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.thepigeonshooter.com
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.