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The Final Shoot

Snow has settled on the fields,
birds are gathering in the Weald.
Roads are clear, been laid with salt,
the hunters gather for one last shoot.

Bacon rolls and tea that’s warm,
greet us as we arrive at the farm.
A welcome snack before we go,
to get our ‘bag’ in the crisp fresh snow.

A pre shoot nip of Port or Sloe Gin,
warms up your insides, like central heating.
The birds are flying as the guns rapidly fire,
Pheasants fall to the ground, which resembles a mire.

At the end of the day a good bag by all,
gun-dogs at heel, obeying the call.
Back to the farm we slowly make our way,
choosing our brace from the impressive array.

A final farewell and last shake of hands,
farmers are left to work the land.
Dogs in their cages and everyone departs,
until later in the year, when the new season starts.

© Country Pursuits Photography. 02/02/13

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The end of the Pheasant Shooting Season was on February 1st.
This was my experience from recently attending a couple.

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  • naturelover
    natureloveralmost 2 years ago

    Excellent writing to go with superb images of your shoot. Such talent Richard :)) Big Fav! xx

  • Wow Pauline. Many thanks for the great comment and for the fave also. Got some Pheasant in the freezer and cant wait till next season to go again. xx

    – Country Pursuits

  • lynn carter
    lynn carteralmost 2 years ago

    Nice verse Richard, sorry can’t look at the pictures xx

  • Thanks Lynn. Are you a veggie then? xx

    – Country Pursuits

  • lynn carter
    lynn carteralmost 2 years ago

    No l,m not Richard, should be l know, Just don’t like seeing animals killed xx

  • Each to their own I suppose. xx

    – Country Pursuits

  • David Davies
    David Daviesalmost 2 years ago

    Well done, Richard.

  • Thank you kindly David. Hope you are still having a good time.

    – Country Pursuits

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradouralmost 2 years ago

    Another great seris of Country pursuits Richard, being a farmers son I remember all this going on

  • Thank you Malcolm for your most wonderful comment and support. It makes me wonder where ‘City folk’ think their Pheasant comes from. LOL.

    – Country Pursuits

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekalmost 2 years ago

    Excellent writing Richard … I enjoyed the group shot in sepia tones but like Lynn I can’t view the others … I’m not totally veggie … love fish but have almost given up all meats! x

  • Thank you Susie. Have a lovely day. x

    – Country Pursuits

  • Cliffyj
    Cliffyjalmost 2 years ago

    Fantastic photos and words

  • Thank you kindly Cliff. Glad you like it. Have a great Sunday.

    – Country Pursuits

  • peaky40
    peaky40almost 2 years ago

    Awesome write and photos Richard, looks like you had a fab day!!

  • Many thanks again Roy for your most welcome comment and for the fave also. Yes, had a great couple of days with the shoot. Looking forward to November when the season starts again.

    – Country Pursuits

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