Posted 18 May 2009 - 07:56 pm
The last 5 weeks i have spent sat inside due to me having to start and finish my dissertation in this time, anyway i am lucky as i live in the lake district and have a little bit of land that is visible from my dads house.
So i am sat inside at the kitchen table doing my work and keep seeing a pair of Magpies dancing around, these are bird i hate with a passion, but i have never had much look shooting them, whether i am too impatient or just not quite good enough to nail them i dont know. I have read that the best way is to bait them and then sit and wait, but i had taken 3 days of work to get my dissertation done so decided i'd best actually do some work rather than go shooting as much as i wanted to get these two Magpies they were gonna have to wait.
I have a border Collie sheep dog, we feed him on dry dog food that you mix with water and leave it to adsorb it before giving it to doggy for his tea.
On this particular day i had put his food in the middle of the yard in his silver bowl, he was more intrested in lying in the sun than having his tea so left it alone and i went back to the table overlooking the yard. Bingo
First one drops down then the other and they start eating from the bowl. Right now my dissertation can wait!!!
I get the aa S410 from the other room and as gently as i can open the kitchen window, so far so good raise the rifle to my shoulder and both of the spook and bugger off. DAMN IT
Close both curtains and wait, literately 2 mins later both are back, sneak the barrel between the curtains and ones looking straight at me, TWACK, right in the neck and down it goes, easy 20 yard shot, 2 mins later its mate comes back to see whats what and TWACK.
Anyway this was last week i have developed this technique and if you mix the food up first then scoop it onto squares of tin foil that really gets them in, it works for me and i have got another 3 in just 2 days and remeber i hadn't had one in over a year.
Good luck and sorry for the long post, just happy to have finally bagged a few Magpies
Posted 18 May 2009 - 08:00 pm
Posted 18 May 2009 - 08:05 pm
Posted 18 May 2009 - 08:06 pm
and why say sorry for the long post?, i try to make mine as long as possible when i do post!
Posted 18 May 2009 - 08:10 pm
Posted 18 May 2009 - 08:31 pm
beats doing your uni work you sciving git !!!!!!!!
Posted 18 May 2009 - 09:11 pm
and i wonder if it would work in a larsen trap
Posted 18 May 2009 - 09:30 pm
Posted 18 May 2009 - 10:15 pm
Posted 19 May 2009 - 07:59 am
Posted 19 May 2009 - 03:06 pm
I got some of last nights left over dog food, put it on a bit of tin foil and left it in the garden. The spare room in my house is getting done up, and has windows that open out the way. So left the windows open and checked every so often to see if they had taken the bait. A few times the had, but i must have been too visable in the house and they flew away. Then a while later i spotted a crow taking the bait, and managed to get it.
As soon as i'd shot it, 2 magpies were at it straight away, i was going to shoot them also but they spotted me. Ever since i got the crow there has been nothing. Maybe they are wise to it already. It has started raining quite heavy since then, could this be the reason they have not showed in my garden by any chance?
Anyway at least i know it works and can give it a go again.
Posted 19 May 2009 - 10:31 pm
Posted 19 May 2009 - 10:49 pm
I chased one pair for a good month before curiosity got the better of him and I got the opportunity
P.S. Be careful using tin foil and anything that is "shiny" folks, it is in contravention of the Wildlife and Countryside Act
Posted 20 May 2009 - 10:40 am
Posted 20 May 2009 - 06:16 pm
nice shooting not the easiest quarry to shoot ,and a good read and dont be sorry. not enough pepole put up long posts and i do enjoy a good tail of some ones day out.i have counted around my area of about 15 magpies but dont really like to shoot them in the garden, but may try it out, and see if the two old dears start to complain.
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