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i have one of my farms with 4 big wheat stubble went out this morning at 9,like i all ways do and there about 300 pigeons on them landing on it and then taking off. watched for a while walking up and down one of the hedges.got to a tree and got in a big hole in the hedge now i new as soon as i fired a shot they will all go and not come back.i was about 8 yards from them and they did not see me, i could have fired a shot and hit about 5 with one shot they close together.but waited till they went up one came close flying to them and shot and hit it, it was a young one the lot took off and never came back.2 rape fields next field up.funny things pigeons.i was going to set up a hide but new it would be a waist of time, and i was right.

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It's that time of year, lots of small food areas for them to choose from, hawe trees, rape, vetch, old maize, town gardens and parks and as you found, the odd stubble un-cultivated. Nice to get out though and some great sunrises on the autumn colours.

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22 hours ago, mossy835 said:

i have one of my farms with 4 big wheat stubble went out this morning at 9,like i all ways do and there about 300 pigeons on them landing on it and then taking off. watched for a while walking up and down one of the hedges.got to a tree and got in a big hole in the hedge now i new as soon as i fired a shot they will all go and not come back.i was about 8 yards from them and they did not see me, i could have fired a shot and hit about 5 with one shot they close together.but waited till they went up one came close flying to them and shot and hit it, it was a young one the lot took off and never came back.2 rape fields next field up.funny things pigeons.i was going to set up a hide but new it would be a waist of time, and i was right.

Why would they come back when you scared them off with a shot?

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If food is there they will return, it's just a question of when, sitting in a hedge for two days may not be practical 🤔😁

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22 hours ago, mossy835 said:

why do people shoot a lot of pieons on rape.they come back after you shoot.they may have come back on the stubble.

I never think it is a good idea to scare pigeons off by firing a shot. Better to walk them off.

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I think what they are saying Mossy, is walk them off the field first, then get settled and wait for them to come back, that way when you do take a shot you only scare the ones in the immediate area, the rest would not know where the sound came from and possibly return in smaller numbers looking for the main bunch. Its something I do every time I find a large number in one place, it doesn't always work but its better than putting the fear of god up them and watching them disappear over the horizon.

 

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On 19/11/2018 at 15:08, motty said:

I never think it is a good idea to scare pigeons off by firing a shot. Better to walk them off.

That's correct way, no point in scaring them off for the day.

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