I read your article about decoying last month and I found it really interesting, but I don’t get the thing about hiding the decoys. If the pigeons can see them, then what are they good for? John
Hello John I’m glad you liked the article, so let me clarify the idea of partially concealing the decoys. When the pigeons are flying, they’re looking down and seeing the familiar shape of other birds, so come in closer to join in feeding. From a height they can still see the decoys well enough to get their attention. What I was trying to avoid was birds that were close to landing, then spooking and junking away. When my deeks were in the open this happened a lot, but when I put them in deep tyre ruts and in the remaining barley stubble, more birds landed, allowing me time to shoot. A little concealment seemed to prevent the birds understanding that the decoys were not real birds. Ed.
The decoys were only hidden a little bit...