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  1. Always quiet in May for me. The peas have picked up early June onwards for me the last few years, so you’ve done well to get what you have of late I’d say 👍🏼
  2. That’s a real shame. My Dad is older than you and still goes but rarely solo now, and will generally wait and go with me. This wasn’t the case 20, even 10 years ago but there’s no reason you can’t still enjoy the sport from a different angle/with the company of someone else on the days shooting if you’re still keen in mind.
  3. Agree, mostly drillings offer little to no shooting now and as you say mainly due to the efficiency of the kit. There will still be the odd farmer with older kit or fields that had very poor seedbeds to drill into that can offer some shooting…..but you need to be there at the right time as they can be there today and gone tomorrow! I’ve not shot a big bag on drilling for a good few years now, but used to in the past. Peas here don’t generally get hit until they’re well up, and certainly not from drilling all the way through to harvest. It amazes me actually how and where some people shoot pigeons depending on area, but that’s probably down to the numbers being significantly more in some area than others….who really knows?
  4. 75 in three hours when only 50 birds lifted is good going by anyones standards, great when more come back than expected…..well done Ben 👍🏼
  5. Very area dependant isn’t it, as you find some people shoot huge numbers on crops that never/rarely produce for you and at different growth stages….that’s the unknown of pigeon shooting really, as is how they’ll totally ignore some fields but predictably pile into others when the right crops are grown! The peas I shot a lot over on one farm in particular are a pea grown specifically for bird seed, a maple pea which as you’d expect the pigeons really seem to like. It’s small and when they go ripe/rock hard is when they really seem to go for them. There aren’t any vining peas here so never shot over them!
  6. Well done PC….your usual perseverance paying off yet again, even though it might not have been the bag you’d hoped for. Marshman: I agree. Although at this time of year when things go ‘quiet’ for me too I tend to just resign myself to the fact I probably won’t be shooting a lot for a month or two, and if something shows up unexpectedly then it’s a bonus! I had a really good year on peas last year starting in early June and shooting good bags weekly through until September, but I don’t think this year will follow suit sadly. This is mainly down to the fields that have been planted this year, and one farm in particular where I shot the biggest bag not growing peas at all. I shot over 600 on one small block which was in a great location and difficult to access / watch which worked in our favour as no one else bothered with it and gave us multiple 100 plus days. This year there’s a much bigger block of peas that are easier to access/watch…..they have multiple butterfly shooters who like to have a pop so I predict not getting the same uninterrupted shooting this year, but here’s hoping!!
  7. 100% this. Who even takes the huge quantity of pigeons shot by some? I don’t shoot huge amounts, 1,500-3000 a year but could get rid of them easily to a number of game dealers….seems nigh on impossible to find such a regular outlet now! I have someone I offload quite a lot too but if/when the opportunity arises to shoot a big bag the first thing I think about is how am I going to get rid of all this lot, which kid of ruins things a bit. I’m not sure other less regular shooters will be so bothered and just blast off all day long then not know what to do with them so end up in the hedge?!
  8. Great bag on rape, well done! I’ve never managed to shoot good numbers over rape, mores the pity but they just don’t seem to hit it hard round here like they do other crops. The bird flu comment had me intrigued, as all my local game dealers closed the doors through Covid I was hoping to find another this year to offload on but this doesn’t sound good. I do wonder how some that shoot hundreds week in week out can get rid of them!?
  9. Had a large block of peas go in but got there a day or two late I think and only shot 28 (saw hundreds flighting the previous day) Spotted some direct drilled barley well over a week ago and checked that out to see plenty of seed on the ground but no pigeons! However kept an eye on it as it seemed easy pickings and pigeons began to find it last weekend and built up through the week…..shot it this afternoon and managed 56, which was less than I thought I might shoot but still a good knock and to be honest the best bag I’ve had since the end of December! The rape promised good things but just didn’t deliver good bags here sadly, although I see on Facebook endless massive bags over rape / flailed maize covers etc in other parts of the country. It’s usually a quiet spell now until into June when I tend to start getting some shooting on peas again. It still won’t stop me driving round looking for opportunities when I get the chance!
  10. That’s some great bags through the winter, most could only dream of those numbers! Well done Ben 👍🏼
  11. This is 100% what it takes to be a successful pigeon shooter (and plenty of pigeons in an area too of course). It takes a serious amount of time and effort and sounds as though Ben is fully committed to which is where his great results come from! Lots of people think you just turn up and shoot good bags, until they try it themselves and realise it’s not always quite so easy.
  12. You spend all your free time pigeon shooting with a young family at home? I’d not be able to allow myself the same freedom I did before having kids (or be allowed)….I find myself taking afternoons off in the week mostly and looking for pigeons after work as you do which is much easier during the summer when the pigeons feed later anyway! I’m self employed so can often manufacture afternoons off etc and as you say shot most of my bags last year setting up after 2 o clock and often as late as 4 and still getting good shooting. Marshman is 100% right though, time is key and I’ve missed out on so many good days through only being able to watch when I should be shooting!
  13. Jim Albone videos are still the best I’ve seen, used to love those. He’s some shot on pigeons too! Anthony Poolman who Chris Green filmed is in prime pigeon shooting country, has access to lots of extremely good shooting….and has the time to go out multiple times a week etc. He’s also been shooting those numbers for years and years so wouldn’t say there are more or less pigeons now. Some areas seem to never dwindle in numbers despite people shooting tens of thousands year on year. Other areas just don’t hold the same numbers regardless of crops/food source! One of Jim Albones later videos shows clients shooting more than a thousand in a day for example.
  14. We’ve got a contractor/farm manager who’s obsessed with pigeons on the rape and puts out rope bangers/kites regularly and scares them off etc. Nice guy but then wonders why we struggle to make good numbers as they never get a chance to get into a comfortable routine. They still eat the rape in the same numbers when they can but become impossible to shoot. The other chaps were clearly dismayed at not being allowed to shoot the land so would rather no one shoot any there I would say, and are trying to gain more shooting on their land by pushing the birds off of yours. A little underhand I’d say. Perhaps you should offer to return the favour when you see any on their patch? Still, as usual you did the job and shot some pigeons pc! I shot a small block of rape yesterday the chap I spoke about above looks after, but can’t put bangers on due to location and shot a nice steady 42. They came in the afternoon though and very unusually for me on rape the pigeons came in up until 16:30.
  15. Agreed, Hive extremely easy to use/user friendly. Bought one to fit for my parents funnily enough as I know they’ll be fine with it. Most are unnecessarily complicated, especially underfloor stats it seems as customers never set them up properly!
  16. Won’t look great in reality running surface trunking to the new lighting position, but if you must I’d use round 20mm conduit with an end box to make the joint over trunking and create more of an ‘industrial’ look. Depending on the sort of light you’re looking to put up will also determine how tidy the end result is! More involved but as mentioned above, rerouting the cable internally in the floor if that’s where it comes from and drilling back out would be much neater.
  17. I thought you had 5-10k to spend? Won’t get a decent one of either of those for that sort of money! A less premium brand will see you get much more for your money, Amaroks for example are almost the most expensive pickup you could choose. Nissan x-trail / Honda crv or similar soft roaders sound ideal contenders.
  18. It’s all a matter of scale. PC shoots a lot of pigeons and this post reflects that, to him it’s a poor session. I agree with you, I’d be happy shooting 33 in an hour and a half at this time of year on rape but pigeons are thin on the ground here through the winter for me. Well done for your perseverance, expect nothing less though. And I agree, there’s nothing worse than being told where to go knowing full well you know better!
  19. That sounds like some good fun Marshman! 25 isn’t to be sniffed at either and sounds like plenty were seen which is always nice. I was at home looking out at the wind thinking what a good night it would be for a spot of roost shooting!
  20. I hope so! I’ve got an outlet now where I get rid of good numbers through spring/summer to someone for ferrets, I’m sure others would welcome them it’s just being put in contact. Another outlet opened up also last year where he were processing them for bulk sale, but having been keen as mustard initially the lad doesn’t seem so interested now.
  21. I’m not in the same situation numbers wise as you, but also have a freezer full of pigeons with no outlet for them currently where before I could get rid of whatever we shot regularly/easily. Really puts a dampener on shooting bigger numbers at the moment not knowing whether I’ll be able to get rid of them / go out again until I have etc! If I got the opportunity to shoot the pigeons you do through the winter I’d be in a quandary that’s for sure. The demand for large numbers of frozen birds in the feather just doesn’t seem to be there now, not sure it will ever return and what the best course of action might be in the long term?
  22. Very much area dependant! Rape acreage is way down nationwide, some areas just don’t seem to be so affected by flea beetle. Since the rapid decline in rape being grown in my area winter shooting has gone off the boil too. Where I thought a smaller acreage might concentrate them and give good shooting the opposite has happened and they seem to just disappear from the area through winter and return in the spring. Never shot PC bags but used to enjoy chasing 50 bird days through the winter! Yet our summer pigeon shooting seems unaffected!
  23. That made me smile, Jacko’s a lucky man. I enjoy finding them almost as much as shooting them, incredibly satisfying especially when you happen upon a really promising situation. So many people don’t realise the miles/hours you have to put in if you want to shoot regularly (without drawing blanks)
  24. Nice going again Jdog. 21 in an hour and a half is a nice spell ! I had high hopes for the rape this winter as had a bit more to go at, but been disappointing really and only shot over one small block. Seem to be there one day and not the next, with the usual flock and poor lines in. A maize cover would be the dream, but in short supply round here unfortunately…..when that’s flailed I expect the pigeons will hit it even harder! Glad you’re keeping busy.
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