Roost shooting advice from Geoff Garrod

I reckon that roost shooting is the best sport. But we always have to remember why we’re out there with our gun – it’s crop protection, just not at the ‘scene of the crime’. My first trip out roost shooting this year was a good case in point. On the…

Pigeon shooting day – tips from Geoff Garrod on how to prepare

The adage has it that “failing to prepare is preparing to fail”. It’s certainly true when it comes to a pigeon shooting day decoying woodpigeons. I’ve always emphasised the importance of doing reconnaissance, but all of that effort can easily be wasted if you don’t turn up prepared for the…

Shooter with gundog

Partridge-like and high crossers

The pigeon have abandoned my favourite pigeon roost shooting wood of 10 years. Looking back through my records, 40 to 60 birds on an evening outing was not unusual. And one memorable afternoon, in what were perfect wind conditions, several trips were needed to ferry 93 back to the car.…

shooting flightline

How to get the right line for roost shooting

The local pigeon population has been patchy; some areas are holding massive numbers and others very few. Many of the larger farms and estates have drawn birds away from certain areas. This is common here and is mainly due to the large draw of gamecrops. Once they finish, birds tend to…

pigeon shooting in trees

Get in line for roosting results

In this piece, I will explain some of the techniques needed to shoot pigeon that are flighting and roosting. Flighting pigeon and roost shooting are challenging sports. The angles, speed and distances that the woodpigeon fly outmatch any other form of quarry we shoot in this country. It can also be…