Dear Un­cle Giles...

Putting your mind at rest con­cern­ing is­sues in the field and be­yond.

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Dear Un­cle Giles

I have a cou­ple of mixed pheas­ant and par­tridge days booked in Oc­to­ber. In the past on days like th­ese I have no­ticed the odd im­ma­ture pheas­ant with a very short tail be­ing added to the bag by an un­scrupu­lous fel­low gun. Should I say some­thing or is it his choice?

AMD, by email

course, not be shoot­ing im­ma­ture pheas­ants at all but shoot­ing what he be­lieves to be a more than av­er­agely man­age­able par­tridge.

To be hon­est, I’m not at all sure which is worse: the pur­pose­ful shoot­ing of the not-quite-adult pheas­ant or the in­abil­ity to spot the dif­fer­ence be­tween an ado­les­cent pheas­ant and a full-grown par­tridge.

Pre­sum­ably, this fel­low is a sort of friend of yours, in which case you can en­cour­age him to be more se­lec­tive or more dis­crim­i­nat­ing. You may even have to in­dulge in a spot of ed­u­ca­tion. But in the fi­nal anal­y­sis, if he is a pay­ing gun, the choice of bird is his.

The choice of shoot­ing com­pan­ions is, how­ever, yours. Young pheas­ant or ma­ture par­tridge? If your shoot­ing com­pan­ions can’t tell the dif­fer­ence then per­haps you can ed­u­cate them.

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