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Ilove this time of year be­cause the colours of the fallen leaves in the low sun can be quite beau­ti­ful, and they fill me with an­tic­i­pa­tion of the com­ing sea­son and the sport it holds. This has al­ways been the time of year when I hunt the most be­cause once the branches are bare I can see my favourite quarry, the grey squirrel. The main es­tate I shoot on has a vast num­ber of them spread through the 100 acres or so of mixed wood­land, and the game­keeper there loathes the dam­age they do to his pheas­ant feed­ers and the wood­land it­self. I’ll be out, ri­fle in hand, at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity, chas­ing the squir­rels across the es­tate and I’ve had some quite su­perb sport there, of­ten tak­ing 10 or more in a ses­sion.

This is also the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to test ri­fles, scopes, pel­lets, boots, cloth­ing and all the other ac­ces­sories that are sent to Air Gun­ner for us to re­view, and it’s only when they’re used hard in re­al­world con­di­tions that you re­ally get to know them.

Sure, the sum­mer can be a lovely time to hunt, but with the ground veg­e­ta­tion at full height and the trees in full leaf it can be frus­trat­ing. For some rea­son, I feel that be­ing wrapped up warm on a cold win­ter’s day just feels right for hunt­ing - plus there are no ir­ri­tat­ing, bit­ing in­sects to drive me nuts, ei­ther. I hope you en­joy shoot­ing this month and get out when­ever you can.

The au­tumn colours are al­ways a high­light of my year

ED­I­TOR

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