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    Shooting, Boating on the broads, Fresh water fishing,

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  1. lakeside1000

    sitty tree question

    I find if you move as they approach the tree they will invariably see you and bolt, if you wait until they have perched the same applies as they are very alert and wary of any ground movement, their weak point if they have one is just as they drop their undercarriage , they switch from long sight or binocular vision to close range to identify a suitable branch, for this brief 3 or 4 seconds they cannot focus on surrounding ground space , I wait for this moment to raise the gun to mount, at this point you can choose to fire at the still moving target, or pause for a second or two until they grab the perch so a stationary target, then fire, either way the bird is not aware of you and will present a much more steady target with much less chance of a miss, My favourite tree is a young oak, about 40 feet high and the same across, from Christmas till late march it is completely naked with loads of good spots to stick up my 3 lofters as high as I can get them, my hide is in some willows 30 yards from the centre of the tree, so all targets fall between roughly 20 and 40 yards, I use my Hushpower moderator on my 12 gauge Beretta with some hard hitting 28gm 6's and rarely see one escape. I have used the Air Arms 400S .177 on occasion but much prefer the killing power of the Beretta, especially as I do like to take a pop at higher birds as they pass over but whichever way you take it its a great way to bag a few birds without a lot of gear, 😁
  2. lakeside1000

    75 for 17? That can’t be right.

    Same here J. I picked another up last Sunday at Harford park and ride for 3 quid, nice square size with fully opening top flap and it will hold about 200 cartridges, not that I could carry it full or dream of firing 200 in one sitting, I never see that many birds, especially when Im napping, for you youngsters thats something old uns do halfway through a session when things are a bit slow.
  3. lakeside1000

    75 for 17? That can’t be right.

    J dog- I think the advice was aimed at me for fumbling around like a schoolboy on his first date, Dropping them I mean,😱 I have not used a belt since the early 1970's and always found them uncomfortable, always getting caught on brambles and barbed wire, anyway I don't think I will find one to fit round my gut these days 😁
  4. lakeside1000

    Youngster

    I wonder if they are very late fledglings who struggle to find food through the winter and end up stunted like piglets who cant get on a teet, I had one last week, good feathering, solid little body and like you say Marsh man a strong fully formed beak but very little in white plumage ,and only about two thirds grown, when I dropped it I thought I had hit a dove but once I picked it I was relieved to see it was definitely a woody.
  5. lakeside1000

    75 for 17? That can’t be right.

    I have a few problems of my own when it comes to cartridge use, the main one is the amount I drop when trying to reload, cold old fingers soon fumble on the smooth cases, I know I have dropped it but the number of times I have to get on my hands and knees to find it , they seem to go everywhere except where you think they should be, then I have to put the gun down to clean the mud off them, this shooting can be so tedious !!! Anyway bless you for helping the other guy out by going into the wood and creating hell so he had a few over his head, not many would help out like that. I cant get on with roost shooting, I can barely keep the gun on them in clear sky but put a tree in the way and I have no chance. Anyway I don't have to worry as I'm laid up again with a horrendous cold, I had only just shaken off the last one from Christmas, but only 3 sessions later and back it came with a vengeance, this time the wife got it as well, worse than me so she cant look after me, we just sit staring at the telly for hours and groaning while wiping the dribbles from eyes and noses, neither of us has had a cooked meal in three days , I just top up on cereals and cold tinned rice pudding, but the missus just keeps throwing up so nothing for her, bless her. we even had to warn everyone not to come visiting, All the gear is in the shed still covered in mud from the last session in a very muddy maize cover , I only managed 3 between coughing so much I gave myself a headache, I do love my shooting, roll on summer😪to you all and ✌️to the pigeons
  6. Hi Bunny burner, and welcome to PW, I use my Air Arms S400 rarely now as staggering around in the dark at 70 usually ends up with me face down in the mud, although in the past I have done a lot of both rabbit and pigeon clearance with it, at the time with an american NV sight, a brilliant bit of kit but so heavy you had to shoot from a bipod, but very effective even out at 35 yards with the .177 flat trajectory sighting was a doddle. I have switched now to pigeon control using a Beretta 12 bore , most of my farmers allow me to drive to the chosen hide site so very little carrying gear across fields now. I'm sure you are already well informed on the legal side of our sport but just as a side note BASC membership will give you good insurance cover and legal representation in case of trouble, also it would be worth getting up to date on the countryside act 1981 with particular attention to gardens and boundary lines, I attach a couple of paragraphs of the same but full details are available on the BASC website - airgun page. "quote" Firing pellets beyond your boundary, It is an offence to fire an air weapon pellet beyond the land where you have permission to shoot, unless the occupier of the neighbouring land has also given you permission. Where someone under 14 is shooting, both the young person and the supervising adult can be prosecuted. Highways & other matters, It is also against the law, in England and Wales, to fire an air weapon within 50 feet of the centre of a highway if this results in someone being injured, interrupted or endangered. These offences could be committed, for example, when someone is shooting in their garden close to a road and the pellets ricochet onto the highway. For specific details about footpaths and bridleways see BASC’s fact sheet: ‘Rights of Way and Shooting’ All the best - shoot safe not sorry !!
  7. lakeside1000

    sillosock flapper

    The only problem I had with using shells with covers on was difficulty getting them to sit on the spring top pegs, so I got rid of all my pegs and made up some home designed wire mounts, these locate in the peg hole in the back of the shell but travel up the back to the head where I bent them down to form a mounting rod about 10 inches long, these are permanently fitted to the shells with a hot glue gun doing all the fixing,one extra advantage is they stack together without removing the mounts, I got the idea from my sillosock pinkfoot geese decoys which come with a steel rod mounted in the head allowing the decoy to turn like a windsock to always face into the wind, very handy when the wind changes direction in mid session.
  8. lakeside1000

    DISAPPOINTMENT,new 12g hushpower moderator problems

    My natural tendency is to shoot high, I think I get lazy with the mount, the stock hits my shoulder before I have it high enough and I start shooting with the barrel higher than the back end of the rib, I soon realise my error and correct it but I keep falling back into the bad habit, now the hushpower is hanging on the end I am having to think a lot more about what I am doing so for the moment I feel positive about my efforts, looking forward to some more practice over the next few days before the roost shooting starts ,
  9. lakeside1000

    DISAPPOINTMENT,new 12g hushpower moderator problems

    I am breaking in my new Hushpower moderator which mounts on an extended 1/2 choke, its a bit like shooting with a bean can strapped on the end of the barrel, All the early problems with trying to use sub sonic cartridges are now a dim and distant memory, giving up on subs as they would not cycle through my semi, I reverted to some 28 gm 6's in fibre wad, they appear to do the job very well and I can now shoot without ear plugs which is another plus' Shooting through the 1/2 choke rather than my normal 1/4 choke meant higher birds were possible but close up ones took some hitting, I only managed 50% hit rate with 18 cartridges for 9 birds , a lot lower than my normal percentage but It was a good lesson for me getting used to the moderator on some difficult birds. All the early problems with trying to use sub sonic cartridges are now a dim and distant memory, giving up on subs as they would not cycle through my semi, I reverted to some 28 gm 6's in fibre wad, they appear to do the job very well and I can now shoot without ear plugs which is another plus'
  10. lakeside1000

    OSR Shooting time?

    I got under a flight line this afternoon between two large fields of rape, birds were moving all afternoon but seemed very unsettled, I only managed 9 as they were very high and I am breaking in my new Hushpower moderator which mounts on an extended 1/2 choke, its a bit like shooting with a bean can strapped on the end of the barrel, at first I kept losing sight of the target behind it but after a few goes I gradually got the hang of it and made a few quite good shots before the light went along with all the birds. All the early problems with trying to use sub sonic cartridges are now a dim and distant memory, giving up on subs as they would not cycle through my semi, I reverted to some 28 gm 6's in fibre wad, they appear to do the job very well and I can now shoot without ear plugs which is another plus' Shooting through the 1/2 choke rather than my normal 1/4 choke meant higher birds were possible but close up ones took some hitting, I only managed 50% hit rate with 18 cartridges for 9 birds , a lot lower than my normal percentage but It was a good lesson for me getting used to the moderator on some difficult birds.
  11. It sickens me to see shooting opportunities going to waste, who are these people who promise to come and then dont even bother to cancel, I have gotten out of bed at 5 in the morning to shoot farms 2 hours drive away, just to make an early appearance and not disappoint land owners, thankfully I have plenty of shooting on my door step now but if invited by farms to shoot I always turn up as arranged, perhaps these people should be named and shamed as they are losing opportunities for others who would be very happy to oblige , Nick I can only apologise for the rotten few and ask you not to judge everyone by their standards.
  12. lakeside1000

    sillosock flapper

    I use sillosock covers on all my shells and they are very good, but my flappers are both AA decoys with timers fitted, they are good value and have served me well for the last 5 years, still going strong. For the magnet I have 2 hypa-flaps , these work well but I prefer to stick on dead birds as soon as I have a couple on the ground.
  13. lakeside1000

    OSR Shooting time?

    This seems to be the way they are around here, lots of birds at first light, they move on after a couple of hours but often return for a quick feed before going to roost, very quiet from 12 ish up to around 2.00,
  14. lakeside1000

    At the Farmers Request

    Good report PC, but all credit to you for sticking it out to the bitter end, having to clear away in the dark and what looks like snow !! you are certainly dedicated to your craft. well done.
  15. lakeside1000

    Any suggestions

    Hi Drayman,Welcome to PW, I assume you can already handle a shotgun, if not a clay club would be the best option ,if you already have the gun,insurance and some experience check out 'shooting available' on here, also look at your local wildfowlers club as they often get pigeon shooting out of season, February is the 'roost shoot' time for pigeon men, normally saturday afternoons for 4 weeks in the woods, local gamekeepers will give you advice on whos allowing it, you need to ask around, if you want help knowing how to decoy birds etc check out utube , my favourites are Andy Crow and Geoff Garrod who give great advice and guidance, and finally there is a PW member in Kent who often asks for help clearing pigeons, check members section for ttab and politely drop him a line, best of luck, pity you are not nearer to me as I would be happy to take you out and pass on some tips,
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