Hints and tips from the experts on how to make your pigeon shooting better

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Essential pigeon shooting kit

I believe in keeping it simple. I’m not one for having loads of kit and gadgets (though I have nothing against anybody who does), I just prefer to rely on my 40 years of knowledge and fieldcraft to fill the bag. That’s what gives me a buzz, though on some…

Pigeon Shooting Masterclass

Book your place on our Pigeon Shooting Masterclass with Will Garfit

We are excited to announce the return of our very popular Pigeon Shooting Masterclass with Will Garfit exclusively for readers of Shooting Gazette, Sporting Gun, Shooting Times and the Field. This year’s masterclass will take place on Tuesday 26th September 2017 at a new location for 2017, Sporting Targets in Bedfordshire.…

Pigeon shooting from hide

What’s wrong with your pigeon shooting?

Where do you go wrong with woodies and what can you do to put things right? Build your hide right Over the years, I have come across countless people who fall at what, in the pigeon shooting game, we might consider to be the first hurdle. All too often you…

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3 things pigeon shooters get wrong (and how to make them right)

If you’re a keen pigeon shooter, you’ll know that these birds are canny and not that easy to outwit. Obviously much of the success you’ll enjoy lies in your shooting technique and so Patrick Galbraith, editor of Shooting Times, recently spent a morning at Bisley with instructor Ben Davies and…

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Will Garfit on cartridges for pigeon shooting

A recent question from a reader asked what cartridges I used for pigeon shooting. The answer is simple: Gamebore Velocity, 28gram loaded with No.7½ shot. But the explanation for my choice is more complicated and requires some explanation. A miss is a miss I am no cartridge or ballistics geek…

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How to build a wooden tower for shooting pigeon – and why you should

Some of the most enjoyable afternoons’ sport shooting pigeon I have had has been from high towers. It brings an entirely different challenge. In the right conditions it can be fast and furious and it is great to be shooting among the treetops — it is the last place pigeon…

Pigeon shooting days

Pigeon shooting days – how they have changed!

Shooters of my age often lament that things were better in “the good old days”, when all you had to do was throw an old stuffed grey sock out on a likely looking field and pigeons would swarm to their doom. They would recall flocks of woodies leaving the roosting woods that were so big it would take 20…

Secrets of successful winter pigeon shooting

Due to the mild weather, this year’s autumn drillings went well, the best they have for a few years — it was more like shooting over spring drillings. With the new farming schemes, there have been a lot of over-wintered stubbles, which is encouraging, and mustard has been the crop of choice for the green cover crop schemes in…

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The myth of pigeon pattern

As you would expect, I spend a lot of time watching pigeons, from picking up flightlines to trying to find their favourite field at any given time of year. I get plenty of opportunity to watch birds on the ground, and to observe how they cover the ground while feeding. After 50 years of doing this, I can…

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Choosing the right shotguns and cartridges for pigeon shooting

What type of gun for pigeon shooting? Over-and-under The over-and-under is my preference for pigeon shooting because the design aids the shooter. You have a single sight plane, which naturally takes your vision out to the bird. The pistol grip ensures you grip the gun properly and aids in absorbing recoil. It’s far more versatile with…

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Top tips for a successful pigeon shooting technique

I am so fortunate to be out and about shooting pigeon all the time. I’ve had the privilege to learn from some of the finest pigeon Shots over the years and have learned and modified some of their techniques to my advantage. I am a great believer in using traditional methods, making use of the limited but good…

Pigeon Shooter's Diary

The Pigeon Shooter’s Diary by Tom Payne launches at Midland Game Fair

Regular readers of Tom Payne’s pigeon shooting articles in this magazine will no doubt be delighted to learn that the tips, hints, teaching and technical advice that Tom gives each month can now also be found in a new book, The Pigeon Shooter’s Diary, published later this month. Based on Tom’s writing for Shooting Times, it covers every aspect…

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Five reasons to use an airgun to control woodies

You may never get the large bags you get with a shotgun, but there are numerous advantages to shooting decoyed woodies with an airgun. We’ve listed a few below: When shooting a woodpigeon with an airgun it is best to aim for the head or – if the bird has…

Failed rape

Which crops should you shoot over for big bags in late spring?

For many a pigeon shooter, once the spring drillings have been completed and have started to germinate, and pigeon interest in them disappears, there often follows the slowest period of pigeon shooting. I am fond of this time of year, however, because it is now that, as a pigeon shooter,…

How to shoot more pigeon from a hide

How to shoot more pigeon from a hide

So many pigeon shooters forget to practise when they get the chance, only to suffer inconsistent results when they shoot from a hide. I find this lack of preparation confusing. Shooting pigeon can be expensive if you take into consideration the price of kit, cartridges and fuel for reconnaissance trips. I’m…