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Wilts#Dave

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  1. Don’t agree with overpriced paid for pigeon shooting personally, but then I’ve been lucky enough to have land to shoot over ever since I was old enough to go with the old man. Can see why people will pay, it’s an easy option, but it’s the bane of any pigeon shooters life once a guide starts trying to buy all the shooting around you! Not so much lately but in the past had numerous good days we’ve had lined up ruined by a ‘guide’ turning up with his band of foreign shooters.
  2. Been nothing to report here either, although there have been a couple of potentially good opportunities on cut maize but the arrival of a baby and having serious man flu the past month have put a stop to them. The wet weather has been a nightmare for getting access to some fields too, maize stubble in particular. Rape has been a non starter with nearly all failed and so little grown now, such a shame as although never used to shoot big numbers always looked forward to chasing a decent day on rape over the winter!
  3. Didn’t see anyone ask but thanks anyway!
  4. Nothing you can do about the weather (or lack of pigeons). You get 100% for effort
  5. Sounds like a great day! I had a similar bag a couple of weeks back on an old stubble, large flocks there too which can be really hard to shoot.
  6. Oh well, no one will lose any sleep over him not being there.
  7. Cracking bit of sport, flightline shooting is my favourite! You hit some good birds too 👍🏼
  8. Not an easy time of year for pigeon decoying that’s for sure. I spotted a good few using a part cut maize stubble which we went to shoot yesterday only for the forager to turn up.....flighted a few that go across a small belt of trees nearby and shot 17 but not the day we hoped! Be there for another day hopefully if it stops raining. You’ll hit on a few more with Jdog before long I’m sure.
  9. The one job you seem to get charged through the nose for, as an electrician I’ve got lots of gas engineer mates and they’ll all brag and tell you how much they ‘make’ on a boiler change! 1k a day profit for an easy days work if it’s a straightforward swap. Think it’s a rip off personally, but seems to be the price they charge unless you’re lucky enough to know someone!
  10. Cracker of a day that, appreciate it even more at this time of year when things have slowed up!
  11. The most frustrating part of pigeon shooting for us, finding great opportunities you can’t capitalise on. Over the years we’ve missed out on some of the best shooting through it being on land we can’t gain access to! Having game/duck shooting to swap over to is very handy.
  12. All our farms bar a few used to grow a large percentage of rape, and now only several are bothering at all and the ones that are at a much lower acreage. Even worse is that the break crops also seem to have switched to large acreage of oats which is total carp for pigeons! Makes it that bit harder to find opportunities.
  13. What started off as a very poor year has turned around somewhat into some good sport over the last couple of months. Peas giving us all the best shooting strangely with the stubbles drawing good numbers for several weeks until they were cultivated, with four outings averaging over 100 and several more around the 50 mark. Wheat and barley stubbles haven’t seemed to pull big numbers with the few outings only producing very average bags. On the way to a job on Monday I spotted a lot of pigeons on an old spring barley stubble that we haven’t got easy access to, but further on I checked some ground we do shoot as Dad had seen some flighting the week before. Nothing of note where he’d looked and only by chance when I was on the way back from the job that I spotted a line going over the road I was driving......had to see if it was going anywhere in particular and eventually found it going to another huge old barley stubble not far from where I’d already looked! Not seen numbers like it all summer really, massive number of birds down and flighting constantly from several lines. Had to move some work around to get there the following day but had to be done and got to the field and set up by 1 o clock. Still big numbers and after a quick setup Dad drove round to put them all up which started the action. Shot the first 10 really quickly but heavy rain for the next hour slowed things up somewhat. The rain finally cleared and the pigeons came back, flighting much better than I thought and between 2 and 4.30 a constant flow of mainly flighting shots in the strong wind saw a pick up of 115. Would have easily been 150 minus the rain but a cracking afternoon, and very unexpected! Can’t seem to upload photos for some reason?
  14. I’ve rarely had a day when pigeons have decoyed better after I’ve switched the rotary off / taken it in. I’ve had the rotary pack up/ batteries die a few times on busy days and the sport has noticeably slowed up! Personally I go for a rotary over a flapper with decoys every time, but everyone favours their own ways that work for them! I wouldn’t say they’re as effective as when they first came out though. Dad bought one of the originals from Phil Beasley and once we got used to how to position it our bags went up dramatically in comparison to when we only used decoys.
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