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  1. This time of year I struggle with the cold, even in the house with the heating and logburner going I still have to wear a jumper and sometimes gloves. My hands, especially my right arm/hand don't get proper blood now, the circulation is not what it was. You have to make the best of it though, so a steaming mug of coffee as the sun brings the world to life, sat by the bedroom window with the Rapid across my knees and the radiator for company. The pine tree opposite was drawing the crows and pigeons. The pigeons are still courting, despite the heavy frost and an inch of snow on the ground. Th
  2. A little video of what it is like..... sometimes, ringing the bell requires a very steady stance, eye and breathing control.
  3. Uttoxeter Bell Target Club are having an OPEN SHOOT. Sunday 14th April. There will be some big, fancy Easter Eggs as prizes as we have secured some sponsorship! VENUE: Bradley House Club, Uttoxeter. ST14 7HA Format will be Bell target Shooting. Rifles and pellets will be provided. Nice rifles too! Highest score of the day for: Men (over 16) Ladies prize Junior prize (14-16) Younger juniors are welcome to attend, but must remain accompanied AT ALL TIMES by a parent or guardian. Entry is £5 on the day. Refreshments and a raffle will be available too. If you haven't
  4. I have been using .20 since 1994. I have a break barrel Theoben. It is a hybrid of the Fenman (stock) and Taunus (barrel and action - although the action is common across the entire range). The Taunus was offered with a dedicated sporter stock, I wanted the ambidextrous stock of the Fenman so I can shoot off both shoulders. The longer barrel of the Taunus gives a smoother shot cycle with the smaller pellet. I still have the rifle and use it fairly frequently, although my .20 Rapid, also a 1994 purchase, is my main tool. There are plenty of detractors of the 5mm calibre and they are always
  5. Coming from south, got traffic lights at the bottom, before you get to the river/canal.
  6. For those who spend £20,000 on a watch, just to kill a couple of hours because their flight is delayed...... or while their Gulf Stream is turned around.
  7. It isn't the dry in your garage, not by engine standards - our relative humidity in this country is over 60% on average. A little less on very cold days. You think your garage is 'dry', but the air in it still contains moisture and it condenses out as the engine cools, so as soon as you turn the engine off (5 years ago) the moisture was already present and the hot air surrounding and within the engine held more moisture than the cooler air around it. Warm air can hold more water vapour than cold air. I would drop the old oil straight off - cold. It has already drained into the sump pan, so you
  8. It is a waste of time trying to call a squirrel you have spooked. It is in flight mode and will not stop to converse with anyone! It is a waste of time trying to call when the other squirrels are not calling. Use your call when you hear other squirrels calling. Get into position where you have good cover and a decent arc of fire. NOT under the tree you expect them to come into..... they will be on boughs that provide them cover from below. Better to have a shot across to them if possible, or catch them in the smaller branches.
  9. Try getting there 30 minutes before dawn. get yourself snugged in, very quietly and with NO light or torch. You don't need it, you know where your hide is! Night vision in your eyes is all you need, feel with your feet to get in position as quietly as possible. Get settled and just wait. As it starts to get light, just the first vestiges of dawn will see the crows wake up and head off. Then the squirrels will be about within a few minutes of the sun showing. I have had them running about in the pre-dawn.
  10. The reason I say to avoid shooting ON the feeder is so they don't actually associate it with danger - you have a huge food reserve and squirrels coming from a long way. It is 8 miles to my wood for me, and I can't afford that amount of peanuts - the fuel to get there and back limits how often I can go. So mine do run out, but they soon know when they have been topped up again. I buy 2kgs at a time, when I can. Hence why I call and stalk, more than sit over a feeder. If I had someone paying for my peanuts, I would use the feeders more.
  11. I am still trying to work out how to post on this forum.... You will do better to cover your hands and face, but it is a pain when trying to take pictures with the self timer! The dog is a great help. He is my early warning system, and retrieves the fallen. I carry everything I need either in the stock pouch/comb raiser or the rucksack (tools for hide pruning and training. I have several natural hides to 'maintain' around the woods). Rucksack is also useful for carrying out the bag and a flask and something to eat. Notice, all you really need is a small bit of cover but a solid backgroun
  12. I have been asked to respond to this. I will try to put up some useful information on the method. There are times when a call works, and times it doesn't. I take mine with me on every trip. If you are shooting on an intercept point to a feeder (don't shoot ON the feeder!), either on the way to or from the feed station, then there is no need to educate the local squirrels about YOUR call - each call is different, and give the same call to two different people you will get two different calls out of it, either in intensity, or pitch, or rhythm. YOU need to practise with YOUR call, no differ
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