I’m pleased you had a good day pigeon shooting. I see Phil Hardman got the credit for hiding decoys in tyre ruts and longer stubble, when I wrote in and told Airgun World that a couple of months ago. I know he pinched the idea from me, because he has never written or said it in Airgun World or on YouTube - just had to get that off my chest. I’ve shot over 100 birds this harvest, but now you need to be in the woods. I’ve got another good tip, if it’s not too late in your area; you need to be in the woods now - they’re not called woodpigeons for nothing. Pigeons are in there now feeding on beech mast and acorns, not on the floor, but up in the trees, pulling acorns and beech mast off the branches. Some leaves have fallen off now, just enough to see the birds. Put your hide up near these trees. They’re up there making loads of noise pulling acorns off and flapping around from branch to branch. You should get plenty of shooting because they don’t hear the shot, and think their companions are just moving about. Now for the important bit - leave the birds where they drop until the end or the others will all fly away. I’ve just been out today and had a successful afternoon shooting double figures, plus a couple of bonus grey squirrels and magpies, but the icing on the cake was seeing a fox come up very close and pinch one - he needs it more than I do. I hope you can give it a try, Phill. Great magazine by the way. Steve Hello Steve I’m hoping to get some time to go pigeon decoying again soon and as you mention, from what I’m seeing they seem to be busy under the beech and oak trees, as well as up in the branches. I’ve really enjoyed going after the pigeons this year and want to develop my skills and equipment, so all tips are welcome. By the way, I had a chat to Phil who assures me that he’s been using that tip for years and years because it’s a well known tactic used by many, including the legendary John Darling. Ed.
With the harvest long gone the pigeons have turned to the woods for their food