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  1. Good report. As I always say, it was good to be out, regardless of what we shoot. I think Jdog will have many good days on that field. I have suggested he set up right in the middle as the birds were quite happy to switch positions when shot at.
  2. Well done chaps. I hate getting wet unless I am shooting pigeons. This wet weather will have brought some of my peas well on. They have just finished drilling peas, having started late Feb.
  3. OMG...... you *** *** ** ********** again? When will you learn.
  4. I think all methods are worth doing. The volume of replies, individual and groups, is what counts, Imo.
  5. I signed up for email alerts from Defra/NE last week.
  6. Here is a link to a consultation on the way the GL issue has been handled and going forward......It closes on May 13. I would suggest it is important you make your views known and share this widely if you can: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/use-of-general-licences-for-the-management-of-certain-wild-birds-a-call-for-evidence/detail-of-call-for-evidence
  7. I would suggest Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, his former chef Tim Maddams is a keen shot, property guru Phil Spencer, Gordon Ramsay - all have been on TV shooting. Younger and more well-known the better. I would forget the big landowners and titled (on previous posts). Completely wrong profiles for this battle. James Dyson isn't keen on shooting on his land, btw!
  8. It's a good letter but I would find out the name of the producer/head of news and sent direct to them. I would also send a copy to OFCOM.
  9. Lincoln City? Hmmmm.. Words fail me.
  10. Fantastic....and what a great story, partridges in the hills of Pakistan to woodpigeons in the English shires.....if I was an editor or journalist from a shooting magazine I would be lining you up for an interview.
  11. I haven't been out decoying in a long, long time, so today I met with JDog, who had kindly found somewhere for us to go high on the Wolds. Work has been **** lately so, to be honest, I was just glad to be out. The sun was shining, it was warm. So whether we shot any pigeons was neither here not there to me. Of course, Johnny was worried in case we didn't shoot any. I didn't care. We drove to a recently drilled barley field with a small copse at one end which pigeons had been using before dropping in on the field, which, incidentally, had no spilt seed on it. We were there for 11am and walked a short distance to the copse, both setting up in the shadows on the edge of the copse, with the sun on our left. We put a few dead birds out and my flapper. Johnny had kindly placed me downwind, believing any pigeons would come to me first. We didn't have to wait long before the odd bird drifted across, very high and heading for two ash trees behind us. We shot four in 20 minutes. They were all coming from some height, cupping wings and plunging down to the trees. After a while numbers really started to move, coming across the large drilled field towards us, or from the right, beating up a hedge in the light wind towards the copse. Often birds would appear from nowhere, dropping into the trees or passing over. After an hour we had a fairly decent pattern, and then the birds really hit the line. We had groups of 20, 30, 50 and twos and threes coming across the field. It was a great sight, we could see them from a distance. They spotted the pattern and the flapper and would often come across, some dropping like stones from unbelievable height to curl over us. It was some of the best pigeon shooting ever. We had shots left, right, over and behind. At times we had 5-6 birds down but couldn't pick them because so many more were moving. We tried to let them in over me before we shot, so we could both shoot at the bigger groups but that didn't really work as I couldn't tell when they were far enough in. So we shot alternatively, which worked well. By about 2pm we had about 50 birds down in the pattern and we were pulling in a lot of pigeons. Some of our shots were very memorable. I think we shot pretty well, probably 2:1. Eventually, by 3pm, it tailed off and birds started to drop in on the far side of the field. We still pulled in the odd bird but most entering the field headed for the birds on the far end. We packed up and picked up as many birds as we could find, before returning with Jasper to pick another three birds down the bottom corner of the field. We ended with 75 pigeons. I would say it goes down as one of my best-ever days decoying. Pure enjoyment that doesn't happen that often.
  12. "After two hours I ran out of cartridges." Hmmm. And I wasn't around to sell you some more. Shame. I had a little roost shooting yesterday, after an invitation from a friend who had a new permission. Well, he's struck it lucky, real pigeon country. Woods, arable, cover crops, the lot. I shot four very good pigeons in the wind (hard to believe I know, JDog) and a crow. Well satisfied.
  13. Regardless of the law, it doesn't matter what my definition is - but leaving them in an open ditch where they can be easily spotted by dog walkers is wrong by my standards (and can only harm game shooting's reputation). Of course it is a story, your definition of what is a story is purely subjective. The newspaper that printed this, did so because they know it will interest their audience and generate website traffic.
  14. Whatever the circumstances, whether they were breasted out or too badly damaged to go in the food chain, they should have been disposed of properly. https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/pheasants-ditch-dumped-dead-shoot-2486099
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