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#1 The Pest Expert

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 09:13 PM

Hello all I've been out the last few weeks hitting the crows and rooks for the farmer and had a few good result best day was 38 but lately they seem to fly in but high then ****** off so I was going to try a owl decoy to see if it works what else can I do to get em to decoy better my. Hide is always very well built and that's not the problem thanks chaps

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#2 leeds chimp

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 09:22 PM

have you shot the same place a few times???

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 09:24 PM

That's what I thought, they figure what's going on pretty quickly.
I've been having this problem as well, now I just change the position of the hide as far as I can.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 09:32 PM

They are just clever critters. They soon understand the score if you hit them regularly. I use to be able to walk into a field with a .22lr and shoot them because they would take up and drop down at 70yrds safe distance, for a shotgun user. then they realised the extra range of the .22 and dropped down at 120 - 150 yrds. Safe from a .22, but not from the 17hmr. Now they have sussed the 17 and they *****r off to the next farm. To get them now I have to get under a thick bush and snipe them. Still getting the odd one or two and that still keeps them on the move. :yes:

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 10:58 PM

have you shot the same place a few times???

No buddy same farm but not same field


Will the owl work?

#6 mr williamson

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 08:03 AM

Genrally i find they dive and swoop at them so shotty work realy. But nothing to stop u checking it out bud.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 08:09 AM

Or if you just mean to bring them back? Just try it and c what happens i find they work and dont work like evry thing else when your tackling one of the cleverest birds on the planet. Good luck

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 08:28 AM

I believe that rooks are one of the wisest birds of all the "vermin species" - They have such keen eyesight and they learn very quickly! They soon wise up if they are getting hit over decoys with a shotgun. Because of that I try not to decoy and shoot rooks on the same farm more often that once a fortnight!

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 07:32 PM

If I shoot at them more than twice in the same field on different days they wont come near me ,very smart birds good hide makes all the differnce.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 06:38 AM

we topped a ton on sunday, before they realised ,but we watched the fly from pen to pen getting closer but in the end one pen away was as close as they would come ,smart bird :good:




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