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I love rape

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Westphalian, Sep 20, 2014.

  1. Westphalian

    Westphalian Donator

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    Wheat is only good for a couple of months for woodies and I'm so glad my farmer has rotated to rape this year. Already the seedlings are up and the woodies are munching and i will be munching on them ALL YEAR
     
  2. Stevie Darling

    Stevie Darling Sexual tyrannosaurus

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    I love rape!!

    Was going to say you're on the wrong forum;)
     
  3. Accuspell

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    That's the thing with agriculture, it is all sex and violence - rape and tillage.
     
  4. Westphalian

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    I don't understand?
    Oh, wait a minute ! Thats just an insight as to how your mind works. I wouldn't do the Rorschach test if i was you
     
  5. Stevie Darling

    Stevie Darling Sexual tyrannosaurus

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    I'm with Stevie on that one lol ;)
     
  7. dr.tigger

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    I understand that you refer to oil seed rape. But the deliberate ambiguity is in poor taste. Not the image that we wish to associate with shooting.
     
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    Yep just don't shout that too loud.

    But im afraid your wrong on the rape busines mate, in my experience woodies will only turn onto rape when every last berry has gone from the trees, and the cold weather really starts to bite, snow or white over mornings are best, not yet.

    If you have seen birds feeding they may be hovering clover up growning around the rape shoots or maybe spilt grain thats mixed in Undersewn.

    Theres about 200 acres on my perms all sprouted through already but i know i would be wasting my time on that lot at the moment.
     
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  9. Westphalian

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    I can only refer to my experience. My house and garden are surrounded by my perm. I am able to shoot woodies on rape all year round and they have rape in their crop. Away from my own experience, i thought that the explosion in woodie numbers was directly due to farmers switching to rape in the past few decades, enabling them to breed most, if not all year round.
     
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  10. Westphalian

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    I am sorry if I offended anyone. That was not my purpose. I would not mind if the the site admin see fit to remove the post if they wish.
     
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  11. dr.tigger

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    Fear not. I'm not offended. Just suggesting avoiding appearing to make lite of rape.
     
  12. engraver

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    Well your woodies must have not much other food sources available to them in your area, around here they have a choice and in my experience, they very rarely really turn onto rape, but when they do, its like they get crazy on it.

    A bit like when they eat too many berries they get drunk and can often be watched falling about all over the place, I watched them flat out miss a branch after stuffing their crops with berries and end up crashing through branches wings spread out.

    Same on rape with their crops absolutely stuffed with it, you could quarter fill a small carrier bag with how much they stuff in, but usually in the cold, as if they are preparing for the chill.

    When I was a lad my dad was a keeper in Lincolnshire and he actually used to take me decoying in the tractor at the weekends I would bring the birds in for him, but that was mainly rape we used to be shooting over, and he used to stop about the 100 mark regularly and we would take the birds to the game larder on the estate and it would be stuffed with what he had shot in the week.

    So yes I know rape can be absolutely fantastic but around my shoots it frustrates me as I want them to turn onto it but they seldom do, so whilst I can still go and knock up a bag of woodies consisting of around 20-40 birds on the current stubbles, most days of the week I will leave the rape, as I had about 20 mins watching a prime location from the car the other day all rape and not a single bird showed and there are no signs of damage.

    Must be very much down to the area, but I agree the farming of rape is what has given the woodie such a massive food source and boost in health as they are always in fine condition, you rarely shoot an unhealthy one.
     
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    All the Woodies around here are on beech mast and elderberrys at the moment then it will be acorns right into winter AND THEN!! Oil seed rape most of the winter. atb Paul.
     

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