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On 31/05/2022 at 17:11, Walker570 said:

I have a couple similar but my main hides are converted IBCs.  If I need to move them I can simply role them onto my trailer or pick them up with the front end loader.  I cut the plastic barrel and lift it about a foot which then makes a waterproof lid and sides.  Nothing like being warm and comfortable. Old plastic garden chair and your good to go.  I put a shelf across the front so my rifle sits there ready.

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I was a man with a plan this week, two days overtime meant I could shoot twice, only the weather was terrible Wednesday so I only got to shoot this morning. 
 
I was in the woods at 10pm Monday night filling the feeders, put out a fresh suet block but not many nuts/sunflower seeds because I won't be able to shoot for a couple of weeks,  so topped up with the cheap stuff.
 
I arrived in the woods this morning around 650am, and there was a squirrel sat on the feeder, but it wasn't lifting the lid or sitting up? It was head down rooting about?
I had to wait till it turned,  then a bird did a flash by making it sit up, Pfft Whack #1 down 
 
I waited around an hour then before the next squirrel came along, but while I watched the birds put on quite a show, the Jays were in and out on the suet, Great tits were back and forth, Nuthatch's flitting about, but I had a woodpecker feeding two chicks which was brilliant. 
 
What was funny was the Jays were trying to flush the woodpeckers away,  the chicks would scatter but the parent just sat there not bothered at all.
 
It was the squirrel coming down the trunk that moved woody, straight onto the feeder, lid up and I could see that all the nuts and sunflower seeds were gone!! The squirrel didn't look happy, changed feeders and sat up facing me, Pfft Whack #2
 
I watched it twitch as you do, looked up and there was another looking down at #2, I find working the bolt so natural that I was already reloaded without thinking,  I put the cross hair on him, Pfft Whack #3 rolled off the feeder.
 
I sat up, the birds came straight back in, with the Jay grabbing the last bit of suet and flying off, a full block gone in days.
 
Not 5 mins and a fourth squirrel came along the ground, sniffed at a dead one and paused unsure side on, Pfft Whack #4 went down the hill.
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Bad photo  utility zoom in and you can make out two woodpeckers. 
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Line up for the morning,  two bucks, two does, all covered in ticks!!
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4 hours ago, Mice! said:
I was a man with a plan this week, two days overtime meant I could shoot twice, only the weather was terrible Wednesday so I only got to shoot this morning. 
 
I was in the woods at 10pm Monday night filling the feeders, put out a fresh suet block but not many nuts/sunflower seeds because I won't be able to shoot for a couple of weeks,  so topped up with the cheap stuff.
 
I arrived in the woods this morning around 650am, and there was a squirrel sat on the feeder, but it wasn't lifting the lid or sitting up? It was head down rooting about?
I had to wait till it turned,  then a bird did a flash by making it sit up, Pfft Whack #1 down 
 
I waited around an hour then before the next squirrel came along, but while I watched the birds put on quite a show, the Jays were in and out on the suet, Great tits were back and forth, Nuthatch's flitting about, but I had a woodpecker feeding two chicks which was brilliant. 
 
What was funny was the Jays were trying to flush the woodpeckers away,  the chicks would scatter but the parent just sat there not bothered at all.
 
It was the squirrel coming down the trunk that moved woody, straight onto the feeder, lid up and I could see that all the nuts and sunflower seeds were gone!! The squirrel didn't look happy, changed feeders and sat up facing me, Pfft Whack #2
 
I watched it twitch as you do, looked up and there was another looking down at #2, I find working the bolt so natural that I was already reloaded without thinking,  I put the cross hair on him, Pfft Whack #3 rolled off the feeder.
 
I sat up, the birds came straight back in, with the Jay grabbing the last bit of suet and flying off, a full block gone in days.
 
Not 5 mins and a fourth squirrel came along the ground, sniffed at a dead one and paused unsure side on, Pfft Whack #4 went down the hill.
Screenshot_20220609-155754_Gallery.jpg.59ee0be3f5e4352daa6ddae7af68a097.jpg
Bad photo  utility zoom in and you can make out two woodpeckers. 
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Line up for the morning,  two bucks, two does, all covered in ticks!!

Well done not been out since last Friday weathers been awful down here hopefully Saturday morning 

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Its been a busy couple of days and the 'drought' of greys is definitely over!

3 on the 12th and 4 today, active from 5am until 8pm, I took 5 mature males and 2 mature, lactating females, all live trapped. Only the last of the females was a bit of a runt and crawling with fleas, the others were all prime specimens.

Ive another 2 days off work, so I will see what they bring 

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12 minutes ago, Mice! said:

There keeping you busy.

This years broods are out 2 feeders one 4 gallon the other 3 gallon both empty in 2 days !! Thank god I don’t pay for the feed 

11 minutes ago, amateur said:

Good stuff!

Cheers 

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Went up to check feeders being emptied every 2 days with evidence of them trying to get into them they’ve been having a go at the beech tree , and camera set up , bought the mrs a little rat catcher so she can get the ones in the garden 

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Was out yeserday mainly just to check the feeder as I have seen very few greys about recently. Got to my destination and open the car door and theres a grey swinging about in a tree,gone by the time I was sorted,topped the feeder up which was empty so hopefully there back on it. Went for a wander through the wood and saw onw other squirrel away in the treetops, raining today so back at the weekend.

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Four trapped by my friend, then out into another wood with another friend. He shot two at one end and I had one at the other end of the wood on a feeder where this Red had been feeding.

 

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Just now, Mice! said:

Not sure how long your platform is on your feeders, but I've noticed the squirrels are often sat facing away from you, if you shorten the platform they'll sit nicely side on.

👍 cheers, probably won’t be up there for another week now I’ll have to write myself a reminder to take a saw with me next time 

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