I have made some rock pigeon decoys. This is how I made my first one, plus a full-size template for you to use. I brought a single decoy from Guncity during their sale to use as a starting point. These decoys are painted as the European wood-pigeon, not the rock pigeon found in New Zealand.
These will pad out my existing spread of Soar No More shell and full body decoys. I find that silhouette pigeon decoys when placed at different angles, create the look of movement. As the bird’s circle, some disappear and others appear. Also for that reason, I would not run just silhouettes. When the birds fly over all the decoys disappear.
These are Resene paint colours that I will use in painting the decoys. I struggled to find any other guides with colours to use so this should help.
|White||Resene White||245 245 242||#F5F5F2|
|Black||Resene Black||30 30 30||#1E1E1E|
|Light Grey||Half Silver Chalice||183 186 182||#B7BAB6|
|Dark Grey||Rhino||61 70 83||#3D4653|
|Iridescent Green||Go Go Go||118 173 76||#76AD4C|
|Iridescent Purple||Digital Blue||62 65 99||#3E4163|
The stands that I will use are 2mm wire about 35 cm long (14 inches), with a couple of coils looped at the top. The decoys sit in the coil, this enables the decoys to be positioned head up or head down.
Finished Pigeon Decoys
This is the first pigeon decoy that I have finished as a prototype to make sure the colours look OK. I am happy with how it looks and a couple of dozen of these in the spread should help bring the birds in.
Let me know what you think and if this guide has helped.