Posted 05 January 2009 - 12:12 pm
Great hols in Aberdeen.
First trip was our first fed pond as said above, next hit in a fortnight as now loads more teal due to frost.
I went out with SAC, no nonsense and quite strict rules including bag limits etc. Will be putting something together for magazine, may like some comments from you SS so I'll PM you later.
Loads and loads of geese at Montrose. 1000's of pinks, most stayed on the reserve all day, about 200 icelandic speckle bellied greys of which I was lucky enough to get under them. A huge beast. Will post a pic later asap. A small skein went over us about 30 yards up. One shot right above me as it dissapeared behind the gun. Stone dead. Not a mark on its body anywhere, genuine head and neck shot! Very happy. Using 3.5" 1300fps 44grm Remington 2's (UK 1's), 1/2 choke.
We heard literally hundereds of duck calling on arrival at the sea wall but after the shooting at the greys they dissapeared, but we got 4 goldeneye, 1 wigeon and a teal on the river.
Including one tag team double with some ace retrieving by Deuch on the river. He made 4 40yd+ water retrieves from the river and two shorter ones.
The evening clouded over so we could not see the many duck pilling into our deeks at high tide in the evening. We just had to leave them till next year!
Great trip and great time of year to go, this is my 3rd year (not consecutive) going in early jan and I have not blanked yet!
A big big thankyou to V-max and Sauer for there hospitality between flights at montrose, some great fast pheasant shooting. They put me in the front line which as they found out was not the best plan, I kept wingin' them, but we got them back. We had one of those unfortunate lung shot events, while my dog switched off due to being a bit knackered. This hen rocketed skywards after being pricked in the lung then collapsed into some tall reeds. Dog was too busy chasing snipe to care so I lost it!!!
Fabulous lads and fabulous ground, you look after it very well.
If you ever go to montrose and you are hungry after the eveing flight, a 5-in-1 special burger with Chips from the 5-in-1 takeaway in the town does the business! I cant vouch for what the meat was made of but with raw onion relish, gerkins , salad cheese and two frizbee sized slabs of burger, who cares!
Until next time