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    Highseats - more than one rifle?

    Random thought - recently I have spent numerous nights up a highseat waiting for a fox or deer, watching rabbits and squirrels bounding around under me. It made me wonder whether anyone takes more than one gun up there (such as an air rifle or 22LR) - a 243/308 would most likely disturb anything else, but I doubt the smaller calibres would?

    I'd be interested to hear your thoughts.

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    Ive thought of brining the 22lr think the only problem would be the messing around switching over rifles if you have a deer show itself close

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    Quote Originally Posted by karlbird View Post
    Random thought - recently I have spent numerous nights up a highseat waiting for a fox or deer, watching rabbits and squirrels bounding around under me. It made me wonder whether anyone takes more than one gun up there (such as an air rifle or 22LR) - a 243/308 would most likely disturb anything else, but I doubt the smaller calibres would?

    I'd be interested to hear your thoughts.
    Unless asked not to then when in my high seats any fox who is in range gets a hole in it, on the one or two days we travel to shoot Fallow they are first on the list as is often the case you might get one chance in the whole day.

    When out foxing I don't waste my time or rounds shooting rabbits with a .243. When out after rabbits I just take the .22

    If you want to cure the boredom of waiting for a deer then open the flask, roll a fag (if you smoke) or text your mate as that is normally the time a deer will walk out.


    Tim.243
    Stalking is very much like going to the night club

    You can always tell an Essex Boy, just you cant tell him much...

    An hour in the field is worth a week of typing trash.....




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    I often carry two rifles. As well as a deer calibre, I carry either a short barrelled .22 rimfire or a .177 carbine HW100 air rifle especially if I'm going to be sat in a seat for hours where there a few deer. The air rifle is often the best option as it allows for shooting into trees. Squirrels, rabbits, crows, pigeons, etc can all pass the time whilst waiting for a deer! The noise is minor and doesn't seem to bother the deer. I've even been in the middle of shooting a load of rabbits with the rimfire when a fallow doe (out of season) walked up the ride towards me to see what was going on!
    MS

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    never done it .often thought about it .possibly a good father son/daughter combo ??and good training for a youngster !
    Norma

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    in my experience if you take two rifles and try and do two jobs at once you will end up doing a half baked job on both and never really settling down and dealing with the task in hand the same can be said when out lamping, many people will go out after rabbits and take a "big rifle" just incase they see a fox but buy time they dig in around the back of the truck to find the fox gun the fox has generaly gone with the rabbits two

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    Thanks guys.

    MS - thank you, the area I am thinking of so rarely presents a deer/fox that passing the time is a good way to maintain enthusiasm to go. It is good to know it works and isn't as silly an idea as i thought it might.

    Sir-lamp-alot makes a valid point, I have seen this lamping numerous times but now have a system - driver/lamper (usually me) has a 243 out but out of the way whilst the main shooter has something smaller - a job that takes a few seconds to switch lamp man should a fox need taking care of.

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    regularly take a .22lr with me when stalking
    one ground had hundreds of grey squirrels

    mine is a bolt action, short barrel and quiet enough not to disturb anything even if I shoot it mid stalk/walk

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    I always carry a shotgun with me when stalking, and often take a rifle when out with the shotgun.

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    I regularly take my 12.5 inch barrelled .22lr out when I'm in my highseat with either the 243 or 308. It has a Vortex PST on it so I spend the time waiting for fox/deer by picking off rabbits or pigeons out to about 130m or so. Definitely whiles away the time and doesn't seem to affect the deer or foxes that sometimes pass by.

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