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The old boy appears to be dying and so his apprentice has to take over. She was fantastic on the shoot yesterday, traking the scent of a shot hen bird for over a hundred meters, losing the trail, going back finding the trail, losing it in the same spot and then dragging the bird out of a rabbit hole under a fall wood pile. On the marsh today she pulled off two great retrieves, a shoveler in the strong current and a very long mallard across a big channel.  I will upload the mallard retrieve video. 

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On 02/01/2022 at 13:36, WalkedUp said:

The old boy appears to be dying and so his apprentice has to take over. She was fantastic on the shoot yesterday, traking the scent of a shot hen bird for over a hundred meters, losing the trail, going back finding the trail, losing it in the same spot and then dragging the bird out of a rabbit hole under a fall wood pile. On the marsh today she pulled off two great retrieves, a shoveler in the strong current and a very long mallard across a big channel.  I will upload the mallard retrieve video. 

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Very well done to the apprentice, good pictures too 👍 

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Thank you for the kind messages. A few from the syndicate today. We are not in a shoot catchment, an island in the hills, but our syndicate works out at just £25 per shoot day. I certainly had my value for money today, I shot 6 pheasant (two of which were shared), a woodcock, a woodpigeon and a crow. No where near my PB on that shoot which when I accounted for 14 head of game (again at £25). Who says shooting is a rich man’s sport?

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Walked up what a wonderful write up and most wonderful photos of you shooting buddy!

been out with my sprocker today she has done me proud picked 3 birds that were downed ‘unknown’ I feel I have started to read her. Yes she’s a mischievous little minx but three times today I have whistled her back and she’s given me a look to say it’s here dad I just need a bit more time …. Please let me hunt . The cock was huge shot 3 drives away my shooting buddy’s said it was hit hard and high! And placed it in an approximate area ! So when the day was done and we were walk back and could not upset anyone we worked the  flight line from 2-3 hours earlier. She was knackered from a hard cold day. I just kept the words of encouragement and got the feeling she was onto something! she dragged it out of hard bramble cover hooking up under the lower branches of a couple of holly bushes. Not a retrieve to hand and she dragged it out and pinned it and gave me a look of I have done my bit dad please help !

to sum up text book retrieve not close. Proud dad retrieve yes ! Yes  ! YES. 
 

I know she gets cases of spaniel ears but today I will take three positive retrieves and a trust to read my mate and work as a team !

ps I shot 2 cartridges all day and had a pearler and had a 50% hit ratio

Agriv8 

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1 hour ago, Agriv8 said:

Walked up what a wonderful write up and most wonderful photos of you shooting buddy!

been out with my sprocker today she has done me proud picked 3 birds that were downed ‘unknown’ I feel I have started to read her. Yes she’s a mischievous little minx but three times today I have whistled her back and she’s given me a look to say it’s here dad I just need a bit more time …. Please let me hunt . The cock was huge shot 3 drives away my shooting buddy’s said it was hit hard and high! And placed it in an approximate area ! So when the day was done and we were walk back and could not upset anyone we worked the  flight line from 2-3 hours earlier. She was knackered from a hard cold day. I just kept the words of encouragement and got the feeling she was onto something! she dragged it out of hard bramble cover hooking up under the lower branches of a couple of holly bushes. Not a retrieve to hand and she dragged it out and pinned it and gave me a look of I have done my bit dad please help !

to sum up text book retrieve not close. Proud dad retrieve yes ! Yes  ! YES. 
 

I know she gets cases of spaniel ears but today I will take three positive retrieves and a trust to read my mate and work as a team !

ps I shot 2 cartridges all day and had a pearler and had a 50% hit ratio

Agriv8 

Sounds like a great day, well done little sprocker with the pricked bird. We could do with a  sprocker or cocker on our shoot, some very thick cover to get through which my dogs get tangled in. 

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