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#1 pboro shot

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 10:00 PM

had a really frustrating day today arrived at a large field of rape stubble had a fair few woodys coming and going so i set up they trickled in for around a few hours then like someone released 100s of collered doves coming in thick and fast the odd woody came in but mainly doves walked them of a few times just to give woodys a little room even landed almost straight away after id shot, never seen so many together before anyone else had similar wish i was more of a wiz with videos would have made interesting watching

#2 malc57

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 07:24 AM

i was out myself pigeon shooting over rape stubble saturday soon as i put the decoys out they all came not only a few 100s of them they are not very gun shy either
they even sat in a tree i was under as it was a very hot day i think they did help to bring the woodys in aswell that helped

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 07:42 PM

See them as your friend . They will decoy better than your woody and if there are woodies on the wing they will be decoyed by the doves . Dont chase them off leave them .Besides , They keep you on your toes aswell.

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 07:58 PM

collard doves are still on the general license right?

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 10:14 PM

if it were the odd few i wouldnt mind but there were hundreds there was hardly room for woodys to land ,yes there on the general licence but not the best sport very easy to shoot and not put of by movement like woodys even land still when there mates are getting shoot ,plus no food value

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 06:25 AM

If they are on the general licence and eating crops they have to go, surely?

Sorry, but if there are 100s then my brother-in-law would want them off his farm, pronto.

As far as I am concerned its vermin control first, sporting shot second :yes:

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 07:02 AM

Collared Doves eat well if ya can beg bothered.


Edited by karpman, 24 August 2012 - 07:03 AM.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 10:07 PM

i shot plenty dont worry about that , the point i was making is the sheer amount of birds and how they seem to be keeping the woodys away, to date ive not seen any evidence of collered doves doing any damage to the crops on this perticular area

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 09:03 AM

They make a great eating IMO, you might need few to satisfy your appetite, but seen the post, I bet there's no problem in that :D

I used to cook them in a pot with some butter, olives, bacon and rosmary, and a splash of white wine.



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Posted 25 August 2012 - 01:43 PM

They are another bird that seems to have quite a few broods a year, due to the milder weather.
We have three pair nesting in our garden and they are all sitting on their third batch of eggs this year.
I must confess that I don't shoot them, as I don't see them out on the fields very much.

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