Summer Pigeons

Ten Essential Tools for a days decoying

Summer has finally arrived. But, as the sun comes out so do the pests! One particular species that can cause a massive amount of damage are pigeons. These pesky vermin’s can cause havoc to farmers crops and their land. To help protect those freshly cut fields and summer sewn crops we head out on the summer decoys with our 10 essential tools.

The Bare Essentials

Make sure you take plenty of water to keep hydrated for those hot summer days.

Poles and Nets
You need a small, comfortable hide so that you blend into your surroundings. But, at the same time it needs to be big enough to accommodate you and your gear, ensuring a safe and successful shoot.

Flocked decoys and any other equipment such as magnets and flappers need to be Matt finish to prevent any shine. This way the birds will only see minimal reflections.

During the height of summer, lightweight and breathable clothing is a must for a long days shooting.

The Deerhunter Trail Camo T-Shirt in Max-5 offers a unique yet trendy look with an exceptionally realistic appearance.

The Deerhunter Avanti Cap is a multi-purpose cap in Realtree Xtra Green or Realtree Max-5 and features the Deerhunter Stormliner membrane to keep you protected from the elements.

Gloves are an essential piece of equipment to keep those white hands at bay when raising your shotgun up out of the hide to take that all important shot! The Primos Stretch Extended Cuff Gloves are perfect for the job!

Strong and Durable Bag
A breathable bag to store your retrieved birds is essential if you want to keep the flies away. It’s also easier to carry back your kit at the end of the shoot.

Realtree International partners Markhor Hunting know a thing or two when it comes to hunting backpacks. Over the years they have developed and innovated their way to being one of the leading hunting backpack brands around the globe. 

Featuring Realtree’s camo patterns, Markhor have exhibited a diverse range of intelligently designed hunting equipment with functionality and durability at the forefront of their products. 

Good Comfortable Chair
A comfortable and practical chair is essential allowing you to rest in-between shooting.

The Garlands Hide Stool in Realtree APG will keep you comfortable whilst waiting for the pigeons to arrive.

This lightweight chair is made from steel tubes and includes a storage pouch. It is fully collapsible, easily stored and opens in just a few seconds.

Cartridge Magnet
It’s very important to collect all ejected cartridges. A cartridge magnet is a useful piece of equipment as it will save you time.

Always carry your licence and insurance. Keep your permission slip from the landowner with you and a map of the curtilage of the land. Remember, “Know your boundaries”.

Mobile Phone
Make sure to take your phone and that it is fully charged. Remember to inform the landowner, family members and friends of your plans and where you are going, just in case of an emergency.

Man’s Best Friend
Dog’s are always an important part of any shooting trip, particularly decoying as they can pick up your birds. Make sure not to over walk them before a day on the pigeons and have plenty of water ready, give them a good drink after they go out to retrieve. And a squitch!