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Devon Minnow

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About Devon Minnow

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    Mole trapping, terriers, catapults and fishing

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  1. Devon Minnow

    Dub DUb

    Use it all the time, will shoot 9.5-12.7mm steel. Have no issues with its longevity. For me I would choose Orange over green because it has a slight lighter draw weight.
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    1632 tubing

    Never really got on with 1745 but everyone to there own. The draw weight of loop 1632 is so low it makes shoot 9.5mm steel so easy. The picture below is of my Dankung micro lucky 7 with looped 1632
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    1632 tubing

    Since the under growth has risen and the trees are in full leaf hunting opportunity have diminished my usual setup of Orange dub dub and 13mm steel has had little use. I thought I would turn back to looped 2040 and 9·5mm steel for some informal plunking fun, dead on at 20m and accurate. However I had a looped 1632 band setup and try that instead, o'boy what a light draw weight ,accurate and silent setup to shoot with the add bonus of been dead on at 35m hitting can for fun. Longevity of the tubes has been good, 750 rounds and still ok. I just wonder why more people don't use it. Going to try a few more penetration tests with 8mm lead before try it on quarry
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    Public Liability

    I've been looking for public liability insurance to cover me for mole trapping only. The policies all seem to come in one bundle covering you for all aspects of pest control, quotes between £200 - 240. However found one that just covers mole trapping for £117 by Will Fountain insurance
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    Simply use a 6 or 8mm steel BB inserted into the end of the tube. Use alcohol hand gel to act as a lubricant.
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    New to snaring

    Glad to see someone got a rabbit problem cause there's very few where I live. I use to just hang the snare of the bottom wire of the fence where they were come in, taken loads of rabbits this method over the years but I know a lot of people do not recommend this method. But once the local Fox population know these an easy meal to had it doesn't matter what time you check the snares cause they will have beaten you to them. If noise is an issue you could always use an air rifle or fully moderated shotgun with subsonic cartridges or the poachers method catapult! Go luck.
  7. Devon Minnow

    Putange mole trapping

    All traps have there advantages and disadvantages, the putange is cheap, very simple and effective my only grip with it is how humane is it.yes the moles are dead when I check the traps. Prime example was this morning, two trap sites all the trap set the same first mole was caught round one leg large male and the second one caught round the stomach. Neither a quick end. I have also heard of moles struggling for over 25 minutes in a new British made Duffus trap
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    Putange mole trapping

    Reason I asked was when I started using putanges I caught quite a few moles by the front legs even thou I followed the supplier instruction (not a humane death). I stopped using them until I had a answer to the problem. I now set the trigger a lot further down the trap so the uprights catch the mole behind the shoulder. Hopefully giving a more humane death. If you have ever seen a skinned mole you will understand why, the front shoulders of a mole are very strong and muscular.
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    Putange mole trapping

    Looks like the mole is caught by its front legs
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    For hunting bigger ammo is better. The general rule is 11mm lead , 12 1/2mm steel or bigger. Yes some people will take out game with smaller ammo but you have a morral duty to kill an animal quickly and cleanly. As for band set GZK bands are far better than Theraband gold for 9.5mm steel I like 20-25mm single band 0.76mm thick or for hunting 11mm lead 20-25mm single band 0.80mm thick or Orange Dub Dub tubes are great
  11. Devon Minnow

    Dog running off??

    Electric collar waste of money dogs get use to shock very quickly and learn to ignore it
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    Dog running off??

    I've had terrier for over 40 years and if there one thing I have learnt is that you have to be the BOSS. If not they will do what they want. Properly not the best breed of terriers to cut your teeth on because they are both head strong but you have them now. You can bray them all you want will not make any difference in fact properly make them worse cause they will now that they will get a beating when they return. My method is to allow the terriers to work a slow area in front of me and then call them back for a treat if they failed to respond I would aim my .22 centerfire about 4 foot in front of them and fire that use to get their attention. I have a 12 year old Border/Jack Russell how still headstrong prey driven, I have hit him once in arse end with 1/2" steel ball from my catapult at about 20 yards he was in full flight after a rabbit he yelped stopped what he was doing came back with his tail between his legs, I only have to show him the catapult and he now's , if he has a blonde moment I just have to land a steely near him and he returns.
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    Mould for making ammo

    You get what you pay for. Yes you can make a lot in a short time with the cheap ones off ebay but you will spend more time trying to tidy them up. I bought two of them off ebay and bin both of them absolute carp! Had Lee moulds for 15years and they have never let me down yes slower but you get a precision ball ever time no need for trimming. Try www.henryfrank.com he has a large selection of moulds including LEE. He has a lee multi shot .33 cal mould for around 50 pounds. Or try jt-bullet-mould.co.uk if you what a specific size.
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    Does anyone use hand lines

    Have a few different kinds mainly cuban yoyos, Murray reel from the USA cost an arm and a leg and a hobo reel not a massive fan, to small for my liking. Looking for a wooden rectangular kite one if anyone knows where you can get them, have them in USA but to expensive to import.
  15. Does anyone use handlines for either sea or fresh water fishing