With just three days to go before the start of the partridge season, sporting agencies are confident that this years shooting will be a great success, but are anxious about how the 2009/10 season will be affected by the current economic climate.
The number of red-legged partridges reared for shooting has risen substantially in recent years and may now account for about a quarter of birds released, according to the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT).
If I drop a pheasant on my neighbour's land, whose property is it? I went to pick a bird that fell over the boundary, only to find the farmer had got there before me. I asked him to hand it over, but he wouldn't!
We have one woodland drive on our farm shoot where it's difficult to get pheasants to fly forward towards the guns. Can we rectify the problem? We are driving the wood towards the release wood and that last season we did not encounter this difficulty.