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Question One For All You Pest Controllers

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by TinCan Tony, Sep 4, 2018.

  1. TinCan Tony

    TinCan Tony Can I video that?

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    I don't shoot pests myself, but I love watching pest control video's, and admire the accuracy you all exhibit in taking down your quarry.

    My question is;
    Since there are so many guises of feral pigeon (they're not all the lovey-dovey-looking docile white birds that spend all day in a barn), how do you discern them from wood pigeons?

    I only ask because I watched a video the other day where I thought I saw a shooter taking out a wood pigeon in a dark barn using a T20 torch. On reflection and after doing a bit of research (Googling!) I realised it was a feral.

    This is not a vindictive question in the slightest, and there's no ulterior motive for asking it. I'm just inquisitive as to how you distinguish one from the other. I can differentiate a rock dove, but, is a wood pigeon really so uniquely marked as to be unmistakable?

    Just asking.
     
  2. MartinJGUK

    MartinJGUK YouTube - NottsPestControl

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    Good job it was a feral, as it’s the only bird you’re legally allowed to shoot by artificial light, like a torch. Wood pigeons are generally larger than ferals and the colour is quite distinctive in its blue/grey colour and white collar
     
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    Hi Tony,

    It really is unmistakable to see that it a feral rather than a wood pigeon. Far more difficult to tell a rock dove from a feral actually.

    To be fair, I have never seen either a wood pigeon or a rock dove sleeping in a barn at night. Woodies prefer the woods.

    Always try to get the best sight picture possible and if in doubt, no harm in not taking the shot.
     
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    Hi All.
    One wears a mack the other one wears dark glass:thumb:
     
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    TinCan Tony Can I video that?

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    Thanks, Martin.

    That's why I had to Google Feral pigeons. I know ferals are the only one's you can illuminate, but I never realised there were so many varieties of ferals ;)
     
  6. TinCan Tony

    TinCan Tony Can I video that?

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    LOL
    There's always one :D
     
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    Rock dove were seen in times past as an important source of meat. However, eating blackbird pie most find repulsive, feasting on ferals even more so.
     
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    TinCan Tony Can I video that?

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