Lamping is the practice of hunting or vermin control conducted at night using a rifle with a hi power search light mounted above or below the barrel
Here , is a picture of a lampers weapon : lamping gun
The lights used are very powerful , with outputs upto 1million candle power , which can cast a useful beam upto 200 m and are visible from kilometers
Here are the specifications for a typical light used : lamp_specs
Note the filters used
The most efficient way of conducting a lamping hunt is for the hunter to lie in wait at a hide or prepared rest , While colleagues act as beaters ,
driving game into his field of fire
Other lampers use animal call whistles to attract quarry , and encourage them to betray their presence . [ again these strange sounds can be muffled
and distorted at a distance , and be mistaken for other things by the untrained ear )
Electronic amplified calls are even available , which can mimic an array of prey over a large distance , here is the specs for a typical call :
The hunter sits as still as possible , only toggling his searchlight when he hears an animal approach him . The hi power lamp shining in its eyes
dazzles the target , giving the hunter the 2 seconds he needs to aim and shoot .
Lastly the hunter or his assistant may use a low powered lamp with red filters ( to preserve their night vision ) when collecting their kills
Here is the BASC guide to lamping :BASC_website
What has this got to do with ATS ?
To the uninitiated a team of lampers can seem strange and confusing
The sound of beaters working the woods , followed by the sudden glare of a brilliant search light piercing the darkness . Then a rifle report , which
may be suppressed , and further muffled by terrain , Then darkness and silence , until the next target is engaged
If there are multiple pampers in an area , using filtered lights – the scence may look very strange , Very easy to mistake for UFOs or other
activity that should be investigated by a diligent ATSer esp. if you are unfamiliar with country practices .
Legitimate hunters avoid lamping near roads and houses , and take steps to minimize the risk and disruption to others their activities may generate
Poachers however do not follow the BASC code of conduct , and are by default breaking the law already . Poachers can be notorious for shooting
anything that moves , and as they are criminals , they often have a violent aversion to discovery . Poachers are not stupid enough to shoot people
deliberately , but they regularly try to punch and kick their way out of “ trouble “ .
And even legal hunters occasionally make mistakes , Byron Evans was tragically killed in 2004 while lamping , the story is online at :
Wandering off into the night chasing lights in the woods can be dangerous , for many reasons . the dangers of lamping are very small , but it is a
real risk that can have fatal consequences .
At the risk of sounding melodramatic , you have been warned .