Uruguayan Decoyed Pigeon Hunting
The latest and greatest in wing-shooting opportunities, the chance to hunt the Picazuro and Spot-wing wild pigeon is quickly becoming reason enough to visit the country of Uruguay. These big and acrobatic winged wonders leave their roosts just after sun up, and flood the agriculture fields of western Uruguay in a magnificent manor. They have a unique and sporty flying style that presents any shooter with a challenging match, and they provide a new exciting hunting opportunity unrivaled outside of Uruguay.
The Picazuro and Spot-wing Pigeon of Uruguay have similar behavioral patterns to the dove populations in Uruguay and South America. They tend to roost in large numbers in a particular area, usually Eucalyptus stands along the rivers edge. They frequent the soybean, sorghum, and sunflower fields across the popular provinces and they breed 2-3 times a year. Their populations are widely respected by the outfitters, and they are very rarely hunted in or near their residing roosts. As the decoy pigeon grows in popularity among sportsmen and women, the more shooters are traveling to Uruguay to experience the best in traditional, quality decoy pigeon hunting. This opportunity is unmatched outside of Uruguay, and the western provinces of Uruguay will continue to be the new frontier for the greatest decoy pigeon hunting in South America.
South American Wingshooting
As with the doves in western Uruguay, the Spot-wing and Picazuro Pigeons flock to the seed fields and water holes in the mornings, and return to the roosts in the evening. This pattern provides the opportunities to hunt the wild pigeons in the morning, and most often the hunts are made over motion decoys in a sorghum field, or full body decoys on a water hole. Both the Spot-wing and Picazuro Pigeons of Uruguay find the full body, and motion decoys irresistible in the early mornings. The first flights of Pigeons entering the grain fields typically descend on the decoy spread with no sense of caution and a great deal of speed. They flip and glide back and forth as they approach the blind, and will commonly land within the decoys if shots are not fired.
As the larger groups begin to leave the roost and approach the grain fields, the waves of pigeons start to intertwine, larger groups decoy simultaneously, and the real pigeon action begins. The groups come in tight waves, and the challenge to hit the pigeons becomes second only to the challenge of keeping shells in your gun. There are few things more exciting than a successful Pigeon hunt, but a morning hunting Spot-wing and Picazuro Pigeons in Uruguay, South America can be a humbling experience for even the sharpest wing-shooter. Their uncommon flying patters are a tremendous challenge and their speed is deserving of a little extra lead.
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