Hunting season: Second Saturday of August – Second Sunday of February
The wood pigeon is numerous in almost all parts of Bulgaria. Over the past years, the populations have significantly increased their numbers. Wood pigeon is interesting and valuable game bird. Its flight is fast and slick, and hunting is difficult and requires a lot of patience. When cooked properly, its meat is a real delicacy.
Scientific Name: Columba palumbus
Habitat: Forests and woods, fields and hedges, gardens and heathland.
Description: Largest of the pigeons, identified by white neck fish and broad white wing bar. Generally grey above, pinkish below. In flight wingtips can be seen to be black, and the tail grey with black terminal band.
Hunting method: Shooting over decoys, walking up, lying in wait.
Hunting available in: All areas of distribution in Bulgaria.