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Magpie

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

  1. Accuspell

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    It's late so this one will be short and sweet. Had a quiet contemplation in the woods this afternoon, gave the dogs a breeze across the lower fields then we went for a squirrel - got one under the oaks almost immediately. Tigs ran in when he saw it on the ground...he chased it up a tree, where it sat looking down and barking at him.....the Brooksy .22 placed a neat hole through its noggin at 35 yards from stood. Tigs fetched it back to me - good start, first retrieve he has had since about March or April. He hasn't forgotten. I put the squizzer in the lower branch of a tree to fetch later and stalked off across to the next wood. We took our time and in the distance I heard magpie chatter, now, it just so happened that |I had taken my very special magpie call with me. This is a hand made wooden call by a chap named Sam Neyt, a Belgian fellow who makes the finest crow and magpie calls you have ever heard - so effective that it is now illegal to shoot crows by calling in Belgium! I went over and met him and brought one home with me and haven't really mastered it but I have been practising. I decided to give it a go...after five or six calls I could hear excited chatter getting closer. I crouched, rifle at the ready. Within 5 minutes I had six magpies all overhead chattering like crazy, in the tree above me, but I couldn't see to get a shot because of the leaf cover. Two were about 10 feet above my head, but obscured by the branches. It renewed my faith in the call though. I did slot a woodie at 45 yards, it slipped in quietly but that pink breast stood out for miles. Tigs fetched that one too - beaming smiles all round.

    Time to go and make Grandma a cup of tea. I walked up to the farm and had a natter for half an hour, then went to the upper yard. I had a plan. I had a magpie deek in the car - and I shot a collared dove in the rick yard on my way through. I got the deek and the dove, went out to the home field and set the magpie on a branch in the hedge, where it was prominent, but where I could lay an ambush from inside the bale barn - shooting through the slats of the Yorkshire boarding, about an inch spacing between them. I laid the dove out on the ground and pulled a few feathers out and scattered them around. Then retreated to the barn, just before climbing the bales I blew that call again for five or siz timmes and retreated. The crows immediately made a beeline for my position and when they saw the deek and dead bird they mobbed around for a good few minutes. I lay still on the top of the bales peering out at all the activity. Then I heard magpies calling and there was one sat on the gate post, exactly 40 yardsaway. I wasted no time in bring the rifle up but I had to make sure I was looking right through the centre of the gap between the boards - no rush, I was in the dark on top of hay bales, so had a silent, secret position with no danger of being spotted as I was a good 5 feet from the boards. I lined up and squeezed off, the smack and cloud of feathers told me all I needed to know. Then all hell broke loose, there must have been half a dozen magpies flitting about squawking for all they were worth, and probably 50 crows of various types, jackdaws, rooks and carrions all mixing it with the bandits. None of them landed though. It was getting on - but it has given me a good plan for an early morning foray!

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  2. Elk hunter

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    I admire all who can decoy...I just don't have the patience my attention span is zero. But again Simon you get results well done.
    Im going to have to learn as if I wish to continue practicing taxidermy an undamaged bird is what I need. I don't own a shot gun nor wish to, so I'm limited to the air rifle.
    Nice to see another classic out.

    Andrew
     
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    Well done with the call, sounds like it'll be productive for you ;)
     
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    a very nice write and read,looks like you've got a plan for next time though
     
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    Enjoyed that. What's the Brooksy?
     
  6. Accuspell

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    Thanks guys. I will practise with that call more now I have started to get the tune out of it better!

    Brooksy is a chap who fettled that Rapid for me. It is a mk1, but with a regulator fitted, so getting it set up needs someone with a reg pressure guage. It is running perfectly after his handiwork, I can fill it to 230BAR (when there is enough air in my tank I can anyway) and run it down to 110BAR happily and every shot is within 3fps. Marvellous old rifles.
     
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  7. themadspread

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    that woodie is a collard dove
     
  8. Accuspell

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    Because it isn't the woodie - it is the collared dove I shot in the rick yard on my way to decoying! The woodie was in the woods, prior to cup of tea.....it is all in the reading!:D

    See this bit:
    Time to go and make Grandma a cup of tea. I walked up to the farm and had a natter for half an hour, then went to the upper yard. I had a plan. I had a magpie deek in the car - and I shot a collared dove in the rick yard on my way through. I got the deek and the dove, went out to the home field and set the magpie on a branch in the hedge, where it was prominent, but where I could lay an ambush from inside the bale barn - shooting through the slats of the Yorkshire boarding, about an inch spacing between them. I laid the dove out on the ground and pulled a few feathers out and scattered them around. Then retreated to the barn, just before climbing the bales I blew that call again for five or siz timmes and retreated.
     
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    nice account there simon , i am another without the patience i wish i did have but i dont lol. well done mate atb gary
     
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    dont be offended im a dumbarse
     
  11. Accuspell

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    The only thing I am offended by is you showing me your arse!:D
     
  12. josan

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    Want a call? Download the pica_pica.mp3, put it on your phone, select it as the ringtone, put the phone whereever it will attract the magpie, call your phone with another phone.
     
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    Or just simply play it as an mp3 or when you choose it as your ringtone it will play it anyway. Just choose same one again to repeat. Play in your phones mp3/music player is easier though :D. Just saying lol :p

    EDIT: Obviously I had to download it and give it a play :D. Sound pretty "Magpie ish" to me anyway. If my phones speaker/volume goes high enough without distorting it, and I think it does, I may give it a try while hidden away in the trees to see if/how they react :).

    I find that animals are sometimes "unsure" when they hear another false animal sound. I have tested this out on my own 3 cats by playing other cats meowing, purring, hissing, screeching and fighting etc on Youtube. I used to watch in awe as they walked round and round the PC listening/looking up at the speakers. They quickly caught on though and these days it wouldn't be enough for them to open a sleepy eyelid lol :D.

    But thanks anyway and I will try it and will post back here with the results (If any). May not be for a day or so though as I don't know if I'm going up the farm tomorrow yet. I may have a day off :)

    Andy :)
     
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    Using an electric / electronic call for birds is illegal, I'm afraid, lads.
     
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    I understand it's not the one the OP was writing about, I agree with you it's a collared dove. So what are the big doves often seen in my garden with woodies? I saw two today and think they might be rock doves? I meant to read up about them but got distracted by another thread about things outside airgun shooting which has since ...vanished?
     
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    Oops, I didn't know that :eek:. Illegal in the UK to do that? I never heard that before and would never have given it any serious thought. Why is it illegal, just out of interest? I'd best scrap that idea then eh? :rolleyes:

    Andy :)
     
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    Walk into a gun shop and ask for an electronic call,they will sell you one but they'll probably wink and tell you it's only to be used to attract and photograph animals :p
     
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    It's legal to call them in with a blown caller, but not with an electronic one. Why? Who knows!

    Yes, they will.... But it's reasonable to assume that it will be used for an illegal activity and therefore is probably an offence somewhere along the line... Again, the law is an ass.
     
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    Be very careful if buying an Acme call. I have just ordered one off the Bay at £5.49 inc p&p but saw ads there for £9 plus p&p of £7!!!!!
    Dag:eek:
    ps time will tell if it's any good!
     
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    I also have an Acme crow caller and its good for the price. Just takes practice and l could do with some more :rolleyes:

    The Neyt callers come with the research/backup to assist purchaser's with getting to grips with the product, which is a nice touch to help you get going.

    I assume Si, its the MDX model you have ? Sounds like the MDX is a good addition to a regular crow caller as it emulates a younger juvenile crow as well as being a magpie call. Is the caller good for any other magpie calls besides distress calling ?
     

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