Range rab­bits

Air Gunner - - Your Letters -

When on the range to­day at Ch­ester Field Tar­get Club, Mouldsworth, we wit­nessed some un­usual an­i­mal be­hav­iour and won­dered if other read­ers had ex­pe­ri­enced any­thing sim­i­lar. Fir­ing at any­thing liv­ing is for­bid­den as a club rule, so the wildlife must know it is safe. A de­cent-sized rab­bit came out of the un­der­growth about 40 yards away, and when it heard our ri­fles, ran to­ward us to see what was go­ing on! It then set­tled, hap­pily munch­ing the green­ery to the side of the fir­ing point for a few min­utes, whilst a mag­pie swooped in and did the same. Could the beau­ti­ful sun­shine have given them a care­free out­look on life? Had I been on my per­mis­sion after the rab­bits it would have been a whole other story, and I can’t get within 80 yards of a mag­pie. Any ob­ser­va­tions would be ap­pre­ci­ated. Andy

Hello Andy, We have the very same thing at Bis­ley club, with rab­bits and squir­rels on the range whilst we shoot. I agree with your sug­ges­tion that the rab­bits and birds learn they’re safe and just ig­nore the noise. We also used to have a fox that would come to the fir­ing points where peo­ple would give her scraps of food, and she’d stand within a few feet of us to take her free din­ner. We also see rab­bits out on the full­bore ranges with .308 bul­lets fly­ing at su­per­sonic speeds over their heads. We have the same rule that no­body may ever kill any­thing there, so they re­lax and en­joy the grass. Ed

Rab­bits of­ten feed in ri­fle ranges with no fear at all

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