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About chrismdd

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    Ferreting, Fishing (coarse, sea and game),Shooting (pcp and shottie) kayaking, road bikes, hiking and wild camping

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  1. Farmers don't grow grass fields for no apparent reason its still a crop so what makes it different to wheat and barley? Only saying as I don't know the answer. And then another thing hand on heart once you've tried all the so called non-lethal methods why not just carry on scaring them off rather than shooting them. I for one will not be posting trips out unless its just rabbits, but I will never be short of pigeon pie. Remember the 3 S's.
  2. Two hour session completed this morning from 5am till 7am. Six lovely chub from a very small river ranging from two to just over three pounds with the best at 3-14. Not huge by national standards but great sport from a very small river / stream.
  3. Missus has got into running over the last couple of years resulting in a couple of half marathons. This Sunday she is running a 10k and will be out the house at 9am. So with young kids I will be getting up before first light and travelling light with an avon rod casting big black slugs to chub. Making sure I'm back before 9am.
  4. I just copied it from the Pigeonwatch forum. Worth taking a look at their discussions on everything to do with the GLs at present as some good points raised. Also Verminbashers on FB do have some good input (and unfortunately not so good ones i.e. 'those who well I'm going to carry on regardless and post everything' brigrade. The shooter's 3 S's : Shoot, Shovel and Shut-up
  5. https://www.birdguides.com/news/wild-justice-launches-new-legal-challenge/
  6. Nice, its amazing how close you can get to them as they do seem to have poor eyesight. Been laying in hedges before and had them almost run over my legs. When out lamping for rabbits with the red torch you can often walk right on top of them if you're downwind of them Mind you there are so many round here that they seem to out number the rabbits and we are in one of the cull areas.
  7. I did the following: Responded to DEFRA, emailed NE with concerns, signed the petitions, completed the BASC survey, contacted those with no access to the internet to get them to respond (this included gameshooters who are BASC members who had no knowledge of what was happening). On top of this I try to spread the word to those that don't shoot so that they can see what the changes would mean.
  8. Maybe should of replaced the racing pigeons with proper images of woodies
  9. Same thoughts here. Typical scenario round here towards the end of August weather turning unsettled and the farmers have a few fields cut. Wind and rain has battered patches down in fields yet to be cut and corvids and pigeons hammering these patches all over the fields. Surely decoying in a cut field next door will draw them away from the good crop, allow safe shooting and retrieval without the shooter or pigeon damaging any standing crops whilst the farmers wait fingers-crossed for a break in the weather so that the combine contractors they've booked can get on when there is a good break in the weather. Same with taking them from adjoining trees where safe shots can be taken. Also when working on a friends farm back in the 80's in the height of the summer I remember we set up rookies in an old milk churn on one field whilst we used the shotguns on another. It was only by chance with the wind travelling in our direction that we realised a stray rookie at had exploded out of the churn and caught the crop alight. Luckily we managed to get it under control and his dad never knew thankfully.
  10. Spotted this on the Pigeonwatch forum which you may of seen already. Worth reading the response to DEFRA from this group and you may well want to join them. https://www.songbird-survival.org.uk/news/sbs-submission-to-defras-general-licence-consultation?mc_cid=9c7cc4136d&mc_eid=1070f6677b&utm_campaign=9c7cc4136d-email_campaign_2019_05_15_10_36&utm_medium=email&utm_source=songbird+survival+mailing+list&utm_term=0_d2f73d13ed-9c7cc4136d-274118633
  11. Saw this on the S410 FB site with a link to Daily Telegraph. Fingers-crossed.
  12. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/02/natural-england-stripped-responsibility-shooting-licences-according/
  13. https://forums.pigeonwatch.co.uk/forums/topic/387661-letter-to-gmtv/
  14. https://forums.pigeonwatch.co.uk/forums/topic/387661-letter-to-gmtv/ Good response from a Pigeonwatch member
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