A while back I bought a second hand Archer Grade D NV Gen3. When I bought it I knew it had a really bad laser burn to the tube due to previous owner using IR Laser's at too close range. Main reason i bought it was cos i had got a price from Starlight for a new tube but this one was a Grade A ( best tube available ) and was going to cost £700. I got this price before i went and saw the Archer that was for sale. I bought the second hand unit for £800, so in theory I would have the best grade unit for half the price.
Finally got round to sending it away to get the grade A tube fitted and holy crap what a difference. I will do a before after video on the tube difference when i get a chance to.
Recently I bought a Guide IR 518C Thermal unit. Plan was to use the Thermal to spot to the quarry as picking up heat signature would be better and easier than spotting with NV. As i have been working a fair bit recently i've not had much of a chance to use it properly.
A couple months back i started baiting an area i thought would be good for foxing. Plan was to bait from monday night through to thursday and go on the friday night and wait for the fox coming back. All was going really well, bait was getting taken away but nothing was showing on the trail cam. On the friday afternoon I got a short notice call from work to leave on the Sunday. Thought it'd be best to spend time with the mrs before leaving cos i knew it was gonna be a 3 week job. So i got back from the job and went to check the camera and there was the fox on the friday night at 10:00 !!! DAMN !!!
Was working a fair bit away offshore with very little time at home so couldnt get any shooting done. This time at home i've got a bit more time off so i started baiting the area again. Laid down a rabbit and tied it to the post where the trail cam is. Went back next night with another but rabbit not been touched from before. So i go back home with the other rabbit leaving the 1st one there, let it smell up a bit more. I went back the day after and the rabbit has been demolished, i tied up the second one and swap the SD cards in the camera only to find bloody buzzards eating the rabbit that afternoon, and also a badger came for a munch to. Next night i go back and the second rabbit is gone, torn the body away from the leg that was tied up. Swap the SD card again and this time i lay down the guts of a roe that i shot, i put it in a black bag and froze it. This time the camera shows what im looking for, Charlie !! 1st time in at 21:40 stayed for about 10 mins munching and then came back at 01:20 and again at 03:30.
Yesterday afternoon I got all the batteries charged up for the Thermal, torches and NM800IR. Got into position in the field with the truck and all my kit looked out ready to hand so i know where it is in the dark. I got there before sunset and the weather turned crazy. I stuck the wind meter out the window, jesus its showing 30mph !! Later it calmed down to a nice 15-20 mph cross wind. Once it got dark i turned on the Archer and admired the new tube. Was like daylight, could see everything around me for miles.It was coming up for 21:00 now so I stuck it back on the scope and turned on the thermal for gander around me. A group of cows 350-400 yards away lit up on the thermal straight away. Had a look to the left, nothing there, a look to the right and there is a Roe just casually walking down towards my bait / camera area. Turned from white hot to black hot to see the difference but i prefer white hot. I took a small video of it just wondering around the area. It seemed on edge though, always looking back to where it came from. It then turned round and ran off into the bushes and it was gone. 2 mins later i had a look back and a white blob is walking down the bush line towards the bait area. It then squats down for a pee, yip its a fox. Start a small video of it walking down and into the bait area. Now i switch to the NV and turn on the nm800IR . Clear as day i can see the fox sniffing around the guts but it didnt like it, it walked up about 5-10 yards towards me about turned, back to the bait and then back into the field it came from. At 1st i thought id lot the chance of getting a shot off. Picked it up as it came out the bush and was walking up the field. Got the crosshairs on it and a quick squeek stopped her in her tracks. Slight pressure on the 1lb Jewell trigger and THUD ! Straight down and never moved again. I went to retrieve her showing a vixen. Another happy farmer and another good outing. Perfect way to finish a weekend before i head to Holland on Tuesday with work.
When I get back from work, ill start the baiting process again, this time ill be sticking with rabbits for bait. That'll also keep the mrs happy with not having Roe guts in the freezer lol.