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decoy layout

Discussion in 'Shotguns (SGC)' started by mbison, Aug 21, 2014.

  1. mbison

    mbison Busy Member

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    Just wanted to get you guys opinion on a decent pigeon decoy layout? I get very mixed opinions from a google search. Off out on monday so any help is appreciated.

    Cheers lads.
     
  2. bunnyblatter

    bunnyblatter Pro Poster

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    I've been told to go for a horse shoe shape mate ?
    Never tried it but I will be looking to do so soon
     
  3. Donki Oaty

    Donki Oaty Where's the time going?

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    I do a rough horseshoe shape into the prevailing wind with my whirlygig at the front. Factors change from one place to another if you do the same and it's not working out change it until it does.
     
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    Horseshoe or "j" for me.

    Movement is the main thing I find. Always use enough spring length on your decoy peg so they are all gently moving but not head banging.

    I put my rotary machine / magnet 10 yards out from my hide and 20 yards to the left of right.
    Centre of my pattern about 40 yards out. Directly in front of my hide. Decoys facing roughly into the wind but not like soldiers.
    Cheers Andy
     
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    Cheers lads looks like it's a horseshoe!
     
  6. ratman60

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    buy the book pigeon shooting by archie coats
     
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    Bloody hell mate, that's like asking .177 or .22!

    I too use a horseshoe, a J if I'm shooting with the wind crossing me rather than into my back.

    I also just go random, as long as the birds have a place to land, into the wind, and your deeks aren't regimentally set out you'll do ok.

    Word of warning, no flight line, no shooting, you HAVE to get under the birds.

    Good luck
     
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    kermitboy1 Banned BANNED

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    Went out tonight for the first time with my new set of decoys. Only put out six, used full circle pattern around 9ft. The birds came from all directions due a strong breeze. Shame none of them landed mind. A shotgun would have been useful, but I left without having taken one single shot. Perhaps next time my pattern will work better and they may land. Least they work. KB1
     
  9. Kyska

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    I can can sort this issue, buy a shotgun.

    Job jobbed
     
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    kermitboy1 Banned BANNED

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    That's really kind of you. Can I have a 20 bore semi auto pls. Thanks. KB1.
     
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    On route fella, don't do semi autos, so it's either a Purdey or Holland and Holland mate?
     
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    kermitboy1 Banned BANNED

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    H & H please. Perhaps you could go as far to have the case embossed with 'KB1' . Owe you one.
     
  13. engraver

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    Woodies dont feed in horseshoe patterns.

    I never use a uniform spread, and never the same pattern twice.

    I watch where the birds are feeding and I try to copy what I see, it doesnt matter how it looks to us its all about how natural it looks to them.

    But if your in the right place right time patterns dont matter you could throw them out random and peg them where they land.

    So long as you dont have something obvious like a bird belly up you will get some shooting.

    Few schoolboy errors are setting up close to a power line where it would be impossible for birds to approach, or in fact too close to trees.

    Dont set up in corners or too near the edges of fields as birds like to see oncoming danger and will often feed as central to a field as possible, also remember a bird will land to the biggest pattern on the field so if you have six shells but there are 200 birds feeding at the other side of the field your just wasting your time.

    So go big, more decoys the better.
     
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    Good bit of advice mate. The land owner says he's had plenty of woodies from the fields in question so fingers crossed!
     
  15. mmamonster

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    I use diamond formation , pointing into the wind
     
  16. engraver

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    One thing that is Easy to remember is DONT set up with the wind in your face.

    And remember there is usually 4 sides to most fields so use them to you advantage, if your pattern is convincing it will pull birds from flightlines far and wide, so long as that is the field they are feeding on at that moment in time.

    Best tip for anyone to really double your action is movement, anything like bouncers, flappers, whirleys they will increase the action to frantic at times, although I don't use whirleys as Im unable to carry the weight with my gammy leg, the kit Ive got comes in about 40kg that's before I shoot anything so adding batteries and other stuff on top of cartridges its heavy work, so I like to keep the weight down as much as poss.

    A little flapper can make all the difference, although Im fully aware the whirleys can really make the sport frantic, but I shoot enough.
     

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