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