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Pigeons
« on: June 29, 2020, 06:44:04 AM »
What are the rules for trapping pigeons? Do you need a trapping license? is it even allowed? Any tips or suggestions?

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Re: Pigeons
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2020, 07:05:43 AM »
no rules when i  caught a bunch a few years ago, call WDFW to verify still that way.. was challenged by Kitsap Co. LEO netting at night under an overpass and thought i was in the wrong.. when i researched, got a letter from WDFW stating i was good, took to his supervisor locally to educate the officer who was very aggressively telling me i was going to get ticketed... all ended well..

easy to catch with long handle fish net and spot light at night when roosting bridge edges...
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Re: Pigeons
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2020, 07:35:48 AM »
Leave it to briddogdad to mix it up a little bit and know he is on the right side of the law.... 

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Re: Pigeons
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2020, 07:53:05 AM »
Leave it to briddogdad to mix it up a little bit and know he is on the right side of the law....


Mitch, was interesting for sure! i ran into a "temp" at KCSO on an evening patrol vs on a boat.... rolls eyes.. i think he had a thing for chiefs....in the end there was a great training opportunity for his boss to educate instead of threatening with nonsense...
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Re: Pigeons
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2020, 08:04:51 AM »
Roger that, although in today's environment, it might be a little more risky.  So, were you getting those birds for training you pups?...  I remember the bird hutch you had above the kennel from years ago when I was out to you place.

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Re: Pigeons
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2020, 08:13:54 AM »
yep, still have the flight pen, birds finished last month.. want the flight pen?>
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Re: Pigeons
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2020, 08:28:46 AM »
Get your ID right guys.  The birds you are calling pigeons are not pigeons, but Rock Doves.  They are not regulated by WDFW or most other states.  They are not native to the US but are an introduced species.  Our native pigeon, the Band Tailed pigeon is strictly regulated by all states.  It can be easily identified by its larger size and obvious dark band at the rear edge of its tail. You will not find it under an overpass or in a city

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Re: Pigeons
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2020, 08:42:36 AM »
Get your ID right guys.  The birds you are calling pigeons are not pigeons, but Rock Doves.  They are not regulated by WDFW or most other states.  They are not native to the US but are an introduced species.  Our native pigeon, the Band Tailed pigeon is strictly regulated by all states.  It can be easily identified by its larger size and obvious dark band at the rear edge of its tail. You will not find it under an overpass or in a city

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Re: Pigeons
« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2020, 08:44:24 AM »
Anybody eat them? Asking for a friend.

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Re: Pigeons
« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2020, 09:08:51 AM »
I am looking at trapping some for dog training purposes. I just want to get 5 or 6 every month or couple of months to refresh the dogs during off season

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Re: Pigeons
« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2020, 10:55:54 AM »
Rock doves are very prolific and are present over the entire United States.  They commonly roost under overpasses and under the eaves of building in every city in the U.S. that has enough food to support them. They are common around farms also.  Everybody mistakes them for pigeons because that is what they are commonly called.  Wild pigeons usually travel in small flocks and are all the same color.  Rock Doves sport a wide variation of colors  They are the only bird in the Dove/Pigeon family that is so common.  The birds referred to above can only be Rock Doves, there is no other that common.  Check any bird ID book.

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Re: Pigeons
« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2020, 08:26:17 PM »
Could be Stool Pigeons!  :dunno:
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Re: Pigeons
« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2020, 05:36:30 PM »
Anybody eat them? Asking for a friend.

Yes. And they were good. They came from a Dairy barn though so had mostly been eating grain/cattle feed. Im sure any from a rural area bridge or whatever would be good also.

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Re: Pigeons
« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2020, 01:45:12 PM »
Sny one neefing pigeons for dog training I can usually get them most of the time for $6 a piece. I have a couple of guys who pick them up for their pointer dogs.
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