First pheas­ant

Sporting Shooter - - Readers’ Letters -

This is my 11-year-old grand­son, Al­fie, who shot his first pheas­ant on a walked-up day in Nor­folk. With him is his two and a half-year-old Lab who flushed and re­trieved it. We had al­ready agreed just to shoot cocks as the wild bird pop­u­la­tion here in Nor­folk was dec­i­mated by a cold and wet early June and not many chicks sur­vived. Although a few sur­vived from a sec­ond hatch­ing, this cold and wet weather seems to oc­cur just in those first cru­cial weeks of June and has done so for the last cou­ple of years, so here’s to a bet­ter year this year; fin­gers crossed.

Mike Ban­ham, via email

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