Personally i think that some of the bags shot now are disgusting, the size of the bags are obscene and do not do the shooting fraternity any favours. 1000 birds in a day, not necessary and not sporting in my opinion. I shot with a farmer a couple of years ago on a 200 bird day, he told me of a recent day he had of 1100 plus birds shot in a day, i told him i did not agreee with it and this would be the death nell of shooting. His answer to me was "Well i can afford it".I think the majority of shoots where local working class boys chip in and put down some birds (1000-2000) and run it more like a syndicate is a great thing and i used to love going to one locally with a friend. The shoot i used to attend was excellent and most guns got a few birds every time out and all the birds were taken for eating by the beaters and the guns.. What is giving the shooters a bad image IMHO is the big estates putting down tens of thousands of birds and then selling these driven days for big bucks. We all know that they charge more for the more birds killled by the guns. What you are left with is guns who are very rich having the ability to pay silly money and shoot a crazy amount of birds that day. This would be like overstocking a trout fishery then chapping all you catch then just tipping them in a bucket for sishery owner to get rid of them when you leave. This does not sit right with me.
I have never liked putting down ducks on ponds then having a go at them when they lift and circle the pond. I have no issue with shooting wild duck and geese and quite enjoy a day out watching this.
Like everything nowadays supply and demand has resulted in a product being available if someone is looking for that product and willing to pay big money for it. I also think Shooters and fishers should stick together and protect the country way of life as the Antis are getting louder and becoming more succesful in getting their voices heard in high places.
Won't be shooting with him again