Over the winter I helped out a farmer with a duck problem. Each day after the cattle had been fed (and farmer had gone in for breakfast), a huge troop of mallards would waddle up from the valley and eat the silage and generally make mess everywhere! He wanted me to help out so I obliged, and put my air rifle to good use (head shots ONLY, clean kill or nothing). Using a shotgun or rifle was out of the question, for numerous reasons! I was never going to shoot them all, but taking 2 to 4 each visit was enough, the main thing was to act as a deterrent, so they knew the farmyard was out of bounds! I did this for a while up until the duck season finished.
Anyway, recently he got in contact again saying the ducks are returning in numbers. I explained they're not in season anymore (correct me if I'm wrong! I'm very sure, but then again I don't have much to do with gamebirds/gamebird shooting!). He was suprised there even was a season and said well what can be done? They are being a real pest!
I wondered if there are any loopholes/allowances for this sort of situation?!? I fully appreciate the reasons for seasons etc., but this is pest control and I would have thought something could be done?
Oh and I know there are other ways of deterring them, we have talked about other methods but at the moment I'd really like to find out if there's any way I can legally shoot them?
Any help much appreciated
Any help much app