We sat down with Team Wild TV expert, Eddie Nash, for a 10 minute chat about his life in pest control.
- What do you enjoy most about pest control? – I love the challenge; each outing offers new situations that I must overcome. And of course I need to know everything about the fox including its environment and routines.
- How were you introduced to pest control? – I was introduced to air rifle shooting at a young age, as the years went on I developed a passion for fox shooting. I still get the same thrill after all these years when I see those eyes coming in hard and fast.
- What is your favourite rifle to use? – I use the Tikka T3 Supervarmint 223, 243. I love the smoothness of the 233, but you can’t beat the hard-hitting power the 243.
- What was your most challenging experience? – A few years ago one particular fox killed a lot of lambs. He was always one step ahead of me, but I did catch up with him in the end.
- In your time running pest control, what have you found to be the toughest animal? – I find the fox to be the toughest animal in the UK to hunt. They are very clever animals and cause havoc to farms and private shoots.
- How do you prepare before you go on a pest control job? – Preparation is the most important part. Before you head out you need to make sure all permissions are informed, all equipment is fully charged and ammunition is counted correctly.
- What advice would you give to someone who wants to get into pest control? – Best advice I would give to anyone new to shooting either shotgun or rifle would be to tag along with an experienced hunter. Watch, listen and learn as much as you can. You’ll soon build up enough confidence to head out on your own. Remember, safety is always the number one priority.