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With the amount of rooks and crows hitting barley and wheat fields at the moment, there is no shortage of "natural" opportunities.

I have never heard of anyone putting grain down to attract corvids , try a bit of reconnaissance and decoys, that works for me.

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I heard of someone doing this some years ago to shoot pigeons over rape.

They broadcast grain peas and beans over a badly hit spot then, once the pigeons had found it, had a huge bag.

From memory the days shooting was reported in a shooting magazine saying that big bags are possible on rape.

It omitted the fact that the field had been baited for some days before being shot over.

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I heard of someone doing this some years ago to shoot pigeons over rape.

They broadcast grain peas and beans over a badly hit spot then, once the pigeons had found it, had a huge bag.

From memory the days shooting was reported in a shooting magazine saying that big bags are possible on rape.

It omitted the fact that the field had been baited for some days before being shot over.

illegal too...

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illegal too...

Yes indeed but was, allegedly, done by a 'professional pigeon shooter' to prove you can shoot big bags over rape.

They just didnt tell the magazine just how they managed to get that many birds on rape.

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Just a thought.

Is shooting crows etc 'illegal' if they are clearing up grain etc around feeders?

Could be deemed as 'baiting'?

We also had a huge 10 tonne spoil heap of grain which was black with crows, guess it would be illegal to shoot them off that as well!!

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Just a thought.

Is shooting crows etc 'illegal' if they are clearing up grain etc around feeders?

Could be deemed as 'baiting'?

We also had a huge 10 tonne spoil heap of grain which was black with crows, guess it would be illegal to shoot them off that as well!!

I dont think you would have an issue as the presence of the grain is not to tempt crows merely spoil that they are feeding on.

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