Pigeon Shooting & Pigeon Hunting Scotland
Pigeon shooting in Scotland normally takes place on farmland. Scottish farmers grow many crops that pigeons love to eat, including grain, peas, beans and lots of clover. This means that pigeons can be found on different crops at different times of year. Pigeons are usually hunted in one of two ways. The first targets them around crops, using decoys within these crops. Your guide will have investigated where the pigeons are feeding before you arrive, and he will then build a hide for you. This could be using branches and vegetation from the area, or possibly by using a camouflage net.
Once you are in your hide, your guide will lay pigeon decoys out in the field. His experience will decide on the exact hide position and determine how the decoy layout should look. The secret is to let the pigeons come in close to the decoys before getting up to take the shot. Shoot too soon and you will keep the pigeons out of range. If you listen to what your guide says, and the pigeons prove willing to feed in your field, then you should have excellent sport.
The other way to take part in pigeon shooting in Scotland is called roost shooting. This involves your guide investigating where pigeons are going to roost at night. There may well be a line of bushes along the edge of a field that run towards the wood. Pigeons like to follow these lines into a wood, and your guide could station you there, or in an open area of the wood where the pigeons drop into the trees. Again, the hunter has to stay very still until it is time to shoot. Pigeon hunting in Scotland will stop before it gets too dark to let the birds come into roost. This lets the birds settle, meaning that another hunt can be organised for that wood. Pigeons can change direction very abruptly, so the hunter has to change aim quickly as well. Pigeon shooting in Scotland is therefore very good for helping a hunter become a better shot and, as our pigeons are truly wild birds, you will have to use all your hunters’ skills to be able to shoot them.