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fieldcraft handy hints
« on: November 03, 2017, 10:48:00 am »
I thought I would share a few tips that might help you when out in the field or preparing to do so.. Maybe not but here they are anyway.

If you find you have a blunt knife and are near your car you can wind your car window halfway down and sharpen your knife on the top edge. It works really well.

When sharpening your skinning knives at home mark the edge with a sharpie pen and you can then tell when you have sharpened it properly and not miss a part of the edge.

Five things to take with you on a hunting trip. Mobile phone, Whistle, Torch, gaffer tape, plastic bag.  Itís amazing what repairs you can do with a plastic bag and gaffer tape.

Lollipop sticks with a bit of wool sellotaped to them are handy for sub12 airgunners when on a perm. If you stick them out at different known yardages and your quarry pops out between them you will have a good idea of your distance and holdover and the wool can tell you the wind too. A dab of UV or even white paint is handy to if you are using night vision gear.

If you are short of cover approach rabbits head on. Walk straight towards them. Rabbits can see sideways movement easily but if you approach straight on they find it harder to see an object getting bigger.

Wind and rabbits. This is an odd one but itís true.  If the wind is blowing from a hedge line towards the rabbits they are less likely to be jittery.  If the wind is blowing from the rabbits towards the hedge line they will move a lot and be very wary indeed. This is because they know the wind is blowing their scent towards the hedge where a predator will be more likely to be hiding. Yes I know thatís a bit odd but itís true.

If a rabbit gets spooked in open ground it will almost always run about ten yards and stop. This is when you get your chance for a shot. They often freeze for around 15 seconds as they know their movement is a dead giveaway. You need to be quick as they will move again quickly.

If you are moving along a hedge try to stay five feet or more away from it. If you move alongside and close to the hedge which feels more natural your feet will crack the twigs and leaves that have fallen from the hedge and give you away.

Some odd tips for calling and decoying corvids

Shaking a half filled matchbox is a great call for magpies.
A partly broken hens egg in a tuft of grass below or near a tree is great for bringing in magpies.
Magpies almost always have a sentry so if you are using decoys stick one high up on a tree or on a fence post.

Donít bother painting decoys with black or white paint. Instead use UV paint. UV paint shows as white to all birds and normal white paint just looks like a very hard to see grey. THE FUD (fold up decoy targets) come pre painted with uv paint and they look far more real to magpies than the plastic white painted decoys.

Crows HATE owls. A cheap plastic owl will fairly often get mobbed by crows and is great for bringing them in.  Try to keep the sun behind you if you are decoying crows and make sure your decoys face away from you as crows tend to look towards what other crows are looking at.

A dead crow with itís wings out on the ground also brings them in.   IF you are using a crow caller use long calls rather than short ones.  CAW-CAW-CAW means danger.  CAWWWWW-CAWWWWWWWW-Cawwwwwww  means have a look at this.

Keep decoys 30 ish yards away from you and donít put any near your hide or shooting point. This gives them a chance to look towards you.
All Corvids and pigeons have a very thick breast bone and if you hit them there they will fly away injured. Try for a head/neck shot if you can but if you need to go for a heart shot do it from the side of the bird and not the front.

Shooting birds with an air rifle is HARD. donít expect big bags. All the decoy patterns are mainly for use with a shotgun and you need real patience if using an airgun. Donít get down hearted if you blank or only bag a few. Itís a day out.

Hit Tesco for food bags and put all your gear that you carry in your rucksack inside the food bags and seal them. Even in hot days things can get wet. Food bags are your friend. Extra handy for spare socks for when you end up in puddles and great for keeping tissue in if you need to clean your glass or indeed if you need to have a crap in the woods.


Thatís all for now. Some of these are weird and you might totally disagree. You can add your tips here

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taken from an article on airgungurus.com






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Re: fieldcraft handy hints
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2018, 09:44:47 pm »
Check out this video on youtube for help with calling crows.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFdI2HcRvVc&list=FLmAYTNh1CeCVvyU76KuZh9w&t=10s&index=18

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