Lab is a good picking up dog, and for river work when shooting,springer is a good all round dog,and for rough shooting,they have plenty of stamina. My wife loves german shepards. What do you shoot,we shoot most things round here,37 deer since first of sept.
Mainly shoot pigeons, but there are also loads of pheasants (farm next door, stocks them up on the wood!) My farm hates them so they other farm buys then feeds etc, and I shoot when they come onto my farm
Also a small pond, so chnace of ducks.
Also have legal limit Webeley air rifle so a few bunnies.
We have quite a few guns,even a 577 calibre muzle loading percussion cap enfield rifle,like was used in the American civil war,they were also used as a big game rifle for rhino ect. use a 270 manlicher for deer,and 222.50 for fox's ect. What i like best of all though is stalking bunnies with my bsa airsporter air rifle,much more skill to this. Love pigion shooting with decoys over corn stubble,and field peas/beans. Done to much pheasant and partrige work on big commercial shoot,not that sporting anymore,i prefer the small rough shoots now,just a few pheasants a day,even only a couple is good.Quite happy nowadays if i don't shoot anything,just being out is good,let my sons do the shooting.
I could never see myself on these commercial shoots.
I have a good releationship with my farmer, and I am happy for just a few pigeons and pheasants from a combination of rough shooting and decoying, for my own consumption and maybe a few for freinds and family.
A good air rifle with scopes and mod is just (if not more) as good a tool as the shotgun
Thats why i have allways had a soft spot for my air rifles,went out with a mate several years ago in early evening,he had shotgun,i had air rifle, he got 3 bunnies i had 7, we did not walk round together obviously. Had my first one when i was eight,a 177 diana smooth bore. The commercial shoots are nothing more than a massacre,not at all sporting,it took me some years to realize this sadly. every day 5 or 8 hundred birds,somtimes up to 1200.
The biggest shoot round here is Holland and Holland,6000 acres and when i last went they were charging ?48 per bird plus vat.and yes most of them are carp shots. More money than sense. I could also hit more with my old AYA,think i could hit more than some with an air rifle.