ED­DIE JONES

Ed­die Jones tries a new way to out­wit those wily wood­ies

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Stub­ble, pi­geons, and 4 x 4 - Ed­die Jones shows us how it’s done!

This month, I was in­vited to my friend’s per­mis­sion to do some pi­geon shoot­ing. Mick had been hav­ing great suc­cess driv­ing around the stub­ble fields in his 4x4, and shoot­ing the pi­geons once he was in range of them. Now, you would have thought the pi­geons would be spooked by a car driv­ing up to them, but the pic­tures he posted on his Face­book page said oth­er­wise.

The week­end be­fore, I had gone up and seen re­sults of 40 or more pi­geons per ses­sion, and he said there were more fields be­ing cut that week. His

suc­cesses were com­ing from fields freshly cut, with the odd ses­sion prov­ing fruit­ful on older fields, too. I am not one to pass up on some­thing new, so I ar­ranged to meet him one day in the week and put this method to the test.

It was a cloudy Wed­nes­day morn­ing when I got to Mick’s house. He had been scout­ing the evening be­fore to see which fields were be­ing pre­ferred by the pi­geons, and he’d seen a good few feed­ing on some rape stub­ble close to his house. This was go­ing to be our first port of call.

We ar­rived close to the field, and Mick pulled in near to the gate and told me to get my Im­pact

GSX ready, so I loaded the mag­a­zine into the block and I was ready for the ac­tion to start. We drove slowly through the gate and straight away, we spot­ted a group of about eight pi­geons feed­ing amongst the long stalks that were left from the cut. Mick drove to­ward them and got me to within 30 yards, but I had to wait a lit­tle be­cause they were all too busy feed­ing, and get­ting a clear head shot was prov­ing dif­fi­cult. Fi­nally, one stopped to look around and I wasted no time in send­ing a .177 pel­let hurtling to­ward my tar­get. The pi­geon was hit per­fectly, and with wings spread out, it dropped with­out know­ing what had hit it. The other pi­geons flew off at the sound of pel­let hit­ting bone, so Mick ex­ited the truck and picked up our first pi­geon of the ses­sion.

Squir­rel or pi­geon?

We had driven nearly half the field by the time I had my next chance. We had seen other pi­geons feed­ing

on the

In­set: We only used a few de­coys but they were enough Main: The win­dow frame makes a good steady rest

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