woodpigeons

Pigeon control in this month’s Countryman

In an effort to stop pigeons from decimating corn crops, Mat Manning sets up with hide and decoy tactics to pull in the birds Arable farming is a big industry in my locality, and farmers’ profits can take a serious

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Call of the wild w/ Kev Hawker

Kev Hawker reaches for his caller to keep the pigeons coming during an early morning mooch in the woods Many of my woodland forays are start-stop affairs – a mixture of roving and sit-and-wait tactics. That’s certainly the case at

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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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Airgun Shooter issue 120 is on sale now!

Mat Manning hunts over both pasture and woodland using stalking and ambush tactics as he goes in pursuit of some rabbits and woodpigeons to make a tasty mixed bag for the pot. Roost shooting can be a very effective way

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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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Hunting: .20 calibre

Returning to his hunting routine after the annual holiday break, a refreshed Ian Barnett enjoys a post-rain foray with a new .20 pellet on the grey stuff… Sitting in a British wood during rain can be an exhilarating experience –

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Early birds – roosting wood pigeons

Ian Barnett ventures to a box wood over an arctic weekend in order to catch the early-bird woodies… The bounty from air rifle hunting may not lie in a freezer-full of prime venison such as my stalking friends enjoy, but

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Scoring in the Field

Ian Barnett continues his .20 calibre hunting experiment, this time trying out the heavyweight H&N Barracuda under field conditions… A few weeks ago I put my back out, lifting a box full of lightweight decoys into the X-Trail, of all things!

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Hunting Haven – Park Farm

Mat Manning is invited along to a farm where airgun shooters can enjoy the ultimate hunting holiday…

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GENERAL LICENCE OVERHAUL CALL

BASC is urging Natural England to simplify the general licences which they set to authorise the control of avian pests such as woodpigeons and magpies. While there’s no need to apply for these licences, their conditions must be met by

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