Wednesday, January 16, 2013

How to Hunt and Attract Feral Pigeons - Video

They say "you are what you eat". Well, the same applies to these birds. A lot of my city friends would wrinkle their noses when I mentioned that I sometimes eat feral pigeons. But, that is because they only have the image of their city pigeons, rooting around at the base of dumpsters and garbage cans. These country pigeons grew up eating corn and grain. So, they actually taste pretty good. And if you are lucky enough to get your hands on few young ones, they are downright delicious.

I shoot these birds regularly. In part to keep their numbers from swelling out of control, and also to feed my pets and (on occasion) myself. If you bag 10-12 of them, they make for a nice pie.

One last point of interest: The feral pigeons from the "old world" (that is you Europe and Asia) are genetically different from the feral pigeons in the "new world" (N and S America). This is because the old-world ferals got loose from their captors 1000's of years ago. The feral in the Americas are recent escapees. Their lineage is less than a couple hundred years old because the ferals here (in the U.S.) are not descendants of old world ferals. They are descendants of old world domestic pigeons brought over here on ships.

Hence, "our" feral pigeons are more genetically similar to "your" domestic pigeons than your ferals. Kind of cool, eh? That also might play a part in their flavor - just a thought...

The corn is MUCH taller!!! The footage from atop the grainbin was filmed 3 months after the rest of the footage. On my original trip, I had forgotten to record the scene. So, I returned later, but by then....much had changed with the corn. :)

Equipment list:
Edgun Matador PCP Air Rifle

Equipment Details:

The Camera Mount I used to record through the scope can be found here:

The slow-motion camera I use to film the shots through the scope is the Casio EX-FC150. That camera is no longer made, but you can buy its successor (which is actually a better camera than the one I use) here:

The Exact same Hawke Scope that I use in this video (Sidewinder TAC 30 6.5-20x) can be found here:

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