I`ve had many, many, good bags of wood pigeons employing this simple pattern lads.
Blend into the surroundings . No field craft required.
YOU MUST, have camo` over you, ie- a roof.
YOU MUST, not be able to see through your hide.
YOU MUST, wear a gillie suit or as a minimum camo` gloves and face mask but expect great bags for yourself wearing a gillie suit.
Do sit well back in the hide and not let your gun barrel protrude when lining up your shot
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2, Set three dead decoys on cradles, 38 yds from your hide, " in your field of view" - I`ve used string set at 38yds for this, with a knot in it at 28 yds for my .22 forays and 20 yds for my closest decoys.
I look to make a " half wheel" pattern, with a " perfect arch" of 38yds. ( forgive my drawings)
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The three unshaded birds at 38 yd perfect zero range, are your markers ON CRADLES.- ( range markers)
The shaded birds in the second drawing, ON CRADLES, are your 20 yd markers and defenders ( if you will), incoming birds rarely land between you and them.
The bit that now matters, - face your birds initially into the wind so as no feathers lift up.
Phil picked up on the kill zone area earlier, always leave this open and then as you shoot them BUILD A BUSY BEE scenario going on outside the kill zone, never in it !
Have the decoys looking as though they are mulling about each other regardless and OUTSIDE your kill zone.
Shoot say four, then remove them from your kill zone.
I also find that a pattern kept to around no more than 20 - 25 birds is deadly.
If you find the birds start to suddenly veer off from landing, something is wrong !
A shot bird lying on it`s back, breast up, a bird on it`s side with a waving wind or as little as your dog peeping out of the hide, ends the landings.
No rocket science lads.
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( couldn`t resist) TX 200 HC MK 3 Rat Works tuned below.
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