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  1. I won't google I'll wait, I'm now thinking either some sort of insect or something the tree does during warm weather?
  2. Obviously your on the IOW 😁
  3. I'm thinking their mushrooms or some sort of fungal
  4. I want to know why you're so worried about a tree that you're pointing your gun at it 😁
  5. Mice!

    squirrel control

    25 mtrs ish, up a slope, week after next I'll be taking my gardening bits and big tape measure, possibly move the feeder if I can find a better location.
  6. Mice!

    squirrel control

    I've got to print some stuff off and speak to the coordinator still yet, hopefully meet up and see how the land lies, I've had a couple of visits looking about, finishing two new feeders this weekend ready to put up, seen a couple of nice looking spots, especially where the big yews are, if they pull in the squirrels like this feeder is I'm going to be busy!! I bought mixed corn chicken feed, added some sunflower hearts and stripped sunflowers, I had walnut halves but didn't bother adding them, didn't seem necessary when they are coming anyway. I was amazed at the numbers this morning, it seemed to be youngsters early then bigger squirrels later, with the wood being the shape it is the position for a feeder is really awkward, I didn't want to be in the wood if possible so the squirrels travel through, but the way they seemed to ignore me today it might not matter, if I had been looking down on them instead of up I should have hit double figures. Cheers fella, I've watched a few things like that, I'm trying. 177 because people say it's faster and shoots flatter, and I can't argue with that, I still haven't decided on which pellet I want to use yet, there is as much argument for light as heavy, I bought a full kit which came with Jsb and AA exacts, there really isn't anything between them at 25mtrs, but for me it will come down to which pellet kills best, I was surprised there wasn't an exit wound on the big buck I hit today, the two on the trunk were hit in the body really close, so that was my fault, but I've nearly always had an exit wound with .22 on head shots, I struggled to find the entry point which was the base of the skull( the squirrel was facing down, so may have moved down a touch or I pulled up) and there was no exit wound, now that could be seen as perfect, it dropped without so much as a twitch. Had the others had an exit wound they might have just twitched around and dropped or bled out quicker? I appreciate what your saying but I'm sure none of us like the idea of wounding, I normally only get one or two shots and I may have just been unlucky today, I'll certainly be checking a few things just to be sure.
  7. Mice!

    Pard

    @steve_b_wales
  8. Yeah I was meaning you could ask the guy who sold it.
  9. Look on the sales Steve, one sold the other day
  10. Mice!

    squirrel control

    Traps going out as well next week 👍( live catch) I was wondering about the caliber having an effect, with the .22 I've hit them high in the head and they've dropped but not dead, so quite possible the same thing has happened, I'm sure the fox will eat well tonight. Hunter extremes and jsb heavies to try, if one sits up nice I'll certainly look at a chest shot, the two on the tree wouldn't have ran at almost point blank range with .22
  11. Mice!

    squirrel control

    Well, I'll start at the beginning, I was in position before 7am and happy about that seeing as I finished work at midnight. Any time I start seeing a BOP I tend to think things will go well, the buzzard was just coming out the wood as I went in. Now decision time, check the feeder or not? I decided not, no way could they have emptied 2.5kg in two days? I didn't fill it because of the damage they had done ripping out the ramp, I'd blocked the gap with twigs hoping it would hold till I can sort it next week. Around 7:15 all hell broke loose, there were squirrels everywhere, and I mean everywhere, but they weren't on the feeder, they were on the ground behind a couple of inches of growth, moving around jumping on each other, then they were in the trees, going past me on the ground again absolutely everywhere but I was unable to take a shot. About 7:45 ish boom, one appeared on the feeder, pfft 1 down with a thud, everything vanished, I looked left watching two playing chase ten mtrs away up and down a tree, trying to decide if i can get a shot, something catches my eye and the fox is right in front of me, it looks beautiful, glowing in the sun looking straight at me, safety on, trying to put my rifle down and get my phone out, i couldn't open the screen because I had gloves on, look back and he's gone, and so has my squirrel, i should have just enjoyed watching. I'm expecting that to be it, but the pair on the tree are still going at it, so i move around trying to get an angle, they move even closer towards me, go to take the shot, safety is on!! i took them both off the tree trunk but one vanished into the undergrowth, probably about 6mtrs away, with a follow up shot needed on one still twitching 😔 the pellets must have gone clean through without enough damage being so close. I went back to my original position and despite making a good bit of noise looking for the wounded squirrel, there are tails flicking at me again, I've never known anything like it. After about half an hour of tail flicking another went onto the feeder pfft another down, with those at the bottom running off again, I gave it twenty minutes then went for a look, no squirrel? The feeder is nearly empty and there is food all over the floor where they've pulled the twigs out!! Which explains why they aren't on the feeder, I'll probably move it again because not being able to see the base clearly is a pain. I put some peanut butter on the lid thinking I'll give it another half an hour and see if anything else shows up wondering where the squirrel was, two patches of blood on the floor but no squirrel. A little while later and their back again on the deck, then one goes up the tree and straight to the crack peanut butter, gun up squirrel down, that one thudding to the ground causes another to jump into the tree from the ground, pfft that ones down , two in quick succession, I look around nothing to be seen, I can see one on the deck but not the other so I go too look, one stone dead the other under a fallen pine but not dead!! Before I can get to it its shuffled down an old rabbit hole, and I'm not putting my hand down after it. 6 down with 3 missing that's enough for me, I put two shots onto a screw and one onto a bottle top checking my zero, everything fine so I've no idea what has happened to the two missing off the feeder. I didn't fill the feeder, they can clear the floor before next week, and while I'm packing up I look round to see another squirrel licking the feeder lid, I left it be, I was annoyed at having what should have been a great morning spoilt by the two wounded and one missing, I didn't want to wound another, I'll stick some targets up next week and see what's what. And give the heavies or barracuda a go. 3 should have been 10.
  12. Good man! I've had Jay's and Magpies working the borders in my garden all I can do is go out and spook them. I read a great tip this week for decoying magpies, lads saying they put white takeaway bags with tubs inside so the magpies come looking for scraps, I've tried the rabbit or squirrel split open with no luck, and I had a magpie sit and watch me eat my dinner in the park today so I'll be trying this one. Young magpie in the park today from 2 different angles, I've never seen one just sitting in the sun before, and they never hang around like this when I've got a rifle.
  13. My £30 quider has been great, and I don't mind, well it wouldn't be the end of the world if it was stolen
  14. Mice!

    Choice of two

    None taken, I've not joined the club yet, I was merely looking at membership before having my head turned by a bargain, sorry BSA, or baby Rapid as I call her 😅 Very sensible 👍
  15. Mice!

    Fx2000

    I want to say we can't see enough of the gun but very nice, no problem with the backstop.
  16. £30 quid off Amazon @Walker570 put up some of your pictures or videos, I imagine you could two or three for what you'll spend on a Browning or Bushnell and have plenty of change.
  17. Mice!

    Choice of two

    Nothing at all, I just like the duty bound comment, but he didn't ask about the 410, which I imagine means there is a choice of two guns available?? @Wiggum any progress fella?
  18. Mice!

    squirrel control

    I've seen my first youngsters today while walking in the park, they looked tiny next to the buck I got yesterday, my alarm is set nice and early, I hope the squirrels have set there's.
  19. Mice!

    Fx2000

    I missed this post completely, something else to watch is the fill pressure, mine is only 160, it seems the different versions all have different fill pressures. Now we need to see some pictures, we like a bit of gun porn👍😃
  20. Mice!

    Disgraceful

    That about sums it up, they should just put something in place saying once someone has served X number of years maybe 5 maybe 10 then they are eligible for health care, living here etc. There are many here who have never done a thing or lifted a finger yet get everything on a plate, and it's not just immigrants before anyone says.
  21. Mice!

    squirrel control

    It sounds random but just watching pellet reviews on YouTube is quite beneficial, seeing someone shoot groups isn't the most exciting thing but some can be quite insightful.
  22. That has to be good news, he knows what he wants which is great, and he probably saw a pigeon.
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