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Tips for controllig pigeon on spring rape
Lug your pigeon bags and kit uphill with a powered wheelbarrow
Are shell decoys worth using for pigeon shooting? I got a set of 12 as a present at Christmas but don't enjoy the same success as I do with my usual full-bodied deeks. How do you use yours?
Pigeon shooting: Until now I have only ever shot clays but a friend at the gun club has asked me to go decoying with him. I only have a semi-auto – a Benelli – and wondered if it will be suitable?
How to build a hide, set up decoys & collect flags: Andrew Kay shows you how to set up a hide, set decoys in cradles and collect the flags when pigeon shooting.
Pigeon shooting over late spring drillings: Peter Theobald says late Spring drillings are going to create amazing sport with woodies.
Pigeon shooting: What’s the best way of decoying pigeons coming to small bare patches in standing rape – do I use a rotary machine and, if so, should I place it away from the area where birds are trying to drop in?
My whirly machine is broken and I’ve noticed my bags have dropped quite considerably recently.
Pigeon shooting: Can I get a new lease of life out of my decoys by painting them? If so, which bits should I concentrate on?
Pigeon shooting: If you could only use one size of cartridge for pigeon shooting what would it be?
Is it worth plucking or drawing a pigeon ready for roasting? Everyone I know simply removes the breasts.
Pigeon shooting: I’ve been given several boxes of steel shot cartridges – 32 gram sixes. Can I use these on pigeons or are they just for shooting wildfowl?
Pigeon shooting: What do you consider to be the optimum distance from a hide to shoot at pigeons?
Is it tricky to get a seven-shot FAC semi-auto for pigeon shooting - or is it not worth the hassle? Would I be better off sticking with my three-shot Mossberg on my shotgun certificate?
Pigeon shooting: There’s a belt of ivy-covered ash trees on the farm where I go pigeon shooting and they always draw a lot of birds during January, obviously for the berries.
Pigeon shooting: Last winter’s cold weather really affected the pigeons around here and they were in a very weakened state.
Pigeon shooting: What sort of kills-to-cartridge ratio would you expect from a good pigeon shot, over decoys, and over the course of a year?
Q) Is it unusual for woodpigeon to nest in barns? In recent years we have had an increasing problem with these birds trying to nest in our open cart lodge? W. ELLIS-JONES By email
Pigeon shooting: What size of camo net would you recommend for comfortable decoying, and do you have a preference of general colour?
Last winter I went goose shooting with a guide and he used a brilliant set of decoys, made like wind-socks, that moved and fluttered in the breeze.