PETER THEOBALD says: Traditionally, February is the month for roost shooting, but this is purely because that is when the game shooting season has ended, and the woods are opened up to the pigeon shooter.

In my own little wood, I have had fantastic roost shooting as early as October, the only problem being finding a spot where you can see the birds coming through the leaf canopy.

The beauty of roost shooting in October or November, is the birds tend to arrive in smaller flocks, often even ones and twos, affording much better shooting.

The best bag I ever made in my wood was in November, as pigeons were feeding on maize stubble and constantly flighted back to the wood, enabling me to pick off 82 in one blustery afternoon.