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Roost shooting as a form of pigeon management goes back to the very early days of fieldsports. In those days, muskets were used to take on my favourite sporting adversary with pigeons perching in tree canopies being shot down with single musket balls.

Roosting pigeons is certainly the easiest of the four techniques on offer for pigeon control. You don’t need knowledge of flightlines, nor to have perfect fieldcraft or exceptional decoying abilities. All you really need is a decent wood with plenty of pigeons coming home to roost. I would confidently guess that, with a national average bag size being 12 during a decoying outing, many pigeon shooters would find roost shooting a lot more fruitful.

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