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bodger



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 12:28 pm    Post subject: Duff Magpie?  Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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  
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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!

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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!

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was the good news - the bad news is that the magpie in the Larson trap has laid down and died this afternoon  
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 6:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.  
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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