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About the NPPC

National Pigeon & Pest Control was established in 1979 with two goals: to offer its shooting members woodpigeon and corvid decoying over Autumn/Spring grown crops during the Winter, Spring and Summer months, and thereby to maintain a reliable, continuous crop protection service to our farmers which is second to none.

We are the UK leader in self-guided woodpigeon shooting and provide prime locations throughout Yorkshire, the Midlands, the North East and Northern England.

Areas currently available include Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, North, South and East Yorkshire, Durham and Cleveland.

Each year, due mainly to crop rotation, different sites become available and grid references and What3Words locations are provided for each field. These, along with other essential information, comprise the comprehensive Area Field List which is sent to all members each year.

From these lists, members may carry out reconnaissance to make a choice of where they would like to shoot on a particular day and a booking can be made to secure a venue for any day during the forthcoming week. On the day at a chosen location it is simply a matter of adhering to our Rules and Procedures to hopefully enjoy a worthwhile day out for all concerned.

Woodpigeon decoying requires the skilled placement of decoys to bring the birds into range of either shotgun or air rifle. The shooting of bird pest species in this way is a legal activity subject to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the terms of The General Licences, which are renewed annually and currently administered by Natural England (previously DEFRA).

As all experienced shooters know, not every outing will live up to individual expectations; there will be days when conditions seem perfect and you have done everything by the book, yet the birds still refuse to be decoyed. You must be patient and learn from such a day: it'll make you realise just how good pigeon shooting can be when things go to plan.

Some sad news

Some of you will have heard the very sad news that John Shooter passed away in August 2023. John ran the NPPC for over 40 years and he will be sadly missed by all who knew him. It was John and his partner Jo's wish that the club be continued and with the goodwill of both farmers and members we are going to carry on in his memory. John was a good friend of mine and I am hoping to build on the excellent relationship that John had with both farmers and shooting members to improve the service for both parties. I can assure you the club is in safe hands as I have managed shooting and fishing clubs in the past, I am Captain of a team in the Nidderdale Clay Pigeon League, I've been a part time gamekeeper and won a National Award from BASC at The Game Fair in 2023 for my writing on sustainable shooting and my enthusiasm for the sport. Some of you will have met me already but for those who haven't I look forward to meeting you very soon - Kind regards, Chris Carter.

We are pleased to be endorsed by Shooting Times, Sporting Gun, Farmers' Weekly and Sporting Shooter magazines, and recognised by Police Authorities and the NFU. NPPC recommends the BASC Woodpigeon Shooting Code of Practice.

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