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  1. Thanks to all that replied with their comments and suggestions
  2. I have posted a query in the general shooting matters forum regarding crows and am grateful for the replies members have given me. One of which was that all birds are protected in the UK and that to shoot any of them may cause problems with either the RSPCA or the RSPB should neighbours complain ( crows are a pain that are nesting in a large tree just outside my property fence). My confusion is that if all birds are protected , why is it that we can shoot pigeon/rook/crows on farmland. Can someone please clarify? thanks
  3. Can I please have the benefit of your collective knowledge in dealing with crows. I don't want to attract them I want to send them packing. The problem is at the bottom of my garden (outside my boundary ) there is a tall tree that is on ground that is being developed for housing. I have checked with the local F.O. who has said I can shoot them with a silenced air rifle ( I have licensed shotguns but live on an estate) providing I get the developers permission BUT in the event I don't get said permission, how can I get rid of them as they are making a mess everywhere (washing. patio, car etc).
  4. I can't get the hang of posting vids/pics so I will try and set the scene with words. In my back garden, adjacent to open fields the following happens twice a day. Two wood pigeons arrive within a minute or two of each other. They then seem to walk a couple of feet in either direction parallel to each other about a foot and a half apart mirroring each others actions. After a couple of minutes of this one or the other tries to either mount the other ( both try the mounting not just one) which results in them battering each other with their wings. After another couple of minutes they rep
  5. bought some plastic shell decoys ( not flocked) and they do shine a bit when wet. little bit of time and a couple of matt paint sample pots from your local diy store sorts the problem nicely. can get the birds in , just can't hit the *********
  6. Bought several items from A1 in Bristol. Only good things to say about their service and quality. Someone has mentioned that their shell decoys are a bit shiny (especially when wet) but that is easily rectified with some matt grey paint from any diy store ( buy the sample pots/tubes and they take little time) if you're going to buy netting , get the 2/3/ply stuff. The "clear view" is exactly that and as easily as you can see out, you can see in. It is useful inside the ply netting to give you a 6 inch viewing capability to see birds approach though. good luck
  7. That price seems very high . I'm sure I only paid about £30 for a dozen from my local gun-shop. Check out similar items on A1 or similar. There is also a gent on here who supplies stuff
  8. Should get you off to a decent start and if you're carrying it that'll be enough by the end of the day especially if you are lucky enough to bring back some pigeons. The bucket seat will prove worth it as standing all morning or afternoon is tiring in itself but can also make you move about more than if you can just sit still. The bucket seat is also quite spacious and you should get a lot of what you need in it ( flask/cartridges/some decoys/net etc) but I would recommend getting a big bag which can take the bucket seat and all your other kit (just the way that I do it but others may have
  9. Good morning , sorry I can't answer your question about local supplier as I'm in Kent but I would suggest that by the time wait for a reply with the name / address of someone local you could have it delivered by A1 ( normally within 24/26 hours). I've bought a net and other stuff from them and the service, price and quality has been good. ( just my personal opinion). I think they have a good name if you look at other posts re kit they supply. good luck
  10. Good Morning took up pigeon shooting about 18 months or so ago so still very much a novice myself ( had previous shooting experience in "rough shooting"). These are just my ideas and if it helps then you're welcome I got a basic starter set from A! decoys and bits and pieces from my local gun dealer. The stuff I got to start with was: stealth net and 4 hide poles ( get the poles with the "kicker-plate" for use in hard ground) A1's sets are good and delivery service good 12 plastic shell decoys . These are a bit shiny so when you get them paint them yourself with a matt grey pa
  11. Wouldn't want to criticise your Dad or his friends but you might want to ask them to give you a bit more time to get your shot in without putting you under pressure. Is it practical to get out on your own a few times without the feeling of someone breathing down your neck ? from the other replies you might want to consider "upping" your cartridges to a 6 with a slightly heavier load ( discussing cartridges on here is like putting a match in a box of fireworks as everyone has their own opinions and experiences) Keep at it , act on the advice you get from others on here that you think is r
  12. Can't offer you as much advice as the much more experienced guns on here can, but if it helps you might want to check some of the following bits and pieces. Have you done any other types of shooting? Have you an idea of the range at which you are trying to hit the bird? Are you using the right cartridges ? ( lots of info on here about peoples preferences ) Are you a bit too keen to take your shot (ie bird on the edge of your range)? Are you "snatching" at your shot ( ie jerking trigger instead of squeezing ) ? Are you following the bird when you've pulled the trigger ( ie keeping y
  13. thanks to all for your thoughts and advice. kind regards
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