Basics about Pigeons Hunting
Pigeons hunting is a great hunt. Even when most hunter prefer waterfowls hunting, pigeons hunting is a wonderful way to keep your skills up to date during the inter-seasons periods and practice hunting tactics you will use later when hunting other birds such as ducks and goose.
Furthermore, pigeons have a delicious meat, so after a day of hunting you will have several pounds of a wonderful meat from seed feed birds which you will enjoy a lot.
Many people think that pigeons hunting is easy and no challenging, after all they are almost everywhere, how can it be hard to shoot them?
Well, the fact is that feral pigeons are very smart and able to be aware of danger, so despite of being so numerous, they are not an easy catch at all; in fact if you don't do thing properly, your success chances are low.
Then, if you wish to take down not a dozen but hundreds of pigeons, take in mind the following tips:
1. Do scouting
Even when pigeons are almost everywhere, you can't shoot them on the first place you find a flock; if you do so, birds will fly away and you won't have notice of them again.
But if you shoot on the proper area, then birds will come back after the initial shooting, once and once again.
To assess the best hunting areas you need scouting before your first shoot. Try to finds feeding areas, and see how birds react to environmental stimuli such as noise. If they fly away and don't come back after something happens, then that area is not good to shoot them.
But if they fly a hundred of meters, stay still on a tree or a power line only to get back to the place they were before, then you have a gold mine. Scouting really pays.
2. Set decoys
Pigeons are numerous but not fool; so you need to attract them towards your fire line and there's no better way than decoying.
Use several shell decoys as well a few battery operated ones. Set decoys on a horseshoe patterns, mimicking the way birds feed on the the ground. That pattern will be seen hundreds of yards away by pigeons and they will get attracted to an "easy" meal.
In addition try to set a few cows decoys as well. Pigeons love to be where there are cows because they may feed with their food, so a combination of pigeons and cows decoys will be a neon signal saying "Hey! there's plenty of food down here"; and birds will get attracted towards your hunting ground.
3. Camouflage yourself and your gear.
Pigeons have a keen eye and are able to see you from far away, so get properly camouflaged and stay still until the last minute, when you are ready to shoot. That way the birds will get close enough to be shoot.
4. Be patient
After the first shoot, the flock will fly away, but if you did your scouting well, they will get back sooner or later; furthermore, a single flock may leave and another one will get to the area, so if you are patient enough, you will have plenty of catches.
5. Work with a team
Usually birds have several feeding areas, so if something happens on one place, they fly away to other not far from there.
If you spot several feeding areas properly, it's possible to set a shooter on each one, so after your first shoot, the birds will fly away but not towards safety but an ambush where other shooter will be waiting for them.
6. Take enough amo
If you did everything well, it will be like an inexhaustible source of birds exists, in fact you might be shooting all day long and catch hundred of pigeons, so be sure to take enough amo with you; after all, running out of amo is the best way to take your pigeons hunting trip to a premature end.
7. Be environmental responsible
Perhaps it seems obvious, but not all hunters take with them hundred of empty shells after hunting pigeons.
That's not only bad to the environment, in fact, if an area is crowded with empty shells birds won't take longer to realize about the danger and will avoid getting near that area.
So, be sure to keep you shooting spot clear of empty shells, not only to take care of the environment but also to assure that birds will get back once and once again to that area.