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Pigeon Shooting

Pigeon Shooting
November 30
07:00 2021

An apple a day keeps the pigeons away

By Alan Jarrett.

THERE was just one wheat stubble left in my pigeon shooting domain. Even then it had been partly cultivated in preparation for drilling, with one half of the field laid brown and bare and therefore likely to be of less interest to foraging pigeons.

Even so there was an encouraging scatter of birds which were evidently still finding something to feed on among the golden stubbles. Despite the cultivation a few birds were also feeding there, with a squadron of about 20 crows in one corner of the field.

It was definitely worth a try, and as my pigeon shooting was coming to an end prior to getting down to some serious wildfowling activity it was essential to make the best of any remaining opportunity. Permission secured, all was set for the next day.

There was a bit of indecision on my part about the siting for the hide, with three spots under consideration. Fortunately all three options were within reach of the 4×4, which was going to make life much easier.

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