De­coy­ing tips

Air Gunner - - Your Letters -

It’s har­vest time, and that means pi­geon shoot­ing on stub­ble, so I would like to pass on what works for me ev­ery year. First, you find the field that they are feed­ing on, and then the flight lines, which are like mo­tor­ways in the sky, and then build your hide with a roof on and ad­di­tional veg­e­ta­tion. I only use four, full-body, plas­tic de­coys, which I place 15 to 30 yards away in a square, with a big gap in the mid­dle in front of the hide. The im­por­tant bit, which might sound daft, is that the de­coys must be slightly hid­den from view, maybe in the tyre ruts made by trac­tors, or where the stub­ble stems are longer. We’re us­ing an air ri­fle, which means that we need the pi­geon to land and when they do, they can’t see the plas­tic de­coys very well – if they did, they would fly away – so they stretch their necks to try to see, and that’s when we shoot them. When I have shot a cou­ple, I peg the real ones out in full view and bring the plas­tic ones in. It works for me ev­ery year. I only shoot for a cou­ple of hours in late af­ter­noon, and bag be­tween 12 and 20 birds, and I do this around four times, so that’s around 70-80 birds, which is not bad for an air ri­fle. Steve.

Hello Steve I see we have our pas­sion for pi­geon shoot­ing in com­mon. An­other ex­pe­ri­enced de­coyer sug­gested the same trick of par­tially hid­ing the de­coys as viewed from ground level and I’ll be try­ing that next time out. Ed.

One man and his dog, plus lots of de­li­cious pi­geons

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