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Hello

We're going to put couple larssen's out in next week. Livestock farm with a large wood. 

Are there any particular locations on a farm that work better than other's? Just where see them most often, under trees etc?

TIA 

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As near as possible to where you`re seeing activity is best but out of sight of people is another consideration that you have to take into account.

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1 hour ago, matone said:

As near as possible to where you`re seeing activity is best but out of sight of people is another consideration that you have to take into account.

:good:

Also, not in with the livestock and make sure that the decoys can be seen from above, ie, not obscured by tree foliage.

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If no catching move it about , you will hit a pairs territory and should start catching when they pair up  sometimes it helps to raise it up a bit so the other birds cant sit above it ( i think being lower than a call bird threatens them ) ?.

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I caught a lot of magpies and crows last year relative to the size of area I was trapping (over 110 combined on 80 acres). I suspect I cleared out a lot of the surrounding ground also. Most convenient bait (not saying the best) was a set of dummy eggs. No mess, and no need to replace them. This year I've just started catching, and will be interesting to see what total I get to, certainly there don't seem to be anywhere near the same numbers of magpies about.

As above if you're not catching after a couple of days move the trap, doesn't even have to be a big move. If you've not got a call bird, get one. It's a different ball game to try and catch the first in my experience.

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11 minutes ago, Teal said:

I caught a lot of magpies and crows last year relative to the size of area I was trapping (over 110 combined on 80 acres). I suspect I cleared out a lot of the surrounding ground also. Most convenient bait (not saying the best) was a set of dummy eggs. No mess, and no need to replace them. This year I've just started catching, and will be interesting to see what total I get to, certainly there don't seem to be anywhere near the same numbers of magpies about.

As above if you're not catching after a couple of days move the trap, doesn't even have to be a big move. If you've not got a call bird, get one. It's a different ball game to try and catch the first in my experience.

Over what time scale?

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It was about two months, I just checked and last year I started early April and finished towards end of May. This year a friend had a call bird earlier so I've just made a start. I started with one trap last year and finished with 3 running, which did help. 

I have one of the circular Solway type (can't remember if I bought it from them or a similar one from competitor) - multi-catch larsen crow traps. It is quite expensive, and was good for magpies, but came into its own with carrions. They were the ones that surprised me most, I was seeing a lot of magpies before starting trapping, but I actually caught more carrions than magpies. I genuinely would have had no idea there were that number of carrion crows about.

I think to an extent it does depend who else is trapping in local area. Last year my friend in village (who got me the call bird) had a really poor year for trapping by his standards. So I guess even though a mile apart we were taking out birds from the same territories.

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Very much agree with effectiveness regarding the call bird and moving traps about; maggies are very territorial and won’t hesitate to try to get to an intruder. 

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Many years ago when I had young children to look after for the morning I used to plonk them in the car along with a Larsen trap and a captive and clipped Carrion crow. The idea was to look for Crow and Magpie nests under which I would place the trap and retreat to the car. The kids and I would try to guess how long it would take to catch a corvid. The record was less than five minutes. The process was then repeated.

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Definitely place them away from public view, over the years I have had birds released and traps smashed.
It gets a bit tiresome after a while.

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Over the last 2 years I have had 2 traps in the farm yard, no more than 20m apart but out of sight of each other and they don't half chat to each other bringing others in.

Possibly worth a try if you are running 2 traps in a wooded area. 

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once they stop catching move the trap. even if the opposite side of hedge or 50 yards further away you will be surprised how they star catching again

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