Small game hunting

The last few weeks of fine weather have caused a minor explosion in the Rabbit populations here in the King Country.All the pumic country seems to have survived the late wet winter and now the population is booming.
Freda and Jaz and I have spent a couple of evenings on a friends property to the south west of town with 24 the first night and 21 the second night.I must say this is good steady work for my dog Jaz Pointing and Retrieving these sorts of numbers in an evening, and it is reinforcing all her command work and here stand and point is really coming to the fore.
As I have got older like a lot of guys particularly , my close vision has deteriorated so using my dear old dads winchester single shot target rifle with a rear apiture sight has become difficult especially when I am tired.
So I have invested in a Norinco EM332 bolt action .22lr rifle and fitted a bushnell banner 3-9 x 40 scope to it and a bipod, you may say a bit of an over kill for a norinco and small game, but I do say that this model norinco is a little cracker , shooting a 3 shot group in side a 10mm ring at 50 meters.
The 3-9 x 40 scope now allows me to head shoot rabbits 75 to 100 meters out into the large flat paddocks that we have been hunting, and I have to admit that it has been a while since I have been able to see well enough to do that.
Small game hunting has always been something that I have enjoyed and it is a great way to hone your skills and keep the dog up there too,so dont overlook those oportunities in between those deer trips.

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