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#1 jigsaw

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Posted 02 January 2015 - 07:28 pm

found this on another site thought it was good to watch from a non shooting persons view,what ye reckon?


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Posted 04 January 2015 - 09:11 pm

Nice bit of ground. Got my first woodcock for eating from this Saturdays shoot. I didn't shoot it mind you... that bugger still eludes me! LOL. Just not the ground for them around me. You should take advantage of Irelands woodcock jiggy.

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Posted 04 January 2015 - 09:47 pm

Even harder to catch with a hawk!......only ever managed one & deep down I don't even count it, as it was struggling to get out of cover when I slipped the gos. Truly a masterful quarry.....
I once flushed one that the gos refused, only to see a spar take it instead!
Having missed many dozen with hawks.....a shotgun seems second rate.....
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Posted 05 January 2015 - 12:23 am

Nice bit of ground. Got my first woodcock for eating from this Saturdays shoot. I didn't shoot it mind you... that bugger still eludes me! LOL. Just not the ground for them around me. You should take advantage of Irelands woodcock jiggy.

we flushed 2 today while out with the terriers,i have no interest in shotty hunting other than id like to do some pigeon decoying some time.When I get a few shell decoys I will defo get out for a pigeon hunt



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Posted 05 January 2015 - 03:46 pm

Plenty around at the moment,we rose about 8-9 on saturday accounting for 3,the cover we were in did not allow for a shot a few times with tree's and such but great work for the springers.



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Posted 05 January 2015 - 07:06 pm

 

Nice bit of ground. Got my first woodcock for eating from this Saturdays shoot. I didn't shoot it mind you... that bugger still eludes me! LOL. Just not the ground for them around me. You should take advantage of Irelands woodcock jiggy.

we flushed 2 today while out with the terriers,i have no interest in shotty hunting other than id like to do some pigeon decoying some time.When I get a few shell decoys I will defo get out for a pigeon hunt

 

Was in a beating line the other week and shouted one over the line ,it got shot and after looking at it lying dead amoungst the other normal game and thinking to myself it's probebly flown a long way to get here i sure felt guilty about it   :icon_redface:   :cray:  and now i keep quiet and let the guns spot them for themselves and one drive i watched 5 go by without a single bang following them  :boogy:  :laugh:.A wonderfull looking bird that i see a lot of as it goes and only looking i will allways be  :victory: .


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Posted 05 January 2015 - 10:05 pm

i must admit i thought the same fireman,you'd hardly make a sandwich from one......,the poor buggers fly thousands of miles from god knows where and get flattened by some sureshot intent on having them for dinner lol......shur thats what its all about i suppose 


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Posted 13 January 2015 - 10:10 pm

Anyone else been seeing good numbers as on 3 different shoot days in the last week,in Norfolk,Suffolk and Essex i recon i've seen a 100 woodcock easy.Will add just asking from a bird lovers point of view and not a shooters  :laugh:


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Posted 14 January 2015 - 10:17 am

Anyone else been seeing good numbers as on 3 different shoot days in the last week,in Norfolk,Suffolk and Essex i recon i've seen a 100 woodcock easy.Will add just asking from a bird lovers point of view and not a shooters  :laugh:

 

I doubt I have seen 100 woodcock in my entire life! :laugh:


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Posted 14 January 2015 - 02:45 pm

Attached File  woody.JPG   78.55KB   0 downloadsShot 3 in an hours poke around on the West coast last week  :victory:

 



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Posted 16 January 2015 - 03:35 pm

Seems to be fewer around this year than usuall. Saw only 12 on our yearly rough shoot. We have seen 40 before now on the same ground.

The warmer winter perhaps?

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Posted 16 January 2015 - 08:45 pm

Mate, I think it's probably more to do with the weather in Russia etc than here. Seen plenty in Scotland last week.

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Posted 17 January 2015 - 04:20 pm

Seems to be fewer around this year than usuall. Saw only 12 on our yearly rough shoot. We have seen 40 before now on the same ground.

The warmer winter perhaps?

Cheers

Aled

It doesn't take much for them to move a little, wind, sun, frost, hard ground lots of factors. Go back a week later and you may see them back :thumbs:



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Posted 17 January 2015 - 06:06 pm

Flushing anything from 10-15 each outing in the last month or so then again we have great ground for woodcock,birch woods-bog-scrub loads of cover and great work for the springers.



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Posted 17 January 2015 - 08:52 pm

Beautiful bird. Shit trained dogs though.




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