Karl Olsen explains what is flight lining…

This is the art of finding point A and point B and ambush the pigeons somewhere in between, they may be heading from a roost site to a field to feed or a field to an area they can drink, whatever the scenario some great sport can be had, with this form of shooting reconnaissance is essential to get you in just the right spot, this could be a large tree the pigeons use as a landmark and head straight towards, in which case you’d do well to set up your hide right underneath with a view of incoming birds, or the end of a hedgerow birds will clip past on their way to feed, at all time camoflage will be needed as birds using a regular flight path will notice the smallest change in an area they know well and once spotted you will notice them passing by putting distance between themselves and you which makes for a very difficult days shooting, so being incognito will help your cause no end, a tip for flightline shooting, always be mindful of where shot will be falling and if an injured bird could cause damage or disturbance. Lastly let’s delve into roost shooting, without doubt my favourite type of pigeon shooting, this involves standing in a wooded area throughout the winter months waiting for pigeons to return to a favoured sleeping area, these areas will be found again on our reconnaissance outings, in the winter when deciduous trees stand bare and offer little comfort on a cold dark night try looking for conifer trees, pigeons will favour these as they can get right in out of the winters grip, another place I have great success is ivy clad trees, pigeons will land on bare branches and walk along and tuck into the ivy for some respite. With roost shooting we can travel light and with adequate clothing that blends into your surroundings you won’t have need for a hide, warm clothing and a flask of hot drink will benefit you immensely, once you have found an area we want to stand against a tree where we have clear sight of approaching birds, again here remember, birds will land facing into the wind so look at wind direction to ensure you are standing in the correct position, I find when firing through branches sometimes thick an increase in shot size is needed so if using a 30g 6 for decoying step up to a 32 g 6 cartridge when roost shooting, there is something magical about standing In a wood alone in the depths of winter with your senses heightened.

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