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Hunting Green Days and Blue Days

After a one season hiatus it was great to see Illaunmore pheasant shoot back again for 2104. Owner Michael Mahnke had some health problems sorted out and it was good to see him in such fine fettle. I have written a lot about this unique island shoot over the years and everything I have said…

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Pheasant Hunting on Illaunmore

The excitement of a day’s shooting still has me struggling to sleep, whether I’m going to be stood on a peg, sat in a pigeon hide or tucked-up in a dyke on the fens. This effect was multiplied somewhat, though, when I discovered that my final day of the 2014/15 hunting season would be on…

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Pheasant and Partridge Hunting

Many sportsmen who are proficient at shooting clays may struggle when they try their hand at game hunting because the flight of a clay pigeon is much different to the way a game bird flies. Different species of game birds have very different speeds and wing movement. The difference between shooting clays and shooting pheasant and…

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Safety Rules for Driven Pheasant Shoots

Guns must be empty and broken or in a sling between drives. If two people are sharing a stand, only one gun is permitted on the stand. Low pheasants must not be fired at under any circumstances, including birds behind the guns. Shooting must not start before the signal and cease immediately on the signal.…

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Shooting High Birds

A lot of pheasant shooters find it hard to hit high pheasants because they tend to shoot when the face isn’t on the gun’s stock. The hunter has thought that the pheasant is simple and forgotten the fundamentals. The gun ought to always be mounted properly prior to attempting the shot, as to do otherwise…

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