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Hunting, shooting for Snipe

Driven birds, Walked Up, Wildfowling

Most people consider snipe hunting as a term describing a ridiculous, unachievable task- you don't go snipe hunting! But beyond public lore, the small, wetland bird is known throughout North America, Europe and Asia as a very difficult bird to hunt for. Their erratic, zig-zag fly pattern when in distress makes them a difficult shot, challenging the most talented waterfowl huntsman. It is said that British soldiers capable of shooting sniper coined the term “sniper” when referencing a sharp-shooter, or someone so skilled in shooting that they are able to routinely hit a flying sniper, zipping away in their wooded, brushy habitat. With a long, slender bill, snipe graze through wet soil in search of small worms and insect life. Their plumage varies with the different species throughout the world but is mainly comprised of light tans and dark brown speckled feathering. Dozens of snipe can be driven out of a bog or marshy wetland with skilled, silent drivers. Shooters must be patient as the first snipe fly out above the brush and into view, where only seconds yield a quality shot of the small, elusive birds.

Basic Info

Scientific name: Gallinago gallinago

Size: wingspan: 44-47 cm

Weight: 80-140g

Lifespan: 9.5 years

Methods: Wildfowling, Wingshooting, Driven birds, Walk-up

Countries: North America, Eurasia, South America, Europe and Africa