Saturday, 13 November 2010

You know,...

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...I think I might have eaten enough rabbit.
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32 comments:

  1. Why? Did you nail that interview?

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  2. Did you sprout a cotton tail and long ears?

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  3. You need to widen the information on this one!!

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  4. O.K, to expand a little: I'm going to stop. Stop shooting rabbits and also, most likely, stop blogging here. Maybe I'll find myself trying to write another blog or write something in another format - I don't know.

    I did get a job, Josh, and yes, that's got something to do with this, but it's perhaps been brewing anyway.

    Shooting rabbits & blogging became something I just did automatically & I started to wonder recently if I was doing it because I wanted to or because it was just 'one of the things I do'.

    I don't want to do stuff on autopilot so I thought the best thing to do might be to just stop & then look around a bit and try to figure what it is I want to do instead.

    So, many thanks to all those of you who've been kind enough to read this blog and offer your comments; it's meant a lot to me, I've enjoyed it and I hope you've enjoyed it too.

    Yours,

    'Hubert Hubert'

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  5. Well I for one will miss your random bloggs mate, although I've only been here a short while, I've really looked forward to my phone giving me a bleep to tell me you'd popped another thread on!

    I hope you enjoy doing what you decide to do, and I'm sure i'll bump into you on other sites.

    Good Luck for the future mate.

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  6. yep ive been following from the start,i will also miss hearing about your adventures,goodluck in whatever you are doing

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  7. The "That's what she said" comment made me laugh!

    Found your blog today on OBN. I like it. I will follow along.

    the Average Joe Fisherman
    http://averagejoefisherman.blogspot.com/

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  8. 'so the.. the...the... that's all folks....'? :)
    time to pop your head up from the burrow and sniff pastures new?
    let me know what you're up to
    xxx

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  9. Dang it!

    As much as I have enjoyed your numerous walkabouts, I am going to sorely miss your anecdotes. Of course, should you try a different venue, you will let me know, won't you.

    Best Regards,
    Albert A Rasch
    The Range Reviews Tactical: How Terrorists Choose Their Targets

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  10. I pop in and out from time to time to check in on your ramblings. Your thoughts will be missed. Good luck.

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  11. Darn tootin!! I just found this blog today and now it's all over :( Shucks!!!

    Enjoy the future!

    Cheers

    Paul

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  12. Just read the whole(well almost) Rabbit Stew blog and found it very interesting.Some very similar thoughts i have been having myself. We grow most of our own food but the dogs and cats don't like potatoes and beans much.

    I did notice that your bloggs dropped off after getting your rifle converted to 0.177. Was this just coincidence or did the rifle change not make as big a difference as you thought it would?

    I am asking because I am hoping to buy a HW95K in a couple of days so I can hunt rabbits to make up part of a sustainable diet and the eternal calibre discussion is stopping me sleeping!
    Thanks for any reply.

    Nick

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  13. Hi Nick,

    Thanks for the comment. (& I like the look of the 'Louth Community Food Gardens' very much, good luck with that!)

    Calibre: oh dear, don't lose sleep, get a .177! If you're just after rabbits then there's no real doubt doubt that the flattened trajectory of the smaller pellet makes a difference in a useful way - you can simply be more confident that your pellet is going where you hope it will go.

    That's not to say that you can't get rabbits with a .22 because you can and while I say that there is a difference I'm not sure I'd now say it's a huge difference (at least, not with springers it isn't - with a PCP the jury came back a while ago and the question is closed in favour of the little pellet). If you learn how to shoot a .22 springer then you can bag rabbits with one and the same applies to the .177.

    I must say that after I changed to a .177 I found that I simply couldn't drop wood pigeon like I could with the .22. I don't know why this was and I'm not sure that if I hadn't persevered I wouldn't have been able to find my mark with them again like I had with the larger calibre - perhaps I just quit before that happened. But if it's only rabbits you're after then I think you'll be fine with the .177 (once you've put in the time needed to learn how to fire the gun accurately and consistently of course!)

    Best of luck with it, mate!

    HH

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  14. Hi Hubert,

    I read with great interest your account and history of buying a Weihrauch HW80 "Mantis in gold on the barrel.
    Well I bought that rifle last week and apart from being really pleased with it was also delighted to find it`s history, how it changed from .22 to .177, a trip to Tony at Sandwells etc.

    Well now I`m having it re-blued and serviced to restore it to as new condition.
    So thanks for committing it`s history to the written word it has been a pleasure to read.

    Best regards Rob.

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  15. Hi Rob,

    I'm very pleased to hear that the rifle has ended up with someone who's going to re-fettle it nicely - and happy to hear also that you've enjoyed reading a little of its history.

    Best wishes,
    'HH'

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  16. Morning HH,

    If you have any other stories regarding the rifle I would be more than happy to hear/read them.
    Or any photos you might, I would really like to trace what I can and put together a document from it`s early days up until now.
    Though not sure how we could exhange info other than this blog, which I have to tell you I am totally new to.

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  17. Hi Rob,

    I've written one post on the blog about buying the gun and the story of how it came to have its stock cut down - and that post contains all that I know about it. Neither do I have the details of the chap I bought it from anymore I'm afraid.

    But I do have a few photos of it that didn't make it onto the blog which I'll happily send you. Just drop me an email at: Hubert_Hubert@lacan.org.uk

    Cheers,
    'HH'

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  18. the laughing crow9 March 2011 at 20:47

    Just discovered the blog. Its wonderful. Sat up reading the threads for a good hour last night.

    I've been a veggie for 11 years now on the basis that I didnt want to eat what I was incapable of killing for myself. But after a chance encounter between the bumper of my car and a pheasant 6 months ago.... things changed. I got out of the car to make sure the thing wasn't suffering and wrang its neck. Then I kinda thought, it would be a bit of a waste to leave it at the side of the road. So I took it home, skinned it (not plucked!), butchered it, ate it. I then realised that hell yes, I could do this blood thirsty lark after all.

    Suddenly all the rabbits and wood pigeon on my country walks took on a more delicious connotation. So after um-ing and ah-ing and reading up on the law, equipment, skills etc I finally went ahead and purchased an air rifle one month ago.

    I've joined a club (my garden is too small for plinking) and I'm honing my skills. I am very excited at the prospect of getting out onto a permission (once I get one) and bagging some game. In the mean time I picked up a rabbit from a local game butcher.

    GOOD GOD..... why doesnt everyone eat rabbit? Really a superb meat.... well at least to me it is... being over ten years since I ate the stuff I'm probably not the best judge.

    Shame you ended the blog, but I understand your reasons.

    Thanks for sharing your writings.

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  19. Hi Laughing Crow,

    Nice of you to drop by and share your story.

    Yep, I too was a veggie for about a decade, I think. I quit because I thought that if I ever ate another cheddar sarnie again I'd go utterly mad (well, and also because it occurred to me that since I wasn't exactly morally stainless in the rest of my life why on earth was I making such a fuss about what I put in my gob at tea time?)

    Since I quit shooting I've almost become a veggie again - so giving up meat for Lent will require very little abstemiousness from me (though doubtless more than I'll actually muster...).

    Good luck with the shooting, friend.

    HH

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  20. Beware laughing crow, if you run over any animal, it is illegal to take it away for consumption....although the car behind you may do so totally legally!! This is a mad mad world lol!!

    Glad to see you back here Hubert, I realise you aren't posting anymore but its still nice to see you popping back in.
    NEARLY vegigie....oh dear, I'm so sorry!! I'm off out this evening with the lamp and rifle, need to get 20 or so rabbits to fulfill a pie order, as has been said, the taste of rabbit far exceeds the taste of any chemically reared animal in the supermarket. And the best thing is that you know it has never been penned in or force fed to make it bigger.
    All the best for the future.
    Chris
    http://theramblersramblings.blogspot.com/

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  21. Chris is, of course, right about the legality of scoffing your own roadkill.

    That being said, I do recall the comment of a Russian forest forager I heard somewhere: 'The woods - they are big. The police - they live in the towns.'

    'HH'

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  22. I hope you enjoy doing what you decide to do, and I'm sure i'll bump into you on other sites.

    Good Luck for the future mate. gun cabinets

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  23. That being said, I do recall the comment of a Russian forest forager I heard somewhere: 'The woods - they are big. The police - they live in the towns.'

    I'd never heard that before, but what a fabulous quote!!

    I was out the other week lamping with the air rifle for rabbits, when it was totally spoiled by some noisy idiot with the brightest lamp I have ever seen..........It was the police helicopter, even though I had rung them to confirm I was out shooting, the message had not been put out to the people in the chopper!!! A wasted night, but I suppose its a tale to tell!!

    All the best for the future.
    Chris
    http://theramblersramblings.blogspot.com/

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  24. recently go a hw80k very nice but a problem has occured the rifle willnot cock ?? any ideas what to do

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  25. Hi Oldman,

    Sorry to hear about your problem. I am certainly no whizz at the mechanical internals of air-rifles but I would hazard a guess that whatever the hell it is that secures the spring piston at its maximum compression has either broken, been worn to the point that it no longer works or is otherwise out of kilter. This is basically a long drawn out way of my saying 'I do not know what's wrong with it'.

    Whatever it is, you'll certainly need to take it to a gunsmith. These rifles are pretty damn powerful and anything that could compromise the cocking or trigger action of the gun is too serious a thing to be sorted out with a bit of home fettling. You could end up with a bodge fix that'd let fly a 12ftlb pellet with no warning - and that'd certainly hurt (and quite possibly kill) someone if it him them.

    I don't know where you are in the country, mate, but there are reputable gunsmiths all over the place. If you were in the Midlands I'd recommend taking it along to Sandwell Field Sports but any good, reputable dealer of air rifles will know where you can get it fixed. Have a look at the Yellow Pages or drop a note on one the airgun forums - I'm sure there'll be someone in your area that can recommend a good local gunsmith.

    Good luck,

    HH

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  26. Hubert Hubert -
    I realise you stopped posting here a while ago but I only discovered this blog a few days ago and have read it almost all start to finish - just wanted to say that I really enjoyed it. You write really well and should keep it up - if not here then somewhere!
    Cheers,
    Tom

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  27. Thank you, Tom, that's very nice of you. I have indeed stopped writing posts here but I certainly haven't stopped being pleased when people say that they've enjoyed it or have got something from it.

    Best wishes,
    'HH'

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  28. That's nice of you ollibah, but living in the middle of a city - as I now do - I'm afraid that the only involvement I have with the countryside is to occaisionally glimpse it from the windows of speeding trains & coaches!

    And I miss it! I've plucked not one mushroom this year, loitered in no fields, dozed beneath no trees, scoffed no game, plinked no pellets.

    Maybe the city will reward me before too long with the means to escape it from time to time? Who knows?

    All the best, anyhow,

    HH

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