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When sharing a pigeon hide, what’s the shooting etiquette?


As I have reported before, I like to share a hide with a companion, but to ensure safety, strict rules must be observed.

The easiest, and safest way to enjoy an incident free day, is to take it in turns to fire the first shot at incoming pigeons.

This way, the person whose turn it is, does not have to worry about the other gun getting in the way, or killing the bird you were just about to take.

Sometimes, if you know your partner well, and two birds are approaching, you can say: “I’ll take the right, and you take the left”, both rising simultaneously, but beware if the pigeons change direction at the last moment.

On the whole, I think it is better to take turns, and using this method we have often taken three’s and four’s in perfect safety.