Easy game meats

Wild Rabbit

Orytolagus cuniculus, originated from Spain and South-West France. It was brought to England in the 12th century AD by the Normans and kept in captivity in man made warrens as an easy to source meat and for fur.

Rabbits are ground dwellers, that live in environments ranging from desert to tropical forest and wetland. The European rabbit occupies open landscapes. Rabbits are abundant in grassland areas, where the soil allows them to make burrows, but also where hedges or patches of woodland which give shelter.

Rabbits generally are able to breed from a young age and many regularly produce litters of up to 7 young, and can do so 4 to 5 times a year, due to the fact that a rabbits gestation period is only 28 to 31 days.

Wood Pigeon

Columba palumbus, are quite prolific breeders, bringing up to 8 young into the world each year, laying two white eggs in a simple stick nest which hatch after 17 to 19 days. The wood pigeon can be found all year round and pretty much everywhere.

Grey Squirrel

Sciurus carolinensis, is native to the eastern and mid-western United States, and to the southerly portions of the eastern provinces of eastern Canada.The gray squirrel is an invasive species in Britain; it has spread across the country and has largely displaced the native red squirrel.

Eastern gray squirrels can breed twice a year, but younger and less experienced mothers will normally have a single litter per year in the spring. Depending on forage availability, older and more experienced females may breed again in summer.

All these can legally be taken with a sub 12 foot pounds air rifle, on land of which you have permission to do so. Below are some helpful links.

http://content.met.police.uk/Site/firearmslicensingairweapons
http://basc.org.uk/airgunning/
http://basc.org.uk/airgunning/basc-air-rifle-code-of-practice/
http://f4bscale.worldonline.co.uk/quarry.htm


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