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.
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.
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.
Young and old dogs get some great experience
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
Monday 24 arch 73 for 210 shots 2 English lads Aaron and Jordan shooting over spring barley drillings whilst the farmer was still drilling
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
I’m not sure of the translation of “well chuffed” into Frech but I think the smile on his face says it all.
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.
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.
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
133 pigeons and 2 crows for a serious amount of shots but considering the conditions, great shooting.