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About Mark_mjs93

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  1. The numbers do seem to be out there at the mo. I missed a good day on the pigeons the other week, had other things to get done but it seems it was a bumper day. Seen a lot of flocks around me getting on the drillings. Mate text me the other day to say hes got loads on his grass feeding on the clover. Quite surprised really with how mild it's been and how much natural food there is about.
  2. On a similar note I've been asked to help out with ferreting a hedgerow this week. When I popped into the RFD earlier to pick some cartridges up for my new auto the dude behind the counter was shocked I had a chance to ferret or shoot rabbits at all.
  3. I appreciate myxy is a horrible disease, what I'm saying about RHD is not so much that is worse than myxy, maybe I presented my point in a weird light. I'm not disputing how deadly myxy is, I'm just saying that with new diseases like RHD appearing in our rabbits, the catastrophic scenes that people like yourself witnessed with myxy, back in the day, are now showing up again and the mixture of old and new diseases with different transmission rates, infection rates and mortality rates is making for another hard hit to the populations. With that said Im no expert and other folks on here will give their opinions on the matter I'm Sure.
  4. RHD or VHD in its first strain had an immense impact on rabbit population. But it's impact was MASSIVE with rabbits dying a few hours after onset of the disease. It had a massive mortality rate in its first strain and would kill them off quick! Myxy has a longer term effect and as Micky said it has been the bane of many over the years but in terms of short term effects RHD or VHD was highly affective in a short space of time. The newer strain, RHDv2 has a lower mortality rate and isn't as catastrophic as its predecessor. A quick Google can tell you plenty.
  5. RHD is one of them, Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease I think it's called? Basically just causes catastrophic bleeding. Nasty thing it is, absolutely lethal and infectious as can be. Has a far worse impact than Mixy from what I can gather but i'm definitely not an expert by any stretch.
  6. Seconded Jimmy. Yeah he's a proper character haha the lads all have an unspoken rule to leave a swim be if he's in it. Mostly cause if you don't he's likely to grief you all night haha
  7. As they dont know their arseholes from the elbows Jimmy Its no surprise they haven't a monkeys on guns. This is no different to the trophy hunting debate that's ongoing. The media are running in their direction with it and making us honest, responsible shooters look like idiots. Absolute Nightmare but the heat will die down in 6 months as usual. Long and short is the RSPCA are pushing their agenda on this rather than acknowledging that this is some utter prat who is no friend to the majority of the shooting community. Personally I love swans... Have a proper lairy one at my local club lake, thing will storm into your swim like he owns the place, turn over buckets and s**t in your bivvy then storm off to do it to someone else, but he's part of the club now and we wouldn't do without him. Surprised he's not mentioned by name in the club book yet.
  8. Seen this plastered all over the news at the moment. A lot of places touting it as an airgun attack. No way in hell its an airgun with the amount of shot in the things! Frustrating to see the misinformation being put out but no surprise really. Can't get me head round why some muppet would shoot em anyway! Not to mention dump them in the way they have for people to find, it's just fuel for antis! Makes us all look bad and in the current climate as well. With the publicity this is getting... We will see airgun licensing sooner rather than later. Utter Twats. Rant over... Smithy
  9. Limpets you would be better off prying off the rocks with a knife just after the tide goes out. Shooting them... There will be bugger all left and you will. Just blunt the crap out of any speargun you used. Generally, molluscs like scallops, oysters etc aren't shot, they are hand dived on breath hold. You can spear lobsters and crabs but don't know what local byelaws are like and I'd be careful as the Mexicans And South Americans have some Strict laws around this sort of thing. Plenty of fish can be speared but usually it has to be done on breath hold and there are a load of different spear types, pole, elastic, pneumatic etc. Depends what you can shoot, want to shoot and also your ability. But limpets.. A knife to pry them of rocks.
  10. All noted. I don't leave cartridge cases everywhere when I'm out this one was a bit of a cock up on my behalf and it was gone before I could do much. I hate the messy gits that leave cartridge cases all over the clay grounds when they provide bins!
  11. As an addition to dekers point, I have never used a range finder but found myself in a similarish position last few times I got out shooting. I found my estimate of range at night was shocking, so bad I was shooting short of everything i add at as I found it hard to judge the distance in the dark. What I chose to do was visit in daylight and pace out some landmarks. I knew roughly where I'd be shooting from which directions so I paced out landmarks that would be visible even at night and threw NV. A gap I. The hedge row... Fence posts along one side of the field... A weird shaped tree... At the time I even paced some tractor tyre imprints that ran through the field. Went back that night and everything was WAYYY easier. I had all the numbers in my head so I knew what would be safe and clean and what was out of range. I shoot sub 12 too and this helped a lot. Also gave me a better understanding of the land so if I was out of range I knew where was best to take the shot from and the route to it etc. I mean... I guess the other option is a tape measure but they might not sit still while you measure them out...
  12. Confirms what I've already been told then. Got about 100 gamebore blue diamond I can stick through it to see. Fingers crossed
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