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This feature was a job clearing squirrels at a freinds house with my dad. It started off slow but the end results was more than what we hoped for.
As I have been looking through the forums lately I have noticed quite a few posts regarding shotguns. There has been a few arguments saying shot gunners have it easy,just point and shoot and its a kill every time. Now I am sure there is some truth in that as long as your George Digweed or Richard Faulds , but I am sure they will admit they do miss a few. I also get the feeling that Air rifle shooters would not think for one minute that they would benefit from going out shooting with someone with a shotgun, they do not realise how good an opportunity this could be to bag a few pests.
I got out quite often with my Dad if he is spending a day decoying, if there is a good sitty tree or a bit of wood near where he is shooting I will often stake out these places. I have always had a good day when I do this as quite often pigeons who are not committed to coming into his decoy pattern will often perch up close and watch for a while.This will give me a chance to take a shot and add to the bag.
This week my Dad was out shooting some woods for a farmers friend who had a few squirrels chewing the bark his new plantings. He has 7 acres of conifers in his back garden and these are the perfect breeding grounds for the grey squirrel. The owner has already had problems in the past as some of the squirrels had chewed through his roof and taken up residence in his loft. Now the plantings are getting chewed he his not a happy bunny and the call to cull a few was made.
It was around midday so i decided to give Dad a call and see how he was doing. He had been there for a couple of hours and had nothing, he had seen a few but once they had run to the tops of the trees even he could not get them with a shotgun as he could not see them. They had also been running him round the trees until he was getting dizzy so not wasting an opportunity I loaded the Rapid 7 in the car and off I went.
When I pulled up to the house I could see why the owner was a little upset about his house being invaded. It was a lovely stone and brick house set in a beautiful location, I would have given my left foot to live here its a shooters dream home. I met up with my Dad just behind the back garden and he explained what had happened again and we set out along the path to the far end of the wood.
We had got about 100 yards away when I noticed a squirrel hopping along the floor, before we even stopped it was off like a rocket all the way to the top of a tree, quickly I set to the tree and looked up to find it. This is when I could see the problems dad was having, even with the shotgun there was no way he could have shot the squirrel, there was so much cover at the top of the tree I do not think the shot would have got through.