Are you curious to find out what it’s like to hunt in the beautiful, vast forests and charming countryside of the United Kingdom? Then Lee Perryman – a hunter from the UK and our brand ambassador – is here to tell you all about it, alongside his other hunting-related favorites.
It’s not just about the hunt for me – it’s about the people, the community! I had the pleasure of meeting so many fantastic, genuine people, and if I hadn’t been part of this sport, I would not have had the opportunity to meet them.
Type of hunt: To be honest, I don’t have a favorite. It’s the hunt itself that I enjoy – stalking, being out in the woodland and seeing what nature has to offer.
Location: I have thousands of acres to shoot on, which I do enjoy because, over the week, I have permission to hunt in different locations every day. I also love it when I receive an offer to go and shoot with someone on their land, and the terrain is different from mine.
Time of the year: Who doesn’t love to shoot in the summer? You get to wear short sleeve t-shirts, there’s nice green scenery, sun tans. Unfortunately, the summer has a few downsides. The mosquitoes are out in force, and the woodlands are thick with foliage, which makes it even harder to spot, and because of the radiated heat from the sun; it makes it harder to spot with a thermal sight because of many hot objects that can be picked up. Therefore, shooting in the winter is my preferred season of choice. It’s easier to spot, and there are no mosquitoes.
Animal to hunt: I love field sports and different types of hunting. I have taken quite a few deer now, but my passion is squirrel shooting. Squirrels can be on the ground or in the trees and are harder to spot. In my opinion, it makes for a harder hunt.
Game to eat: Who doesn’t love to eat venison? For me, it’s the thought that you have taken the beast cleanly, prepared it, carried it back across harsh terrain, butchered it and then have it on a plate in front of you, knowing that you have worked hard for it. Field to fork!
Gear to use: I shoot for an air gun company called AirMaks, so I mostly use something that they have in their line-up that would obviously be topped with something from Pulsar, such as a Digex C50 or Thermion of some sort. For concealment and hard-wearing apparel, I wear Harkila, and for my rifle support systems, I use Spartan Precision equipment.
Pulsar device: That’s a hard choice. Everything in the Pulsar selection has a place in the field sports world, whether it be an Axion XM30F or a pair of Merger LRF XL50 binoculars. When I’m hunting, I love using the Pulsar Merger. I don’t suffer from eye fatigue like I do when I’m using a monocular, and I feel like I can spot for extended periods of time in comfort. When I’m hunting squirrels, it has to be a thermal scope such as the Talion or Thermion. It’s so much easier spotting and shooting squirrels with a thermal scope, as you can easily identify them in foliage, rather than endlessly scanning with a day scope to locate them.
I can’t deny, being a Pulsar ambassador is fantastic. Having the option to choose which Pulsar products you would like to loan without the expense of purchasing one is great, but also choosing to try something that you wouldn’t ordinarily choose and thinking, “Yes, this works for me” or “No, I’m not so keen”. I feel like, with the ambassadorship, it’s not all about the products. I have made some fantastic friends, and it made me feel like part of the family. Pulsar has really looked after me.
Way to practice: It’s always important to practice when you’re taking the life of an animal, no matter how big or small, you need to take it clean without wounding it and leave it in distress. You need to know your equipment and its capabilities. You also need to know that it won’t let you down in the field.
Challenge when hunting: It is always a challenge, and something that’s frustrating, when you stalk something, only to end up spooking it and having it disappear into the woodland. But hey, that’s hunting.
Media to get news about shooting/hunting: Even though I am a content creator, I don’t spend much time watching YouTube videos or reading product reviews. I like to use my own instinct – if it feels right, it probably is. And if not, well, it’s probably not. I do have a certain circle of friends who, if I ever need to know anything, will have the knowledge to answer my questions.
Way to describe what hunting means to you: It’s hard to answer this question without sounding like a killer! When you have worked hard to take an animal, got into position, and taken the clean shot, it does give you a sense of thrill.
But by no means am I taking animals for granted! When the pheasant season comes, squirrels just live off the pheasant feeders. And they eat so much food, it costs a lot of money, so they have to be culled. Also, squirrels breed like rats, and in certain parts of the country, we have red squirrels. If the grey squirrels were left as they are, it would lead to the extinction of the reds in the UK.
It’s also about being part of a community and going out with friends, enjoying experiences and adventures.
And I just love going out to shoot. It tests your abilities – both mentally and physically.
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