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    Was talking to a chef in a local restaurant at the weekend. He was excited to have Woodcock on the menu as he doesn’t often get the chance. I’ll be supplying him directly after each shoot next season if possible. 

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    Well final knock around for cock birds today and at the onset we all agreed to leave the woodcock alone. In 7 drives I would estimate we saw upwards of 40 or more and all flew very well indeed and looked in good health.  It was suggested that this season there may have been a late fall as others shooting with us said they had witnessed large numbers on shoots in other areas in the last two weeks.  Certainly no shortage.

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    Yep here too - we had a cock-clearance day and I saw dozens of woodcock. I wonder too if it was a late fall as a couple of the Guns commented on birds landing close to them almost as if they were tired. I had one land a few feet away and my cocker nearly caught it before I could react. I suppose to the dog it appeared injured so had she picked it I would not have reprimanded her.

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    Could the numerous sightings of Woodcock seen over the last few days be a case of some hard weather coming from the North and the Woodcock are being pushed down South in front of it ? 

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