Last week we brought you Roy getting to grips
with night vision in his bathroom – well Mr
Crow also has a big problem with rats at the
AND a problem with the quality of Roy’s footage.
Roy’s was a waste of time.
A faulty door on a new straw barn has left
Andy’s bales exposed to rat attack and it
There have been other bales parked here.
This is where they started chewing it.
They chew through the net wrap to get to the
corn, because there is no feed.
The only feed is in these.
This one here – you can see this look, they
have chewed all this into it.
This is rape straw, we have got rat poison
in here, but why do they want to go for the
rat poison when they can chew into these bales
and find the odd bit of grain in there.
So what’s to be done – well Andy’s brought
in an old friend to tackle the problem and
to have some seriously good sport.
Dave, like so many of you out there likes
to use a bit of initiative, or in other words
ebay, to open up new air rifling opportunities
and he’s agreed to talk us through it.
Ok well I have bought this old camcorder off
ebay, but you must make sure you use the night
shot mode ok.
There is a lot of camcorders out there but
you must make sure it has got this night mode
shot on it.
I basically got…there is a thread by the
front of the lense and I bought this adaptor
which is like a filter wheel or something
like that and araldited it on to this old
So that then screws, if I line it up, yes
it does screw onto there like that, screws
I just put that around there, pop that on
This is a hawk scope.
Now slightly crude this piece of plastic and
this very important piece of cardboard goes
in there to sort the height out.
I will make the proper thing one day.
Courtesy of the Post Office, elastic bands,
put around that battery and that camcorder
as crude as it is, is actually is now nicely
on there and that is not going to fall off.
Ok now it does have its own infra red illuminator
on this side here which you would use if you
were filming people if you were
standing two or three metres away from them.
That is pretty much as good as they get.
Now obviously if we do this in there it just
gets lost and you can see it is tucked behind
so much stuff here it would never get out
So then you obviously introduce this which
is an infra red laser it works off this small
battery pack here which are four AA’s, it
has this on off switch which I put behind
this rubber band here and you just squeeze.
I would do it this side actually if I was
left handed, just squeeze that like that on
and off and as I say I haven’t done a lot
of this yet, but it seems to be as you know
it seems to be getting the results we need.
Better than Roy’s.
I don’t want to be getting involved with anything
like that to be honest.
So yes, that is pretty much the set up.
A lot of this you can see is home made but
in a way that is the glory of how cheap this
sort of stuff is now to buy.
Yes, it is not three or four grand.
Old scope mounts knocking about…
So how much do you reckon this lot has cost
Well obviously we know the rifle is not cheap…
No just the night sight bit.
Got this for £70, the rubber bands I got
off the post man at Christmas.
Good man, good man.
Packing plastic from my house.
Filter wheel I think literally £2 off ebay.
Old scope lense, old scope cap, some araldite
so we are still not up to a lot of money.
This I think, I would have to look, they are
about £100 I think.
It is an infra red laser.
There are lots on Youtube.
A lot of airgun people doing this and you
can see them.
They have got similar set ups, but people
just change it slightly to what they want
So we’re looking at about 200 pounds for Dave’s
set-up but after last week’s programme we
had a few emails, about night vision bargains
including one from Stephen Stubbs from the
PigeonWatch forum who made his set-up for
If you are watching this on YouTube, click
on the link on the screen to look at his videos
of how he did that.
If any one else has some cost saving tips,
night vision or otherwise we’d love to hear
Back to rats and Andy’s not just here to look
pretty and shout encouragement in the dark.
He’s the Goose to Dave’s Maverick, guiding
towards the intended target.
Talk to me, Goose.
I spot them with this.
It is like a binocular just look through.
I look right round the shed, find the rat
and then David, he has got his spotter on
the top, but when he puts that on it it is
bright and I can see where it is in the shed
and I just talk him in right, right, right,
left, left, left and he goes onto it.
And as soon as he is on it because that is
so tight, as soon as he is on it he can see
it on the screen.
Gets the cross hair on it, live mice trap private label smack, dead.
Now, although what follows is a fine example
of precision pest control – at times it might
sound as if pilot and navigator are strapped
in to different aircraft.. let’s start with
a bit of rat on rat action and then Dave and
Andy can take it away…
There we go…I told you there were two there.
What the hell…that has got a dead rat.
He has and all, he has.
You have got to kill that.
You are recording it as well.
Where has he gone…there he is …
Look at that.
Where has he gone…
I turned the switch off.
Yes, well shot.
Look at that, so clear…
Right, right, right, uppy, uppy…uppy, uppy
a bit…righty, righty…
Oh missed it…
That went straight through that …
Where is it…it is round the back
Down, down, down, get on down, left in there,
right, right, right
I can’t get in there…
I have got no pellets left.
There he is.
There’s two more down there.
They will come back out, there you go.
What on top of the …
No, down, down, down near the camera
I can’t remember where it is…
…up, up, up there can you see it?
Yes, one, two.
Say when you are ready…
Ready…right fast, fast, stop, up, right
Right, right, right, stop there about…there
It’s a beaver…
That last rat wasn’t a beaver!
But then again Andy doesn’t take a size 5
Jack Pyke boot either!
My feet are a size seven and half.
These rats are…I would say he is about a
good 18″ long head to toe.
We will take him home and eat him.
It’s been a successful evening’s ratting and
although we thought night vision would spoil
the social side of shooting – this method
certainly keeps everyone involved and entertained.
And remember if you have got a simple but
effective way of saving your fellow shooters
a few pounds with night vision or anything
else, drop me a line and we’ll spread the
word – firstname.lastname@example.org