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Everything posted by kippylawkid

  1. On Saturday I shot the same fields that I have had recent success on, but from a different hide. I managed 11 pigeons in 2 hours. The view from the hide wasn't too shabby!
  2. Well done, looks a grand spot.
  3. The strong easterly winds continued to batter Northumberland, leaving a good covering of snow. I was out first thing on Saturday morning to flight pigeons in a wood that has consistently produced birds for me since December. Unfortunately, the farmer had placed a banger right next to the wood and the pigeons were extremely wary. I still managed to bag 13 in 2 hours. I then moved to another farm that I had been asked to shoot to scare them off the rape. I knew this would not be a fruitful trip, but I always score there in spring on drillings so I made the effort and set up on a bare, east faci
  4. Well done for venturing out. There is definitely something about shooting when there's snow on the ground - even if the returns aren't great. Most fields covered our way but one sheltered field is still showing and pigeons are building. I'm hoping the farmer keeps the banger off until Saturday when the wind looks perfect.
  5. Not sure about that! 20 years ago I would have been out all day in shirt sleeves😉
  6. As previously reported, pigeon numbers seem to be multiplying daily in our area; particularly on the coastal strip that avoided recent snow. I have been happily chipping away at them, (to keep farmers happy and to beat the monotony of home working) without really threatening a big bag. The forecast 30mph easterly wind was perfect for one of a block of 3 fields I have been watching, crucially it also allowed me to shoot from a small fir planting that afforded decent shelter from the wind. It is on top of a steep slope and I hoped the decoys would stick out like sore thumbs to the pigeons. The l
  7. Nice one JD. Great to be out on days like that. I had a similar trip myself yesterday and hope I still have the enthusiasm to keep doing that for years to come. I will post my report later.
  8. Yes, totally agree. Proper bit of kit, built to last.
  9. I reported in Sporting Pictures on 27 Dec of an enjoyable outing I had in a small wood in a huge block of rape. Since then I have had a few other trips there with bags of 13, 6, 7 and a fantastic 32 in 40mph winds. This was as a brilliant flight that will linger for a long time. It included a remarkable (lucky) treble where 3 birds came like tracers downwind and having shot the first, the other two bomburst left and right in the gale and I managed to snapshot them both - 3 dead in the air. I wish that was the norm! Since the weather turned, there has been a big increase in pigeon numbers in
  10. Excellent report and bag. I'm sure we can all relate to your comments on expecting the flight to just suddenly stop on OSR fields.
  11. A decent influx of pigeons in North Northumberland over last week or so led to a farmer ringing me to keep them off his rape. Other areas might have reduced OSR grown but it’s the opposite here and this farm has 6 massive fields, back to back. A difficult proposition, but a northerly gale tempted me to a small hardwood planting in the middle of the fields that the birds use as a sitty wood. I arrived just after first light and settled in on the lea side, grateful for the shelter. The farmer is a keen bird man and has feeders throughout the planting. I shared the morning with hundreds of small
  12. Very quiet in North-Northumberland. No real numbers on the rape. I suspect the pigeons are still feasting on acorns and beech mast.
  13. Look brilliant dogs, I'm sure the pups will be too. That looks like a serious fowling piece in the single goose photo!
  14. When at Flamingo Land a few years ago with the family, we walked around the big lake there and a decent flight of Canadas started arriving. I cannot describe the shame and embarrassment my family showed as I hid on the lake edge and took a left and right out of every skein! It didn't bother me one jot.
  15. You Southern lads live in a different climate to us Northern lads! Still loads of peas, rape and wheat to be cut up here. I reckon we're 5 or 6 weeks behind the South for harvest. The autumn stubbles have replaced the Spring srillings as my favorite/most productive time of the year for pigeon shooting.
  16. Like an earlier post, wind, hail, snow or rain wouldn't have stopped me in my younger days but now I am not keen to shoot in hot conditions. The dogs don't enjoy it (can be dangerous) the flies annoy me and the birds can easily go green if not attended to promptly. I enjoy the later stubble shooting in Sep/Oct when it cools down.
  17. Thank you, I use conventional game bags and fill 25 in each. I find this manageable but would prefer the weight higher up on my shoulders.
  18. Another 2 excellent reports. You have done very well to only lose 8 birds with such temperatures. I'm curious what type of bags you use to carry 60? Hessian sacks or do you have bags you can properly shoulder?
  19. I have been picking away on some evening flighting after work with mixed success of bags between 3 and 25. The first field to be cut on my patch usually presents a decent opportunity and this was the case as pigeons were nearly following the combine an a winter barley field. I let them finish the cutting and baling and shot the field 2 days later. I started later than I intended at 3pm, set up with the decent breeze behind me with a whirly, FF5 and 6 dead birds. The pigeons decoyed beautifully and I enjoyed that feeling where you know nearly every bird coming to the field would come to your p
  20. Excellent. I was looking for the like button!
  21. Yes, got to agree with this. One well known guy continues to make regular 200+ bags, sometimes 2 and 3 times per week from the Oxfordshire area. There must be a huge population to sustain bags such as this. Northumberland definitely can't compete with that but thankfully we do have times where they show in good numbers.
  22. Good to see you're posting again. I can relate to other guns moving in on your permissions. My main permission is on 3 joined farms that make up the game syndicate that I'm a member of. I have solely shot these farms for over 30 years now, usually alone but I invite pals and other syndicate members if i think there's a decent day to be had. What I have found recently are many "chancers" (JDog came up with this term) continually turning up and trying their luck, despite them knowing that I shoot the land. They have offered cash to the the farmers and keeper, (I suspect they then take cash from
  23. Great video again. If you and Muncher found using the moderated guns tricky it shows how difficult it can be. Boils my pi$$ when you get complaints from folk who just like to complain.
  24. I really like that - now wish I'd kept some of mine over the years.
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