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