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Quick early jaunt with the shotty

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by mbison, Sep 5, 2014.

  1. mbison

    mbison Busy Member

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    Newcastle Upon Tyne
    Popped to my perm today and tried my hand at decoying. As you may know I recently purchased myself a nice franchi o/u 12g shotgun.

    When I pulled up, I packed my gear and set off to the far side of the field, the crops are down now so it's all stubble in the main field, and the pea field behind has been turned. When I reached the hedge between the two, I noticed two groups of pigeons chomping away so though 'why not' and stalked round the outside with my .22 I had brought in case of any rabbits (fat chance). It was a bit foggy so I had a good bit of concealment.

    Stalked around 60 yards came to a lovely gap in the hedge and WHAM a red kite plows into the group and sets them all away. Now obviously I was upset that it scared them off but the chase that ensued was a real treat to watch. Mr kite finally took the pigeon in a puff of feathers a field yonder.

    Walked back to my natural cover as I dont yet own a hide, stuck the decoys out in a loose horseshoe, and sat and waited. Within 15 mins, I saw woodies flying in from both sides, but decided to give them a bit of a hunger before I started popping off. They skirted a little, had a few peeks then started to come in proper. I loaded the franchi with some eley vip no.6 and let rip!

    BANG..missed...BANG and POOF a cloud of feathers and pigeon number one stacks it into the hedge about 20 yards away from me.

    I really got the taste for it now. Took another, then another plenty of misses as they are very cautious on my perm. Popped them into my decoy formation and had a sit down for 5. Here comes pilot number 4, he came out of no where and I had to shoot almost vertical, sun in my eyes. Missed him?! How?! Could have sworn I hit him. Oh well...popped out the empties, slid 2 more VIP in and what's the in the air in front of me? A handful of feathers, floating gently down in the still summer morning. I DID hit him, bet the little b****r has a sore arse now!

    Anyways, plenty of fun and a lovely morning.

  2. Elk hunter

    Elk hunter Keyboard Hero

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    That's what I like to see....taking more than one gun on a field trip.

    You you need now is a C/F then nothing will slip past you. Lol


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