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Woodcock sightings ?

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Not sure if this is the right place to post this but when did everyone see their first woodcock this season ? I saw my first one this morning while walking my dogs.  Normally see them a little earlier here 

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We did 6 drives for Pheasant on Saturday in east Kent  and only saw one. Probably a resident as I dont think the migrants have come in yet around here.

He/she flitted off unshot as we have a rule of not shooting them till after 1st December and then only if the Gun wants it for his own consumption.

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one flew into our back room window on sunday afternoon and the youngest spaniel picked it up. It was released unharmed. Have NEVER seen  a woodcock in the middle of Liverpool !

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There lies the question are you a 'Shooter'  or a  'Hat Raiser' ?  

I have to be careful as my wife is a woodcock preservationist and thinks they should not be shot, however if I place a nicely braised woodcock breast meat on her plate she will wuff it down without thought.   Personally I believe if they look like a harvestable number about then no harm in taking a few. We used to have days walking the sides of hills around Builth Wellls many years ago with pointers and might finish with three or four brace for our efforts, great sport.  Thoughts ???

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I have shot (more than) my share over the years. I have never made a conscious decision not to shoot any more but I seem to let them go with more regularity these days. It really wouldn’t bother me if I never shot another. What I find annoying is the man who shoots one and then refuses it at the end of the day.

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I know what you mean although that doesn't bother me as I will gladly tidy up any that are going at the hand out.  If you shoot it you should eat it, simple.

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On 01/11/2019 at 17:00, andrewluke said:

send it down my way,he can walk my dog😁

Brilliant!! :lol:  I read that the same way you did! 

 

 

We saw at least 5 today on our shoot near Bristol, however we decided not to shoot at any as they are all resident ones we believe. 

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1st one on Friday, South Derbyshire. Didn't see many at all here last year so didnt shoot them. Will keep an eye on things as the season progresses as to whether we will harvest a few.

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