Pigeon shooting and legal


You most certainly do, for two reasons. Firstly if you enter someone else’s land without their permission you are a trespasser and if you have a gun with you, you are an armed trespasser.

This is a criminal offence for which there are serious penalties.

Secondly pigeon may only be shot by authorised persons under the terms of general licences issued by the various central or devolved governments that now run this country.

An authorised person is somebody who is the owner or occupier of the land in question or who has the permission of the owner or occupier.

The terms of the general licences are different in each of the four countries that constitute the United Kingdom and you must read them before you shoot – so as the ensure you are doing so within the law.