When I first joined PW many more shooters reported on their outings, good or bad. It seemed to be a happy place. Nowadays there are a lot less posts in 'Talk from the field' and 'Sporting pictures' about the core topic and there are many more about shot sizes, ballistics, terminal velocity, pattern in a 30'' circle etc. I am sure those subjects are interesting to some but not to me. The forum is also full of protagonists and pugilists arguing over subjects a lot of them don't understand but which they have read about briefly on the internet. The forum is a less happy place nowadays.
In an attempt to redress the imbalance I do try to put something up when I have been out shooting whether it has been a good day or a bad day. Last Saturday was like the Curates Egg as we had to wait for the sprayer to finish, them we did get some shooting. Today the one thing I said to Jacko when we were approaching the field was that there was zero chance of seeing a sprayer as the pre emergent sprays had been applied two days earlier. We had been there for ten minutes when the sprayer arrived, this time to spray for black grass. Luckily he didn't take long and we were set up for 12.30.
There were good numbers of pigeons about and with the sun and wind on our backs we set about shooting a few. We had both tried cartridges that we were not used to on Saturday with poor results. Today we were back on Hull Superfasts 29g no.6. We both shot much better and killed some pigeons at a good distance. My companion has had lessons with Ed Solomons and his shooting at distance has certainly improved. We had hides 40m apart with rotaries in front of each hide and a space in between and we gradually built a decent pattern which any pigeon entering the four fields totalling 80 acres would see. We thought we had a decent number of birds flitting around but when a helicopter went over it raised what must have been over a thousand pigeons from another field nearby.
In exactly three hours of constant but not hectic shooting we shot and picked 83 pigeons. Jasper cleaned up the runners.
One photo shows crop contents to include beans, clover, old barley stubble and wheat drillings and a few Haws.