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