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Nothing in my neck of the woods, tryed flushing them with rockets but they seem to be keeping out of the way, neighbouring woods seem to have some colonies but not on the rape until mid january by the look of it.

Hundreds and hundreds of crows though!!!

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Watched another field late this afternoon and loads feeding and on the move was over 1000 in the air at 1 point :good:

You having some luck Tom?

Been out a couple of times this week but, despite recces showing loads on rape fields, the birds have just not appeared. To be fair, weather has been poor but me and mate spent several hours on different days watching fields, and still had little to shoot at.

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You having some luck Tom?

Been out a couple of times this week but, despite recces showing loads on rape fields, the birds have just not appeared. To be fair, weather has been poor but me and mate spent several hours on different days watching fields, and still had little to shoot at.

 

 

Ive been a bit busy game shooting ,but had a client out yesterday who shot 38 for around 100 shots .Was very busy first thing then they came in bigger flocks after the first few hours making thing a bit more hard but still a good bag for the time of year .

 

Out tomorrow myself for a morning :yes:

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Ive been a bit busy game shooting ,but had a client out yesterday who shot 38 for around 100 shots .Was very busy first thing then they came in bigger flocks after the first few hours making thing a bit more hard but still a good bag for the time of year .

 

Out tomorrow myself for a morning :yes:

Nice one!

Place we were at today, I saw 3-400 last week and farm manager reported a load too. But they just seem to move around several nearby rape fields, without consistently hitting the same one all the time. Still at least we've been. My mate didn't fire a shot today in four hours, I got two.

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Nice one!

Place we were at today, I saw 3-400 last week and farm manager reported a load too. But they just seem to move around several nearby rape fields, without consistently hitting the same one all the time. Still at least we've been. My mate didn't fire a shot today in four hours, I got two.

 

 

It happens mate keep at it tho :yes: I had 27 this morning off rape but thousands around just need more guns out :good:

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think were lacking strong winds :good:

went out but was few mins late a setting up Flock came over and settled

out of range. walked them off and they went into next field. Few birds came over decoys but a bit to high to shoot at.

One trio came over about 25 yards up. managed to kill one outright. Not A productive morning but at least they are about and feeding on the rape.

Hopping for better days to come.

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It happens mate keep at it tho :yes: I had 27 this morning off rape but thousands around just need more guns out :good:

 

Recced another field today with quite a few on, maybe have a go Sat morning, hopefully the winds will be up a bit. Keeps the farm manager happy at least!

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I saw the first on the linseed field this morning whilst walking the dogs, about 80 I reckon but possibly with a few ferals mixed in as there were some with a lot of white on them. They didn't appear very happy, constantly lifting and settling, perhaps they won't be returning to eat the linseed. The crows seem to love it though.

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Went out on Saturday afternoon the wood in the rape field was full of them, until I started walking across, 140 must of got out of the wood! I managed 18 as they wer coming back to the wood! Nothing special but its a start

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went and had a nose up one of my permissions today, 2 smallish rape fields, there were 100's of the *******, the crops really taking a hammering, so as i dont get very many oppurtunities im getting up there for first light and see what i can get!

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went and had a nose up one of my permissions today, 2 smallish rape fields, there were 100's of the *******, the crops really taking a hammering, so as i dont get very many oppurtunities im getting up there for first light and see what i can get!

 

let us know how you get on bud :good:

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They wont be on the Rape down here for another 3/4 weeks yet...And then only if the weather takes a turn and drops cold...Was out all day yesterday and saw no woodies anywhere...so we cleared the last of the ferals from a farm nearby..Thats 70 birds in 3 visits..Farmer well happy... :good: :good:

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you wouldnt believe it! got there for about 8, nothing, apart from a few crows which i missed, disapointed, just cant get up there enough to be able to recce it, flight lines etc.

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got pigeons on rape here, they been in some places 2 -3 weeks now in big flocks 300-500 :good: , not really intrested in decoying, been out today and seen 100s and shot 22, between 2 guns, :no: them shot had mix of ivy berrys, rape leaf, beach mast,

 

NEEDS COLD WEATHER :good: :good:

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im still dreaming of shooting 81 at the moment :lol: :lol: , like i said just no intrested in decoying at mo :sly:

just not cold enough yet buddy boxing day last year verminator69 and my self shot 300+ on sprouts i a foot of snow so hope jan gets a bit colder then watch the pigeons go at the rape :good: :good: :good:

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NEEDS COLD WEATHER :good: :good:

 

Well, this time last year it was about 5 below most days and there wasn't a pigeon to be seen, the cold weather and snow cover had driven them off to other parts of the Country where there was less snow and therefore more food available.

 

The fact is, Winter Rape is not their food of choice, they will feast upon Ivy Berries, Acorns, Hawthorn berries and pretty much everything else before they start hammering the Rape, "Cold Weather" has nothing to do with it, they've got to eat every day, be it mild or cold, it's all about availability of food supply during these short Winter days. :yes:

 

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needs to do somthing regarding weather, starting to get a bit ****** off now :no: , all the effort of finding um, watching um for few days , then setting up then they decide NOT TO DECOY but fly 100 yards out and 100 foot up in the air, aaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrr :sly:

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