There seems to be quite a lot about highseats going on here at the moment so I thought I would throw my, err highly designed and copy righted idea into the mix.
It all started with a scaffolding tower that I bought a couple of years ago. Basically I put a plank across it and it sat in a field, worked well enough till it blew over in the wind. I then used it at home for its intended purpose, helping with DIY. Anyhow, job done and it has been sitting round the house for the last 2 years doing nothing and taking up space.
Now back in January I got a call from a bloke saying he had a problem with foxes on his small holding and would I come and have a look? So off I trots, and despite this place being a whole massive 4 acres due to house, roads, livestock, neighbours etc I was very limited as to where I could fire from, basically there was just 1 spot. I sat out there a few times but due to obstructions when I saw the fox it was behind a fence or gate or basically where I couldn’t get a clear shot, and you saw it so fast that it was gone before you could get your rifle up or if I moved I was to close it was likely to smell me and not show its face.
Not to be deterred I mentioned to the owner that I really needed to get higher to be able to get a clear shot, and he said, “Don’t care, do what you like”, So I suggested a highseat or a foxbox, reply was still the same. OK, foxbox it is. Now I don’t know about you but I have been sat up a high seat and it has started to snow on me whilst waiting for a fox and it isn’t very nice, neither is a cold breeze or rain dripping down your neck. I freely admit to being a wuss. My mate chortles when I suggest these things and says ,”yeah, why don’t you get electricity in and make a cup of tea as well.” WellI personally don’t see any problem with that myself and may mention it to the owner at some point as I am right beside the shed so I could run an extension lead in. I really don’t think he would mind, but I’ll settle for a flask at the moment.
So I had a load of wood lying around doing nothing and I thought I could use that up to keep the cost down. It was all a bit of a rush job and thrown together but the result was better than I expected it to be.
Plastic chair inside much more comfortable than a wood bench, rain stays off, wooden shutters open to keep the rain out as well. All in all I’m very pleased, used some lorrystraps that I bought before, (again just sitting around doing nothing), to keep it in place should the wind get up. I did have to buy the lapwood but I used that specifically to fit in with the buildings already there, again, not that the owner seemed bothered.
I designed the box to be flat pack for transporting and that worked well enough. So would I do it again? Ohh yes, keep an eye on the bay of evil and when one comes up again at the right price I will buy it. Hopefully with outriggers this time as they will look better. I would also make a lot of changes to the design so it would be a bolt together rather than screw together and I would use very thin ply for the sides to keep the weight down.
Like everything it is a learning curve