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First time out in 2 years...

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Blindsquirrel, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. Blindsquirrel

    Blindsquirrel Active Member

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    Lutterworth, Leicestershire
    I've been away for a couple of years, working and things, with the largest amount of shooting I've done being to bump off half a dozen rabbits for the pot.
    The other day I read a recipe for pigeon burgers... which got me thinking, onto this forum then off shooting, as you do.

    We had to feed some animals on a farm, mostly in the dark but the snow seemed to be covered in 'pigeon' tracks' near the grain store. With the images of flocks of upto 100 collard doves as they used to be ten years ago at this farm, I figured a bag of 10 would be no problem.

    So last Saturday asked permission, checked the forcast (frost and still weather seemed perfect to push them in greater numbers). Well I got there, and there were 6 on arrival and that was the most I saw all day.

    I noticed some woodies sitting in a pair of trees the other side of the field so I set up a hide and got in, then remembered how cold it is to sit still on snow when it's minus 5 for 2 hrs!!

    I missed 4 shots all day.. 3 doves and one woodie.

    And to cap it all I caught my ear on some barb wire, it was that cold it wasn't until I found and encrusting of dried blood all the way down my neck and in my ear I knew I'd cut it!!

    All the same it was a cracking day, I cut across country back home and saw an amazing variety of birds, the views on the day we amazing.

    I sat and totted it up, in the day I saw:
    Green finch
    Yellow hammer
    Black bird
    Song Thrush
    Mistle Thrush
    Field Fare
    Tree sparrow
    House sparrow
    Carrion Crow
    Greater spotted woodpecker
    Blue tit
    Great tit
    Coal tit
    Long tailed tit
    Collard Dove
    Wood pigeon
    Stock dove

    Along with Hare and squirrel.

    And probably more I can't remember exactly, and in good numbers. Admittidly bunched up because of the weather, but I thought it was an amazing thing to see.
  2. mikemjm

    mikemjm Donator

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    I agree mate, its not all about getting kills, some of the best days Ive had Ive got nothing but seen something special in respect of mother nature. ATB Mike
  3. Accuspell

    Accuspell Major Poster

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    Uttoxeter, Staffordshire.

    I love the birds. We go through bags of grain through the winter and have a good variety ofbirds visiting. Your bag would be good to show though - the others would require a dedicated outlook and long lenses! Pictures really add to the report if you can get some.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2012
  4. Blindsquirrel

    Blindsquirrel Active Member

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    Lutterworth, Leicestershire
    I post on fishing sites so I get the importance, even though I have debated taking the camera shooting I never have. I did try giving up the gun and taking a camera instead after one too many close ups on wild animals but I couldn't get it to work.
    I'll be on it for my next few outings.

    As for the birds we've got 2 pheasent feeders permanantly running on our place, I don't shoot anything that comes to them besides the odd rat, but they are always busy.
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2012

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