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I am shooting crows on Friday but feel I’d have more success if I could build/fit a roof over my hide. I have a pop up screen hide that has 3 sides to it. I generally put this against the thickest part of the hedge so I have cover at the back. I don’t have any spare hide poles & wondered how anyone has successfully adapted a roof to their hide & what with? Thanks

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I got 2 alloy extending bank sticks that extend to about 8 feet from a car boot sale for £3. I then bolted 2  x  3/4" plastic pipe clips (the snap in sort) to the tops.  A 2 metre length of 3/4" plastic overflow pipe, cut in half and a plastic push fit coupler to fit.  Then using a large piece of plastic scrim, thread the joined overflow pipe through one edge of the scrim. Attach the other end of the scrim to the rear hide poles. Now push the 2 bank sticks into ground either side of the hide to the rear of the front hide poles. The ends of the overflow pipe now simply snap into each clip attached to the bank sticks.  The whole assembly is easily packed and carried and is lighter than a fishing umbrella, it is also more adjustable to suit varying conditions. I painted the poles and overflow pipe with blackboard paint to stop any glare.  This assembly has served me for some 15 years and apart from the odd re paint is still going strong.

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If the ground is hard, I simply use a hide pole with kick plate to make a hole, then push the bank stick in. The plastic pipe supports the neat right across it's width, which helps stop the net from drooping    !

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I have 2 telescopic washing line props with spin locks I found in the garage. I’m going to cable tie them to the hide & hedge behind but leave a 3ft gap up front to take overhead shots. Will be covered with an army net. Will post how I got on as I’m taking a mate who has never been out shooting vermin. 

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I have a set of gazebo poles that iv painted green and drilled holes in places for my green bungeys. I have cut a couple foot of the legs so its not huge and what i do is leave half or the front triangle of the roof  un coverd this way i can still shoot the ones flying over . 

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