Flight­ing with in­tent

Sporting Gun - - SHOOTING ANSWERS -

Am I al­lowed to shoot pi­geons that are flight­ing over land where they’re not feed­ing?

Peter says:

Be­cause we shoot pi­geons all year round we are cov­ered by the rules of the Gen­eral Li­cence, which says we can pro­tect crops, pro­vided all the other “non-lethal” means have been tried. This could mean clap­ping your hands to scare pi­geons off a crop, and then shoot­ing them if they re­turn, or us­ing scare­crows and gas guns to try and push the pi­geons away.

Whether you can shoot a pi­geon on the flight­line to a crop where it in­tends to do dam­age has never been tested, nor has killing them on stub­bles. Although, I would pre­sume that the pi­geons would come within the realms of an open sea­son, any­way.

Peter’s pi­geon shoot­ing is cov­ered by the Gen­eral Li­cence

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