Thrush Sassello and Cesena: Hunt for Thrushes Sassello and Cesene known as the “migratory of the cold” who in the cold in Tuscany know how to give extraordinary hunting emotions.
Between the end of November and the beginning of December, the migrations are practically over and the fans of hunting migrants put their guns in the locker waiting for a new flow: not everyone, however, gives up. There are those who know that with the cold, the pungent and sparkling one, there are two migrants who come to visit us: the redwing in the company of the Cesena.
To hunt down these two fabulous migrants, of course you have to move from the cities, preferring hilly areas that are not very frequented: it is the large oak woods and not only that give hospitality to both, brown and colored with an intense green, musky and fragrant. of low and strong Mediterranean scrub.
In Tuscany, for example, there are areas that are particularly popular for sassello hunting and in Cesena, in the metalliferous hills east of the Pisan province, and near the Grosseto Maremma.
Here there is an alternation of fabulous natural parks, reserves used for repopulation and capture, but above all strips of territory in which hunting is allowed.
If in spring these places are a deafening chirping, during the cold and pungent winter season they become one of the ideal habitats for the wintering of these two fabulous migrants, the cold migrants.
Even for those who do not have the passion for hunting, admiring in these areas the coming and going of nature at the first dawn is fabulous: the most morning are the blackbirds, solitary and fast, and as the sun grows you begin to glimpse Cesene and groups of pebbles that with a certain haste head towards the pasture areas.
Normally the hunt that is practiced in the area is that of stalking, without the use of any call: it is much more satisfying to shoot on the fly. The challenge is fairer and more rewarding. Shooting at a standstill with caged birds guarantees excellent game boxes, but according to many hunters it is an all too simple challenge.
Large and intelligent, the Cesena is for many lovers of hunting art more stimulating than its cousin Sassello. It allows itself to be observed from a distance and lives in a pack; especially after the first shots it disappears and prefers to take cover, becoming nothing more, nothing less than a ghost.
Il redwing instead it has a linear flight and despite the gunshots it lingers on the place for the whole morning; moreover its presence is remarkable and there are those who prefer to dedicate themselves to the exclusive hunting of this bird.
In short, those who choose abundant game bags prefer stationary shooting and focus on the pebble, the more daring hunters and less interested in quantities dream only of Cesena.
However, the advice is to choose a good cartridge that adapts to the climate: a 34 grams with 9-8 lead should be ideal.
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