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  • Birthday 08/06/1953

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    Near Great Dunmow, Essex
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  1. kitchrat

    How far do you drive for your fowling?

    When I went to Saskatchewan it was a 2-day drive, 1400km from my place in British Columbia. Now if I started from Essex and added the 10-hour, 5000 mile flight that would take some beating!
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    UV paint on decoys ?

    No such thing as special "UV paint" or "UV reflecting paint". Any bright white paint will reflect UV and yes I do think it's worth doing.
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    Pigeon Shooting £1000 per gun per day

    This "deal" works out at £250/day if it doesn't work then £3.50 a shot if it does work (more than 71 shots being the £250 watershed.) So, if you shoot at the 3:1 ratio many shoots work to, your 71 shots should yield about 24 birds, ie £10 a bird for a wild, un-fed pests. That's if you get 71 shots.... There after at 3:1, it's still £10 a bird. Cheaper than game shooting but almost no costs involved. A complete con, again.
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    Some Good News

    To be fair to Essex Police, they were really helpful to me when I moved into their area from Herts.
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    Can You Overshoot An Area For Pigeons ?

    In a word YES you can overshoot an area, in my opinion. Of course there are other factors which play a part but round here it is very clear that farms with frequent game shoots (some are twice a week) seem to have few pigeons in spite of the extra feeding opportunities. The highest bird density is on a local farm shoot, only shoots every 2 weeks and only 4 times. Lots of food is put down and NO pigeon shooting during the game season. Wait for Feb 2nd.....!!! (had a few 100's off there last year) In addition, pigeons here seem very magnet, decoy or hide shy and are very flighty. I have seen bunches of them approach a flock of undisturbed feeding pigeons, then flare away in panic, that flighty. On the other hand, I found a lot of happy birds on an un-shot farm the other week, 2 of us had a 70-bird day on winter rape, which for me is very unusual. Some farms, which seem idea for them, historically carry few pigeons, even if the crops are suitable. Is this because the local pigeons don't teach their young that food can be found there, because they (parents) never fed there? Then in turn, migrant birds are not "directed" there by following the locals? Something to think about as we await Freedom Day
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    Have Rape Got The Better Of Us ??

    My 1st 2 fields of barley went in in the 10th of Jan!!!!! 75 acres and by the 14th had the biggest number of pigeons on it I have ever seen - estimated between 1-2000!! Got on it in a hurry and................................................... 1 shot all gone, never to return just like rape. In fact, worse than rape because the week before a pal and I had a 70-bird day on rape on the next farm. Now the barley has been sprayed with pre-emergence spray and either this has put the pigeons off or they have cleaned it up because none on it now, except crows. Back to the rape.....
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    What Species Do You Enjoy Eating The Most ?

    Am I the only vote for WILD turkey? I am also told that Sandhill Cranes eat really well but don't want to shoot one. (not allowed in BC or Alberta but OK inSaskatchewan) Coots are also recommended by my shooting buddy but I don't fancy them! Kitchrat
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    Pigeon shooting suffolk

    Yes, my pal and I did a "Goose flight and duck flight" day with them last year. Just got dumped off by the "guide" and told to get on with it. Has no shots at geese and about 5 shots at duck. Complete con, they had my money then hid behind the "That's shooting wild game" ticket but in fact had made almost NO attempt to put us on birds. NEVER AGAIN!!
  9. kitchrat

    The migration has started...

    Sounds like great fun! But where in the country are you? West to East? Where have they come from and where are they going? Send some to Essex please!
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    Yes, I've had birds with little else but snails in their crop so they must be able to grind them up. On the same note a wild turkey I shot this spring had a few complete hazel nuts in it's crop. Now that would take some grinding!
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    Stubble disappointment & size

    Have these fields been cut with a combine and chaff-cutter, or baled? I have a theory which says that a chaff-cutter lets cut chaff drift down onto any lost grain and covers it up. Don't forget that pigeons cannot/do not scratch like chickens do. Then, sometimes, as mentioned on other posts, a field seems to get more attractive to pigeons once it is roughly cultivated. Is this because the chaff has been tipped off the grain??
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    More golden time

    I never intended to question YOUR reporting, Motty, but as my shooting is in Essex, the story you related is beyond belief. I know there are some good flocks my way from time to time and good bags can be had but a massacre on that scale????
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    More golden time

    Not wanting to question your observations/reports but 500 shots in 2 hours?? That's more than 1 shot every 15 seconds!! Did he double/treble-gun it with loaders?? Who opened the boxes of ammo? Did the gun burn his hand?? Anyway, great to hear of your brilliant day, laid barley is almost a thing of the past but I know you have had a remarkable spell of weather and storms. I bagged my 4th ground squirrel last week. JK
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    Feel like a England batsman

    This pulling out at 60-70 yards is what they have been doing 90% of the time in my part of Essex for years. I put it down to overshooting, do you remember ridiculing my post about educating Essex birds - "mensa pigeons!" you called them?? Shot my 1st wild turkey last week, they are quite well educated too... At least you can call them in. Cheers, Kitchrat
  15. kitchrat

    Where to sell pigeons in Essex?

    Thanks to you all for your ideas. I never got a reply from Howletts. Pubs can work but usually Health and Safety rules prevent them taking birds legally (at least that's what they think), same with butchers.. In addition, I hate driving about, spending time and fuel, to give away something that will appear on the menu for £7.99. Keep thinking please!!