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This time of year my pigeon shooting starts to take a back seat, with preference given to wildfowling. I keep my eyes open for anything that might deliver a good bag of pigeons, however.

I have been waiting for some soya beans to be cut, but that still hasn't happened. A field of cultivated beans was seen to be a favoured recent dining area, so I checked it out. Everywhere I looked there were large sprouting beans carpeting the sticky soil. The farmer later told me the field would have been drilled with wheat a while back, had it not been for the recent persistent rain.

I had never had a good sized bag of birds on this particular small farm, but I had had many good bags in the vicinity.

I chose a dry day (thankfully) with a light breeze. I arrived at my destination at around 9am to see around 250 pigeons happily feeding. I walked them off and wasted no time in setting up. I put a couple of nets around some poles in a ditch with ankle deep water. The almost obligatory pigeon carousel was positioned a few yards in front of me. No other decoys were used to start.

I had customers almost immediately, and dropped the first 5 for 5 squibs. Big flocks left the nearby trees after these first few shots. I was shooting well and enjoying myself. Jules joined me an hour or so later. By that time I had shot around 30.  We had periods of lulls followed by periods of frantic action. We certainly racked up several pairs. It was clear by how well most of the birds committed, that they had not been chased hard recently.

Every shot in the book was had during this session, and it really was a delight. A nice pair stone dead over the decoys followed seconds later by a high driven bird, was exactly the kind of shooting we both enjoy.  We were both in a good rythm.

All good things come to an end. The action slowed dramatically, so we decided to call it a day at around 4pm. We figured any more pigeons would live to fight another day  -  maybe we can have another go at them in the not too distant future.

Anyway, we bagged up the birds and walked them back to the trucks, leaving me hot, sweaty and panting like a dog. The final tally was 177 pigeons. 

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Last weekend we were walking over a field of beans that looked exactly the same as yours and not a single bird was interested. Last year we shot a bagful within 500 yards of that field on identical bean stubble.  
 

Top report, well done.

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Well done the Eminems. A long and detailed report Old Bean.

 

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A great result. The only thing I am seeing on bean stubble is Roe deer. The other night I counted over a dozen on a single field of about 20 acres. 

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Brilliant report and result for this time of year, following my return from holiday I was looking forward to some bean stubble shooting but have found nothing yet. You state that this time of year you look forward to your wildfowling but you can never discount a field of feeding pigeons. Thank you for reporting, well done.

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Good report and a day out of the top drawer , I find now the days are drawing in fast and the dull weather we have been having the shooting tail off from mid afternoon , unless you are near a roosting wood and then you might get a bit of late shooting .

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They'll do well to get those soya beans off now! 

I think getting any shooting in-between this rain is a stroke of luck, I can't recall any of the ( few) flights I've had on the shore this season where it hasn't rained

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3 hours ago, oowee said:

A great result. The only thing I am seeing on bean stubble is Roe deer. The other night I counted over a dozen on a single field of about 20 acres. 

Not be long til does in m8

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7 hours ago, oowee said:

A great result. The only thing I am seeing on bean stubble is Roe deer. The other night I counted over a dozen on a single field of about 20 acres. 

I did spy some deer ***** on the field.

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