De­coy­ing dilemma

Air Gunner - - Your Letters -

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...

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