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cheddarpaul



Joined: 05 Nov 2005
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Location: Cheddar
PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 05 2:01 pm    Post subject: Newbie to hunting - how to start?  Reply with quote    

Hi all - I like the idea of hunting for rabbits, etc for the cooking pot but have never tried anything like this before.

How do I find out about any groups local to me here in Somerset?

Is there a web-site / forum that can help?

What kit will I need as a complete novice to this?

Any responses will be appreciated..

Jonnyboy



Joined: 29 Oct 2004
Posts: 23924
Location: under some rain.
PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 05 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hiya,

It's not that straight forward but the easiest way to get into it is with a decent air rifle. You will need something right at the 12ft'lbs legal limit, and you need to take some time learning accuracy and safety, air rifles can be lethal weapons. I would see if you can find an air rifle club near you as a start.

Plus you will need to find some land and get permission to shoot over it. Rabbits are canny buggers so you'll need to develop stalking skills as well to get within a decent range (less that 30 yards IIRC).

If you do get lucky there are a few articles on here about paunching, skinning and jointing your rabbit for the pot.

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 05 7:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Newbie to hunting - how to start? Reply with quote    

cheddarpaul wrote:
Is there a web-site / forum that can help?


I would think the people in this thread would be helpful: http://forum.downsizer.net/viewtopic.php?p=112032

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