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  1. I used to shoot around Melton Mowbrey on the Leicester Nott's border in the early seventies, I don't remember ever getting paid for a feral, we used to get 40 p for woodies and 5 p for grey squirrel tails, I also once got 3.50 for a full red fox pelt just freshly taken off the carcass .but that was a one off as I didn't normally shoot anything bigger than a hare, almost all my pigeon,rabbit,hare and all game would be bought up by locals who knew me and would buy out of the boot of my car, never had to gut pluck or skin anything, they couldn't get enough, but that's all gone now, I cannot sell rabbits , hares or game birds, no one wants them, just pigeons to the game dealer for 15 p each, and he picks them over rejecting any small birds. At the rate of kills to cartridges my per bird cost is around 42p, then add electric for the freezers and petrol to take them to the dealer and this pastime of ours starts to get a bit expensive for anyone keen enough to become a serious vermin control volunteer. I dont include equipment costs as most of this can be recouped by selling it on once you have had enough. which for me may be sooner rather than later.
  2. So my oldest son, now in his late 40's and a very keen shooter flew in from his home in California for 3 days on his way to Bulgaria on business, I had already spoken to the estate manager about where and when we could get a few birds, but he was most concerned about one area where hundreds of ferals had been accumulating. The weather forecast was dire, high winds and heavy showers , so Friday , with a late change of venue we headed down to a large marsh where several hundred feral pigeons have been feeding on old pea fields that had already been harrowed in, We arrived around 11.00 am and set up on a field edge with a reed bed behind us as our only wind break, stuck out a few dead birds ( wood pigeons ) and within minutes the ferals were coming in by the dozen, we had a slab of cheap 6's and proceeded to knock them down, they kept coming all day and only the odd heavy shower seemed to put them off, we cleared the woodies away and set up around 20 ferals as decoys, we kept going until around 4 pm when a huge black storm cloud was seen approaching and we had to do a very quick clear up and get off the marsh, Our total was 108 ferals, which we checked carefully and did not find a single leg ring on any bird which confirmed my suspicions these are birds breading in the huge industrial area on the edge of town, plus 2 woodies and 2 carrion crows, we shot around 210 cartridges which for me was a bit low on the hit rate but considering my lad only shoots 2 or 3 times a year it was a fair score. Saturday was a day of rest and a chance to clean out the car and my gear, I also had to nip to the gun shop for a few more cartridges. Sunday after lunch we headed out to a wheat stubble field on another of my perms, I had two visits to this site in the last 3 weeks with a 30 and a 61 , all wood pigeons but quite a few young birds, weather again was high winds and a chance of heavy showers so we took the fishing brolly with us, good judgement on my part. Set up was in the end of a small wood with a large oak sitting tree just to our left, about twenty full bodied decoys and 4 crow decoys, I had two hypa flap's out on the down wind edge of the pattern and in the first hour we had only a few shots with 4 birds picked, I noticed several birds turn away before reaching the pattern so I nipped out and retrieved these two, the change was amazing and instant, with no movement in the pattern at all , no magnet, no flappers etc, the birds started coming in like dive bombers, many coming down from several hundred feet up and also sliding in at ground level across the stubble, We started with only 125 cartridges and a few odd 7.5's left over from my last clay outing , we shot from 12.30 until around 3.30, when the constant showers had increased to a drenching downpour, we actually ran out of cartridges but not before we had 52 pigeons and 9 crows picked.which seemed to equal our hit rate for the Friday session, leaving us only to clear away in the rain . All the gear stayed in the car overnight as it was too wet to sort it, so today I spent a couple of hours cleaning out the car and drying off all my gear, all the woodies now in the freezer ,crows in the fridge for the next outing and a visit to the tip to get rid of the ferals as nobody seems to want them for any useful reason. At least one more visit to the feral feeding grounds is on the cards as we didn't even make a dent in the numbers, but cartridge costs just on the ferals was around 50 quid and another 30 ish for the Sunday so it looks like I will be on bread and water for some time to come, but what a weekend,
  3. My wife has Facebook and I have pigeon watch, I shoot pigeons and my wife doesn't , enough said A1 , get a grip.
  4. The browning made 580 plus fees, too rich for me though I would have liked it, very nice gun
  5. AYA side by side's 3 to be exact in lovely condition, all inspected and in good usable states, went for 80 quid each, lesser makes were making 50 quid, no one wants SBS's anymore when you can get a decent under over for 150. Just one problem, dead people dont spend money !!!
  6. One of our local auction houses had a large gun , ammo and equipment sale yesterday, around 150 rifles , shotguns and air weapons, plus cartridges, clothing and other equipment, over 300 lots, I have been looking for another 3 shot semi 12 gauge for a while and picked up an as new Webley & Scott 810, it has the black plastic stock ( would have preferred wood ) but other than that it was pristine condition with chokes and key, just 250 pounds plus 50 quid in fees and vat. Also grabbed 12 'fud' crow decoys, guns in general were very low prices and there were some real bargains, particularly in under over shotguns and pcp air rifles, but cartridges were more expensive than I can buy in the local gun shop, strange how some people get the auction fever and cant stop bidding, I was chatting to one buyer after the auction spent 480 pounds on some old small lots of 12 gauge cartridges, most of which he didn't need or want but just thought it would be easier than going to the gun shop
  7. Similar story around here, I had 61 off some wheat stubble on Thursday and at least 1/3 of them were this years birds, some were full grown with white neck bars but the majority of the youngsters were small , but still pigeons and still eating farmers crops so sad but necessary. I did avoid shooting several that got in under the radar close enough for me to identify them as young and small so a few left to grow on for another day, but they may not be so lucky next time they venture in over my decoys.
  8. You may be bidding against me Marsh man, I am looking for another semi but will be in the market for some cartridges as well, down to my last 300, took another 30 off some wheat stubble next to the house on Wednesday, then took the wife fishing on Thursday and ended with around 80 carp between us from 2 inches up to the best fish (caught by the wife ) of 4 pounds, we were trying out a new venue , so a busy week, I shoot almost any cartridges I can get cheap, used to use clear pigeon but now they are 248 quid a thousand I cant afford them,, I've been using some fibre wad RC 6's, through my hushpower 12 gauge add on sound moderator but nearly out of those as well, but at 212 a thousand they are not so bad, good even hit rate as well. but as long as they go bang and what I'm aiming at hits the ground I'm not too bothered what they are called😁
  9. 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 35 POUNDS, I WILL POST ANYWHERE AT COST, APPROX 5 POUNDS
  10. I hate mornings, it was just the same when I used to fish , now im retired I only go afternoons until they go to roost in the summer and in winter I try to shoot from 11.00 am until 3 ish. Yesterday I was set up by 2 but the afternoon was very slow, with only 9 picked by 5.30, the farm manager suggested I try on another part of the farm where he had seen a lot of movement in the late afternoons, I move and set up with a very basic hide and just 15 dead bird decoys, the birds came well to the decoys right up until 7 pm when they finally went to roost, I ended with 21 picked so well worth the move.Not a big bag but certainly an improvement on the last week trying to dodge the storms and high winds.
  11. I try to judge average range, if they are closer,for instance when they are decoying well, say 30 to 40 yards its a slightly better spread with 1/4, but when there are a lot of high birds and ones staying out on the edge of the pattern over 45 yards I like the extra dense pattern of 1/2, it makes short range a bit harder to hit and damage to the bird is increased but I have a hushpower sound moderator fitted to my extended 1/2 choke which is nicer to use, no ear defenders necessary, so I try to use that as much as possible. I made the mistake of buying ( some time ago) a Remington 3 shot with a skeet barrel, I could not believe the amount of birds out at 30 yards plus that just shook their tales and flew off, I quickly sold it and bought my Beretta Urika 2 with interchangeable chokes, never looked back and never use less than a 1/4 choke.
  12. Hi John, I got out yesterday afternoon but the estate had only just started on the barley so I couldn't shoot over the combine, I went back to the pea stubble in the next village and managed to find some nice cool shade in a light breeze and picked 19 with 2 more lost, shot from 3.00 till 7.30 and it was a very pleasant afternoon. even E W came down for a look and we had a chat , he thanked us for doing a great job at keeping the birds out of the peas, The barley is being cut as we speak on the large area between the woods where we shot a week or two back, so chance of some good numbers on there and the tractor driver tells me that whole area is going down to rape this year, it will take some doing to keep the pigeons out of that lot, Having a few days off now as we have company but hopefully will be out again very soon, dont forget your factor 50, 😎
  13. Well done for getting out in the heat, 14 is a fair bag, I prefer not to count empties as it just frustrates me, worse is ripping off 3 at one bird only to watch it fly away, thankfully not too often. I got out about 3.00 yesterday, went to where the barley was supposed to be combined but they were running late and had only just started, so I had to abort and went onto a very dry cut pea stubble where there had been a few birds, the first 2 hours was very slow in the bright sunshine , many birds just flying past at great speed, I managed to bring down 7 but was frustrated non were coming to the decoys, (about 18 dead birds plus the magnet), I reset the pattern a couple of times and around 5.30 it started to pay off with the odd bird committing straight into the pattern, as the evening went on it got busier and by 7.30 I had 19 picked with a couple lost, (sadly no dog to find them ), The main landowner turned up for a look around and thanked me for putting in the hours, reckoned he had the best pea harvest for years thanks to a couple of us keeping the pigeons off, nice to be appreciated, I started on 1/2 choke with the birds being a bit standoffish, but as they started to commit I swapped to a 1/4 choke and that helped hit the close up ones a bit more often. got through about 28-30 cartridges for 21 down so not so bad. As I was packing away I had a huge flock of lapwings come in and also around 15 grey lag geese , mostly young birds obviously after the left over peas which are still growing in small patches all over the field , nice to see a bit more variety of wild life instead of just pigeons and crows.
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