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  1. Double H... You missed the point, maybe I was too brief in my explanation... Scenario: The day is going fine, birds decoying well, getting to mid afternoon... The birds start to get really hungry and want to get on another part of the field, totally ignoring your now pretty impressive pattern. A quick check (to see if anything is not quite right amongst the decoys) but all seems perfect. The fact is that the birds now know where you are. Just about everything that was coming to that particular field has given your decoys the once over and nearly got caught out in doing so.
  2. I thought that tip 4 might be misunderstood. Some/most magnets allow you to angle the attitude of the bird on the end of the arms. If yours does not do this, then I suggest that you alter the arms to allow it. If you place the birds on normally, then they would be flat/level, by turning the bird outwards or inwards it would then have an angle. Angle 1 bird to face outwards and the other bird to face in towards the machine, in fact both birds (looking from side on) would have the same attitude. If you angle both outwards, while the magnet is turning it looks really odd from a dist
  3. At this time of year (exactly at this time of year) we loose the birds for a couple of weeks mainly to Beech and Ash budding... Woodpigeons love this valuable food source... They dont eat the buds although that is how we refer to this act. They actually eat the trees flowers. Right at this time of year both Ash and Beech trees come into flower. The birds can feed exclusively on these trees for up to 3 weeks, after then the trees are past the flowering stage and they then offer no food value... It happens every year, we always loose the birds for this period. However, they will
  4. I thought it would be a good idea to give my thoughts and experiences on using Magnets. I would like to start by saying they are not my favorite gadget, but they have their uses (on the right day, at the right time) TOP TEN TIPS... (really 11) 1. Always 30 meters from the head of the pattern. 2. Close in, not well out in the field. 3. Get the magnet low, really low down, we don't use the stand unless in tall crops. 4. Angle the birds one facing into the magnet and one facing out (so that you can see both birds at the same time) not both birds facing out. 5. Speed co
  5. As a full time professional guide shooting a great deal of woodpigeons every year, I would like to add a few valid points to this interesting debate... 1. Woodpigeon numbers are not down, in fact, exactly the opposite. The overall population of Woodies has continued to grow since 1975. 2. The majority of Woodpigeons do not breed until mid July - mid September with only 30% of the population breeding outside those months. ...WHEN SHOULD WE HAVE THIS CLOSED SEASON... 3. The whole country has experienced a very difficult spring with regard to numbers of birds shot.
  6. IN ANSWER TO EARS RESPONSE DATED JULY 7th DO WOODPIGEONS PAIR FOR LIFE? I really do not know the answer to that question. All of the research that I have read on the subject has not touched on this subject. Maybe the study would be impossible to carry out anyway. I can only add with a very interesting observation that I made earlier this year. Pair of woodies sat in a tree, definate pair, saw the cock bird mating. What I thought was another cock bird joined this pair and started pestering the first cock bird. I thought that it was trying to drive the bird away from his fema
  7. GREAT PHOTOS... YOUR A LUCKY GUY... ALL THE VERY BEST... GARY
  8. DURING THE LAST FEW WEEKS SPORT HAS BEEN DIFFICULT TO FIND... THE BIRDS ARE STILL FEEDING, JUST THE HOURS THEY ARE KEEPING IS A REAL PAIN... THE BEST FLIGHTS ARE STARTING AT 18.00hrs. EXPECT THE FIELD TO SHOOT UP TO 19.30hrs THEN IT IS ABOUT FINISHED... CLOVER SAW THE BEST BAG OF LAST WEEK, 121 SHOTS IN 3 HOURS FROM 16.30hrs - 19.00hrs WHEN WE PACKED UP... DON'T EVEN BOTHER TO LOOK UNTILL 16.00hrs FOR YOU WILL SEE NOTHING... THE BIRDS WILL MOVE AT THE END OF THE MONTH FROM ABOUT 13.00hrs. THE FIRST BULK OF SQUABS WILL NEED FEEDING BY THEN. PEAS WILL BE THE FAVORED CROP.
  9. Would you please add to your post N.T. I don't really understand the set up, but i am very interested... All the very best Gary
  10. In answer to the post made by "THE SNIPER" At this time of year woodpigeons love both Ash and Beech (flower) On still/windless day's shooting any numbers at this time of year is a problem for us due to this fact. The birds gorge themselves on this (easy found) food source. When the wind is blowing a bit the birds can't get to the ends of the branches for these easy pickings so they tend to fly to fields for alternatives. Food preferances in the order that the birds will choose (given the option) at this time of year... 1. Drillings 2. Beech flower 3. Peas (sprou
  11. I WAS CONTACTED A FEW MINUTES AGO BY A PRODUCER AT CHANNEL 4 THEY REQUIRE 2 (FRESH) DEAD WOODIES FOR A PROGRAMME THEY ARE FILMING. THE STUDIO IS IN MANCHESTER COULD SOMEONE NEAR THAT AREA PLEASE RESPOND DIRECT TO: SHONA SMITH e-mail: shosmit@supanet.com THEY WILL PAY YOU FOR YOUR TROUBLE THEY NEED THE PIGEONS IN THE MORNING, IT IS NOW 18.50HRS SUNDAY PLEASE HELP... ALL THE VERY BEST GARY
  12. some find it difficult to keep the call bird alive for any length of time. (POOR HUSBANDRY!!!) Do not allow the call bird to foul it's own water supply, the bird will refuse to drink the water when it has messed in it. Resulting in a long thirsty death. Wire a used (washed out) food can to the side of the cage, above the height of the perch. The water supply will then stay clean, and quite possibly keep the call bird alive for longer. Mine last years... Dry dog food stays fresh for much longer than dead rabbits etc and the call birds do fine on it... All the very
  13. WELL PUT DAVE... A TRUE SPORTSMAN INDEED... ALL THE VERY BEST... GARY
  14. Hello everyone Took one of my labradors to a stud dog to be lined. She was ready (standing) but the dog never managed it. The Bitch was really difficult with the dog. Bloody long way to travel for nothing.... Any tips or advice.... especially for maiden bitches.... All the very best Gary
  15. GREAT ARTICLE, WELL DONE N.T. PLEASE WRITE A BOOK... ALL THE VERY BEST GARY
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