The editor is frustrated by the delay in this year’s wheat harvest
As ever, people are complaining about the British weather because it’s not like the Mediterranean. They demand clear blue skies and constant 35° or it’s simply not good enough and the UK is ‘rubbish’. Well, I disagree. I like the fact that we have varied weather and sure, rainy days aren’t the best, but to live in a truly green and pleasant land you need water for the plants to grow.
I will confess to being frustrated about the lateness of the wheat harvest this year caused by poor weather. Every time I hear that the combine harvesters are coming I start mentally packing the car with decoys, nets and a rifle to take advantage of that short window when the pigeons swarm the fields making the most of all that spilled grain that makes such a welcome meal for them. I find this the most exciting time to hunt because my eyes scan the sky to see which birds are drawn to the decoys, and which will land long enough for me to take a shot. Seeing a bird tip its wings and come my way gets my heart racing every time.
I also have a young labrador, Joe, who needs some good solid practice on warm birds to help get him ready for the game season, which is all too close. We’ll soon be working in front of all those eyes, and I’d like to do a good job, which is tough with a youngster. On top of these reasons, I like to eat pigeon the most, of all our quarry species, and filling the freezer at this time of year is an opportunity too good to miss. Now, where are those combine harvesters?
This is the closest Joe and I have got to the pigeons so far this harvest