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 never 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.
245 245 242
30 30 30
Half Silver Chalice
183 186 182
61 70 83
Go Go Go
118 173 76
62 65 99
The decoy template with classic blue bar colouring
The decoy template with dark grey blue bar colouring
These are the two standard pigeons that we see, there are a lot of colour variations which you can add to your spread. Click here to see the full-size template image to download.
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.
First batch of pigeon decoys
First one finished
Pigeon decoy on the lawn
Let me know what you think and if this guide has helped.