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Fun in the fog.


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My normal Sunday morning treat didn't appear to be on offer this morning. Icing the Christmas cake seemed to take precedent. 

Looking from my bedroom window the wood 400m away became visible as the fog lifted so the car and Barney were loaded and off we jolly well went.

My destination was pre ordained, a farm with a new owner who I met yesterday. I never made it as I spotted a few in a small spinney on the way and as I could drive to my position I chose to go there. At 10.40 I was ready. By 11.40 I had run out of cartridges but having learnt my lesson finally I resorted to the supply on my dog box in the car.

The birds came very well. Not many actually decoyed but instead headed for the small spinney I was set up on. They proved to be testing targets.

At 12.30 the fog rolled in again so I packed up some very wet gear. I picked 48 from the rape field, Barney found five in the spinney and together we found another two long droppers in the spinney shown in one of the pictures for a total of fifty five pigeons. 

Note: I was hesitant to put this post on as one of my usual shooting companions was working and another was self isolating (or at least he was supposed to be) as his wife and son have tested positive for Covid.

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For us lesser mortals to get 50 odd Pigeons in the time frame would be unheard of in foggy conditions and on rape , well worth leaving your breakfast in bed for :yes:

I see you were using Clear Pigeon , I have tried loads of different cartridges over the years , some good and others not so good , but the ones that I would put on top of the leader board were Clear Pigeon , 30gms , 6s.

Sadly they got to dear, but they were the dogs bollxx not only for Pigeons but for most of the game as well .:good:

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You don’t half get some nice little sessions Jdog, not much more enjoyable than what you’ve reported! 

I’d be jealous reading if I were your shooting companion, but there’s no draw greater than the chance of a bag of pigeons so good on you! 

The only thing you never seem to learn is that 50 cartridges is seldom enough 😂
 

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On 20/12/2021 at 19:22, Wilts#Dave said:

 

The only thing you never seem to learn is that 50 cartridges is seldom enough 😂
 

I often wander if running out of cartridges is as bad as they make out , alright if a bigger bag is all all you want then running out of shells is going to prevent you from doing that , on the other hand if you just want two or three hours sport then you take what you would be happy to use up , nowadays I find 3 / 4 hours is enough for a short(ish) session , I then take two boxes of shells , if I use them up in the time I am there then I have had a good bit of sport , got enough to carry back and I wouldn't had been any happier if I had taken more , having said that , unlike Mr JDog getting 20 odd in a hour it would take us most of the times out a sight longer to get that many, so if I ran out of shells after taking 50 I would be well satisfied .

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31 minutes ago, marsh man said:

I often wander if running out of cartridges is as bad as they make out , alright if a bigger bag is all all you want then running out of shells is going to prevent you from doing that , on the other hand if you just want two or three hours sport then you take what you would be happy to use up , nowadays I find 3 / 4 hours is enough for a short(ish) session , I then take two boxes of shells , if I use them up in the time I am there then I have had a good bit of sport , got enough to carry back and I wouldn't had been any happier if I had taken more , having said that , unlike Mr JDog getting 20 odd in a hour it would take us most of the times out a sight longer to get that many, so if I ran out of shells after taking 50 I would be well satisfied .

I work on the basis that if I fire 50 shots in a short session, particularly on rape, then I have had a good time.

My attention span nowadays is less than it was and two hours is plenty.

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1 hour ago, JDog said:

I work on the basis that if I fire 50 shots in a short session, particularly on rape, then I have had a good time.

My attention span nowadays is less than it was and two hours is plenty.

One big advantage is having the shooting fields near at hand and having the time to pick and chose when to go , also by having short sessions you are getting some sport , keeping them off while you are shooting and leaving the ones that come on after you packed up to hopefully come back another day , this then give you regular sport , stopping the birds doing to much damage and keeping the land owner happy , win, win situation .

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