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.
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.by