells me I part exed it against a Sarasketa O/U many years ago, but I wouldn't swear to it.
  15. What utter nonsense. The best, if not the only way to deal with precious-minded idiots who would have us all pander to the merest whimper from some tree-hugging moron is to vote with our hearts, our feet, and our wallets. Stoneleigh suits me fine.
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