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#1 Gaoler

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 05:42 PM

Hello All,

Can I legally shoot Pigeons and Collared Doves in my back garden? It is with my Air Rifle and my garden is 300 feet long.

Any advice welcome

John...

#2 jac

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 05:56 PM

i would also like to know this

#3 mikeyblue

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 06:03 PM

Im pretty sure it is legal as long as your pellets land inside of your property. So dont shoot up at anything in trees etc, even if you hit, the pellet is likely to over penetrate and carry on its trajectory.

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 06:27 PM

Hi John,

Yes, it is legal to shoot them in your garden, BUT you must have a reason to do so. The reasons are basically either to prevent damage to crops (such as a vegetable patch in your garden) or to prevent the spread of disease. You can also only use shooting as a last resort so first you must make an effort to keep the birds off of your vegetables by using nets or bird scarers or both. If the pigeons/collared doves are still causing damage after this then you are entitled to shoot them.

Hopefully this answers your question,

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 08:02 PM

Thanks Nathan.

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 08:09 PM

Hi John,

Yes, it is legal to shoot them in your garden, BUT you must have a reason to do so. The reasons are basically either to prevent damage to crops (such as a vegetable patch in your garden) or to prevent the spread of disease. You can also only use shooting as a last resort so first you must make an effort to keep the birds off of your vegetables by using nets or bird scarers or both. If the pigeons/collared doves are still causing damage after this then you are entitled to shoot them.

Hopefully this answers your question,

Nathan


SPOT ON Nathan :yes:

You have to; by law adhere to the terms of the General License's :yes:

There was a case not long back where a guy was prosecuted for shooting a Woodie in his yard.
Although I think he was done for cruelty (as he failed to kill the bird and it suffered for quite a while) but they could have easily done him for not adhering to the laws regarding vermin control.

Having said that, do you have nosey neighbours?

Jac:

You need another mount on that scope hun :yes: :thumbs:

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 08:14 PM

yah i know, :D im waiting for some better mounts to come in post, i dont realy like the ones im useing