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Woo



Joined: 19 Sep 2011
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Location: Mayenne, Pays de Loire
PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 14 8:49 pm    Post subject: Rabbits  Reply with quote    

What energy (joule) air riffle do I need or a clean kill to a rabbit?
I know they can kill people, (I was an ED sister in a previous life)
We have a field abound with rabbits and I am looking for a way to dispatch them without the stress?

vegplot



Joined: 19 Apr 2007
Posts: 21297
Location: Ynys Môn
PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 14 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

http://www.wikihow.com/Hunt-Rabbits-With-an-Air-Rifle

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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Location: yes
PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 14 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

12 foot pounds =
16.2698154 joules

french rules

it seems more sensible to get a 22 rifle which gives a better range ,100m ish and is legal for hunting

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 14 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

ps im not sure about silencers in france but the gun shop/club can tell you .they are a good idea as more than one bunny can be taken and the neighbors wont jump.

always make sure of a safe backstop

Woo



Joined: 19 Sep 2011
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Location: Mayenne, Pays de Loire
PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 14 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dpack wrote:
ps im not sure about silencers in france but the gun shop/club can tell you .they are a good idea as more than one bunny can be taken and the neighbors wont jump.

always make sure of a safe backstop


thanks for the advice. we were thinking of an air riffle rather than .22 as we don't need to do any paperwork.
These are home grown Bunnies, not wild, I have dispatched them before using a blow to the back of the neck/head. I learned to shoot in the TA and am a pretty good shot but don't want to just wing them, we wanted a clean/ distant (ish) kill. The field they live in is not that large, about 50m.
we have seen some airguns and yes, silencers to keep the NIMBY's at bay.
would a <20 joule weapon do the job in your opinion?

Woo



Joined: 19 Sep 2011
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Location: Mayenne, Pays de Loire
PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 14 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

vegplot wrote:
http://www.wikihow.com/Hunt-Rabbits-With-an-Air-Rifle

thank you

Shane



Joined: 31 Oct 2005
Posts: 3043
Location: Doha. Is hot.
PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 14 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Woo wrote:
we were thinking of an air riffle rather than .22 as we don't need to do any paperwork.
Don't forget that although you don't need paperwork for an air rifle, it's illegal to hunt with one in France, and if they prosecute anyone for it, it'll be the rosbifs.

Having said that, a 12-foot pound rifle is considered adequate for taking out rabbits from up to around 30 yards range in the UK.

In the UK it's illegal for a pellet to leave your boundary, and I presume similar applies in France. If the ground outside your 50m field isn't yours you'll need to ensure that the pellets can't pass into it, which ties into dpack's advice on ensuring you have a good backstop.

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
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Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 14 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I killed one with a priest yesterday and it was very low-stress all round, once I'd caught the damned thing with with my great big new rabbit catching net.

sean
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Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 14 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Good to see The Church taking an interest in its parishioners lives.

Chez



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 14 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Church Militant is the only way they're going to survive.

12Bore



Joined: 15 Jun 2008
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Location: Paddling in the Mersey
PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 14 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I once got a ticking off from a priest for cleaning rabbits in his churchyard after a successful Sunday morning's vermin control.

Woo



Joined: 19 Sep 2011
Posts: 780
Location: Mayenne, Pays de Loire
PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 14 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Chez wrote:
I killed one with a priest yesterday and it was very low-stress all round, once I'd caught the damned thing with with my great big new rabbit catching net.


why can i hear the craggy island music?

I killed the last lot with my 'killing stick' but the gun idea is a wheeze of himself
My Dad may have made a comment or two about leaving me to do the deed! and some game keeper chap he met suggested we shoot them for a quick dispatch.
I will keep all you have said in mind. thank you for taking the time.

Woo



Joined: 19 Sep 2011
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Location: Mayenne, Pays de Loire
PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 14 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Just a quick update.
We went to visit the nice man at the local gun shop.
We have a 16 joule air riffle and some pellets.
He is also the head honcho for the Mayenne Chase and assured us we can legitimately use it to dispatch our own rabbits.
One turned up where it shouldn't today so we had roasted/ barbequed bunny for tea.
I must admit the whole thing went really well. (for us!) the rabbit didn't spend its last moments in terror and i didn't have to spend half and hour trying to catch the little burger!

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
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Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 14 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That's good news.

I have eleven to despatch and mince later this week.

Piggyphile



Joined: 02 Apr 2009
Posts: 891
Location: Galicia
PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 14 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I use the broomstick method for bunnies as well as poultry with good effect although a harder tug is needed.

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