Introduction to Pigeon Hunting



   I always get asked the same question over and over from people that have never hunted pigeons before: "You really hunt specifically for pigeons?" My answer is always the same: "yes." Not only do we hunt strictly for pigeons, but we hunt them over decoys." 

   Someone that has never hunted pigeons over decoys simply cannot understand.  We describe the experience like this: imagine the best duck or goose hunt that you've ever participated in and multiply that by ten. There is no pigeon season, which means we can hunt them when it's nice and warm outside. There's no limit, which means we can shoot until we run out of ammo. Finally, there are light regulations; pigeon can be baited, electronic and live decoys can be used, and since feral pigeons are considered a pest, there are no laws on what meat is harvested and what is disposed of.

    Pigeons can be hunted just like any waterfowl species is. About 90% of your hunt is completed through scouting, and once you find the "X."  Be there the next morning or evening--depending on when you saw the birds there--and get your decoys up and ready for the first flock of birds.

    The typical decoy spread we use is 5-7 dozen Soar No More Rock full body decoys mixed with 1 dozen SNM "white posse" full body decoys. Silhouettes work independently, or in conjunction with the full bodies.  Always use at least one Mojo decoy (Mojo teal is what we recommend) or anything that makes motion. Pigeons are very attracted to motion. We also leave the fallen birds out in the spread to serve as decoys, and to create a larger and more realistic spread. It is important to quickly reduce injured birds to possession. Study live pigeons as they feed in an area. Watch how close they feed or how far apart they are. Pigeons will always land into the wind, so keep that in mind when you setting up and where you'll be sitting. Create a landing zone, and put your Mojo decoys there you want the birds to finish.

    Pigeon hunting is the best training activity for your dog in the off- season. Hunters often sit at home all day in the off season waiting for the upcoming season to arrive, giving their retriever no live-hunting experiences. The shooting skills of the hunter get rusty and so does the dog.There's nothing better for a young dog to get in several pigeon hunts before the next duck, or dove season rolls around, and nothing is more frustrating than hunting with an unexperienced dog.

 Be safe and have fun! There's nothing like birds decoying right in your face for two hours straight, and the feeling of going home early because you ran out of shells!


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