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  1. kitchrat


    Maybe a 9-iron.... Out here in Canada I've seen wild turkeys kill and eat garter snakes, about 3ft long. In Alberta, they have rattlers, you have to be a bit careful in long brush when hunting Sharp Tailed Grouse! My "better half" got the classic warning from a 5-footer, it worked well, one squeak and a 6-foot backwards leap from a standing start and all was well (New Olympic sport?)
  2. They were on that field again on Monday, as I headed for the airport. Maybe you have another chance??
  3. Sounds good! I had a similar day the other side of Dunmow, (I'm from Jasper's Green) on a big similar field but shared with another team (Father & Son) down the other end. They had the best end (1st come, 1st served) and I had a lousy hide position, standing on the steep sides of a slippery, water-filled ditch. Shot well, I had 54 for 74 shots, the others had "about 40" for, I would guess, about 200 shots ("you have to put the lead in the air" brigade!) The point is, that a big field needs more than 1 set-up. If you were on that drilling by Andrews Field, (the leylandi suggest it) 2 teams could have had a game of ping-pong, like I did.
  4. I had 9 once, 1 and a 1/2 miles from my truck. Took three trips of 3. Victim of my own success!! But 400?? At 12lbs each that's over 2 tons Even though it could carry that much, the 7-ton truck wouldn't be big enough!! Not that I'm sceptical but rapid .25's comments ring true with me!!
  5. I haven't processed any "lactating" birds yet...
  6. Had a nice little 25-bird bag yesterday on a huge block of rape. Included were 2 very small and skinny birds with no white neck ring. Could they be 2019ers already? I know I saw half an eggshell on my driveway about a month ago but at home they are semi-domesticated urban birds not the wild stock I normally encounter out in the sticks. As we all know, these two types of bird behave almost as a different species.
  7. Like us, the pigeons are looking for new drillings. Round here, they are still a bit flocked up but are acting like lemmings. I saw 100's of birds flooding down onto a nearby field and investigated. When I got there, it was a field that was well ploughed after the harvest and had no seed on it. Bird were flooding down on the "flock-string" principal (ie just follow the birds in front) until it was blue with them , when they got there they were not feeding but walking around in a puzzled way, as if to say "what's all the fuss about". Zero birds have returned in the next 2 weeks. They are also flooding onto cultivated, but not drilled fields for just a few minutes, never to return when they find they are too early. I am almost tempted to try and decoy them onto such a field, but it would be a 1-shot wonder as you then kill the flock-string action. Some are still on rape, very skittish but I'll give it a try this afternoon.
  8. I think they will eat almost anything. I have shot them full of brown bread, peanuts (neither of which are grown by local farmers!), snails, rose hips, buds, worms, rape flowers, ivy berries etc,etc. Just yesterday a big fat old bird on my lawn was waddling about eating those tiny, feathery little seeds on the grass. They are so tiny I don't know why he was bothering, that may be what they are after in the paddocks and meadows, as well as clover. By the way, they are still on ivy berries on next door's hedge, which established "wisdom" says they only attack in very cold times. This is the same "wisdom" which says they must feed each day -rubbish!! All I know is that you cannot take anything about pigeon behavior for granted.
  9. Same sort of swirling about round here too. They had been on rape/game covers over the winter, then the spurt of farming activity during the spring-like weather moved them onto new drillings and newly re-cultivated fields, where I guess they were picking up left over beans etc that had been buried last autumn and had been uncovered. These food sources have been cleaned up now and some have drifted back onto rape, with swirling about, whilst others are on clover??? in paddocks and grass fields. Very difficult times but still lots about. It will get worse as the buds will be coming out soon, difficult to get decoys up an ash tree!!
  10. Do you not think that parent birds can, and do, teach their offspring where it is a good place to feed and where it is not?? For example, deer in E Europe still keep well clear of where the iron curtain used to be, even though the fences etc have been down for several generations. The parents never went there, so they never took the kids there. Pigeons are still a creature of habit.
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. To be fair to Essex Police, they were really helpful to me when I moved into their area from Herts.
  15. 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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