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  1. this area is renowned for Stock Doves and they get more prolific from year to year. There are times when we see flocks of thousands, in fact I have noticed an increase in other areas where they are not usually seen.
  2. I was offered a bit of shooting last Saturday,on some freshly drilled beans which had been receiving some unwelcome attention from corvids and "pigeons", my mate said it would be a mixed bag, he advised setting out some dead crows plus some pigeon decoys. Six dead crows were set up on cradles 30 yards to my left and maybe a dozen pigeons 30 yards to my right. I was told to concentrate on the crows in the morning and perhaps pigeons would show up around 1-2:00pm. The morning started according to plan, crows started drifting over and I was bagging a few, there was a lot of interest in
  3. Agreed, it's decades since I last read the highway code and things change, I entered into the spirit of the session and learned quite a lot
  4. We were told by Hampshire Plod that they only offer it to speeders doing 33 to 37mph (in a 30 limit)
  5. More than three years and I was allegedly doing 35 in a 30
  6. "My friend" also has done two Driver Awareness Courses, they only last half a day and I thought were quite well done. I err! he didn't feel they were talking down to him, you only have to attend and if you don't feel like taking part in discussions you don't have to. I was hoping to get another invitation recently but unfortunately got three points and a fine, I think they just gave up on me. On all three occasions I was only doing 4-5mph over the limit
  7. You did well. I drive a 4WD these days which makes life a lot easier in snow and ice but, even though you might have cracked it, there are still all the other people out there who just can't handle it.
  8. t'wouldn't last more than a minute and as a child of the 50's and 60's I never heard of that trick, Grandad (who lived oop north in Liverpool) had tyre chains in the boot that was all I knew about for added grip TBH we all knew about the dangers of ice and snow but, as a boy racer, we had to scare the **** out of ourselves once or twice each winter to re-learn respect for it
  9. martinj

    The Gentlemen

    Yes, quite funny in places
  10. Big up for Decathlon! I got an unlined pair for 25 squid and a nice lined pair for 35. (These are not over-trousers)
  11. I was beating a couple of years ago when we saw a distant cock bird heading high over pylon wires, someone fired and it died dramatically in a puff of feathers, we all congratulated the gun for an amazing high shot, after a bit of a wind up he did admit that it flew into the top wire (he claimed a hit as well 😉)
  12. All ours are true melanistics this year, here's one for comparison, There is sure to be plenty of crossbreeding this spring!
  13. I have been roost shooting once a week for several weeks now, I just get out in the woods next to some mature spruces and in they come. I usually do a bit of Pheasant feeding first and get to my spot around 1:00 to 1:30pm. There is usually enough activity at that time, it peaks about 3pm, last week I left at 4pm when they stopped coming. Bags are not huge, averaging six to ten, although my hit rate could be better.
  14. And when they smash it with a flail you get spines all over footpaths and headlands, it's a real pain in the ****
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