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First flight of the season

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Alarm went of at 4am this morning and with a handy 1/2 hour drive to my spot it wasn't long before I had my hide set up and my deeks in the water, there was a good wind blowing when I arrived but it soon died away and come daylight it was more like a June morning than a September one, high tide was at 9:30 and a few birds started moving with the rising tide but nothing came close enough.

As I was contemplating heading home I spotted two mallard heading for my decoys I dropped the first one with the first shot and the second bird peeled of to the right and it took my third shot to get onto it, I was surprised I hit them at all as I was stiff sitting there all morning lol.

Both shot with gamebore super steel 32g no3 through 1/4 choke.

Great to be back at it hope you all have a great season.

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Both are mature birds, the drake is coming out of eclipse.

 

The tip of the tail feathers is the indicator or whether or not you have a young bird.

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Thanks for the replys, thought the drake was an older bird as he was quite large, pole star my lab lucy is only 15 weeks old I posted a few pics of her a few weeks ago although im wishing she was older so I could take her with me lol, my father brings his springer when we go out.

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Thanks for the replys, thought the drake was an older bird as he was quite large, pole star my lab lucy is only 15 weeks old I posted a few pics of her a few weeks ago although im wishing she was older so I could take her with me lol, my father brings his springer when we go out.

 

Ah ! well next season then maybe :) ATB Pole Star :good:

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