Hunter in one hand to the foxes in the olive grove.
This increase in fans has reached such an extent that some foxes, in their daily journeys from the roost to the feeder and vice versa, have to cross two three lines of shotguns, which has led, despite the difficulties presented by their abattoir, a decrease in the density of such precious birds. The numerical reduction of other kinetic specifics, as well as the high cost of being able to practice other modalities, have motivated many hunters to opt for the thrush. Our country, because of its climate and geographical location with respect to Europe, is a privileged place for the hunting of the thrush, and this has caused a huge number of hunters to move to our territory. This has caused two problems for Spanish hunters: the rise in the price of thrush stalls and the increasingly difficult mission of finding good ground to hunt them down. Who was going to tell us when, relatively recently, hunters didn't even shoot them for not spending cartridges?
About the best way to practice thrush shooting, we first have to clearly differentiate the two basic modalities that exist to hunt it. One of them is by jumping and in hand, walking through the olive grove in areas where the thrush sets its querencias, and another very different is embodied by its hunting in passing, or when the thrushes go to the feeder well at sunset, when they move to the roost.
Jumping and in hand
The difficulty of shooting is considerable because the thrushes usually lift the flight at a significant distance, which will cause when the thrush starts to fly, the shooter hesitates when shooting because he does not know how to measure the distance well, which means that the thrush is further away and at the time of shooting he is practically out of shot. In order to take down thrushes with some regularity, the first thing to keep in mind is to use a shotgun with very closed chokes, that is, one and two stars, even a star in both guns. If we hunt with a semi-automatic, without a doubt it will be the choke of a star that will help us the most to get a good perch of these birds. The ideal cartridge will have a load of 32 grams with partridge of 8.
Once the cartridge and shotgun to be used have been chosen, we will have to pay special attention to footwear and clothing. The boot should hold the ankle perfectly, because if our gaze should be focused mainly on seeing the thrush come out as soon as possible, we will barely look at the ground, which can produce a bad settlement of the foot in the terrain and, consequently, that sprains occur dislocations with some ease. The clothes that we must wear must be comfortable and, at the same time, glued to the body so that at the time of performing a quick caress does not attach the corner in our jacket vest and we can perform a precise face.
Unlike the shot in place, in hand the difficulty does not lie in the advance judgment of our shots, because in this way of hunting them our advances will be very small. What we will have to take care of with care is the technique of care, always trying to make in tenths of a second the butt is perfectly attached to our cheekbone, so that we do not raise our face at all. In most cases, if we take care of this detail and shoot the same thrush, no matter how far away it is, it will be enough to bring it down. Seventy percent of those thrushes that we think are a long way away when they come out of the olive tree, if we shoot them as we have indicated, we will see how they fall, producing the consequent satisfaction in the hunter.
Fixed position
This is the most common way to hunt the thrush. The shot in place is not just putting yourself in one place and shooting at everything that happens. As in hand hunting, legs play a fundamental role in the position, as well as cunning, field knowledge and the species we want to collect, in this case the thrush. In this hunt we can highlight a number of technical issues that need to be taken into account to improve our results. First of all, the thrush hunter doesn't even get painted the saying that he says to the early riser, God helps him." We have to get to the post practically at night. When dawn begins it will be time to place the post well and cut branches to cover us, so that we get a comfortable posture to pull and, at the same time, that protects us from the powerful view of the thrushes. We must also pave the ground as best as possible to promote optimal mobility of our feet when shooting. With regard to our clothes, we will not use light colors, going to the tones that are mimeticed with the terrain.
Another important point in hunting from the post is to be working the view uninterruptedly. The shooter must remain still until the bird is about 45 degrees in front of our position. At that moment we can gently start our shooting swing, because this way the bird will not see us because he always visualizes what is ahead with an angle of 45 degrees more. If the way the shotgun is raised to the face is smooth, the thrush will not break in the air, which will help us to perform a straight swing, just having to calculate the advance and not the trajectory. As they cross the firing lines, they usually catch a high altitude, forcing the hunter to make incredible advances of even four five meters ahead of the bird. This, which a priori may seem barbaric, I assure you that it is not; prove it and I'm sure you're surprised by the result.
For the thrush's shot in place, the chokes must be like the ones we ride to hunt in hand, that is, one and two stars one with semi-automatics. The cartridge may vary depending on the number of shots we are going to make. If you don't shoot too much, the 32 gram octave cartridges are the ones that will offer us the best results, but if we are lucky enough to access positions of more than 300 shots, the 30 grams and 9 pellet cartridges perfectly fulfill their task.