Harvest time bonanza on the pigeons

Harvest is in full swing and the pigeons are trying to make the most of the opportunity of fallen grain and exposed insect life in the stubble fields. Farmers are busy busy busy at this time and cannot attend to vermin control but organised shooters can.

Our group of shooters split into three groups to cover a wider area and to keep the pigeons moving. The results were a big dent in the pigeon population – 328 less pigeon! Happy farmer too.

Organised and effective pest control delivers results

Organised and effective pest control delivers results

Good work lads.

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All work and no play would be dull

Our two Friday shooters, Simon Bailey and Steve Long bagged 71 pigeons over rape stubble for 250 shots, a good days “work”.

A solid days shooting for our Friday visitors. Farmers need shooters when the birds are causing a problem so mid week are particularly popular.

A solid days shooting for our Friday visitors. Farmers need shooters when the birds are causing a problem so mid week are particularly popular.

A few hours shooting will often drive even determined flocks of pigeons off a farmers crop but it won’t do much good if you can’t get there till the weekend! Offer your local farmer your phone number if you can respond quickly to his needs for pest control.

Nice job guys!

 

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Lone French visitor reaps the reward of early barley stubble

The power of the internet means that individual shooters from all parts of Europe are finding their way to the UK to help with crop protection as a part of their sports shooting.

Our recent French shooter put in a brilliant performance over barley stubbing bagging 89 wood pigeon for about 200 shots fired in a single session.

The magic of barley stubble! An early true pigeon magnet for those fortunate enough to shoot on the few days following the barley harvest.

The magic of barley stubble! An early true pigeon magnet for those fortunate enough to shoot on the few days following the barley harvest.

There are few situations like recently cut early barley to virtually guarantee problems from wood pigeon. If shooters can be available to farmers to thin out pigeons on the days following early cutting their impact  can be huge before drilling starts for next years crops.

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The first of the rape stubble rewards the French

Another party of French shooters bagged the first of the rape stubble bandits.

Stubble fields draw in pigeon for easy pickings amongst the discarded chaff and ejected seeds from weed species that the combines throw out. The newly exposed soil surface also catch insects unaware that have been sheltered by the tall crops but are now tasty morsels for omnivourous pigeon and crows.

French shooters pay thier respect to their quarry after a good day on the rape stubble

French shooters pay thier respect to their quarry after a good day on the rape stubble

It is a strong continental hunting tradition to lay out the days harvest and pay due respect even though pigeon are shot as a pest in the UK. It is a job that has to be done but it is also right to do it humanely and efficiently.

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French shooters visit in August with great success.

Early August and the weather is sunny and warm ( even tropical) one minutes but with heavy showers welling up every few days. The wheat, barley and oat crops are looking very good, especially considering the early spring weather, but the rape is a sorry sight on a lot of farms here in Leicestershire. As yet, very few farmers have combined anything so there are few patches of stubble to shoot over.

Pigeons don’t wait for the wheat to fully ripen or for the farmers to start harvesting before they get into the crop. Any flattened patches or tyre tracks give them a dining table on which to feed and from any small patch they soon walk down large areas of cereal and strip it clean.

When scouting for another party of French shooters our guide Matt Cole spotted crop damage happening in quite a few areas of the same few fields and set up our visiting shooters to take full advantage. The party consisted of 6 shooters of mixed experience – Jean-Pierre Bonnemaire, Nicolas Bonnemaire, Garcia Laurent, Jean-Paul Garcia, Jean-Christophe Caudit and Mario Short who found success on all three days with 85 birds for 339 shots on day 1, 114 birds for 584 shots on day 2 and 67 birds 296 shots on their last day.

French make their contribution to pigeon control in Leicestershire, UK.

French make their contribution to pigeon control in Leicestershire, UK.

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