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Re: shooting deer / pest ect

Posted: Thu Aug 04, 2022 12:51 pm
by dromia
Let it rot in situ to draw in more carrion eating vermin.

Re: shooting deer / pest ect

Posted: Thu Aug 04, 2022 9:17 pm
by shotgun sam
dromia wrote: Thu Aug 04, 2022 12:51 pm Let it rot in situ to draw in more carrion eating vermin.
Which in turn brings foxes to eat the carrion

Re: shooting deer / pest ect

Posted: Thu Aug 04, 2022 9:18 pm
by Graham M
I don't leave them in the middle of a field in case a tree-hugger sees it and collapses in a flood of tears. I tend to pick them up and chuck then into the wood or under a hedge.

The smell can get a bit overpowering but as Adam says it does draw in others.

Re: shooting deer / pest ect

Posted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 6:48 am
by bradaz11
see it's things like that, the little things. I would have thought that would have been frowned upon

Re: shooting deer / pest ect

Posted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 7:06 am
by nic
if what you want is to try it out then go down the pay per stalk route. there are facebook pages re stalking (careful of what you search for :-) ) or The Stalking Directory, or even Pigeon watch. That way you can get out and try it to see if it floats your boat. I do a fair bit of live quarry stuff, deer, ducks, geese pheasant mainly for the pot- mine or families and enjoy it, but a number like the kill but not the butchery / carcass prep etc.

if you do go down the pay route, be aware of the added costs, make sure what the price quoted covers... ie stalk, kill, trophy rates. carcass cost if you want the meat. cost for a wounded lost animal.

Re: shooting deer / pest ect

Posted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 8:32 am
by Blackstuff
bradaz11 wrote: Thu Aug 04, 2022 11:48 am I just want to know what sort of steps to take. to go from pure target shooter, to try out shooting live quarry. I've never killed anything so not even certain if 'd have issues pulling the trigger, but doing it appeals, I'd also really like to know how to process said animal.

I mean even with farm and shooting foxes, what do you even do with the fox?
If you don't have any shooting friends that can take you along with them, then as mentioned above, have a look at paid stalking or pest control, or a course offering either.

Pigeon shooting is probably the easiest to get into and you don't need any conditions/'status' change on your certificate (assuming you have an SGC), you literally just need permission from the land owner/shooting rights controller and you're in. If you're a member of a gun club its worth putting the feelers out, even if there's no one doing it in your club, someone will likely know someone else and could do an introduction for you. Either that or get on forums like Pigeon Watch (prepare yourself for the tw@ttery), Stalking Directory etc. I've had a few permissions in the past just from people offering them up during the busy season to make sure fields are covered.

There are still plenty of carcass processing videos on Youtube for you to get a grasp on the basics of dispatch and meat processing, but hands on is the best teacher.

Re: shooting deer / pest ect

Posted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 9:04 am
by bradaz11
yeah I think my club notice board might be one route, or to ask the owner to ask about for me.

I looked at pay route before and it all seemed hugely expensive. I think I'd like to go with someone while theyre doing it, and watch them etc for a few times, rather than rock up and start taking pot shots at a beast

Re: shooting deer / pest ect

Posted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 10:48 am
by 1066
Personally I would try and find a local farm or bit of woodland and have a go a rabbits or even squirrels - Even with the best of intentions not every shot is clean, if you don't like the thought of a rabbit squealing and bouncing about after being shot, maybe it's not for you.

On another note - Deer are becoming such a pest in some areas there is a move to change closed seasons and allow night shooting.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... llion.html