Eddie Jones goes lamping but the weather isn’t kind
Testing a new scope in lamping conditions, with a hand- held torch, while suffering from wind, would daunt a lesser man, but not Eddie!
This month sees the deadly duo taking on a bunny-bashing session that had been planned since our last outing together on the pigeons. The ground I had chosen for this session was a local one, which I had not shot on for a while. When taking a friend on one of your grounds, it is pretty important that they know where your boundaries are, and the lie of the land. It is bad enough when shooting in daylight, if you’re not aware of any unseen ditches or little streams that are covered over with greenery, and I know this only too well. I have been invited on grounds myself, and got a good drenching after falling into a raging torrent of a stream at night. I had planned to meet Mick an hour before dark so that we could have a walk around and I would show him the hotspots where he should see a few rabbits, plus all the obstacles that could hurt an unsuspecting hunter concentrating on his prey.
Once confident that Mick would not be in any danger, we headed back to the truck for a cuppa and to discuss the plan of attack. We decided it would be better to take half of the ground each; there is a track that the farmer has made right through the middle of the fields, and this was our boundary. We also made sure that no matter how tempting, we would not shoot toward the track, just in case one of us was behind the chosen target. It is surprising how far a ricochet can travel, so be safe whenever you go out with a partner.
This session was also going to be a tester for my new Hawke Air Max scope in the dark under lamping conditions, and fingers crossed, was going to be as good as I know it is in low light. As always, I let Mick take the best fields to give him a few shots - there’s nothing worse than seeing a grown man crying because he has seen nothing (hundreds!) to shoot at, and missed them all, so I knew he would get some action where I was sending him.
Ready to go
Mick was the first to get his rifle ready. He had set his torch above his scope on a Weaver mount that was attached to the scope; it was a pretty neat setup and did not alter the balance of the gun at all. I would be using the trusty T7 LED Lenser with a figure-of-eight mount. I took the torch from my bag and then realised I had left my mount at home. What a prat! I never forget to take that because it’s in the bag with the torch all the time. Well, I’m not a defeatist, so I decided just to hold the torch under the stock and see how I got on with it. Magazines were all loaded up and Mick made a drink for us whilst we eagerly waited for it to get dark. Once it was dark enough, Mick set off on his own to the top half of the ground, and me, I went to the gate more or less opposite where we had been chatting and having a drink. Shining the torch with its green filter on, I spotted a
“I took the torch from my bag and then realised I had
left my mount at home. What a prat!”
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