The Countryman's Weekly


August 23
08:10 2017

WEB1-23-08-17Shooting grouse over pointing dogs

by David Hudson.

LAST week we were looking at shooting grouse over pointing dogs – the finest sport in the world in my opinion. Okay, so I’m biased having owned Pointers and setters for nearly 50 years but I still maintain that it is the most fun you will ever have while you are standing up and fully dressed. When you are old enough to have owned dogs for 50 years it is probably the most fun you are going to have full stop, but I digress.

It’s a fine summer morning, you have arrived on the moor suitably dressed and suitably armed, and you have been introduced to the dog handler and a bunch of lively looking Pointers or setters. The dogs are panting, prancing and pulling at their leashes (Pointers and setters pull – it’s their default state).

Before the first dog is cast off the handler will call the Guns round for a wee chat about how shooting over dogs works. The first and most important thing to do is listen to what he is saying and take notice. Much of the success, or not, of your day will hinge on you doing what he has told you.




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