Pick your bird

Sporting Gun - - Letters -

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.

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