Eddie Jones tries a new way to outwit those wily woodies
Stubble, pigeons, and 4 x 4 - Eddie Jones shows us how it’s done!
This month, I was invited to my friend’s permission to do some pigeon shooting. Mick had been having great success driving around the stubble fields in his 4x4, and shooting the pigeons once he was in range of them. Now, you would have thought the pigeons would be spooked by a car driving up to them, but the pictures he posted on his Facebook page said otherwise.
The weekend before, I had gone up and seen results of 40 or more pigeons per session, and he said there were more fields being cut that week. His
successes were coming from fields freshly cut, with the odd session proving fruitful on older fields, too. I am not one to pass up on something new, so I arranged to meet him one day in the week and put this method to the test.
It was a cloudy Wednesday morning when I got to Mick’s house. He had been scouting the evening before to see which fields were being preferred by the pigeons, and he’d seen a good few feeding on some rape stubble close to his house. This was going to be our first port of call.
We arrived close to the field, and Mick pulled in near to the gate and told me to get my Impact
GSX ready, so I loaded the magazine into the block and I was ready for the action to start. We drove slowly through the gate and straight away, we spotted a group of about eight pigeons feeding amongst the long stalks that were left from the cut. Mick drove toward them and got me to within 30 yards, but I had to wait a little because they were all too busy feeding, and getting a clear head shot was proving difficult. Finally, one stopped to look around and I wasted no time in sending a .177 pellet hurtling toward my target. The pigeon was hit perfectly, and with wings spread out, it dropped without knowing what had hit it. The other pigeons flew off at the sound of pellet hitting bone, so Mick exited the truck and picked up our first pigeon of the session.
Squirrel or pigeon?
We had driven nearly half the field by the time I had my next chance. We had seen other pigeons feeding
Inset: We only used a few decoys but they were enough Main: The window frame makes a good steady rest