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    Pigeon shooting, Ferreting, Longnetting and Fishing

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  1. I understand the concerns that people have disposing of shot birds, over the years I've delivered up to 1200 birds to Chesterfield, Peterborough, Somerset, Cotswolds etc. As our outlet closes another opens up. If I could not find an outlet I would cease shooting.
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    Dog fun.

    JDog , thanks for making me laugh under the current conditions.
  3. Welcome, I have a wood similar to the one you describe , the flightline is across land with horses on which I do not have permission. I tend to shoot it after I've been on other land during the day and set up a magnet and possibly twenty decoys ( real Birds ) and on the edge of the pattern on the flight line I place four flying frames as if birds are landing in the pattern from the flightline and the magnet on the other edge of the pattern. On a good session I would expect to decoy fifty percent of the line but this also give you possibly five or six birds in the pattern at a time. You can only do this once a month as if you try again next week they just flare off before the pattern or not leave the line to the roost. Thats my expirience I hope it helps.
  4. It's nice to see that you are being looked after, well done.
  5. Well done a great result, nice to see a bag of pigeons.
  6. Aga man, you mentioned the Pike fishing scene, we used to get followed by the Coventry Circus and Liecester specimen groups as we passed through the various cities when we used to cross the Old Bedford Drain in a metal bathtub with a plank and two five gallon cans as an outrigger so we could fish the virgin section of the river Delph. Also I moved on from the Eel fishing scene after being followed. I've just been asked to supply material for an article on eel fishing Cheddar reservoir from 1977, memories!!!!!
  7. First of all well done Aga Man for a great report, well done. I have shot with DB for thirty plus years , at least once or twice a week. This year has been a disaster our normal banker farms have had the rape fail. All our other farms are under pressure from other shooters and subsequent flocks are spooky and difficult to decoy. We are managing to supply our customers with sufficient birds with the help of Bunny_Basher. My concern is that DBs business failed after twenty years and he has now changed from being self employed to working in a large organisation which has restricted his shooting to weekends only. Due to this fact I have restricted my own shooting to the same dates thus restricting our knowledge of the birds location. I started to publish our successes to educate and also to create a following as years ago DB could see his business reducing and wanted to supplement it with taking people out. This has not been the case. Last weekend we managed a bag of 107 and I suggested a photo but DB is adamant that the photos and reports are encouraging more shooters!!! I'm therefore respecting our longstanding friendship and not upsetting him by publishing current bags. I have a concern about his mental state as a friend as he tends to " churn" on the number of shooters around especially when he finds evidence of midweek shooters on the same farms. Oldun on here has reported the lack of birds in the area and we share some farms, but my concern is not to upset a friend of many years, talking with Bunny_Basher it is refreshing to have a positive conversation, unfortunately DB is very negative at present with every suggestion being met with a negative response. Last weeks bag of 107 in two and a half hours was a refreshing change and hopefully will be the start of better days. Sorry to hijack Aga Mans post but I have a great respect for my friend and may report further adventures in " Talk From the Field" but no pictures as not to upset DB. Rant over.
  8. Yes the weather has been very good today, pigeons in the garden and the park are pairing up and some are feeding on the beech buds. Not a good sign!!
  9. Some years back I was requested to pull into a lay-by in Scotland . The HMRC officer said we are dipping tanks , I was in a 3.9 Range Rover and he was surprised it was petrol?? Being serious , can not legitimate users claim back the difference annually when submitting tax returns??
  10. Well done for getting out, we managed twenty yesterday setting up on one field and walking round two others of rape. This year has been a disaster so far not finding birds in any numbers and spooked so any disturbance and they are off. Great to read your report, did you enjoy the day or would you rather be painting your pension??
  11. My wife has confirmed that I have an addiction, anything Camo!!! My Greek holidays are spent making long nets , purse nets, camo nets much to the amusement of the locals viewing me on the balcony. The local shop producing canvas balcony covers has made some shooting clobber, he speaks no English so I make a drawing and usually a paper model . I show him the result off pigeon watch on his laptop. The Flea markets in Athens know me and suggest various bits of kit from various military units across Europe.
  12. I will raise my head above the parapet and throw in my two pence worth. My son and daughter law are both secondary school teachers teaching IT and Science. The school has 1500 pupils and is part of a trust of four schools. During term time both there none teaching time is taken up covering other teachers off sick , mainly with stress. They rarely get to bed before midnight during the week and watch no television eating there tea whilst marking or planning the next day's teaching. The work thay have marked has to be imputed into the students record so that if a parent phones up and asked how there child is performing it is up to date, this is insisted on by the pyramid of none teaching staff above them. The average sleep pattern on there Fitbit devices is five hours during weekdays. Any confrontation with a child has to be reported and usually met by an aggressive parent visiting the school at which the they have no support from superiors and usually aske to apologise. My son intervened between two pupils who were fighting and now has a permanent bent little finger as the ligerment is damaged. His superiors told him he should not have got between them but told them the stop!!!!!! They are bombarded by texts and emails seven days a week for reports for superiors which are sent well into the night and require immediate answers as they are required the next day, no forward planning. Verbal abuse is the norm, disrupted children are told to attend after school detention and don't , the TRUST will not exclude disruptive children as it will go against them on the Offstead report. They take on disruptive children as they receive extra money for teaching them. When trying to encourage students to learn so that they can leave school he asks, " What do you want to be " the two main answers are as follows:- Go on the dole like my Mom ,Dad and Grandad!! Be a drug dealer three grand an week and a BMW!! The disruptive students rule the school , the teaching staff have no support but they both want to be Teachers. By Friday they are exhausted and it take the weekend to recover. They spend the time forward planning and catching up. We have a family Sunday dinner at which they both bring work to do. Yes they have 13 weeks holiday a year but they need it to survive. They both arrange trips out of school and a two week camp in summer at which they teach mountain cycling, canoeing,rock climbing and generally allow the better students to see the countryside and even the sea, which some have never seen i would not do that job for any amount of money Sorry, Rant over.
  13. It's nice to read of someone getting out, we are just looking and not setting up as the birds move off and don't return. Thanks for the write up.
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