Writer, zoologist and gundog enthusiast, Pippa blogs on life in the countryside

Pigeons and young gundogs

Pigeon shooting

Pigeon shooting is featuring quite a bit on our timetable at the moment.  The beanfields seem to be a particular target for the pigeons and we are now steadily stocking up the freezer with our favourite meat.

Once pigeon shooting is going well it is also a great opportunity to introduce young dogs to repeated gunfire.  Today,  whilst himself was enthroned in our number one hide,  I took  some young dogs for a walk about quarter of a mile away.  

This kind of distance is my starting point as I have a young lab that is on the point of being cured of gun nervousness,  and I don’t want to mess things up by subjecting her to a fusilade of shots at close quarters. 

Over the next few days I hope to gradually bring her closer to the guns.  More of that later

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