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  1. lakeside1000

    Peas

    They are still in my garden chewing away at my fruit tree buds, I have not as yet checked any pea drillings , as in the past they dont produce until chitting has started, there are still some good bunches feeding in the holes in the flowering rape,
  2. 10 years ago I was looking to make some pocket money from a hobby, one that would not take up too much pigeon shooting time, I started looking around car boot sales, auctions and garage sales for any item I could up cycle, started small and gradually built up quite a stock, I now have a shop on eBay selling all sorts of rubbish , just doing my bit to recycle instead of stuff going to landfill. I make a few bob which covers petrol, tools , a new shed and some of the time I spend cleaning the garbage. ( I mean quality used items with lots of life left ) The main problem is it has taken over my life, just when I thought I was retired and going to be a full time pigeon man, I end up travelling miles and spending good pigeon blasting time buying and selling, to make money so I can go shooting but no longer have the time, *****r it.best laid plans ehh 😫
  3. I had forgotten about those vacuum driven wipers,you had to keep taking your foot off the gas to build up enough vacuum in the storage tank to get them to run, but when you were running right foot heavy they would just grind to a halt, mine were so bad we kept a ball of string in the car , when it rained I would tie a length of string to the wiper blades and run each end through the side windows, one left and one right, any passenger would have to pull the blades back and forth while I drove, what a laugh !!
  4. The basic rule is try it ,if it doesn't work it doesn't mean its wrong as another day it will work well, but you can fine tune as you shoot, take time to watch the birds reactions as they approach , if you have birds flaring away at the last minute, then something looks unnatural and needs changing, but not always the decoy's, it could be a movement in the hide, a flash of reflected light from glasses or flask etc, a dog moving, almost anything will spook them, As to birds flying past without looking twice at the decoys, thats something I find at this time of the year is very common, as the main flocks break up and birds start to pair off for breeding they seem to become preoccupied either by other groups of birds or going back and forth to a favourite feeding area, my son and I shot one of our regular spots today, even with 20+ dead birds out they still just flew over, we tried a flapper, floaters, lofters but nothing would pull them in, we had a few who came over close enough to get off a shot but the main bag today was crows who are very active at the moment, they were much easier to decoy in. I would much rather shoot pigeon but when they are playing hard to get a few crows make a reasonable option. So dont worry too much about birds passing by , once we get into summer laid areas in standing crops or when we get into harvest time and shoot the stubble fields it all changes, you should find decoying in stubble with flappers or a magnet will get a very different response from most birds , they can become obsessed with finding a crop full of seed as they compete with other birds for any seed available.
  5. I used to love course fishing, even fished a good few matches in my time, but these days I prefer to shoot my dinner rather than catch it with a hook and line, You didn't say where you caught it JDOG , hope it was legal, as billiethegillie pointed out it is closed season on all flowing water and most of the canal network, I think only landlocked derelict canal sections are exempt, but dont quote me, most ponds and lakes are open though, Anyway nice fish J, tight lines
  6. Well done JD, so good for the moral when you get a good session, I spent Wednesday afternoon staring at an empty sky, the rape had about 1-1/2 acres eaten off and looked a dead cert for some action, but no, 2 shots for zero return, so depressing, tell me some more tales of big bags and sky's full of pigeons, I need a good read.😫
  7. I check crops regularly to try to find out what they are on, many times even late in the day they are completely empty, but the birds are in top condition both feather and weight, so I think there is some basis in the theory that they dont always need to feed, but will still fly with the others from one feeding area to another as if its some ritual they need to keep to, and only fill up when the energy reserve gets low, maybe they have other things on their minds at this time of the year, randy little so and so's,
  8. Took a few hours off this afternoon to get on some pigeons over some barley thats just a couple of inches high, stuck out 15 dead birds, 1 flapper,2 floaters and 3 lofters,plus my 4 flocked crows which I stick out at about 50 yards and hope they crows circle in over my hide, to my surprise they started coming as soon as I sat down, had a huge carrion and 3 pigeons in the first 5 shots, just under 5 minutes from starting, then it slowed but they kept coming , not in big numbers but steady, I added more to the pattern as I knocked them down , about 3 oclock , 2 hours into the session, I had a pair of large crows come in over my left shoulder, in silhouette they looked like carrions, I pulled up quick and ripped into the nearest one which peeled away hit hard, managed to wobble its way 100 yards down wind before falling stone dead into the crop, I had a couple of pigeons to pick so I walked out to collect the crow, at first I thought I had just shot the largest jackdaw I ever saw, but when I picked it up I realised it was a hooded crow, Seen loads on youtube in Ireland and Scottish borders, I remember seeing one 2 years ago in the local Tesco car park while waiting for the wife, but only that once, it just shows how a species can spread out and inhabit new areas, I am as near to the north sea as you can get without falling in, on the Norfolk coast , the bit that bulges out above Great Yarmouth, Interested to know if any other local shooters have encountered this relatively rare visitor to these parts. Oh yes! my total for the session 1.00 till 4.30 was just 15 pigeons and the 2 crows.
  9. Beretta every time, I swear by my 686E and my 391 urika 2, would not consider any other make. love them. If you only rough shoot with the wild fowling through the winter then try the Beretta 391 Urika 2, multi choke, 3 shot semi, with 3 inch chamber for the geese, The pheasant and clay shooters don't like 3 shots to be used but for all other shooting they are great, will cycle almost any cartridge, without jambs, weight is about right, on pigeons and crows you have the advantage of a third shot, you can even add a silencer to the barrel which can be unscrewed to revert back to normal choke barrel when needed, Stock length is not a problem as any gunsmith will supply you with the correct spacers to lengthen, I have an extra 3/4 inch in mine , also there is an adjustment in the stock engineering to allow you to change both horizontal and vertical position to suit exactly your own needs. The build quality and finish are spot on, you can pick up a good second hand one for around 650 quid so it wont break the bank.
  10. Thanks Jdog, I couldn't find a head for my dummy and the wife refused to model it for me so I pinched the grand daughters football !!!
  11. I used to roar around the village on my Triumph tiger cub, trials version, annoying the hell out of all my parents neighbours,, The year was 1963/4. My old man got so fed up with the noise and complaints he bought me a car !! 1952 Ford Anglia, sit up and beg ,produced in black, black or black. it cost 2 pounds ten shillings and had a knocking big end, 3 forward gears with no synchro mesh to speak of,under powered side valve engine on white metal bearings , no heater or radio and absolutely the worst brakes, I spent 20 quid on parts to rebuild it, it lasted 3 months before I had to spend another 20 quid fixing a broken half shaft and rod brakes that were about 10% efficient, worst car I ever owned but I learned a lot trying to keep it on the road, I eventually sold it at a huge loss and bought a 1954 left hand drive VW beetle with a broken crank, rebuilt the engine and never looked back, by then I was a second year apprentice at the main VW agency in West Bridgeford, Nottingham, Beardall motors which was bought out by Bristol Street Motors in 1968 and as far as I know is still going under the same name. When I think of all the old banger's I kept running for mates and people who paid me, cars built between the early 50's and early 70's it makes me wince, people now don't know how lucky they are to have such an amazing choice of motors built with 21 st century technology , ABS brakes,high performance motors that go miles on an egg cup full of fuel, air con, sound systems, fuel injection, plush interior comfort,incredible built in safety, I couldn't and wouldn't go back to those old bone shakers ever, what say you?
  12. PRO LOGIC ADVANTAGE MAX 4 HD HUNTING AND FISHING COAT FULLY WATER AND WIND PROOF FULL HOOD WITH ELASTIC CORD, WIRED PEAK AND FULLY LINED HOOD ROLLS UP INTO COLLAR POCKET WITH HOOK AND LOOP RETAINERS SIZE IS XXL - 58" CHEST, 58" WAIST, 38" BACK LENGTH COLLAR TO HEM SLEEVE LENGTH UNDER ARM IS 24" ARMPIT TO CUFF SLEEVES HAVE ELASTIC INNER WINDPROOF CUFFS SIDE AND BREAST POCKETS HAVE HOOK AND LOOP ON WEATHER FLAPS INNER ZIP POCKET ELASTIC DRAW CORDS IN BOTTOM HEM, WAIST BAND,AND HOOD FRONT 100% POLYESTER WITH BUILT IN WATER AND WEATHER PROOF MEMBRANE LIGHT WEAR AROUND POCKETS ETC, OTHERWISE IN VERY GOOD CONDITION LOOKING FOR 55 POUNDS, I WILL POST ANYWHERE AT COST, APPROX 5 POUNDS
  13. I picked up 4 washing line poles, telescopic up to around 6 feet, same top clips and height adjustment as the normal hide poles, I cut the bottoms off and inserted some steel rod which I riveted in place with a sharp point at the business end, then clamped on a couple of jubilee clips at foot peg height , just enough to get the edge of my boot on so I could tread them in, then a coat of green paint to finish, total cost was around 12 pounds !! They are still going strong and great on soft ground but like all poles are hard work on baked summer ground, I always carry a large steel spike and hammer in summer to pre drill the holes. My first set were 4 6ft garden canes with slots in the top to hold the net, a bit basic but they did the job ( most of the time )
  14. Well done for getting out and having a go, this time of the year is always a bit difficult, unless you are on a regular feeding spot like a bald patch in the rape, or newly seeded ground, There is so much for them to go after, tree buds, emerging crops, fresh rape growth and so on, whats more they are now thinking about mating and are looking for a mate so what I call 'fly past's' are very common, Once the larger flocks have broken up they will be easier to decoy, flying around in small bunches they are always on the lookout for other groups, but its no done deal. Best times for larger numbers are winter rape before it has been sprayed, any new drilling's especially where seed is spilt on top, any pea and bean fields either at drilling, young shoots emerging or immediately after harvest, and for me the absolute best is stubble field shooting, rape, barley and wheat will draw good numbers as soon as the combines are off and its the warmest time of the year, so long sessions are a pleasure. Getting out in the hide is ideal for watching the birds , getting to know their ways, and practising decoy patterns, testing different shapes and trying out equipment like floaters, flappers,magnets, lofters etc.but keep it simple and real, when birds are feeding hard they will come in to just a few dead birds on cradles. I am shooting a new drilling area on one of my perms at the moment with just 3 lofters in a sitty tree, and 12 dead birds on cradles which I scatter over a very large area, no pattern, just heads into wind , birds are coming straight in and landing between decoys anywhere from 20 yards out to 50 yards but with a decent cartridge through a 1/2 choke they are all good targets. average bag for 3 or 4 hours is only 25 or so but it is good sport and better than sitting at home. best of luck, 😁
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