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Sporting Shooter - - Letters -

Eric Prior re­sponds to Alan Rus­sell’s let­ter ask­ing for in­for­ma­tion about Eric’s glid­ers, and tack­les a sec­ond query re­gard­ing his de­coy­ing tech­niques:

The glider is in fact a pi­geon cra­dle which, when in situ, stands higher than a nor­mal cra­dle and has a wing bar at­tach­ment. The dead or im­i­ta­tion bird im­i­tates a corvid or pi­geon glid­ing into the killing area.

I use five or six on the in­ner side of the pat­tern; stand­ing higher than the nor­mal cra­dle, they tend to move in the breeze for ex­tra ef­fect. You will find them very ef­fec­tive on both pi­geons and crows on all high or low crops.

In my book, one of these gad­gets does the job of three or four closed-wing stat­ics and, at the price of only a few quid, are a very good in­vest­ment. As far as I know there is only one re­tailer stock­ing them: www.thep­i­geon­

On a sep­a­rate note, an­other reader queried why I do not use loft­ing poles or men­tion them in my ar­ti­cles…

I no longer use loft­ing poles when de­coy­ing pi­geons for three main rea­sons: firstly, they take up a lot of space in the 4x4; sec­ondly, they take so much valu­able time to set up and take down; and fi­nally, I think that with pi­geons they are not nec­es­sary when you are al­ready us­ing ro­taries and flap­pers.

On the other hand, if you have them, and are not in a rush, by all means set them up.

On crows, es­pe­cially when pro­tect­ing an­i­mal feed ar­eas, they def­i­nitely have a place, and are near es­sen­tial when there is lit­tle space or a prob­lem set­ting up your pat­tern.

I wire the bot­tom pole to the side of the pal­let hide, or against a fence, then slot in the other three or four. The two crow de­coys are glued onto their pegs and then onto the up­right on the cross bar.

Thanks Eric! Read more about Eric’s use of loft­ing poles for crows on page 66.

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