Dye hard decoying

James Marchington has the lens on pigeon-shooter extraordinaire Geoff Garrod once again, but will a run in with the farmer’s spraying machine ruin Geoff’s chances for a red letter day?

Wood pigeon, Columba palumbus, single bird in flight, UK

Pigeons are a very underrated species, offering some of the most challenging shotgun shooting around.

Pigeons are a very underrated species, offering some of the most challenging shotgun shooting around. The twists and turns and unknown incoming directions keep you guessing, and it’s a fine way to hone your skills for the game season. Anyone who can prove themselves a successful hand at shooting pigeons should have no trouble converting their skills to partridge and pheasant.

“Time spent watching flight lines and feeding locations is essential if you want to have a chance of repeated success.”

Of course, when it comes to successful pigeon shooting, it’s not just about the shooting itself. Much of the make or break comes from your recognisance prior to setting up a hide. There is no use setting up your decoys in a location that simply looks like it should attract birds. Having decoys on the ground is only part of the story. Time spent watching flight lines and feeding locations is essential if you want to have a chance of repeated success.

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