Argentina 2013: A Wonderful Hunt and Fantastic Vacation: Day 5. Part 3

by david on August 20, 2013

Another problem was, more often than not, the doves would change course just outside of range and I would have to start all over again.  As the minutes of the morning wore on, I began to watch groups rather than individual birds.  The more I watched them, as they approached, the more I began to see patterns and positions of individual birds in the group.  Soon the bird in the front of the group began to fall with some semblance of regularity.  After watching them a little longer, I noticed I can visualize the patterns so I can take doubles.  The doubles then turn into triples, and triples into quadruples.  I actually take three quads and five triples before the morning is over.  This is amazing for me in that I have never actually been able to pull off a double before at home.

I soon became lost in the flights of birds and the booming of shotguns.  Swinging on birds and loading more shells.  The rest of the morning was spent with a grin on my face and a shotgun on my shoulder.  I had to force myself to physically put down the gun and stop for a while just to get a drink of water past my lips.  I can’t explain the joy I experienced other than it is one of those rare times when everything lines up and goes right.  When the morning was done, I have had one of my best times and shoots ever.  I had fired 22 boxes (550 shells) and downed 302 birds.  Between the five of us, we have prevented 1479 birds from ever raiding crops again.  That sounds like a lot of birds but it was statistically insignificant.  We took less than 1/ 10 of a percent of the birds from that field.  When you take into account just how big Argentina is, and how many thousands of fields that are just like this one, you can see the scope of the bird problem Argentina has.

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