Pick your bird
When a covey flushes, how do I know which birds to choose?
Tony says: This can take years of experience and, even then, we don’t always get it right. Be aware of your surroundings and as the birds flush, don’t be too keen to mount your gun. Assess the covey and try to pick out a suitable target. You need total concentration on this first target until you see it fold, then reassess the sky for a possible second shot. If the pegs are 40 yards apart, the birds 20 yards either side of your peg are for you to shoot at. Any further and you may end up with a grumpy neighbour. Let your eyes pick out the most suitable target in a calm, relaxed way. Try to shoot smoothly; one good shot is going to be better than two desperate stabs.