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Pigeon Problems

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Squirrel Sniper, May 2, 2012.

  1. Squirrel Sniper

    Squirrel Sniper Engaging Member

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    Hi All,

    Just a quick question......

    When you have got pigeons in the garden and you fancy a bit of meat for the next BBQ, how do you line them up in the crosshairs?

    I have been tempted to go for a head shot every time, but as they are constantly feeding on the ground, they are bobbing, and I am often catching the backstop as the pellet flies under or over their beak.

    I can't get them in the trees as that would mean a pellet leaving my garden, and probably a pigeon in the park behind me....

    Would a nice big fat chest shot keep one out of the sky? The last thing I want is for them to flap away and fall off of someone's aerial onto their car......

    Cheers in advance peeps.

    SS
     
  2. bazzab

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    mmmmm now i may be totally wrong here but i always thought you can't shot em unless they a pest or causing damage inbya garden like that? might be completely wrong mind.
     
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    theobencarbine88 Post Whore

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    Red tape and laws aside.... A head shot is always going to be best but neck is also pretty much guarantee kill. Chest/side covered by wing/ back ... Well these areas are not guaranteed kills in my opinion (& experience) I taught myself to hunt, early days i wounded a fair few birds but now i wouldnt consider taking a shot unless i know its going to be clean kill.
     
  6. Jackroadkill

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    Chest shot on a pigeon? Forget it. Big crop stuffed full of food, large flight muscles. A recipie for injury, my friend. And as alluded to above, shooting birds in your garden cand be legal sometimes, but more often than not it will be illegal.
     
  7. pestie

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    thats what Ive always said too, anything even if classed as a pest, needs a reason to control, crop damage, health & safety etc, all ok in a court of law, wanting one for the barbie don't
     
  8. SteveA

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    Easy get out, get a couple of pots and grow some peas/beans in them, pigeons will go for these so you are protecting crops!
    i do grow in my garden and also have chickens (that is a battle in itsself)

    my bird feeders actually are near the peas and has a backstop...... i dont bate for woodys but the greedy buggers often hover up what i set out for the bluetits and other songbirds that i like to see in the garden! i do eat pigeon so it is king of handy......
     
  9. hun73r666

    hun73r666 Keyboard Hero

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    The legalities of shooting birds must be judged on a case by case basis. It would be incorrect to say that you are certainly breaking the law by shooting them in your garden. But again, without knowing the complete senario it would not be right to advise that you are not breaking the law.

    My advise would be to call and speak to one of the guys at BASC. Explain your situation and ask their advice on the legalities.

    If you are not a member, i suggest you consider becoming one!
     
  10. Squirrel Sniper

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    Cheers guys,

    I have a veggie plot that is getting destroyed by the things. They're going through my pea shoots like nobody's business and the less said about the grass seed I have laid down, the better.

    I'll give the BASC a buzz and see what they say, always thought it was OK, but no harm in double checking.

    Cheers again

    SS

    P.S. We have a history of squirrels in the loft here too, so I will ask about them as well.
     
  11. Jackroadkill

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    You'll have no problem with the legality of shooting squirrles, fella - fill your boots.
     
  12. Ginty

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    Not sure how far you have got but basicly you have to be seen to have at least attempted to shall we say proof your areas of concern with regards to pigeon culls, remember this if you are nicked you can be fined £5000 per bird. Netting over/around your plot of veg ussually works. Squirrels in lofts get yourself a Kannia break back trap loads of monkey nuts and video camera.
     
  13. Sterling

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    I always find a head/neck shot easier if they are roosting since they're relatively still for a time.

    If they're on the ground (when decoying etc) I go for a side on shot just below the wing (where the shoulder is), generally keeps them down as there is greater chance to hit the (surprisingly big) heart and lungs.

    Chest shot? No chance. Like Jackroadkill says; big breast bone, muscles and crop to get through.
     
    Last edited: May 4, 2012
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    I like to see the woodies in our garden - they are safe, as our the doves. We feed them happily. It is the magpies that don't seem to fare too well around here, thye often just fall over without any prior warning.;)
     

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