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  1. Hello all. I'm new to pigeon Watch and just trying to navigate through the site on this phone... 🤦🏼‍♂️ Here's a little about me. My name is Adam, 33, married, I have a dog, no kids, I work in the a Dementia specialist care home. I love the country, dogs, camping, shooting, motorcycles, metal detecting, photography & my truck! I have been shooting for about a year, and would really like to get into Decoying! I have had the idea of starting decoying since just after I started shooting, but finding my own permissions have been challenging, as I'm sure your all aware. Since this lockdown I have spent more time than I am willing to calculate watching the Fieldsports & Shooting Channel, watching the likes of Andy Crow, George Digweed, Geoff Garrod take on the pigeon population. Id like to give something back to my local(ish) farmers and help them with the pest problem, and crop protection. I live in Bedfordshire, and have lived here my whole life. My wife and I enjoy travelling up and down England camping, we both love the outdoors. I have been metal detecting for a few years with my local club, and enjoy researching the stuff I find. I have been doing photography for more than a decade, as a hobby, but I have done weddings for friends and family, and birthday parties, but my ultimate enjoyment is photographing wildlife and the countryside. I look forward to chatting with you all, and hopefully be able to contribute to this forum, and my community.
  2. Hello all. I'm hoping to be able to find someone I can go decoying with. I'll start with a short'ish intro as I'm new here. My name is Adam, 33, married, I have a dog, no kids, I work in the a Dementia specialist care home. I love the country, dogs, camping, shooting, motorcycles, metal detecting, photography & my truck! I have been shooting for about a year, and would really like to get into Decoying! I have had the idea of starting decoying since just after I started shooting, but finding my own permissions have been challenging as I'm sure your all aware. I have been offered to tag along with a chap, but our work/free time schedules haven't lined up as yet, so I'm hoping to broaden my chances by reaching out here. Since this lockdown I have spent more time than I am willing to calculate watching the Fieldsports & Shooting Channel, watching the likes of Andy Crow, George Digweed, Geoff Garrod take on the pigeon population. Id like to give something back to my local(ish) farmers and help them with the pest problem, and crop protection. I live in Bedfordshire, and am happy to travel to surrounding counties and further if need be. If there is anyone willing to take on a very eager, very helpful, punctual, trustworthy individual, I'd be delighted to lend a helping hand - when this lockdown is over... Please, feel free to ask any questions.
  3. Hi guys, Hope everyone is ok. I hope you guys dont mind me asking,but. Is there anyone on the forum in the Dorset, Wiltshire area that will need a hand with pigeon control after this lockdown is lifted. If there is, then I would be more than happy to help. please inbox me. Cheers guy's shooter1966
  4. For the 1st time, sugar beet is going to be grown on one of my permissions. Should I become excited? If so, at what stage of the growing cycle? Will they go for it when drilled. sprouting, harvested or not at all?? I have no idea on what to hope for, except there was some last year on the next farm, as I see chunks of beet on the surface after harvest, with no interest being shown. I hadn't spotted it at drilling time so don't know if it was attacked then. Should I buy a few flats of ammo??? Cheers, Kitchrat
  5. Hi guys I’m new to Pigeonwatch! I have read the forum plenty of times for tips and trusted opinions on our beloved sport. It’s been big help over the years!! I need some help with my recently purchased "aa decoys Rotary". I want to change the speed setting up a notch, I know it has a higher setting but don’t know how to change it up. Has anyone got any advice on this at all if so I would greatly appreciate your knowledge! And advice. Cheers guys Rory.
  6. Its that time of year again. 1 gun for Saturday 27/07/19 meet for 7am shot untill 1ish . Must have own gear and insurance. 😀 Dave.
  7. Hi guys just wondering where do people locate their magnets and flappers in a horseshoe pattern. If using both together and using them separately. Cheers Rory.
  8. For more information link here - Provides concealment with excellent visibility - Pop open frame with roof canopy makes for easy quick set up - Comfortable for 2 people to easily shoot, watch or photograph - Hay Bale style design with roof cover canopy - Mesh panels allow extra stubble grass foliage to be added - Weight 7 kg approx - Comes with carry bag - Mesh canopy cover top design gives excellent visibility without being seen - Easy access zip open door - 4 Windows each with mesh cover panels - Height 145 cm and width 145 cm approx - Ground stakes included - Blends into any stubble wetland environment - Light and easy to carry - Strong and durable - Excellent quality and value 89.99
  9. Hi there, I am looking for any sort of Pigeon Shooting equipment, Decoys, Magnets, Hide Nets, Poles, Flappers, the lot. Let me know what you have got and what you want for it! Thanks RJD121
  10. This was last Sunday, my shooting was still off but we got a pretty good bag. In Hindsight we definitely should have had the decoys and magnet ten yards closer.
  11. It poured down with rain as we were about to set-up, and then after that it was quiet for an hour or so. Towards lunchtime the Crows started coming in. Hope you enjoy the footage
  12. 1 Gun for sunday on the Drill must have own gear and insurance will meet for 7 am shoot untill about 1 pm se how it goes will pop out tomorrow to see whats about . Dave
  13. Tried out the fresh pea drilling this weekend found the birds were not keen to decoy and shot most flying over the pattern. Not sure why the birds won't decoy as they usually will this time of year ? Picked up 20 and pricked a few more Hope to get a few more when they start to sprout..... Not a big bag but nice to get out and be in the fresh spring air ! Had a few Deer creep up on me too.....
  14. Caveat: new to pigeon shooting so please bear in mind - no advice will be too basic My permission is a smallish cattle farm with some woods and mainly pasture. I have identified a flightline across the fields and set a hide and decoys as per the general advice (pattern, wind direction etc) but nothing. I assume that this is because of two possible reasons: 1) They would not generally feed on these fields so it would be unnatural for them to come down irrespective of the decoys. I have read that some people have had some success decoying on pasture......?? 2) The flightline seems to run from their roosting location, a small wood, out and in, so am wondering if the hide / kill zone is too near their roost?? When I walk through the fields along the hedgerows I always put up a fair few pigeons flying away and fast - have had a few shots coming up through them and firing as i go through the target as I would with a clay going away from me, but no luck - any tips on lead, swing, aim point etc?? There are of course a good amount of pigeons flying the flightline, but I am not Mr Digweed! The maize field has been cut last week so will try and get over tmrw and see how that develops, but siting the hide will be challenging as the maize field is bordered by a road one side and a golf course on the other. This is the only permission I have at the moment and although lucky to have any, I want to exploit it the best I can - any and all advice would be welcome.
  15. Hi, Myself and a friend are looking for some pigeon shooting in the Surrey and surrounding areas. We are both very experienced shots and have been shooting for 10+ years. We hold shotgun and firearms licenses along with BASC insurance. We also have trained gun dogs for pickups and we always leave land as it was before we arrived. We are happy enough to pay for this privilege so if you have any suitable land please get in touch. Many thanks, Simon
  16. I have space for one gun tomorrow 12/01/14 Must have sgc and insurance and decoys.The shooting is near Maidstone
  17. Felling a little excited........ Ringers originals sock decoys a week away...... check our website for more pictures and details... Thanks guys and merry Christmas... http://www.ringersoriginals.com/home/4581457417?preview=Y
  18. Ringers Originals Decoy Socks - Landing Soon Fully Available Mid-Late December Secure Yours On Pre-Order Only £39.99 X10 Covers
  19. I have done a bit of decoying before but only ever with static decoys. Now the opportunity has come up that i will be able to do some more especially over winter on oil seed rape etc. I am looking to buy either a flapper or a rotary decoy as with so much 'food' around for the pigeon, I expect I will need movement to bring them in. Could you please help me with this decision. Giving reasons for each and where you can buy good ones that don't cost an arm and a leg....... Any other advice on shooting pigeons over oil seed rape in winter would also be very helpful!!! Many thanks
  20. Woodpigeon syndicate East Lincolnshire Due to large amounts of crop damage last year. Limited places available for a woodpigeon syndicate in East Lincolnshire. You may shoot syndicate land as many times as you wish. All members will be issued with field maps etc... Shooting over winter and spring drillings, late stubbles etc. Also approximately 2750 acres of winter rape. Total mixed cropping 6500 acres. Four syndicate roost shooting dates also included. Members can also control crows during this period. Advice on decoying bigger bags on winter rape will be given if required. Interested guns must have insurance and a shotgun certificate. Young guns are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Six months shooting and four roost shoots £195. Oct 1st - March 31st For further information please pm me.
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  22. Hello all, I have a friendly family farm on the outskirts of Leicester, for the last year or so I have been renting out our shepherds hut to pigeon shooters. If anyone is interested then let me know. The concept is flexible, but what works well is for the shooters to arrive in the afternoon before the shoot day, so I can show you around the farm and point out some good spots. We can then use the quad to stash the decoying equipment into the hedge next to the chosen spot. Then after a couple of pints in the dog and gun you get a good nights sleep in the shepherds hut, get up ridiculously early, and wander over to your spot, and try your luck. I will be around, but the idea is I largely give you the lay of the land and leave you to it. The hut has a double bed and a camp bed, so it easily sleeps two. I think I can stick my neck out and say that everyone who has been has had a great time, if anyone on here has been it would be great to hear from you. I have all the decoy equipment if you need to borrow it. You just need to bring your gun, license and insurance. the price is £50 per person for a night in the hut and a days shooting. Check out my website www.thepigeonhut.com it is very new, and a work in progress, but it will give you an idea. Many thanks Will
  23. Hi, Quite new to Decoying and have read the books watched videos and read lots of posts on here. Been out half a dozen times this year, best bag 16, and a couple of single figures. Anyway my questions is I watch for flight lines etc, set up and then the sky goes totally cold turkey, no pigeons what so ever! Am i missing a trick would love to have a day of over 50, I have a magnet good hide skills etc, just dont see lots of movement. Ideas please??
  24. Firstly please excuse the length of this post, but it is important I cover everything I want to say. I have been a member on this forum for some time, though I have had a sabbatical for the last 12 months give or take. During my last stint on here, I met many great members in person, I butted heads occasionally in posts and I spoke my mind where appropriate. I left the forum due to circumstances which I will detail below, but I wanted to throw myself upon the members here to assist me in my return to shooting. So, why did I leave..? I left as my personal circumstances meant I could not shoot anywhere near as regularly as I liked, I also required money of which I had invested heavily in shooting paraphernalia. You see, my wife is a serving Police Officer in W Yorks and moved from 9-5 day shifts, Mon-Fri to full blown shift pattern as part of the Ops Support Unit. This resulted & still does to a degree in my limited availability to shoot. We have a son who enjoys his sport and so it meant that I was the “responsible” parent for taking him to the events. I am a Sales Manager and I travel extensively as some on here know. I have delivered things, collected things and tried to help fellow members where I can. Well now I want to get back out there shooting!! I previously shot with a couple or three members on here, but I don’t want to get directly in contact with them asking to shoot as there partner again. This after 12 months absence I felt would just be rude and inappropriate. So as I don’t get the “get yourself out & find your own permission” statements, I want to make it clear I have not sat on my **** and not expected the world to do it for me. Over the last 2 years, I created a database of over 250 farms within 90 minutes’ drive of Wakefield where I live. I wrote to them all every 3 months either with a letter or flyer enclosing a business card. In addition I have approached over 35 farms locally in person to seek permission & finally I was a member of NPCC for a year. I should point out that as far as I am aware I didn’t contact any farms I had visited with other members, I made a specific point of weeding those out. The total result of many £££’s being spent was nothing other than a few days on NPCC land. My contact with farmers was that of either “sorry already got people”, “not right now” or “nah, do it myself”. So it is not as if I have sat back and not tried. My last letter to a select 75 farmers even offered a financial incentive, although only mediocre, it was a genuine offer. Sorry to those that object to paying farmers, but I really wanted to get something of my own to shoot on. I have continued to search the adverts in magazines and internet for small syndicates but again to no avail. I am currently in the process of rebuilding my kit, and this will take me a little while. So, here I am now; what am I looking for? Well I’m hoping someone will give me the opportunity to go out with them from time to time, not looking to acquire anyone’s permission either; that is just not me. I can’t shoot every week and I can only shoot weekends or evenings, but I am prepared to supply the cartridges of whoever takes me out and assist them where I can. Not saying I will give you the most expensive shells out there, but they won’t be the bottom of the range either. My shooting skills are average at best, I do my best and I shall be continuing to practice on clays over the coming months. I am a BASC member and I had my lessons at Park Lodge. I regard myself as enthusiastic and keen. So there you go, a bit of self-flagellation and honesty. So if anyone wants to invite me in the coming months, please PM me. Those that are unable to, not a problem and I wish you the best. In the meantime I will continue to seek out my own opportunities. Thank you all for taking time to read this post. :good:
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