Just as we turn to potting pigeons, bagging bunnies and polishing the moves, our gundogs' attention is also diverted come summertime. Here are our favourite pictures from Instagram of off duty gundogs

Days in the beating line or on the peg may be on hold for now, but our gundogs remain busy come summertime. Most gamebirds are currently off the menu but there are still pigeons to pot and bunnies to bag. Others are revising retrieving in theory, rather than practice. It’s back to the classroom with The Field – the only textbook worth studying. Pups are out in the field for the first time, hard-worked gundogs are retreating into holiday mode and some are simply eating all of the treats. Here are our favourite pictures from Instagram showing how off duty gundogs spend their summer.

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Some are putting their retrieving skills to good use by bagging bunnies, potting pigeons and generally keeping busy in the field. For inspiration from the pigeon hide, read the best pigeon shooting retrieves this spring.

Perfect jump #gundog #dog #cocker #cockerspaniel #spaniel #puppy #pup #rabbitshooting

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Though not all retrieves are successful…

Some are simply enjoying the time outdoors.

Hot legs or hot dogs?

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Others have returned to the classroom to study their subject.

Though some have the right idea in choosing a superior textbook…

Others have turned their attention to entirely different matters.

But some are too distracted by one particular thing to do much at all.

Some pups are out in the field and experiencing their ‘firsts’.

And some gundogs have turned on their out-of-office and gone on holiday.

Because if we deserve a break in the off-season, they certainly do too…

New hunting companion. #labradorretriever #gundog #duckhunting #sikadeer

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