Spring day brings bumper bag of pigeons

Spring time oftens sees pigeons heading for surrounding woods to harvest tree buds becuse winter crops have too high and spring drillings aren’t up yet. With the strange weather this winter it looks like pigeons are staying down on the fileds a bit longer so crops need protection at this time.

Large bag of pigeons still ground feeding in April 2013

Large bag of pigeons still ground feeding in April 2013

Our guns today, Richard and Pete, have a combined 70 years shooting experience between them and it shows! Even experienced shooters like a change now and then so the opportunity to shoot outside their own permission gave these two old hands a great day out and the farmer got some efficient pest control done. Win/Win.

 

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New pigeon shooter makes his mark April 23rd 2013

Shooting pigeons for your local farmer isn’t always about big bags of hundreds of pigeons. Most of us start by making a modest dent in the pigeon pest problem and get better at it.

Going pigeon shooting with an experienced guide is the fastest and safest way to become a benefit to your local farmer, learning by making mistakes on his land won’t make you his new best friend even if you do thin out the pigeons a little for him.

Here is a nice example of a new pigeon shooters first bag, a respectable 11 woodies!

A respectable bag of 11 pigeon on his first outing

A respectable bag of 11 pigeon on his first outing

Our guest shooter has had a great day and learned a lot while also making a contribution to controlling Leicestershire’s pigeon problem. Even 11 pigeon will make a decent pie from the breast meat alone so our shooter will also be able to feed the tribe at home too!

Well done Pete!

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April 2013 crop protection

The horrendously wet autumn of 2012 and the late snow in the early spring of 2013 have hit arable farmers hard. Seeds sowed into cold and wet ground have failed to germinate in many places but re-drilling has been delayed by muddy conditions followed by deep snow. Radio 4’s Farming Today reported, on April 23rd 2013, that Weetabix were unable to make breakfast cereals because of a lack of quality British wheat for the first time ever!

Now that expensive re-seeding is virtually finished farmers are keen to protect these expensive replacement sowings from ravenous flocks of pigeons that are equally determined to feed on them.

April crop protection

April 2013 crop protection in Leicestershire by shooters organised by Pigeon Shooting Leicestershire

A mixed bag of wood pigeon, feral pigeon and corvids shot over fresh drillings in some fine spring weather.  Larger groups of shooters can cover several fields and this increases the effectiveness of shooting to control pigeon numbers. Once disturbed from one field pigeon will often circulate for a few minutes before attempting to land again fairly close by.

Solitary shooters can be frustrated when they set up where pigeon are feeding well only to see them disappear completely once a shot is fired. Organised groups, like this one, offer many advantages to farmers when controlling pigeon and have more long term impact on pigeon numbers than lone shooters offering to keep pigeon numbers under control.

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