Mat Manning suggests some useful kitbag items for hunters now the control of pest birds is back on track
STAY LEGAL – It is vital that you read, understand and adhere to the rules set out in the new general licences before shooting pest birds. You can find them on the Natural England website, and BASC has posted further information at www.basc.org.uk
ENFORCER PRO PIGEON SHELL DECOYS
£69.99 (pack of 12)
Finished with Mattblock paint for extra realism, remarkably lifelike, and also tough. Their shell design is lighter than full-body decoys, and they pack into each other to save space. These even come with a set of adjustable spring rods which make them bob in the wind like real birds.
FLOCKED CROW DECOY
This full-body decoy is a great imitation of a feeding carrion crow. Very conspicuous, its flock coating ensures that it looks lifelike. Light to carry, supplied with push-on legs and a peg for attachment to the ground.
MAXI DECOY BAG
This 120-litre backpack from Jack Pyke can swallow up a lot of decoys and accessories. Adjustable padded shoulder straps make for pretty comfortable carrying. Constructed from Cordura with a camouflage finish, and features two seven-litre side pockets and a compartment to hold hide and floater poles.
CAMO SYSTEMS REALTREE SCRIM
This camouflage net from Camo Systems unfolds to create a 10’ by 7’ screen. Finished in low-glare Realtree Hardwoods Green HD to keep it inconspicuous, it’s made from a rot- and mould-resistant, UV-treated rip-stop material. Take care around brambles and blackthorn.
NA TURE -TREK 10X42 BINOCULARS
This offering combines compact proportions and affordability with good optical performance. Lightweight and durable, with multi-coated lenses, phase-corrected BAK-4 roof prisms and adjustable eye-relief for sharp viewing. They focus down to 2m and have a field of view of 101m at 1000m. Supplied with lens covers, carry case, and shoulder strap.
ALLEN CAMO CLOTH TAPE
This tape from Allen is great for concealing shiny gear that could attract unwanted attention. Easy to apply, it features a woodland pattern with a matt finish.
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