I have a friend who is a regular gun on the farm and I’ve heard him on several occasions comment on the warmth of the welcome and the sporting attitude. What struck me at this shoot was that the team carried themselves exceptionally well and reflected a vibrant working countryside. The guns seem to have the same ethical mindset and all behaved as impeccable sportsmen. As a picker-up it was a privilege to enjoy the company and good companionship.
I feel adaptation is advantageous for any team and shuffling things around on the day kept everyone on their toes, including the gundog handlers! I’m sure you’ll agree being versatile can have its benefits with a small shoot and the shoot captain was confident in his approach which reflected a well run day.
As we got into position I waited patiently with the dogs. Guns scanning the sky ahead. It's hard to beat the sense of anticipation before the first drive on a shoot day. Once the drive started I watched in awe as several of the spaniels were working the wind and using their natural abilities to find the birds. No job was too big for these fantastic little dogs.
And as the day progressed the conversation flowed and the guns and beaters made a point of highlighting the missed opportunities and the memorable shots. It was clear everyone had come to enjoy themselves and shoot some good birds.