Flight Lines & Decoys
I will tell you of one such situation I have experienced over the last couple of years, many of you know I run Pass It On Young Sports & Really Wild Adventures and put up my show stand at most shooting shows and game fairs around the country, so sometimes my time pigeon shooting gets stretched out, I came back from The Game Fair Ragly 2018 and knowing the pigeons were building up on the crop when I left, I thought I would go out and see if I could move them on before the farmer went nuts and lost his crop, I got to one field of wheat that had just been combined, the other fields of barley were still standing, well blown flat, the stubble/the air and the barley fields were blue with pigeons all over them, I thought blimey I hope I have enough cartridges with me, I drove my land rover onto the stubble fields out to a lone oak tree that I knew was a major flight line, indeed there were pigeons all around the tree feeding, as soon as I drove onto the fields every pigeon from the stubble field/standing barley field and trees headed for the horizon? I turned to my mate saying something is wrong here these birds are acting like they have been over shot, seeing as I had not shot here in a few weeks I decided to investigate, I found dead bird in the hedgerows and what was left of several hide positions, I asked the farmer who had been shooting the fields in my absence? Oh I have let a young lad who is just starting out go out, I told him you would take him under your wing, I just shook my head saying that's not a problem but you let him lose without telling me or me even meeting him, it turns out all the horse folk were not happy in the adjacent livery yard as someone had shot almost every day for a fortnight, knowing it was not me they were all set to go down the farm and have a pop at the farmer, this coupled with an armed response unit going down the farm after complaints of the shooting and shot landing on the road, could have been the beginning of the end for the lad, plus the fact he completely ruined the flight lines by over shooting them, thankfully I have taken him under my wing and he is now learning the right way, it was not the novice fault, he had just not been taught properly by someone with experience, so I say to all you novices out there learn the craft, shoot conservatively, now to all us old gunners out there, I say take a novice under your wing teach them well the ways of the old school.
I decided to use the new pop up cube hide from Riverside Out doors, straight out of the bag it was up and in position within ten seconds, its a little snug only room for 1 person shooting if you have a dog you will need a dog hide too, I put the decoys out in a double M pattern with a couple mounted on the straw bales, this worked like a dream I hardly had time to get back to the hide before pigeons were dropping in, the pigeons took no notice of the hide standing out dark against the green hedge, they just decoyed with vigor not caring one whit even when their chums fell out of the sky to my shot, although I will add a Jack Pyke stealth hide net to it on future occasions, although I cant wait to get it out wildfowling as that's the real reason I asked for this color net , the Corvid's were not so easily fooled by the hide for they see in pure color and were not so fooled, for a couple of hours using all new kit I must say I was very impressed with it all, some kit I have not written about from some other companies as it just did not do what it said on the tin, so I have sent it back with an explanation letter with a try harder could do better theme, for I will not write about a product unless it lives up to the job its designed for or what it says on the tin, its that simple.
Flight Lines & Decoys pert 2
By the Ole Hedge Creeper