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60 mph and 5 mph pigeons.

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The chances of keeping a hide up in these very strong winds this afternoon were slim so I decided to stand on a flight line. You know how it is, you feel sure you know exactly the line pigeons are taking but when you get there it is slightly different. 

The only place to stand was in a very old Elder hedge which offered a bit of protection from the wind. One one side was mustard and the other side was a very thick crop of spring barley. Needless to say 90% of pigeon traffic was over the barley field over which I did not shoot.

Pigeons going downwind were very fast and my tried and tested method of swinging hard and closing my eyes worked pretty well. The upwind birds really battled against the elements and my eccentric shooting style was left wanting as I over led them.

With Barney's help I picked 22 pigeons. 

Pictures Sewage field pigeons.jpg

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good effort there nice you showed restraint over the barley watched a idiot this afternoon shooting rape with no dog fool knocked out more seed than he saved and lost plenty of birds lucky it’s my only shared perm 

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You need to much more gentle with those up wind birds. You cannot just swing it hard and expect to score.

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Very good. I had a similar couple of hours this afternoon. I had initially tried to decoy on some sugar beet adjoining some standing wheat that was getting attention. My hide stood firm, but the pigeons were passing me and fighting towards a poplar belt. I decided to move. The belt is currently surrounded by wheat and barley, but I showed none of your restraint, shooting them however they presented themselves. I shot just 18, but they were satisfying. 

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