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Fodder Radish Produced A Few .

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Now most of our stubble's are pulled up or ploughed in , I am lucky I can fall back on some fields of Fodder Radish that is grown for winter feed for the Sheep , this crop for the members who hadn't seen it before is at the moment like small rape plants that will end up like small round Turnips , or large Radishes .

We have got a few fields that were direct drilled into the Barley stubble and the pigeons are still finding bits of grain in the stubble , as it is a growing crop I am allowed to shoot the stubble even though the game season have started .

I rang our young picker up to see if he wanted to come and have a go today and it didn't take him long to say yes , this morning was dull with rain off and on but the forecast was getting out by dinnertime , sure enough when we arranged to meet at 12 o clock it had stopped raining and the sun was breaking through , we didn't see many pigeons feeding but there were a nice lot flying about , we set up three fields apart so we could help each other out , from the word go I was drawing the odd pigeon into the decoys and by 2 . 30 I had around 20 , I rang Rob and he had about a dozen and said things were getting slow , I told him to pack up and come and sit with me as I can go during the week and Saturdays is the only day he can go shooting , he stuck it out till 3pm and then just brought his gun and his seat to sit on , by then it was beginning to slow up where I was although my decoys kept pulling the odd one in , I let him do most of the shooting and just got the odd one here and there , we decided to call it day at 5pm and for the last 20 minutes I walked around the hedgerows to pick up the odd one that dropped out . when we finished and added the bag up we had 53 , not huge but a very enjoyable afternoon as most of my time I am by myself and it made a nice change to have someone to yarn to instead of me swearing at my dog , and him swearing back 😊 

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Great report MM. That crop should keep pigeons interested until it is grazed off.

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Enjoyed reading that marsh man, and it was really good of you to ring and take your young picker up I bet he had a great time and it's good to see a new generation coming into the sport.

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THANKS to all the above replies , although after I rang Rob up after the first two hours shooting  our bags wern't miles apart , if I am honest I could have had a lot more shooting at birds that my body wasn't flexible enough to take on , some were twisting about in the strong wind and others were if anything , to close , with me shooting 99.9 of the time sitting down there is only so much a worn out 72 year body can do :lol: , so by inviting Rob to spend an hour in my hide and watching him take on everything, I could see my peak years were now a well and truly a distant memory .

We have had these crops a good few years now and the Winter shooting haven't seen any good number of pigeons , this could well be because we have got Rape fields that border these fields , a lot of game covers and a good number of mature Oaks , at the moment I am sure the main attraction is the Barley stubble that was direct drilled into .

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That was a good report MM. Many thanks for sharing with us and good of you to give a youngster some shooting which I`m sure he thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated your efforts. Like you, I get as much pleasure nowadays watching someone else doing the shooting so long as I have a few shots, although you`ve got years on me, well one year anyway :lol:. Fodder radish/turnips not grown in these parts so thanks for enlightening me on that as I noticed the crop when last up your way and did wonder. 

ATB

OB

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Good report mm, we have the odd few fields of fodder turnips grown for the sheep also. Shot just over 100 on some at the end of June, and had some great shooting on occasion in previous years. 

Be worth keeping an eye on for another day 😁

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