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2 phone calls from farmers in two days.

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by engraver, Oct 3, 2014.

  1. engraver

    engraver Keyboard Hero

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    Its that time of year when farmers are drilling their last winter crops, and the later the crop the more the crows are hovering grain up as it goes down as there is little else for them to feed on so.

    So in two days Ive had two calls from farmers I shoot for, and this is the first time in the year BOTH have rang, in a state of desperation that their expensive seed is going to disappear over night.

    One of the farmers has not even spoke to me barely since this time last year and he explained that he had drilled a narrow strip of wheat at the side of some sugar beat and despite a gas gun banging every half hour the crows were just dropping back on, so could I come shoot some.

    Of course I agreed but it couldn't have come at a worse time as I was in hospital this morning having some adjustments done to my leg, but all done for 10ish so I headed home with a plan to attack these crows.

    As I got up there in the car I drove a grass field to see a good head of crows lift as the banger went off, then drop back down I thought oh yes this will be good, nice day for it also.

    But there is a path going straight down one edge of the field, and it was a long think before I decided the only way to tackle it would be from the top of the field that way I could see any walkers way in advance, and it was a good job as I started to put the decoys out when a load of ramblers came over the style at the top of the field, they thought it ok to stand and watch, until I snapped at a bunch of jackdaws passing and picked a real tall bird from the pack which seemed to fall forever, the ramblers soon moved on, but don't worry it wasn't in their direction.

    If I had known it was this field I would have taken the airgun, but I wanted to show numbers as the farmer had asked me to leave the dead birds to hang out, so shotgun is always going to give you that advantage of taking birds in flight.

    Anyhow after about 5 minutes two big cocklers (just my name for a big crow) came low up the field and one fell straight into the full 32grm of clear pigeon, and folded the other doubled back and by then its too late anyway.

    I then got a crossing magpie which went down in the suger beat, I thought it would be rude not to take him with half a cheese sari in my mouth at the time I actually missed with the first two shots but got him at some distance with the third.

    Anyhow after a few more big crows smashed out of the air in spectacular fassion, It just went dead and I mean dead not a bird in the sky with a high position I could see for miles so I left the birds near the gas gun and headed home, carrying all that decoying gear up and down that field didn't do my leg any favours at all though.[​IMG][​IMG]

    So I went home cleaned the shotgun down had a bite to eat and with nothing else to do tonight, I headed down to another farmers patch, that's been drilled also, with the intention of building a hide and tackling it tomorrow with the airgun this time as again a path runs along the field.

    Anyway I took the regal in case I saw a rabbit and as it got to dusk I took two from a standing position, one at around 35yrds which was a real bone cracker straight behind the ear lugs it was a clinical shot then another a bit further out paused at some cover for one last look back at me then a field target trophy went crashing through its brain box again roll over jobbie and one or two involuntary kicks from its back legs, the regal really is on form.

    Then I walked over a quarry edge to see one sat out happily munching grass about 30yrds, I put crosshairs just behind the eye and that's where pellet goes, it was a dead straight forward shot.

    So I sat and took a picture of the rabbits while I had battery power on my phone as I knew it was threatening to start beeping, but shortly after the pic, I swithched my little lamp on and had a scan around to pick one eye up, right out in the field, I was sat against a tree which offered a real comfy rock steady positon, I estimated the shot around 45yrds, I aim a milldot above the rabbits head and slipped the trigger, I watched the pellet in the beam light go right down the centre of my crosshairs and again I hear a crack like someone cracking and egg with the volume turned up, they I see white underbelly rabbit on its back motionless, I went to pick it up and count the long strides it was 53 long strides but I think the FTT are such flat shooters in this gun that it obviously didn't matter as the shot couldn't have been any better placed if a surgeon had drawn the ideal spot on rabbits head for me to shoot.

    So all clean shots how I like them to be, and at least 3 full size rabbits to carry back to the car and I felt it by the time I got to the farm yrd, I wouldn't like to have been carrying 8 or so.[​IMG]

    Anyhow my hides up ready for morning we will see what comes of it, my aim is to a least a few crows, we will have to see.:up:
     
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    Great write up again, looking forward to the next installment.:up:
     
  3. Seamaster

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    Sounds like you're going to be busy on those grounds mate. I'm looking forward to reading about it too.

    Chris
     
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    looks like a nice permission, cant be bad if you have 2 farms begging for your services
     
  5. engraver

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    Well actually Ive got 8:eek:

    Trouble is this time of year they all want you at once, and the gamekeepers don't want to see you on the land because they have poured their pheasants and partridge all over ready for the first day of the season which is today on most of them.:D
     
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    Yep that satisfying crack lets you know instantly that the shots a good un, always amazes me how a tiny .177 can give such a report on contact
     
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    thats 8 more than most people have

    im sure with your fieldcraft skills you could be there all day without a gamekeeper knowing:up::D
     
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    Thanks for a great write-up engraver, I always read your posts with a "wish it was me" thought!!
     
  9. engraver

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    Thanks very much, its funny I have not bumped into the gamekeeper yet, but he has passed me many times, he may see my car but he often slows down in the tractor looking all over for my hide but I dont think he can make me out lol.

    Ive also sneaked past him a few times when he is feeding up, but im told he only has one eye so it may be a good job because ive heard he is a grumpy b****r, anyhow I reckon he will be retiring soon, I would kove to take over from him but dont know how that could ever happen, as im not in the syndicate.
     
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    Many thanks for taking the time to write up such very interesting posts. Have a good day there.
     
  11. jesim1

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    Another nice write up, and what a view over that crow field..............stunning.

    James
     
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    Excellent write up with great images - well done and thanks:up:
     
  13. r10hunter

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    Great write up as always.
    Why don't you make contact with the old gamekeeper and see if he wants to semi retire. Patronise him say you want to learn off him ect.
    Bear in mind that there is masses of walking getting birds back into the release pens. And lots of very heavy carrying of food and water.
    But if you could sort those problems a young lad doing most of the heavy stuff ect. I think you would make a great gamekeeper.
    Go for it!!
    Cheers Andy
     
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    I may just do that Andy I would buy a new quad for the feeding up and my lad would be great In a few years for dogging in lol, but thanks for the vote of confidence, ATB Elliot.
     
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    Your poor lad!! Get a dog like everyone else. Lol:)
    Good luck with it mate you really should go for it.
    Cheers Andy
     

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