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Pigeon Talk


Pigeons are big business. As well as being incredibly tasty they make for amazing sport and are a sure-fi red way to keep those tills ringing. We spoke with John Rothery Wholesale to fi nd out more about these must-stock items...


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he Glorious 12th may have just passed, but this does not only signal the start of the game season. It also indicates the seasonal change from summer into autumn, with another key thing to happen at this time of year being the harvest. For the shooting trade, the harvest presents many opportunities to protect crops that are harvested from pests. Part of this process includes protecting the harvested


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land. With shorter crops, the controlling of the pigeon population over farmers’ land can be an easier task. With this in mind, it’s the ideal time of year to think about pigeon decoying equipment and preparing your business for an increase in demand for these products. Here, we take a look at some of the essentials on offer in the market. Firstly, pigeons are clever


birds. If they spot you in the fi eld they will sense


danger and not venture close enough for a shot. The fi rst job for the pest controller is identifying the best area to set up a hide to shoot from. The most effective hide is made using a combination of camo net or scrim, dressed with natural materials. Camo netting is more durable with a rope net running through the nylon camo “leaf”, however camo scrim is more economical. As the hide will be in place for many hours, it’s a good


idea to make it comfortable too by utilising a small seat or stool. The Bisley Trio Seat Stick is a good option for sitting for longer periods, as it offers a back support and not simply a seat. Plus, it’s compact and light enough to move over distances between your truck or ATV and your hide. Once the hide is in place you have planned the area in which to shoot, next up is setting up your pigeon “restaurant”. Like humans, pigeons will not


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