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Ian 

good shooting mate 

just a couple of questions 

150mm pipe ? /50mm holes ? How deep in the ground / and filled with shot rabbits etc 

most important, do they work well 

atb 

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2 hours ago, David.evans said:

Ian 

good shooting mate 

just a couple of questions 

150mm pipe ? /50mm holes ? How deep in the ground / and filled with shot rabbits etc 

most important, do they work well 

atb 

I have only just started to use these pipes so just how affective they are i don't know. What i can say is within a day of installing it i had a fox on camera. It visited three times but was wary of it. It had obviously been attracted by the smell and that is all i need. It lets me know a fox is about , which area and a rough time. 

I have dug mine in 18" into the ground and depending whether you want crows picking at the bait through the holes or not will determine how high you start the 50mm holes. I thought the crows pulling little bits through may add to the attraction for a fox but others may have different ideas.

Unfortunately there are very few rabbits around here but i had the unpleasant task of shooting a few hares last week off newly planted lettuce. When i arrived there where just over 20 eating them, i shot 5 and made a noise about doing it to try and discourage them as i don't really want to kill them. It seemed to work as they all disappeared. So i used the hare guts and heads and chopped one into small pieces to fill the pipe with. i have since topped it up with pigeons and a couple of magpies.

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4 minutes ago, ianm said:

I have only just started to use these pipes so just how affective they are i don't know. What i can say is within a day of installing it i had a fox on camera. It visited three times but was wary of it. It had obviously been attracted by the smell and that is all i need. It lets me know a fox is about , which area and a rough time. 

I have dug mine in 18" into the ground and depending whether you want crows picking at the bait through the holes or not will determine how high you start the 50mm holes. I thought the crows pulling little bits through may add to the attraction for a fox but others may have different ideas.

Unfortunately there are very few rabbits around here but i had the unpleasant task of shooting a few hares last week off newly planted lettuce. When i arrived there where just over 20 eating them, i shot 5 and made a noise about doing it to try and discourage them as i don't really want to kill them. It seemed to work as they all disappeared. So i used the hare guts and heads and chopped one into small pieces to fill the pipe with. i have since topped it up with pigeons and a couple of magpies.

That's new to me, not usually a problem finding the fox on most of my sites, but if I get a problem I'll give that a try!:thumbs:

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Out yesterday morning at 4.30 am in search of a buck, still chilly and saw nothing until 6am when I spotted an old buck chasing a youngster.....no chance of a shot but nice to see. 

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I let him come out into the field and when he was broadside I dropped him on the spot at 90 yds  taking the top of his heart off.

 

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I've been shooting winged vermin on a farm for a couple of years now.

I shot some more yesterday.

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I've been tonight and it's a lovely piece of ground. Mostly silage, maize and pasture. I've seen rabbits, hares, pheasants, partridge, a woodcock, pigeon and rooks, oh and i found a fox earth.

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Just need my foot to get better!

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1 hour ago, Sausagedog said:

I've been shooting winged vermin on a farm for a couple of years now.

I shot some more yesterday.

The farmer came to me and informed me of some 130acres  near to my home, I didn't know about it I said. He told me to go and have a look around and if I like it help myself!

I've been tonight and it's a lovely piece of ground. Mostly silage, maize and pasture. I've seen rabbits, hares, pheasants, partridge, a woodcock, pigeon and rooks, oh and i found a fox earth.

20220510_190336.jpg.f0684fc185ec4aca807a30e3703e86e3.jpgHappy is an understatement!

Just need my foot to get better!

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Belter when something like that comes your way 👍

get them feet shaved and get at it

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