Highlight of the last year in General Shooting Matters Posted March 30 My brother, father, a guest and myself had a days walked up shooting as repayment for 4 days of cutting rides for a shoot. I was shooting well that day. Nearly everything was falling down that I shot at and managed 3 snipe, the only 3 I shot at which was even more remarkable. I even managed a mallard drake that was far enough away that others who were closer passed up on the shot. Dogs were good. Nothing could go wrong. We finished early so decided to go in past an area with a couple of duck ponds on the way home to finish. They are day ponds more than a night flight ponds so my brother and I went round the back of each pond and positioned my father and the guest out of sight while we went in to flush. My brother managed a teal from his pond and one single mallard got up off of mine, which the guest shot. Great. I met back up with my father and the guest and were chatting for a bit when a crow flew over at a height that I would have normally called safe. I assume the crow thought he was safe as well considering he never even flinched off his flightline with us wandering about below. One of those ones. I said to my father, who is the kind of shot that you may often say 'oh my god I cant believe you hit that' to, that he should give it a go. He just laughed at me. Sod it, up went the gun and to be fair, I only managed to kill it with the second barrel but the wings folded and what a time it took to hit the ground! 30 seconds later a pair of teal swung past over head and I took the lead bird which was about 35 yards up on a strong wind. Nearly couldn't fit back in the car my head was so big! One of those on fire days, on fire moments and all with the family to witness it. Will remember my dads laugh for as long as I can as that's the laugh we usually give him just before he successfully 'gives it a go'. I won't write about the other days where I was not on fire.