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bodger

Duff Magpie?

Duff Magpie? Well apparently not. I've had a Magpie in my Larson trap for a few weeks now but without any joy. Magpies have been in the area but have hardly given it a second look. I was beginning to wonder whether or not I'd got myself a pug ugly one.
Yesterday, I took it to my mate the gamekeeper who wanted one for his trap. Anyway, you've probably guessed it, he caught a couple of them  within a few of hours, so there was nothing wrong with my old bird after all.
This afternoon I've been and fetched one of the birds that he caught and put him in my trap. He's a fine big bold one, so hopefully, he'll get the resident Magpies in a bit of a tizzy! I'll let you know how I fair.
Anytime is a good time to control Magpies but especially at this time of the year when the songbirds are nesting.
chicken feed

John where did you get your duff bird from ?

we always get our call birds from friends and farmers a good few miles away, being territorial birds this always works for us.

If i can recall last years tally it was over 30 caught. so far this year the count is already upto 4.
bodger

He or she, came from eight miles away, a bit of a mystery really as to why the locals have been keeping away. I'll have to see what the next few days bring with this new one.
perlogalism

I've had the same problem: Got a call bird from ~ 8 miles away which hopped around in the trap but didn't call at all! I donated it to a farmers ladder trap after 2 days  
bodger

Chuffed. We've got the Larson trap in the garden at the moment and in the last few days its accounted for a couple of magpies. Our bedroom window looks out onto the garden and this morning we were sitting up in bed with a cup of tea when we saw one go into the trap and get caught. Within minutes there were three more on the trap trying to get in there.
As quickly as I could I got up and shot one of them from the open window in my dressing gown. God knows what it was doing in it but that shot was from around 25 to 30 yards. That's two down plenty more to go.

That shot was with an air rifle.
horace

 
midlandsman

bodger wrote:
...and shot one of them from the open window in my dressing gown. God knows what it was doing in it but that shot was from around 25 to 30 yards. That's two down plenty more to go.

That shot was with an air rifle.


That's one hell of a dressing gown!

MM
sod

midlandsman wrote:
bodger wrote:
...and shot one of them from the open window in my dressing gown. God knows what it was doing in it but that shot was from around 25 to 30 yards. That's two down plenty more to go.

That shot was with an air rifle.


That's one hell of a dressing gown!

MM


 
kaz

That was the good news - the bad news is that the magpie in the Larson trap has laid down and died this afternoon  
brewer66

Did you buy your trap or is it home made.
If you bought it can you point me in the right direction as there seems to be lots on the market but I would like to get one that I know works. Thanks
bodger

My son ordered mine for 47.00 and I think this one was the one I got.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Larsen-...tDomain_3&hash=item51d2303e46
bodger

I managed two more magpies with the air rifle at half past six this morning. We have a fantastic selection of birds visiting our garden and although some will disagree, I like to think that my efforts in controlling the magpies. contributes to this.
brewer66

We don't get many Magpies, Crows are my problem. Is the larsen trap any good for catching them ?
I can't get near enough to them with the gun and I'm having to keep the ducks in untill late morning (till they have laid) or the Crows are getting their eggs.  
bodger

I've caught the occasional crow in a Larson but IMO, the best thing would be to make a permanent structure like the ones shown in some of these pictures. I know gamekeepers who do pretty well with them.


https://www.google.co.uk/search?q...ARqFQoTCJa32b38k8YCFcqzFAodA20Alw
bodger

The magpie in my Larson trap was making a bit of noise in the night and this morning I saw that the trap had been pulled off its stand. Fortunately, the bird was OK but it looks as though our garden is being visited by a fox, if not a whole family of them.
In the meantime, the magpies are coming thick and fast.

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