We have been shooting corvids as usual on a regular basis throughout May & June however…

this year for a couple or three reasons we’ve decided to extend our corvid shooting into July.

Firstly we expect harvest to be a bit late this season and it’s likely we’ll not start on the pigeons until the first stubbles are clear.

Secondly although we’ve shot a good quantity of crows on the pig units again this last couple of months you’d not notice a dent in the numbers. The young are all fledged now and the flocks are again huge. That doesn’t mean they’re any easier to get at but we’ve had some great days.

In addition the game cover maize has now been drilled and in some instances re-drilled as the birds destroyed the early emerging plants. We need to keep them off this new planting.

Dates we still have available are as follows;

In June

Friday 28th

In July

Tuesday 02nd

Friday 05th

Monday 08th

Thursday 11th

Saturday 13th

Come and join us.

On our open ground pig farms these birds eat vast amounts of food intended for the animals the cost of which runs into 10’s of £000’s whilst their droppings contaminate even more food and the water supplies. The damage they do to the surrounding crops and woodland habitats which has at long last been acknowledged by NE and the risks they pose to some of our rarer bird populations is incalculable. On one of our main shooting areas Lapwings, Curlew and Stone Curlew are particularly at risk as are many smaller songbird populations to say nothing of the threat to breeding game birds.

We have permanent hides sighted under and close to the birds main flightlines around a large area of the farms that run open area pig units and we will in many instances deploy decoys to attract the corvids. Not an easy task as they are among the most intelligent species of the avian world but when the youngsters have fledged that is the best time to catch them out before they become as wise as their parents.

There are spaces for up to eight Guns per day (single Guns and part-teams are welcome to make up daily numbers) and we’ll be out very early mornings until stopping for a late breakfast around midday.

We are booking these last few days now. 

If you’d like to join us please e-mail for further details

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