Hunting for gray partridges
Shooting gray partridges is one of the most interesting types of hunting, but only on the condition that there are many birds in those areas where you will hunt. Therefore, it is impossible to go to the area without a prior request, even if in past years you have found many quails in those places.
Only by getting the answer that in this year there are many broods, one can count on the success of the hunt.
Even in places full of partridges, I sometimes had to walk dozens of kilometers before I found brood, because partridges, unlike other game, do not adhere to the area where they were bred, and, looking like rosary, wander in search of food from the spot to a place.
As a rule, the hunt for partridges begins after harvesting spring bread. At this time, they fly out to fatten stubble, on potato fields, etc., and, having grown rich, move to ravines, weeds, bushes, and dried field marshes.
A dog is absolutely necessary for hunting on partridges, and since it is necessary to look for them in open places, a broad search for a dog is highly desirable. It is only necessary that she has at the same time a strong stand and fast liner. Therefore, it should, as well as in the swamp, not shorten the search for a dog and release it to the limits of hearing the whistle.
You can safely use the instructions of the shepherds regarding the partridges, since in the fall livestock are usually herded in their habitats.
Before asking about the presence of game in the land, you need to ask the residents where there are fields, gardens, weeds, bushes, etc., so as not to waste too much time searching for suitable places.
To look for partridges very early there is no need. It is best to be on the spot at the time when the bird, having otzhirovi, moves from the place of fattening to the daytime somewhere in a protected place, in the shade, where it rests until the evening feeding.
This is where the information received from the locals will be useful. If there is a marsh in the hunting area in the fields, covered with high grass, go straight to them and properly go around them. If there are no marshes, but there are ravines, start a search from them, and pass the ravine along the bottom, and let the dog so that its search captures the edges of the ravine. Walking along ravines is not easy, but still every ravine must be passed from beginning to end.
If there is uncut grass or weeds near the stubble, do not forget to look in them too. And if in the fields there is a spring, flowing lowland, be sure to go there: in such a place partridges gather for a watering place.
If the dog began to work on partridges at the border of bushes, try to enter in such a way that the raised partridges did not move to the thicket, otherwise you will have to look for them again. In addition, it is more difficult to shoot partridges in more often, although they let the hunter closer than in the open. It often happens that you hear the take-off, but you cannot see the partridges themselves and you cannot even determine in which direction they flew. It all depends on the place where you can raise partridges.
On fat, the aged brood usually rarely lets the dog, even less often the hunter manages to approach the right shot. Partridges rise all brood at once and fly very far away, often hiding from the eyes.