corvids

Covert crop protection in this month’s Countryman

The sudden abundance of food caused by the autumn maize harvest has attracted a plague of pests that could decimate the following crop. Mat Manning sets up for a decoying session to bring the offending birds to book. The damage

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Twilight crow shoot with Kev Hawker

Roost shooting can be a very effective way to cull crafty corvids – Kev Hawker puts in a late shift in an effort to reduce the numbers of these nest-robbing birds. Roost shooting is a great way to bring crows

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Right time, right place!

You need to act quickly if you want to bag a few birds when flying pests descend on seasonal feeding grounds. Kev Hawker reflects on an enjoyable afternoon’s decoying over a cereal crop. Being in the right place at the

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Hide and seek for crafty crows!

Wily corvids are seldom easy to outwit, but their scavenging nature can be their downfall, as Mat Manning demonstrates as he sets up with hide and decoy tactics. The countryman: Mat Manning Mat relishes the challenge of crow-shooting. These birds

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Scents and Sensibility: Controlling body odour for hunting

Unnatural odours can blow your cover long before you catch sight of your quarry. Mat Manning offers some tips to keep your shooting gear free from telltale smells Airgun hunters have a reputation for taking concealment extremely seriously. And that’s

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Have a hoot with springtime magpie hunting

Having a hoot with magpies! Using an owl decoy is a great way to catch territorial corvids off-guard during the spring months, as Mat Manning demonstrates

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Q&A: Can you reduce camo in the summer?

Hunting in the summer can get hot and sweaty when you are head to toe in camouflage. Is there any way to get around the full cover, or is it a case of grinning and baring it? Matt Manning helps out…

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The essential guide to controlling corvids

Mat Manning uses bait and decoy tactics to outwit marauding magpies intent on plundering the nests of vulnerable birds

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Morning magpies

Wild creatures are more confident at the times of day when they don’t expect people to be lurking – so Mat Manning drags himself out of bed early to catch a couple of magpies as they rise from the roost…

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Bandits and Baracudas

Convinced that he’s found the right pellet for his new BSA Ultra SE, Ian Barnett feels ready to take his chosen round into a hunting scenario…

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