Cornish visitors to Leicestershire

Pigeon shooting in Leicestershire draws shooters from all corners so it was great to have two Cornishmen this week. A cracking day today for Rodger and Graham who sho t130 pigeons on some very poor winter rape for 262 shots.

A poor field of rape gets hammered

A poor field of rape gets hammered

The field in the background is well away and the pigeon had moved on to this more vulnerable field.

Cornish visitors help prevent further serious damage to this vulnerable field

Cornish visitors help prevent further serious damage to this vulnerable field

The rape crop in most fields is very strong by now but any late sown or poor germinating fields have become more vulnerable to pigeon damage as the leaf and growing tips are still within easy reach of pigeons.

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Team Wild TV visits Leicestershire

Pigeon Shooting Leicestershire features on the latest Team Wild TV episode

Pigeon shooting can be an expensive way to control pigeon numbers so professional guides, that can make it pay as a service, are an essential part of the rural ecomomy. Quality videos are an instructive and responsible way to promote pigeon shooting to a wider audience. Paying guest shooters get the opportunity to shoot and subsidise the cost of pest control for the farmer.

Modern farming provide winter feed to pigeons which has the unfortunate side effect of boosting pigeon numbers that then need controlling to some extent. Pigeon cannot be endlessly scared off by flags, bangers and dummy birds of prey, eventually they will be just very hungry and more determined than ever to visit food crops. The only real way to control pigeon damage is to keep the number of pigeon down and that means culling some wild pigeon.

Decent bag for rather a lot of shots but maybe the video camera put them off a bit....

Decent bag for rather a lot of shots but maybe the video camera put them off a bit….

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