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    Things you see out of a high seat

    I have just spent an hour and a half in a high seat , freezing to death ,seeing nothing but a Pheasant and a Rabbit . My mind wondered back to the time i was sat in a high seat in Sussex and down the hill in front of me ran a very startled looking Rabbit followed closely by a large Mink . I watched the chase cross the ride twice to my right . I dont now if the Mink caught the Rabbit but it was very interesting to watch.
    From the same high seat i saw i fox catch a mouse .Carry it into the middle of the ride then for the next two minutes repeatedly pounce up and down on the mouse . After this wonderfull
    display i decided against the shot and let the fox walk away.
    Anyone else got any tales ?
    Chill

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    About 8 or 9 years ago I was sat in a seat over looking a fairly young poplar plantation, we occasionally used to see the odd barn owl nearby.
    On this particular evening I was lucky enough to have a pair of them flying and hunting virtually underneath me.
    It only got better, as out the corner of my eye one of the pair landed on an old high seat which was not six feet from me.
    It had caught a mouse and just sat there eating it, the only trouble was I could not move a muscle as it was so close. Which meant I could only see it out of the corner of my eye. I would have loved to have got a picture but had no camera, and as it was so close it probably would have spooked any way.
    They are such amazing birds almost magical the way they fly.
    I will never forget that night.

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    Nick

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    This summer just gone I sat in a high seat in the early hours of the morning and a barn owl, which I'd seen in the field a number of times before and which had spent the last 5 minutes hunting, decided to alight on the rifle rest in front of me with a mouse in its jaws. I sat there, not daring to move a muscle, as it looked at me. Eventually I had to blink and with that it flew off and landed in the nest oak tree along.

    A magical moment.

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    I have been fortunate in seeing some brilliant stuff. In my first morning in a high seat my friend and I were visited by a barn owl, landing on a branch not three feet from me. We have seen it every time we have been in that seat in the morning.

    But my absolute favourite was this year in the summer, I saw a cock pheasant harrassing a fox. It flew out of the hedge after making a lot of noise, closely followed by the fox. The pheasant kept flying up and away from the fox, landing then walking back, aggressively kicking up grass and flicking its wings, towards the fox. When the fox dashed at the pheasant it would repeat the process, flying up and away. It kept this up for 5 minutes or more. Eventually it flew slowly, and just out of reach, into the wood I was sitting against, with the fox running below. With the pheasant up in a tree the fox huffed and snorted and eventually walked back out into the field, where I gave it the benefit of a Hornady 129gn SST.

    ft
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    Have seen a couple of strange things while in one of my seats waiting
    on wild bore just out watching one night with the old guy that works
    at gamedeeler had a few piles of food out and fox sneaked out of nearby
    bracken and started to feed on old bread on one pile , we watched for
    couple of minutes and a big old sow flew from the bracken and put foxy
    3 or 4 feet in the air not sure who got the bigger fright the fox or us

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    Waiting in a lean to highseat for a fox one evening this summer I had a Roebuck come past very close. He sighted my dog who was sat a little way from the foot of the ladder, he circled around and eventually ended up stood under the highseat, between the tree and the ladder, and almost eyeball to eyeball with the dog ! Not a young daft buck either but a nice mature animal. He did'nt half shift though when the dog could stand it no longer and stood up!

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    Not high seat but sitting in a ditch looking down a ride...
    A Robin using the barrel as a perch...ever seen a Robin nearly having a coronary?

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    Out along River Usk the other day walking with dog gun and mate came across dog otter playing about and fishing between 20 to 40 m wathed him for about 20 mins great bit of veiwing
    Paul D

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    Three or four years ago, I had gone out with my .17HMR after rabbits. It was raining so I stayed in my 4x4, parked alongside a wood ,looking down the edge, waiting for any unfortunate rabbits that might come out.
    One rabbit came out, over 100 yards away, and I shot him through the head. I left it where it was and waited for another.
    The field had been ploughed with furrows, and not too long later another rabbit came out of the wood. It was in a furrow so I couldn't get a clean shot at it. It made its way toward the dead rabbit. When it got to it, it stopped for a few seconds, then the strangest thing happened. I was watching it through the scope ,set on about 7x magnification. The rabbit started the give the dead rabbit a damn good thrashing, with its back legs. There was fur flying up in the air and it was all so violent looking, I couldn't believe what I was seeing.
    What was that all about ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve46 View Post
    Three or four years ago, I had gone out with my .17HMR after rabbits. It was raining so I stayed in my 4x4, parked alongside a wood ,looking down the edge, waiting for any unfortunate rabbits that might come out.
    One rabbit came out, over 100 yards away, and I shot him through the head. I left it where it was and waited for another.
    The field had been ploughed with furrows, and not too long later another rabbit came out of the wood. It was in a furrow so I couldn't get a clean shot at it. It made its way toward the dead rabbit. When it got to it, it stopped for a few seconds, then the strangest thing happened. I was watching it through the scope ,set on about 7x magnification. The rabbit started the give the dead rabbit a damn good thrashing, with its back legs. There was fur flying up in the air and it was all so violent looking, I couldn't believe what I was seeing.
    What was that all about ?
    Must have been playing
    myxomatosis or the Irish version of the Gay Gordons
    more like that they were two bucks though establishing territory definition
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