Well its still raining and is it ever going to end.Me and me old man managed to get out for 3 hours this week,we found a window between showers on the met office so decided to go for it.With my little jeep out of action at the moment it was load up the old mans car,not a pretty site dumping a load of dirty decoying gear in a nice cream interior but hey who cares i dont have to clean it lol.
well we arrived at the farm and parked up as close as possible to the field we was going to have a go at, then got the gear out for the short walk to the hedgeline that we decided to set up on.There wasnt alot going on first thing so we decided on 6 decoys well spread out and then just add what we shot then take the deeks out once there was enough killed.
Well all sorted and a cuppa in hand and you guessed it crows coming in ,me old man dropped his cuppa and picked his shotty up,i kept low as i had no face cover on and tried to watch the shot,no problem for him it was nailed and a good start for him.Next was my turn,a jackdaw had sailed in from my left like an exocett missile totally instinctive the gun went up and he hit the deck 60 yards to my right ,what a first shot and proved to be my best shot of the day,
Things were slow for the next hour for some reason but hour 2 we got a steady run of crows and jackdaws coming straight into the pattern,no messing aroud as with some ,just nice easy shots over the deeks.
The third hour was going as the first so me old man decided to go for a walk around some small woods we have on the farm , within 5 mins i heard 2 shots go off ,so he was having some sport.Twenty mins in for me i hadn`t even seen a crow never mind shoot one then i heard him shoot again,i think i had taken the wrong decision in staying with the deeks but hey who cares i am out the house and sitting in a cold freezing windy hide freezing my perverbials off,then i get my chance a nice right and left jackdaws,all that time waiting then i get two at once,i managed another 3 before the old man got back and his report was one squirrel and a jay.
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
There are three common methods by which people shoot wood pigeons.
In recent years many types of decoy have appeared on the market, shells (half a plastic pigeon) or full bodied, flock coated, fabric, UV painted etc. Each of these have their advantages - shell decoys are easier to stack together and therefore take up less room in your kit bag, full bodied add that extra bit of realism to your decoys from all angles, flocking reduces shine, UV paint increases their visibility to the pigeon. As with wild animals though, one day all the tricks in the book will work one day and not the next.
The most important concept of decoying pigeons is the positioning of the decoys to for a natural looking pattern. Pigeons feed as flock birds, and it is important to consider this when arranging your decoy pattern. When arranging your pattern you need to make sure that there is an area for incoming birds to aim to land in. Try to arrange the decoys so they are roughly facing into the wind, as this is often seen in wild birds, but do not do it so they look like soldiers lined up for a parade, have a few offset decoys.
Basic Equipment and Advice
A shotgun is favourable, although air rifles are often used for decoying and roost shooting, the use of shotguns is a much more common practice as it gives the shooter the option of shooting on the wing.
Hide poles and camouflage netting are the makings of a decent hide to begin with but it is also advantageous to add local vegetative material to the netting to further blend it in, if cutting material check with the landowner that they are happy for you to do so first.
A well made hide blends in with it's surrounds:
Clothing, there are all kinds of camouflage clothing on the market today, Realtree being by far the most popular. But you need not spend a huge amount of money on specialist clothing, dull natural colours will be fine and the secret is keeping movement to a minimum whilst in the hide. However one item is a must and that is some way to shield your face. Veils and peaked hats are ideal as if you face is left un covered it will shine like a beacon to any bids approaching.