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My game cooking theatre was also packed with wide eyed folk wondering what I was going to cook up next, and the launch of my NEW game cooking book Home & Away was so well received we sold old out, but we will be at The West Of England Game Fair Come March 21st and 22nd doing our demos and more.
As For the Professional Poison Free Pest Control its gone completely mad and I have crop and live stock protection jobs coming out of my ears on my agricultural as well as my domestic and commercial pest control work too, I will tell you of a couple of live stock protection jobs I have had to do just recently and my Young Sports Ambassador's Oliver and Carter got to join me on as I further their education and training.
We start out on a bitterly cold ghastly wet January night, we had to go to one of my oldest clients farms, he has sheep, pigs, ducks and chickens, this is a commercial piggery and lambing station, his fowl are kept for his personal eggs and meat etc, his neighbour is just a house with a large garden who also keeps rare breed fowl as they like to show them at the agricultural shows etc, something was attacking both the farm and the neighbours rare breed fowl killing many and just taking one, of course I knew this to be a fox or foxes.
I got there late afternoon about an hour or so just before dark would fall, I tracked around the perimeters of both properties to work out the attackers entrance and exit, I indeed found these out quite quickly but I wanted to test my Young Sports Ambassador's knowledge and field craft and see if they had taken in some of the lessons I had taught them previously, I was glad to say they had both boys doing very well with their limited young knowledge of tracking, I showed them some of the things they had missed from a single feather, to fur on the barbed wire and even some of tracks they had not seen.
I asked the boys to tell me where would be the best ambush point to take this fox or foxes on its natural attack route, both boys taking into consideration safe back stops, shooting angles, location of live stock, houses, farm buildings etc, I pointed out one thing they forgot, that was the prevailing wind direction as we did not want the fox to wind us before we could get a shot, it was decided that the gate going into lambing field was the best place to set up with everything considered and we had a large barn breaking up our silhouettes etc, I set up my trigger sticks and mounted the NiteSite Eagle Rtec Dark ops on the ole 223 Lead Injector with my favourite Norma Lead Aspirin loaded in the breach, As the dark fell we blended in to our surroundings, Carter started off using the NiteSite Sentinel Pro spotter but then asked could he use my Night Pearl Thermal Spotter, I let him do all the spotting for I knew we would not have long to wait, Niall that's Carters Dad went to check the lambing sheds then came back and said all quiet on the home front.
I said to Niall you take Carter and Oliver with the air rifle and the NS50 and see if you can deal with the rabbit and rat problem, I am going to set up camp under that oak tree high upon the hill off the sports ground, I know these foxes are coming down from high ground to attack, This position also gave me 400m of open killing ground with a 180 degree view all with perfect back stops.
By the time I got back to the oak tree Niall, Oliver and Carter were there asking well did you get them or it? I told them what had happened and the boys were off like rabbits to retrieve my first fox, both clients since my visit have reported no more fox attacks, as for the badgers we are trying some sonic beepers to keep them away so only time will tell if that works.
Out Foxing Charlie 15
By The Ole Hedge Creeper