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    What a fabulous day this has been.

    After a late night on the gin, we were up around 6 for the dogs and breakfast around 9ish. (After going back to bed for a couple hours).

    A fellow PW member turned up at 10 to pick up some kit as he is just starting out, really nice bloke just getting into the sport.

    Set up on a newly drilled field at 11:30 with my hide companion, Lola (not a transvesite from Ray Davies but my 4 year old black lab). 

    The birds were everywhere, coming in singles, pairs, sixes and sevens all day. 

    Unfotunately due to the lack of co-ordination from the the late night my shooting was woeful. First bird in, stone dead in the air but then 7 missed on the trot. Another down but another 5 missed. Then 4 on the trot......then alas a stream of missed opportunities. Finished the day with 18 but it should have been 30 or 40.

    Lola had a good day making some fabulous retrieves in the wood behind us but overall what should have been a good bag was not to be.

    Having said all of that, what a great days shooting. Fast pigeons coming in on the wind and of the 18 I shot, very happy with 7 of them which were pure reaction

    Plus the mighty Hammers stuffed U tied 3-1

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    Honest report, sounds like a lot of my days. Next time could easily be the opposite and you'll be wondering what to do with all the shot birds. 

    A few hours with gun and dog.... Envious.

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    We'll all barn doors we safe this morning, couldn't hit a thing (well hardly) Did about 50 shells for 10 crows down. Worsts thing is I don't know what I was doing wrong. So today's excuse will mainly be because I've been shooting pigeons all summer and crows fly very different. I sometimes think it's the not knowing what each outing will bring, that keeps us so keen. 

    As with you, a nice few hours with gun and dog, and always better than working.

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    15 hours ago, getthegat said:

    We'll all barn doors we safe this morning, couldn't hit a thing (well hardly) Did about 50 shells for 10 crows down. Worsts thing is I don't know what I was doing wrong. So today's excuse will mainly be because I've been shooting pigeons all summer and crows fly very different. I sometimes think it's the not knowing what each outing will bring, that keeps us so keen. 

    As with you, a nice few hours with gun and dog, and always better than working.

    I have the same problem , because crows seen to fly slower I stop and do not flow with the shot. What I do is mentally shoot in front by giving lead and then more. After the first ten plus birds I'm into them and can continue with the day.

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    The lead is hard to judge. I've had a pretty good year on pigeons, shooting better than before and seeming to get the lead right more times than not. This was my first day on crows, plus a fairly new gun, a 20 not a 12. The blacks often seem to almost be standing still in the air, being deceptively easy, then you miss....... what the heck! How the hell..... What's worst is missing a second shot, then more birds as they come in, all looking just as easy. Doubt then sets in. You start adjusting and start over thinking it. Am I using the right cartridges? Should I change the choke? Did I shoot over or under that last one? Mental attitude and enjoyment must rule the day, then it falls back into place, as quickly as it fell out.

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    16 minutes ago, getthegat said:

    The lead is hard to judge. I've had a pretty good year on pigeons, shooting better than before and seeming to get the lead right more times than not. This was my first day on crows, plus a fairly new gun, a 20 not a 12. The blacks often seem to almost be standing still in the air, being deceptively easy, then you miss....... what the heck! How the hell..... What's worst is missing a second shot, then more birds as they come in, all looking just as easy. Doubt then sets in. You start adjusting and start over thinking it. Am I using the right cartridges? Should I change the choke? Did I shoot over or under that last one? Mental attitude and enjoyment must rule the day, then it falls back into place, as quickly as it fell out.

    I think crows are pretty easy to shoot. They have not got the acrobatic flying ability of a pigeon. They also tend to fly a lot slower than pigeons, so lead must be adjusted accordingly.

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    2 hours ago, getthegat said:

    After yesterday's outing, you might have to send me some training videos.

    have a look on you tube how to shoot more crows you might see something that will help , good luck.

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