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A few pics from our last 2 shoots

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Day one shooting over swathed rape

 

When we got to the farm the farmer told us he had swathed one of his rape field 3 days ago and that he had seen a few birds going on to it. So we left him to get on with swathing his other fields and we headed for the field he had told us about. When we got on to the field there was about 5 flightlines working with 3 of them going over 2 small oak trees on one side of the field and we decided that would be the best place to set up, so we drove over to the trees and put a net over the truck and set out 15 full body plastic decoys with a pigeon magnet about 50 yards out into the field because unluckily we had the wind in our faces so we had to set the pattern out further than we really wanted too.

But before we even got the guns out the pigeons were landing in the pattern and it kept on like this for the first 2 hours where we had already made a bag of 100 pigeons and they still kept coming. About 1 pm a guy came down the field who lived nearby and stopped and asked how we were getting on and when we told him he was amazed and he then handed us a bag of cartridges saying they were too bigger load for him and he asked if he could take a few pigeons back with him. He took a bag of 20 home with him and said he would be back for more if we did not want them.

 

Packed up at 5pm because the pigeons just seemed to stop flying. We had a total bag of 311 pigeons and 2 crows.

 

We lost alot of the birds in the wheat field behind us but the guy and farmer came down after we had packed up with a couple of dogs and said they picked up alot of birds.

 

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Awesome, Im liking the truck hide too, first field got cut today, so come on decoy time!!! Looks like you had a good day out, barrells warm?

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It was way too hot really :P

 

 

Day 2 Shooting over the same field but on harvested rape

 

This time we went straight to the field to find it had been harvested and only a small handfull of birds were on the field so we went for a drive round the farm to look over the other swathed fields to find not many birds about so we went back to the first field and watched the flight lines and noticed a good line building up near the farm track. So we parked the truck up against the hedge under the flightline and put the net over the truck again and set up 2 hide (1 at the front of the truck which was mine and 1 at the back of the truck which was dads).

The wind today was very unpredictable and it kept moving so it was not easy to set up a proper pattern but I put out 2 groups or plastic decoys about 30 yards out with a 20 yard gap between the 2 groups and in the middle we set up an electric flapper just to put some movement into the pattern.

It was about 20 minutes before the first bird came in but it was a great decoying bird but I missed it :lol: but after this the birds slowly started to come back to the field but I dont think they wanted to feed on it because alot seemed to fly over next doors on to their standing wheat but the decoys brought them close enough to get some great shooting. Quite often the wind changed so it was in our faces again which pushed the flightline behind us over the track and a small pea field where we dropped alot of birds but we could not collect them because the farmer had started to cut the field. But one of the guys carting grain did pick a few up for his tea.

The birds kept coming until around 7pm where it was like someone had turned a tap off, there was not a bird to be seen anywhere.

 

We packed up all the birds we could which totaled 171 birds

 

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My 2 guns I was using on the day

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We ended the day with 431 pigeons and 3 doves

 

Dad shot 230 pigeons and I shot 201 + 3 doves

 

 

After we had put the main birds in the truck we went for a drive round the field to collect the rest and pick up another 213 birds

 

Dad collecting a bag of 90 birds

 

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2 tray loads of birds

 

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dam good shooting, glad you had a good time,

 

 

Cheers mate, yeah we had a great time but both of our shoulders payed for it after, thats why on the second day both me and dad used autos most of the day

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Good two days I give you that is that the two days of that equals 700 plus you said about.

 

It would have been good to have the birds lined up as there spread all over the place it hard to work out how many there is.

 

Kind regards OTH

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Two great days of shooting there, well done. I liked the pictures, in particular the vehicle camo. :lol: It can be a problem sometimes making sure the truck isn't under the flight line; using it to make a hide is smart. :P

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how many shots all together, and me being new i take it the pigeons dont get put of with the dead ones laying about

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how many shots all together, and me being new i take it the pigeons dont get put of with the dead ones laying about

 

 

for both days the total amount of shots fired was around 950 for over 700 kills ( it might have been more with the light load but it is not far off)

 

 

the pigeons decoyed better with the dead birds out in the pattern until it got to the stage where there was too many out and the birds struggled to decoy.

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well done lads thats some shooting :good::lol::lol: . just waiting for rape to be cut round my end...

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