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  • Birthday 17/03/1948

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    Hemsby, Norfolk
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    Shooting, Boating , Campervan touring anywhere I can fish, Fresh water fishing,

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  1. Something to think about is your shot speed in relation to the range of the pigeon, the average cartridge will fire shot at 1350 feet per second, if your trying to shoot a bird that has come in to 15 to 17 yards (too close really) , a direct hit on this bird will smash it so badly it will be mush or as we call them 'feather pillows', but at that range the shot reaches the bird in less than 1 / 10 th of a second, so any lead will result in a miss in front , also the bird is slowing as it descends so aiming directly at it will probably result in a miss over the top, my aim is around the head but slightly low, the bird should drop into the centre of the pattern and result in a positive kill . Bird speed and range will cause some variation on the aim point but within 20 yards the difference is minimal, if you are constantly trying to take birds at these close ranges put your skeet choke in, but my advice is the same as Marshman, get your decoys out 30 to 45 yards and try to take your shot over the decoys, using them as a range mark, 1/4 or 1/2 choke and around a bird length lead, as the old boys used to teach us, pull through the bird, sighting from tail 'bum, belly, beak, bang and keep the swing moving until you see the bird hit , always be ready to follow up with a second shot if the bird doesn't immediately drop. Lots of practice will result in a muscle memory instinct that will bring your hit rate up to a good standard, I really enjoyed the aircraft gunner video but its a bit misleading as only the pigeon is moving and not the point of fire , the speed of your swing will dictate the firing point and most pigeons will be moving through your kill zone in a forward direction unless you are trying to kill a bird moving downwind and arcing back into your decoys, and in that case just wait until the bird is moving forward again before attempting the shot, the frustration of a few missed shots is soon forgotten when you drop one or two high birds or hit the elusive left and right, its all worthwhile πŸ˜πŸ‘
  2. Why would you want to sit near someone's garden blasting away with a shotgun, they could have aging family, babies , nervous dogs ,alarms triggered by sound, why not keep the peace and go somewhere you will not cause upset, or bad feelings, and especially not bring bad public opinion down on us as responsible pigeon shooters. I have a hushpower moderator on my 12 gauge and still stay at least 200 yards away from houses but even then you have to watch wind direction for sound travel or fall of shot, just respect other peoples right to privacy and silence, I often shoot near to highways and observe the 50 foot rule, always shooting away from the carriageway but also looking out for passing traffic, you don't want to cause a crash by firing next to a car and frightening the driver . just common courtesy, it doesn't cost anything!!!
  3. Totally agree, just need enough for a decent salad, I wonder if it makes the meat taste any different from sheep, probably not πŸ‘
  4. I understand what you say but my personal experience with the small claims courts showed me if its your word against the buyers , they will take the buyers every time and in most cases so will eBay who I deal with on a daily basis and will almost never support the seller.
  5. Would be perfect for me but sadly the wife says no, she says I need the exercise running out after the pigeons and a dog would just make me lazy πŸ˜ͺ
  6. Hi, I think the problem is or could be how you described it in the advert, if he bought what he believed to be a van in 'good running order' then under the law if it had a major problem which only came to light after he had driven it a few miles it would come under the 'not fit for purpose' regulations, I do a lot of distance selling on line and am always getting 'difficult' people claiming items are faulty, I usually just give them a partial or full refund on return of the item as this works best for me and reduces stress and unpleasantness. However your buyer came to test drive the van and was satisfied it was as described, at that point it was his responsibility to bring a mechanic with him to inspect it or ask for it to be inspected by a local garage at his cost, you were honest with the declaration of its faults and it sounds like you did what was required to get a fair deal. So the only claim he would have now is to take it to a garage and get a full report on the faults and the likely causes, once this is done it would be up to you both to come to an agreement over any compensation. With proof of fault and your failure to declare at the point of sale he can take it to a small claims court to recover compensation for repairs, (been there and suffered the very unfair consequences of British law in action), If he refuses to pay for a full garage report then he is on the make and just trying it on, in that case you say nothing, admit nothing, offer nothing, but don't get into a confrontation with him, and if he persist's in his claims then you must report it to the local police as harassment, keep all emails , and as much printed information from the time you advertised it to the present and any messages and be polite in your replies before it escalates into something much worse. Best of luck, Under the law it does not matter if its a private sale of through a business, if you sell anything which you know to be faulty or dangerous and fail to declare it you are guilty of obtaining money by deception, even if the police will not prosecute the buyer can go to the small claims court which is always biased in the buyers favour.
  7. I dropped a couple of pigeons in the local stables yard that had been feeding on the muck piles, I thought they were after rotting seed but when I checked the crops there were all sorts of things in there including a lot of small red worms, I think they are just opportunist feeders that will adapt to anything that will sustain them.
  8. I am sorry but this is called 'progress' and us oldies will have to live with it , if I have any phone or computer problems I call my 10 year old granddaughter who always sort it out, after she has given me that look, you know, 'oh grandad you are hopeless' , I have a very old Huawei p20 which I still struggle with and an equally old Acre lap top, she has an iPhone 11 ( soon to be changed for an iPhone 13 or something) and the latest tablet, god knows what that is, she skypes, tweets twitters and plays a hundred and one games that I cant even get to run as I cannot work out the controls . We are an aging irrelevant generation that cost far too much in pension payments, drive too slowly on the roads holding everyone up and cannot cope with modern technology, watch out as they are trying to get the assisted suicide laws passed, none of us oldies will be safe, and you just worry about working your new phone,!!!!!!!😡
  9. I was about to put up a report from an outing yesterday, but this item caught my eye, so here goes, I called in to a large area of what I thought would be wheat stubble but the harrows and drills beat me to it and by the look of the fields , some time ago. There were green patches all over the two large fields but still a lot of wheat stubble poking through which had just been harrowed and plenty of birds on the ground, crows and pigeons, the spilled wheat had germinated and had sprouts some 3 inches high, but in between the wheat were new oil seed rape plants coming through, very small but two leaves clearly visible. I had seen the drilling about 2 weeks ago but didn't realise it was rape. Not sure what was attracting the attention, the wheat or rape but the birds were there and so was I. A large open field, no trees or hedges, but good reed bed cover along all sides, hide set up in the tallest reed patch and 15 dead birds plus 4 flocked crows out, The crows came first in large numbers and after knocking down 11 they cleared off, so I took in the crow decoys as my number one target is always pigeons, the rest of the 5 hour session was slow but regular, with birds decoying well, by the end of the session I had 21 pigeons and the 11 crows picked, not bad for a very speculative session . So in answer to the original question and as a follow on to Marsh mans comment , yes the birds will come if they can find something they like and in this case it was a nice mixed plate of fresh greens and rotting seed on the surface. So next week I will be there again until the birds loose interest but I will just say, in the past I have not had any decent results on young rape until the first frosts have knocked it back, I think the birds find it a bit tough going and will hunt out anything more edible before finally resorting to shredding the rape..πŸ‘πŸ˜
  10. Likewise, I have used my two sillosocks for several years, they work well even though they have been repaired several times, when not on the magnet I often set them up on some 3 foot rods and when the breeze is strong enough they look good as floaters , set out about 50 yard from the pattern like a couple of sign posts, I have started to leave the magnet in the car recently and prefer a set up with two flappers on timers, set down in the middle of the pattern. but whatever works best on the day.
  11. You should go rummaging around in those dark damp places more often tarquin, oh I say !!!!
  12. Hi Jim, most of the crows are carrions so quite large, I think there were only 3 rooks in the bag , the hooded crow was indeed much larger than the rooks and had the very black beak , not the grey upper section like rooks, the first thing I noticed when I picked it up was the size, it did seem so much bigger than even the carrions, but thanks for the input , I am with you 100% Alan, I always feel a bit disappointed if I don't get the majority of a session on woodie's, on this particular area of marsh the wood pigeons have had a tough time over the last 3 years or so, when I started shooting it there were large numbers , some groups in the hundreds if not 1000+, but with lock down several local shooters had access and particularly last year the birds were well and truly hammered, In the first and second years my best days were 2 @ 70+ and several over 60 but I have been resting it this year in the hope they would build up again but unfortunately other shooters have not let up, I don't think the birds have been shot but simply moved away to safer areas, so now I only go once in while to reduce the ferals and get a measure of the wood pigeon numbers.
  13. A friend of mine linked a car alarm with a flashing light, both 12 volt , through a timer hooked up to a 12 volt battery, these are very loud and would not be suitable near houses but they work in the right situation.πŸ‘
  14. Anyone thinking of giving this offer a go, I highly recommend it, about 5 or 6 years ago I had just got back into shooting after a bit of a break, and was finding it difficult to gain permission anywhere. Fenny had the offer on here and as he was only just under 2 hours drive I decided to give it a go, I spent a day at Fenny's permission and was surprised at how many birds were about, we had the morning and up to 2.30 on the rape then the late afternoon in the woods catching the early birds coming to roost, I was very short of equipment and Fenny loaned me a magnet, battery and a few dead birds, I shot very badly but managed about 25 , which was good for me at that time. I had a great day and Fenny could not have been more helpful , I went on to gain several thousand acres of permission very close to home so I am very busy now with my shooting, but anyone looking for a day out and maybe knock down a few pigeons give him a call.
  15. After some time stuck in the house I needed to get out and check the newly cut rape on the marsh, most of it was still stubble and some areas had quite a few birds moving around, but the main concentration of birds was on a small field next to the stubble that has been ploughed and harrowed, it was covered in a mix of crows and pigeons, I watched for some time to establish any flight lines but it was just a general movement across the field without any particular hot spot, so I chose a place in the long grass with the wind at my back and set out 10 dead pigeons , 2 on the magnet, and 4 flocked plastic crows. There were dozens of feral pigeons moving around in large groups, I don't normally waste cartridges on them but with a bag full , and not having been out for a while I needed the practice , so decided to bag a few when they presented over the decoys, Rooks and Jackdaws were coming in small groups and I soon started to get the numbers up, wood pigeons were few and far between but there were just enough to keep me keen, the first 4 on the ground were feral but then a couple of woodies and 3 crows came very quickly, from then on it was a good steady stream of birds , most turning across the decoys and presenting perfectly, thankfully my aim was good and I was kept busy running out to tidy up birds that had dropped either on their backs or with wings sticking up like warning flags. The day was overcast from 12 noon up to around 3.30 but then the clouds cleared and a very welcome bit of warm sunshine brightened up the late afternoon, there was a fairly light breeze from directly behind me for most of the afternoon but it did move around to my right side for the last couple of hours, but not enough for me to worry about moving the decoys as the birds kept coming regardless. High points of the session were 3 woodies with one shot, then 2 rooks with a single shot and finally 3 jackdaws which had landed in a straight line and again one shot took all three out in one go, at least the extras made up for some horrendously bad misses on some of the easiest birds but that is something I have learned to accept now I am getting on a bit and my eye sight and reactions are definitely on the decline . It was around 6.00 when I decided to clear up, still good light and a few birds still moving around but I had enjoyed a good session and had not eaten all day, just managing on my usual flask of sweet coffee. it took almost an hour to pick up all the birds and pack the car but the final tally was 25 feral pigeons picked with around 5 lost in the undergrowth, 16 woodies with everyone accounted for, 11 rooks 9 jackdaws and to my surprise a hooded crow, only the second I have ever shot in all my years of pest control. 61 picked with just 5 lost but definitely down, so a decent 66 bird day . Photo's show most but I did pick a few after I cleared up and had a long walk to find them.
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