for a drive around the local country lanes, knocking on farm doors in search of
more permission. The day
was gorgeous and rabbits were out in the fields in droves.
that I knocked on and had no reply, I posted one of my
Rabbit Control cards through the letter box. I must have posted 20 cards
within an hour and half.
house the owner was mowing his lawn, I enquired about permission, and was
informed of who owned most of the valley but rented it out to tenants. I carried
on around the valley, and posted a few more cards.
Then I decided to check at a farm that
I'd had permission on previously, but let it lapse for over 12 months. Sure
enough I was given the all clear, so I took a trip round the fields with my air
As I got onto the land, and followed
the gully that runs right up the centre of the field, I peered over the brow and
saw 20+ rabbits sat grazing. 1 was approx. 30 yards away, so I scoped her and
squeezed the trigger.
I missed, the field
came alive and around 40 rabbits ran towards the warren. Most went straight into
the warren, but I saw 6 didn't. So I crept a bit closer, and scoped in on a
As I squeezed the
trigger, the pellet raced through a shaft of sunlight and I could see it was
going high. It pierced her ear and hit a rock behind her.
made the field come
alive again. Another 15 - 20 rabbits appeared out of the grass and ran straight
into the warren. So I headed further up the gully to the other large warren.
As I approached, I saw 10 - 15 rabbits
run into the warren on the steep banking, so I crept within range of the banking
and sat with my back against the opposite banking, which is approx. 10 yards.
I was sat for about 10 minutes when a
rabbit came out, ran straight up the banking and disappeared into the next
field. I scanned the area and saw a brown shape about 20 yards away, I slowly
raised my rifle and checked it out.
It was a young rabbit,
about 9 week old, so I placed my mark and squeezed the trigger.
I hit her in the temple.
On retrieving her found the exit wound was on her other temple.
10 minutes went by, and another rabbit
came out of the warren. He sat staring at me, and as I raised my rifle he ran to
another hole. He paused right outside it, and as I swung the rifle round to aim
at him, he disappeared down the hole.
So I called it a day, and headed back
to the car.
I'll be returning again very soon, and
hopefully get a much better bag.