After a successful morning flight for ducks (three teal and a mallard shot), Jules and I headed for an old wheat stubble where Jules had spied several pigeons over the past few days. We started with no decoys, so had to shoot a few for the magnet etc.
It wasn't long before we had a convincing spread of dead birds out. The gusty wind was making shooting tricky, but I think we did quite well. I thought that a nice 50+ bag was on the cards, but I didn't expect the pigeons to keep coming like they did. We were getting through cartridges at a fair rate, so I knew we were on for a good score.
Gerard joined us in the afternoon to take advantage of the glut of birds. He was soon into the thick of the action.
It really was an unexpectedly good day. When we thought the birds were drying up, another wave would start. Perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised, as I have had many of my biggest bags in the month of October.
The pick up took a while, but the 5 dogs helped make the job a lot easier.
The final bag was 288 pigeons, 3 crows and a jackdaw.