What is Pigeon Shooting?
Pigeons cause drastic damage to crops, there are an estimated 5.4 million pairs of woodpigeons in the UK. In 2014 the government examined the damage done by pigeons to crops and asked farmers to estimate how much this costs and impacts them. They estimated a figure of around £75 million of damage to oilseed rape crops alone every year.
Therefore managing pigeon numbers through shooting helps to prevent damage to crops. This is carried out in many different ways at different times of the year.
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Animal Hunting Seasons
Pigeon shooting is a popular sport that can be enjoyed all year round. However, the best time to shoot pigeons is often in the spring, after the end of the game bird season. The most important factor to consider when planning your pigeon shooting is knowing when to shoot pigeons, and over which crops. This useful pigeon shooting calendar will guide you through the year, so you can plan your pest control accordingly. Pigeon shooting is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and control pigeon populations. So get out there and start planning your pigeon shooting with us today! For further information on pigeon shooting see here.
Pigeon Shooting - January
January 1st 2022 - January 31st 2022
Go pigeon shooting over rape and any frosted root crops such as potatoes, carrots, sugar beet and turnips if you have them.
Pigeon Shooting - February
February 1st 2022 - February 28th 2022
Rape, again, is a strong draw as the pigeon’s core diet. Maize and other cover crops if chopped or ploughed in. And in hard weather, frosted crops such as cabbages, cauliflower and sprouts work well. Early spring clover can be a big draw.
Pigeon Shooting - March
March 1st 2022 - March 31st 2022
Rape will sustain pigeon this month. As the soil warms, watch all spring drillings. Clover should be dragging them in by now for some sustained pigeon shooting.
Pigeon Shooting - April
June 30th 2022 - June 30th 2022
Late spring drillings and peas can prove fruitful for pigeon shooting. Tree buds, especially ash, can be great this month.
Pigeon Shooting - May
May 1st 2022 - May 31st 2022
A tricky month in the pigeon shooting calendar, with a lot around to tempt them. Peas and spring-sown rape, which will just be showing. Barring surprises, a sticky month to get under the tap.
Pigeon Shooting - June
June 1st 2022 - June 30th 2022
Again, this month can be a difficult one in the pigeon shooting calendar, unless they’re belting the peas or seeds. That said, last June produced some amazing bags over fields of failed rape, an opportunity not to be missed.
Pigeon Shooting - July
July 1st 2022 - July 31st 2022
Once again, peas, either growing or harvested, also laid cereal crops, especially barley or wheat at that milky stage.
Pigeon Shooting - August
August 1st 2022 - August 31st 2022
Harvest time. Breeding pigeons will be on rape and almost any harvested crop. If hot and dry, remote drinking areas can be good places to find pigeons not busily engaged in attacking the crops.
Pigeon Shooting - September
September 1st 2022 - September 30th 2022
Like August, so don’t overlook any freshly ploughed and harrowed land.
Pigeon Shooting - October
October 1st 2022 - October 31st 2022
A difficult month in the pigeon shooting calendar owing to the weather. Be vigilant with autumn drill but also with wild foods such as acorns and beech masts.
Pigeon Shooting - November
November 1st 2022 - November 30th 2022
A lot depends on how much wild food is on offer, how well any autumn drilling crops have grown and the timing of harvests such as beet. If wild food is bountiful, they seldom leave it.
Pigeon Shooting - December
December 1st 2022 - December 31st 2022
Rape, mainly towards the month-end, as other offers, will exist. The odd stubble field may still drag a few in.
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Located in different Northampton areas. We have over 4000 acres of great crop land on the banks of the River Teme. You pay a fee per day and claim back 50% from the club.
Pigeon Shooting Area - Leicestershire Near Kirkby Mallory
30,000 plus acres for wood-pigeon over a vast variety of crops. Guide here for assistance is available at a cost per day which is subsidised. We pay £35 which you match on the day and claim back from HQ.