Vermin & Varmint Hunting

Corvid Hunter Strikes Again

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It's the height of summer and the early morning shoots begin in earnest. I arrive at the farmyard for 3am. The first task of the day is to set up the pop-up hide and make sure I am set up for the first action as daylight breaks, it is a simple task to position the hide, place the kit inside which includes a comfy chair, the rifle and a shooting rucksack with spares, shooting sticks, food and a drink once settled in I await the day's events. Today's hunt was going to be focused on a sitty tree that all manner of quarry frequent, a farmyard is a magnet for avian species with the spilt feed that is a welcome bounty to all manner of pests. I take up my position and notice the familiar blue of the sky starting to break up the dark formation in the heavens.

Camouflage for Air Rifle Pest Control

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As an air gunner starting off into the sport I shopped around for ideas as to what to buy when it came to camouflage clothing for hunting. During this search I came across many differing opinions on the matter.

People seem to bounce back and forth between opinions on wearing just dark clothing, full camo clothing or nothing to camouflage them at all. Personally I find that the more cammo, the better! I believe that the more adept at bushcraft and concealment you can be, the better your hunting experience will be. Also if you can get into a habit of concealing yourself it's easily transferable into other forms of stalking.

17 Remington - From the Beginning by Si Snipe

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There is a lot of interest these days in the .17 Remington, it appears to becoming a fashionable calibre and fits a nice small cal niche. I am a big fan of it, I was initially unsure of it but after talking to a few owners, I decided to give it a go. I was selling my .17 HMR to fund the rifle as I had swapped my .204 for 6.5x47, it made sense to have an accurate small calibre centerfire that I could use to better effect than the HMR, with the added advantage of extra range and being fox suitable; by this time the HMR was driving me mad. Ever since I started CF shooting less than 2 years ago it opened my eyes to what accuracy was achievable from an accurate home loaded CF rifle. The HMR could no longer satisfy this thirst for precision shooting despite claims of excellent accuracy from many users. I personally found the ammo too inconsistent.

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Is the .17 Remington Fireball the Ultimate Varmint Caliber? By Kevin Beckner

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17 Rem Fireball Coyote

Finding myself in a new passion some 10 years ago has lead me on an incredible journey full of experiences and learning in hunting and hand loading. I went on my first predator hunt about ten years ago with my father in-law, who had been a predator hunter for decades.  He handed me a Remington VSF in 22-250 and said, “That trigger is light so be careful. “ As I heard the sound of the rabbit start to play on that cold silent morning my senses achieved a level I had never experienced, I was wide-eyed and alert, moving my head from side to side watching every draw and every bush waiting for that critter to appear. Five minutes into the call as I began moving my head back to the right I saw movement, I immediately slowed my movement until, there he was, Mr. Coyote himself. Standing a mere 15 yards in front of my muzzle, luckily my father in-law was smart enough to equip my rifle with a 2-7x32, knowing full well he would be hunting with a greenhorn that day. I slowly lifted my rifle into position and placed the crosshairs square in Mr. coyotes chest, slightly touching the trigger immediately discharged my weapon and my first coyote hit the dirt, I was hooked.

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