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Things just never went right today even though I shot two greys. Got to the hide and could see split grain below the feeding box, wriggled my way in to the hide and was faffing about getting things ready when I looked up and there was a gery on the box tucking in, so now being silent got the gun lined up and took the shot, a nice head shot with a resounding thunk but sometimes you just know thats it's not fatal and so I went straight out to check and indeed although it probably would have died fairly quickly I gave it another shot and took the body back to the hide. Settled in again and had a brew, after about half an hour later had another visitor, I let it get settled in to a feeding pattern and took the shot, a complete miss, it just ducked down right down for some more grain at that precise moment, the pellet struck the metal backstop a right clank and the squirrel shot two foot in the air and took off. Well I'll never see that one again but another did turn up an hour later and would you believe but the same thing happened, took the shot when he ducked his head down to get some more grain. This squirrel just looked around and went down the branch I had propped up against the tree on to the ground, he ate some of the splilt grain but I couldn't get a shot until he sat on a tuft, this time I knew the shot wasn't right at all, I had aimed at the head but I think a ricochet off a twig sent it in the body, it was disabled but needed a coup de grace shot. I would rather have a clean miss than a wounding.

Thinking back on the feeding squirrels with the wheat cut maize I was using in the feeding box there didn't seem to be a regular time between one mouthful and the next whereas with peanuts it seems you have more time to shoot between each peanut,bigger so they take longer I suppose.

Cross my fingers I don't have another day like that in a while.

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It happens and that is why I always get ready to shoot at the instant the squirrel picks it's head up BUT still get a miss for the same reason ....  it happens  and they are tremendously tough little animals. I have had runners even with the 17HMR on occasion.  As I have said before ... just glad they do not grow as big as labradors.

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2 hours ago, ratchers said:

Things just never went right today even though I shot two greys. Got to the hide and could see split grain below the feeding box, wriggled my way in to the hide and was faffing about getting things ready when I looked up and there was a gery on the box tucking in, so now being silent got the gun lined up and took the shot, a nice head shot with a resounding thunk but sometimes you just know thats it's not fatal and so I went straight out to check and indeed although it probably would have died fairly quickly I gave it another shot and took the body back to the hide. Settled in again and had a brew, after about half an hour later had another visitor, I let it get settled in to a feeding pattern and took the shot, a complete miss, it just ducked down right down for some more grain at that precise moment, the pellet struck the metal backstop a right clank and the squirrel shot two foot in the air and took off. Well I'll never see that one again but another did turn up an hour later and would you believe but the same thing happened, took the shot when he ducked his head down to get some more grain. This squirrel just looked around and went down the branch I had propped up against the tree on to the ground, he ate some of the splilt grain but I couldn't get a shot until he sat on a tuft, this time I knew the shot wasn't right at all, I had aimed at the head but I think a ricochet off a twig sent it in the body, it was disabled but needed a coup de grace shot. I would rather have a clean miss than a wounding.

Thinking back on the feeding squirrels with the wheat cut maize I was using in the feeding box there didn't seem to be a regular time between one mouthful and the next whereas with peanuts it seems you have more time to shoot between each peanut,bigger so they take longer I suppose.

Cross my fingers I don't have another day like that in a while.

I only use flip top feeders and just as Nev says I aim to take the shot as soon as they have selected the nut and sit back to eat it. I find it useful to position for the shot as they have their heads buried in the feeder selecting their nut as there is no movement when they come out to settle down for their meal. They don’t have eyes in the back of their head!

 

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16 hours ago, ratchers said:

Thinking back on the feeding squirrels with the wheat cut maize I was using in the feeding box there didn't seem to be a regular time between one mouthful and the next whereas with peanuts it seems you have more time to shoot between each peanut,bigger so they take longer I suppose

I've been feeding mixed seed and poultry feed, it's cheaper simple as that,  I found that instead of sitting up nice giving you   6-8 seconds while they ate a nut they were like pigs at a trough, plus they might suddenly twitch or move, I started adding a handful of nuts the morning I shoot , few on the ledge and in the feeder, brings the birds in then the squirrels,  big difference in the time you get to place your shot.

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5 hours ago, Mice! said:

I've been feeding mixed seed and poultry feed, it's cheaper simple as that,  I found that instead of sitting up nice giving you   6-8 seconds while they ate a nut they were like pigs at a trough, plus they might suddenly twitch or move, I started adding a handful of nuts the morning I shoot , few on the ledge and in the feeder, brings the birds in then the squirrels,  big difference in the time you get to place your shot.

Yes I know what you mean, if I have peanuts on me I do that with a open feeding box.

With a flip top I will take some out and put them on the ledge, if no squirrels come at least I'll get a few song birds.

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Another mature female from a loaned trap. He’s now had 5 by using the trap. To start with the homeowner was convinced he on had two. The wood that he’s pulling them from is 200 metres away. This one was a mature female weighing 700 grams.

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It is amazing how far they will travel.  I watched one the other day appear at the end of a ride I know to be 200yrds long. It never paused and was on a mission. It come all the way to me and then went across a 100yrd of open ground into an adjacent wood. It never paused and was running flat out.  I still have very little movement in my own local sets. There was a lot of movement all day over in Lincolnshire and hope to get back there next week.  Had my second jab Tuesday and the nurse said that I may feel under the weather about three days after ..... yep, feel under the weather this morning, so the tree rats are safe until tomorrow.

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Well, nice sunny morning here so I visited two of my flip tops. One had not been touched for ten days and the other just showed a couple of dimples in the top so I sat on that one for an hour and three quarters and watched the myriad little birds enjoying the peanuts I had put out. I hen pheasant and one wood pigeon, nothing else, so looks as if I have definitely thinned the tree rat population there.  Will check another spot this afternoon, different farm and then back to Lincolnshire tomorrow.

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We have a privately owned conservation wood of 100 acres, close to where I live.

There have been 20000 mixed native trees planted over 15 years ago and the owner doesn’t want grey squirrels because of the damage they do to the trees. I’ve been popping them off for a few weeks from one of my flip top feeders.

Last week we started on a two week trapping push. There are six in the team and we are using 12 live catch traps. We’re using live catch traps because the occasional Red which has been seen. 
 

The wood is bisected with a brook and we started by setting the traps on the north side wood.


Having just completed one week of trapping we finished with a tally of 15 grey squirrels.

Yesterday we moved the twelve traps into the wood on the south side of the brook.

Just looking forward with interest as to how many greys we’ll get this side and this week.

We share the trap checking and setting in pairs throughout the two weeks, which means that it is not too onerous on any one person.

 

After the two week trapping session I will top up the squirrel feeders again and keep a watchful eye for any remaining greys and any new ones which decide the wood might be a useful spot to set up home. 

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