I managed to grab a couple of hours out with the
rifle, I asked Dave (www.ukferreter.co.uk)
if he fancied tagging along for some Squirrels.
He said "I was in there last week, and there's nowt
I said I'd show him a mass of Squirrels, as
I knew their haunts, so we took a trip to the
We arrived at the woods, and had been on the land less than
2 minutes, when a Magpie flew past us and landed in a nearby tree.
Dave tried to get a line of sight on the corvid, but couldn't see it.
I peered round a large bush, and could see the Magpie in full view. I
raised my rifle and placed my shot
A single shot brought him
crashing to the ground.
I went and collected him, then we searched the nearby
trees for the other Magpies we could hear. We located 3, but they all flew
before we could get within range, so we went in pursuit of Squirrels.
Dave & I separated, and slowly moved through the
woods. A few minutes later, I heard Dave's rifle give a PHUT! and a split
second later a
I thought he'd bagged another Magpie, but spotted
him picking a Squirrel up.
I took him to the area I knew the Squirrels frequented, and Dave headed in
from a different direction to me.
I spotted a black Squirrel running for cover, then it disappeared up a
large Pine tree.
A couple of minutes later, I saw 2 on the ground, but they were about 50
yards away, so didn't risk a shot, but Dave didn't see them.
We looked around the area, and found 1 up a large Sycamore tree.
I fired a shot
She almost fell off the branch, but managed to keep hold, Dave was just
about to take a shot, when I saw she was moving very precariously along
She crawled about 3 yards, then fell from her perch.
She dropped onto a branch below, and got caught by the hips in a fork.
We spent the next couple of minutes shooting her dead body to dislodge it
from the fork, then she crashed to the ground.
We set off in search of more, and it wasn't long before we located
Dave got the 1st shot
and he fell from his branch.
He fell about 8 foot, and landed on the fork of a branch.
"Not again!" we both said.
After about 8 shots, he was dislodged, and fell to the ground.
We headed back to where I'd seen the black Squirrel. After around 15
minutes of hiding behind a tree each, Dave & I decided to move somewhere
I headed to another part of the woods I knew Squirrels visited regularly,
and thought Dave was following (I found out 1/2 hour later, he'd gone
I counted 7 young Squirrels scampering about on the low branches, and took
2 shots, but didn't hit my targets.
I then started my way back home, and was 1/2 way through the woods, when
some movement caught my eye, so I set off in pursuit.
2 Squirrels were dashing about in the branches of a fallen tree, but they
saw me coming, and headed for the tree tops.
I followed 1 of them as it jumped from tree to tree, but ended up losing
it when it scampered down the rear of the trunk and ran across the
woodland floor at top speed, heading for a hole under another fallen tree.
I left this Squirrel for another day, and headed home.