Wood Pigeon-Public Emeny Number 1 "The Woody"
Know your quarry!
Wood pigeon have very distinctive white bars on their wings and around the back and sides of the neck. Although
they are related to other common pigeons found in the UK these white markings are they way to spot them.
Learn to watch pigeons in flight wherever you are and identify the woodies at all angles by these markings. Once
you are out in the field you may only get a split second to identify your target so practice, practice,
Start to watch the sky and the fields for signs of pigeon activity, or worse still, damage. Bald patches in crop
fields are a sure sign. Beaten down rape and cereal crops are another.
Look for flight lines where pigeons follow the same general line of flight across fields. Look to see if they
follow rivers, roads or even railway lines in your area. Once you start to look for your own permissions you will
need to talk to landowners about these things so it pays to learn the basics.
Get out just around dawn and see how many pigeon are down on the ground in the early part of the day. Go back
out at dusk to see if you can find where they roost for the night. If you see a farmer and he isn't in the middle
of some task try asking him about his pigeon problem. Don't ask for permission to solve it until he has told you
all about it!
Set up some decoys without trying to shoot anything just to see what reaction you get. It isn't easy by the way!
Heads up or heads down? On the ground or in the trees? Moving or still? Bouncing or spinning on a motor? Plenty of
experimenting and don't be put off if they don't just flock to you.
There is plenty you can do to make the most of your day with Tom or you can come along as a complete beginner
and just open your mind and drink in the experience.
The choice is yours!