Ex­pert in­struc­tion

Shooting Gazette - - The Review -

“When you are pick­ing a bird that you want to shoot try and look for the one that is in clear air, that is, not right next to other birds.”

QHow should I tackle high par­tridge dur­ing the sea­son?

AWe are now see­ing more and more shoots pre­sent­ing par­tridges like pheas­ant and as a re­sult they are get­ting taller and taller. In­deed, on cer­tain shoots like Drum­lan­rig or Lin­hope the par­tridges could be ar­gued to be ex­treme and often higher than most pheas­ant shoots. How­ever, for the pur­poses of this ar­ti­cle I am go­ing to talk about a nor­mal 40-yard par­tridge.

The first thing to get right is your equip­ment. I have talked at length about this in pre­vi­ous ar­ti­cles so won’t dwell on it, but I would ad­vise some­where around a ¼ to ½ choke and a 30gram No.6 car­tridge, prefer­ably cop­per coated as I know it will im­prove the pattern.

With par­tridges, bird se­lec­tion is ev­ery­thing, es­pe­cially when there are mul­ti­ple numbers or cov­eys com­ing at you. Keep in mind how the hu­man eye works; it is drawn to move­ment and as a re­sult your eyes will be try­ing to look at all of the birds. Try and re­sist the temp­ta­tion to do this and force your­self to main­tain a hard fo­cus on the bird you are try­ing to kill. re­move any thoughts of a showy right and left. Kill them one at a time and do not be tempted to move onto the next bird un­til the first one is dead. When you are pick­ing a bird that you want to shoot, try and look for the one that is in clear air, by that I mean one that is not right next to other birds. This way it is eas­ier for your eye to fo­cus on the bird and as you give it lead you will not be drawn into look­ing at another one.

par­tridges are much more prone to in­flu­ence from wind di­rec­tion and as a re­sult when you get to peg it is well worth work­ing out how the wind may af­fect the birds. If time al­lows then study the line very care­fully and watch for the curl of the bird.

Then hope­fully you will put into play what you have learnt on the shoot­ing ground; make sure your feet are set cor­rectly, match the gun speed to the tar­get speed, col­lect the bird with your muz­zle and pick the gun speed up and ac­cel­er­ate to the kill point be­ing care­ful to keep the gun mov­ing and watch the kill be­fore break­ing the swing.

Above all, en­joy your day.

Get­ting your car­tridge choice and choke con­fig­u­ra­tion right is cru­cial to tak­ing down those higher par­tridges.

Adam Calvert is a free­lance shoot­ing in­struc­tor with a global rep­u­ta­tion, of­fer­ing be­spoke shoot­ing in­struc­tion in ad­di­tion to be­ing a Fab­bri am­bas­sador.

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