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.by