Hunting with an Air Rifle
Hunting can be a challenging thing, but doing it with an Air Rifle can be really challenging. When out hunting using an Air Rifle you still need to give the creature a quick, clean and humane end. Because of the short range shot, this will make it a lot more difficult, the most difficult in my option. You need to have a lot of patience and using an Air Rifle will test anyone. Most of the time you will end in failure however the feeling when you success with a shot, It will feel like no other.
There are a couple of rules when it comes to shooting with an Air Rifle. You can’t just go out and start hunting game, this will cause you a lot of problems if you run into the land owners, even if game do pose as easy targets. Hares are too big to be shot by an Air Rifle pellet, so are foxes.
If you are fairly new to the shooting world then one big tip is to get brownie points with the land owner. If you notice things that don’t add up, report them back to the landowner; things like codes being broken, picnic fires not being put out properly or vandalism to farm building. You need to be seen to abide by the Country Code and informing the land owners about things will give you added respect. One main point to remember is this :-
Leave the area as you found it. That’s part of the Country Code.
When you are shooting things such as rabbits, there are a couple of golden rules. You might think about paunching the rabbits (taking out the intestines and stomach) this will make them easier to carry, however if you clean them out a few hours after it will make it a lot easier to cut open. Also it won’t attract foxes if you leave their insides in the woods.
If you have permission to be on someone’s land you have the right the shoot the following birds. Airgunshooting.co.uk list the animals you can shoot :-
GREY SQUIRREL : Common and destructive pest, especially damages trees. Has displaced native, protected, Red squirrel in many parts of the UK. (E)
CARRION CROW : Major predator on game and songbirds, eggs and chicks, will also peck eyes from new-born lambs. Very wary and difficult to stalk.
FERAL PIGEON: Cheeky chappie town scrounger actually carries a variety of nasty diseases. Creates mess and damages buildings.
COLLARED DOVE: Same size as protected Turtle dove but Collared variety can steal and soil large quantities of stored grain in farmyards. Needs control. (E)
ROOK: Although officially a pest and predator, at certain times of the year they can be beneficial to agriculture, eating harmful insect pests.
WOODPIGEON: Vast flocks hoover-up crops in all parts of the UK. Most destructive pest in constant need of control and very good to eat. (E)
RABBIT: Back in plague numbers in many areas, the rabbit is as destructive and greedy as the woodie and in need of continuous control.(E)
RAT: Public enemy number 1. Untold millions of pounds worth of damage worldwide plus carrier of several highly dangerous diseases.
MAGPIE: One of the most voracious and destructive predatory pests, hitting young broods of garden songbirds in particular.