Making best use of your meat

Sometimes you may have more game that you immediately need and you need to get it to a game dealer quickly.

Matt may be able to help.

If you have dear, rabbits (head shot), pheasant, partridge or pigeon that you wish to sell call Matt for details on prices and collection.

Prices vary throughout out the year but 25p per bird or a cartridge for a bird may be achievable.

Make sure that you get all birds cooled down as soon as possible, laying them out on a cool concrete floor and protected from flies until they are collected.

Stalkers should be familiar with hygiene requirements of they hold DSC1 or DSC2.

It is best to talk to Matt ahead of time so that none of your game is spoilt.

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Just a perfect day

It doesn’t always happen, far from it, but sometimes it all just comes right.

Our shooter yesterday enjoyed the most beautiful summers day, gently breezes with the occassional  drop of rain but mostly big summer skies with a few nice clouds so we didn’t cook and a constant stream of birds in small flurries.. perfect!

Sitting under a lone oak tree in the midst of about sixty acres of fallen barley Don Davidson bagged himself at least 120 pigeon on his first trip out with Matt.

Dons big day out on the pigeons

Great day in virtually perfect conditions

In standing crops it can be difficult to pick all your birds and it was too warm to work the dogs all day so we called in a local friend and his dogs to help pick up at the close. Alan Cox brought an experienced dog and a youngster over in the late afternoon to work the crop in addition to Matt’s own enthusiastic Cocker.

Always consider inviting picker-uppers to get some valuable out of season working time for their dogs, it is another Win/Win deal for pest control pigeon shooters. Farmers don’t want their crops trampling by pest controllers nor do they want to be combining hundreds of rotten pigeon in a couple of weeks time.

Pick up whatever you can

Young and old dogs get some great experience

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Anglo French Weekend

Fresh drillings are always very vulnerable to pigeons who turn up the seed and eat it and also to crows who have a habit of plucking whole rows of emerging plants to get at grubs and insects in the soil around the small plants, both lead to significant losses to the farmer.

Local Leicester shooter Ryder accounted for 43 pigeon and 23 crows over some fresh wheat drillings while our French visitosr dispatched 130 pigeon shooting over rape, same time, same place!

Ryder cleans up the woodies and crows

Ryder cleans up the woodies and crows

Rape crop protected

Rape crop protected by our French team of shooters

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Cornish visitors to Leicestershire

Pigeon shooting in Leicestershire draws shooters from all corners so it was great to have two Cornishmen this week. A cracking day today for Rodger and Graham who sho t130 pigeons on some very poor winter rape for 262 shots.

A poor field of rape gets hammered

A poor field of rape gets hammered

The field in the background is well away and the pigeon had moved on to this more vulnerable field.

Cornish visitors help prevent further serious damage to this vulnerable field

Cornish visitors help prevent further serious damage to this vulnerable field

The rape crop in most fields is very strong by now but any late sown or poor germinating fields have become more vulnerable to pigeon damage as the leaf and growing tips are still within easy reach of pigeons.

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Busy March for farmers and shooters

The weather is finally drying up and the farmers are drilling left right and centre.

Pigeon see those beautifully drilled flat fields as dining tables, knowing there are rich pickings, row upon row of seeds to picked. With every seed picked farmers loose a whole plant which would yield hundreds of grains of wheat. A single pigeon crop will yield a hundred grains of seed wheat twice a day representing thousands of grains of lost harvesable wheat. Now imagine what a mass flock of the millions of wood pigeons that thrive in England will do if left unmolested.

Sunday 23 March another happy French customer 49 shooting over wheat drillings

Sunday 23 March another happy French customer 49 shooting over wheat drillings

 

Monday 24 march 73 for 210 shots 2 English lads Aaron and Jordan shooting over spring barley drillings whilst the farmer was still drilling

Monday 24 arch 73 for 210 shots 2 English lads Aaron and Jordan shooting over spring barley drillings whilst the farmer was still drilling

 

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Friday 29 March 62 for a French customer first time ever pigeon decoying he was well chuffed

Sunday 30 March 248 mixed bag French customers that came last year 550 shots

Sunday 30 March 248 mixed bag French customers that came last year 550 shots

I’m not sure of the translation of “well chuffed” into Frech but I think the smile on his face says it all.

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French shoot better than they play rugby…

Well even the French defeat at home to Ireland in the Six Nations didn’t put our French shooting visitors off their sport. 192 pigeon and a handful of corvid shot yesterday for a serious amount of shots taken. A total 346 in 3 days shooting over rape.

A solid 3 days for our latest French visitors.

A solid 3 days for our latest French visitors.

The energy concentrated in growing rape attract pigeon in spring time and flocks need breaking up and rousting about so that they don’t just settle on a easy spot and destroy a single field.

Scaring birds tend to just make a flock hungry and frustrated and even more determined to get down on to what they view as an oasis of green. Absolute numbers need to be kept down to reduce crop damage. Moving flocks from field to field isn’t going to reduce overall crop yield reductions. It really is them or us.

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French shooting success in tough February conditions

The weather this February has been dreadful, it has also been very unpredictable. Wind and rain, rain and wind or just an awful lot of both! With widspread flooding in some counties the pigeons are concentrating on crops that are holding their heads above water.

Our French shooting parties are had to learn to shoot turbo charged pigeons this month!

With gale force winds the pigeons have been screaming over the guns rather than coming into the decoys but our visitors have shown themselves to be up to the task.

French visitors tackle turbo charged pigeons

French visitors tackle turbo charged pigeons

133 pigeons and 2 crows for a serious amount of shots but considering the conditions, great shooting.

 

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Cold January start to see rape damage

After the wettest autumn and early winter the pigeons are now starting to hit the rape as the cold eather finally arrives.

Mild damp conditions have kept the supply of insects going well into the New Year but soon they will be gone as the first serious frosts kill them off.

Winter rape is now going to become a staple for pigeons forced back into flocks.

150 shots for 60 birds for to Derby lads Josh Beighton and Daniel Stanton on our first time shot over rape this winter and a good bag to start off with.

Farmer will be happy with that.

Farmer will be happy with that.

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The harvest in in but the pests are still out

The pests make the most of every opportunity so fields resting after the harvest is in present plenty of feeding opportunities for pests like pigeons and crows; Now is the time to thin them out.

October pests

A great days pest control in late October.

Good day on the maize,
– 141 crows
– 31 pigeons
– 262 shots, result!

It should go without saying but, go where the problems is and offer to help!

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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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