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Rabbit Shooting With Thermal Gear In Central Otago
Jan 22nd, 2018 at 9:02pm
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Short clip of rabbit shooting work.  18 minutes 32 Rabbits 32 shots,  Except for the titles this is unedited.  The gun cam on the  optic only does 6 minute chunks of video before making another file.
These recordings shut the accountants up when they complain about the bill.  In one nights shooting the ammo bill was $800 alone  Grin


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Reply #1 - Jan 22nd, 2018 at 9:43pm
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Very interesting ,some of those bunnies thought something wasn't quite right ....but it was  a little late by then  Smiley
  
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Reply #2 - Jan 23rd, 2018 at 5:25pm
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Good shooting Weathered.

Brno .17 bolt action?
  

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Reply #3 - Jan 23rd, 2018 at 7:34pm
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headcase wrote on Jan 23rd, 2018 at 5:25pm:
Good shooting Weathered.

Brno .17 bolt action?


Yep... have 2 now one thermal one standard optics.

rabbiter wrote on Jan 22nd, 2018 at 9:43pm:
Very interesting ,some of those bunnies thought something wasn't quite right ....but it was  a little late by then  Smiley


Yes they don't quite know what to do yet do they?
  

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Reply #4 - Jan 23rd, 2018 at 7:42pm
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Thats why you shoot all of them the first time and no missing.

No conditioning, no learned response, no running away.

  

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Reply #5 - Jan 24th, 2018 at 1:35pm
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[quote author=706360606B766770020 link=1516654932/5#5 date=1516800782][quote author=6964606562607264010 link=1516654932/4#4 date=1516736527]Thats why you shoot all of them the first time and no missing.

No conditioning, no learned response, no running away.


Not yet they don't, but they know somethings up.After some pressure there is, without doubt, a effect ,the level of effect usually matches the pressure.Eg the report noise of the firearm will after some pressure cause any older rabbits out feeding that are within hearing distance, to move to cover or under ground .If they are rested for any length of time, they become very settled and are easy targets .Only last night when I was using the shot gun repeatedly in a single paddock the rabbits just sat out as they had no pressure placed on them for a long period of time.The length of cover they are feeding in also plays a major role ,ideally you want cover that "holds" the rabbits but not long that you cant see them with the light .That's where  thermal gear stands out alone ,its a huge step forward. 
  
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Reply #6 - Jan 24th, 2018 at 4:32pm
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agree, the difference between a block that has not been shot on for some months can be phenominal.  Smiley

Even using the thermal Ive modified my behaviour to obtain the best  result. Gone back to just using subs with thermal to begin.

Can shoot whole groups without much disturbance. The longer range stuff comes out after a rest.

They are also as you say noticably quieter with a little cover, new growth..

Every night is a little different, but there are trends..

  

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Reply #7 - Jan 25th, 2018 at 5:53am
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Nature will up tool the rabbit wont take long for the bunny to catch on.Sight is only one of the razor sharp senses they have .Its a on going battle & its been that way for a very long time .Effort can control them,doing nothing only results in  repeating the same patten,ending up with the same result .
  
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The Thermal already has a weakness. Thats the small amount of light emitted by the screen that reflects off your face. Im convinced rabbits can see this and its enough to give them a heads up. The % of times they bolt just at the exact moment the cross hairs are put on them tells me something is going on. Its uncanny

They are already learning..
  

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headcase wrote on Jan 25th, 2018 at 7:34am:
The Thermal already has a weakness. Thats the small amount of light emitted by the screen that reflects off your face. Im convinced rabbits can see this and its enough to give them a heads up. The % of times they bolt just at the exact moment the cross hairs are put on them tells me something is going on. Its uncanny

They are already learning..


Time for rambo facepaint to reduce the glare  Cheesy
  
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Reply #10 - Jan 26th, 2018 at 5:58am
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headcase wrote on Jan 25th, 2018 at 7:34am:
The Thermal already has a weakness. Thats the small amount of light emitted by the screen that reflects off your face. Im convinced rabbits can see this and its enough to give them a heads up. The % of times they bolt just at the exact moment the cross hairs are put on them tells me something is going on. Its uncanny

They are already learning..

Cut the farting back as well mate.How have you been finding the PCP ?

  
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Reply #11 - Jan 26th, 2018 at 7:08am
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Just waiting on a dive tank I bought. Then the work will beginn. Have signs printed. The local cop is on bord.


  

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Reply #12 - Jan 28th, 2018 at 12:52pm
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That's why the military versions have an eyepiece that remains closed till you push your eye against it, and two little flaps magically open between your eye and the ocular lens: Voila, no light shining off your face. Lucky the little buggers don't shoot back eh!
headcase wrote on Jan 25th, 2018 at 7:34am:
The Thermal already has a weakness. Thats the small amount of light emitted by the screen that reflects off your face. Im convinced rabbits can see this and its enough to give them a heads up. The % of times they bolt just at the exact moment the cross hairs are put on them tells me something is going on. Its uncanny

They are already learning..

  
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Reply #13 - Jan 28th, 2018 at 2:37pm
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@ Weathered & headcase:

What kind of rest / shooting stick are you guys using?
  
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JaSa wrote on Jan 28th, 2018 at 2:37pm:
@ Weathered & headcase:

What kind of rest / shooting stick are you guys using?


Weathered was shooting of a ute with shooting frame.

I shoot of quad with shooting frame, off the truck window, or a alu photo tripod or a CALDWELL DEADSHOT FIELDPOD, which is very quickly adjusted.
  

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