La palombière

The palombière is a place where pigeon hunting is done. It's a cabin, where the hunter hides to wait for the pigeons. 
The pigeons usually are in groups but they can be alone.
It's a seasonal hunt, in October and November, during their migration. 

The decoy, called "chicken", is placed on a mechanical device, called "snowshoes"; unbalanced, the bird flaps its wings, drawing his wild congeners. The floor, with spilled corn on a big net also attracts the pigeons.

The goal is to catch live wild pigeons in the net, or to shoot it.
It's a convivial moment with family or friends around the stove.  

                                                                                                                          Quentin