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Af­ter our trou­bles in Septem­ber, when half our shoot was van­dalised by sabo­teurs an­gry at the badger cull (Let­ters, 4 Oc­to­ber), we didn’t know what to ex­pect when we had our first shoot on the 28 Oc­to­ber. All our syn­di­cate mem­bers un­der­stood that it was com­pletely out of our con­trol and we had to make the best of the sea­son ahead.

We headed to the first mini drive where we all knew there would be birds as the re­lease pen was still in­tact. We flushed a few pheas­ants, which sailed over the Guns to fight an­other day. But we had some great sport at this drive as birds flew out to the fields over the Guns then flew back over our heads.

We split into two groups and sur­rounded one of the van­dalised pens. There were a lot of pheas­ants around and the Guns had some great shoot­ing. We moved on to the last van­dalised pen, which fun­nels birds down over the Guns. When we stopped for a bite to eat, we counted 30 birds. I don’t think many of us could be­lieve it, but we’d all had a great morn­ing and there were a lot of pheas­ants still around.

We made a quick trip to an­other bit of land, where our par­tridges flew out in ev­ery di­rec­tion. At the end, we had 42 pheas­ants and six par­tridges — our best day ever.

M. Rowe, by email Walked-up pheas­ants on a gor­geous shoot in the heart of Dorset. Pur­su­ing the world’s largest deer in the birch woods of Fin­land. What makes the im­pres­sive red stags of Gal­loway so enor­mous? ... Shoot­ing times & Coun­try mag­a­zine • 13

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