Tom Payne

Tom Payne

Professional shooting instructor and avid pigeon shooter

using a pigeon hide

Almost all of us, at some point over the course of a season, will end up shooting from a hide of some sort, be it a duck hide, grouse butt…

Shooting from pigeon hide

It always amazes me how many people are seduced by the aesthetic of a gun before they’ve even analysed how well it’s built and given some serious thought to how…

when do woodpigeons feed?

Permission for pigeon shooting can be hard to get. A lot of the time it’s about getting to know people before you’ll get anywhere. Think of it from the farmer’s…

pigeon hide

Pigeon flighting – reliable Enough is enough. I had the eighth person come up to me in the pub asking: “When do you think we will be shooting over the…

prepare a woodpigeon

Woodpigeon shooting provides fantastic, healthy meat and is a sustainable food source. The pigeon is an agricultural pest but it is only ethical that the shot birds are put to…

Gun fit instruction

The season was drawing to an end when I received a call from Shooting Times Editor Patrick Galbraith. 
Patrick mentioned that he wasn’t entirely happy with his shooting 
over the…

preparing for the new season

It is at this point in the season that some Shots start to question their shooting technique. If you want to make major changes you’ve missed the boat by about…

shoot pigeons with semi-auto

The gun you choose to shoot pigeons — whether decoyed, flighting or roosting — should always 
be given maximum thought if you are to shoot to the best of your…

Kansas pheasant

Here are some pheasant shooting techniques to help you in the field Footwork and balance In all forms of driven shooting, good footwork is the building block for any shot,…

Pigeon in tree

May and early June can often be the slowest period for pigeon shooting. But I’m 
very fond of this time of year as 
a pigeon shooter because you really have…

pigeon shooting on spring drillings

It’s been an interesting start 
to pigeon shooting on spring drillings this year. Many counties seemed like they would never get going but then, with an abrupt change in weather…