Pigeon catching?

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  1. A lovely little racing pigeon stopped in my garden on Sunday.As we were sitting outside enjoying it was around the table,so I was able to pick it up.We put it in a cat carrying box with food and water.Looking online I read that after 24 hours rest I should release it so it could continue it's journey home to Heathrow.
    So expecting a Born Free moment I took it into the garden on Monday morning and launched it into the sky.It flew one circuit around my small paddock and came back,landing in a tree.It is still here and I need to catch it.
    I have a landing net and after one pathetic attempt to catch him as soon as he sees the net he stays out of reach.
    I have a feeling the owner will neck it if he comes to collect it,but despite this a 12 bore solution would not be appropriate.
    Any thoughts?
  2. Bread crumbs, a cardboard box, a stick and some string. Used to work when I was a kid.
  3. Ravers

    Ravers LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

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  4. I think ACME do a range of gadgets designed for catching fast birds.
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  5. Good God you did that as well? I thought it was just a Devon thing.Thanks for reminding me.Got to be worth a try!

    PS Apart from using breadcrumbs obviously.
  6. Is it very naive to suggest you use the same method of capture as before? With bait.
  7. Funny you should say that... this was taken from a Mr Tarbuck's phone:

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  8. Nope we did it in deepest darkest Sussex as well.
  9. Spooky - I'm near to Rye now!
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  10. get one of these [​IMG] either it will come to your safe arms or bugger off and stop shitting over your car.
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  11. 28g of No. 6 are best for pigeon. Hull, Gamebore & Eley are all very good.
  12. I was dragged up near Crowborough
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  13. Simpler way thread corn onto cotton and tie one end to a heavy object - bit like fishing. When the winged rat swallows tyhe corn it can't fly. Walk over pick it up. (put in cat box, preferably with cat)
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  14. Didn't have a supermarket where we lived, you posh bastard.
  15. I'm perplexed that it is not already happily integrated into a game pie.