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    kingkeeper21
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    hi every one just joined up yesterday but its taken me till now how to figure it out (no good with technology)

    im interested in all fieldsports from ratting to gun dog training. if anyone has any handy tips and tricks all welcome.

  1. Freddy Watts
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    Well I am back to shooting my air rifle at last. I have been at university for the last few months so have not had a chance to shoot much. Pity really as there are a couple of trees outside my bedroom window that are taken up by a huge rookery. Just the right range for my hornet aswell. Not sure the uni would appreciate me taking my gun for shooting out of my window though. I am sure a few people would appreciate me getting rid of the birds though noisy buggers.

    But anyway, having just come back I wanted to get back to shooting so I have been looking around for the last few days had a rabbit and a pidgeon out of the window of the house last week but then have not seen much since. Well at least I havn't seen anything when I have had the gun with me. So today I went round to the back of our house to my grandfathers allotment/veg patch which has a small bit of woodland adjoining it, which also belongs to the family. I had just planned on doing some plinking at targets and corks but as I walked over I spotted a pidgeon land in a tree in the woodland.

    So knowing it was a longshot as it wuld likely see me coming (there is some open ground between me and the woodlands) I started to stalk up to it. I got to just over 35 yards away and could go no further without making alot of noise. So I stopped, nothing around to lean on, and thought it was the perfect oportunity to use the standing sht that I had been perfecting having prefered to shoot from a post. So I lined the shot up just above the birds head and squeezed. I prefer head shots on pidgeons as if you hit them anywhere else they are often only wounded. I swear they are like tanks those things. The pidgeon toppled out of its tree and luckily didn't get stuck.

    Well knowing that the old fellow would be happy with that as he has had problems with them eating all the buds of his apple trees I headed back towards my target. Half way there I saw another Pidgeon land in a tree just next to a low hedge. So crouching again I crept forwards and made my way along the hedge. With about 25 yards to go I stopped. I wasnt going to push my luck any more than but any further back and I could not see it over the hedge.

    This time I went for a seated stance as I knew if I stood up I would be easily spotted and the bird would spook and fly off. I was quickly seated comfortably with the rifle rested in my arms. I lined up slightly low this time as my gun is zeroed at 35yards. With a slight whisper and a dull thud the pellet hit home and it was another kill for the hornet.

    I could not believe my luck having gone out for some target practice I had just bagged myself 2 woodies. Wait untill the old man finds out, won't he be a happy chappy.

     

     

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    The hornets kills of the day.

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    martyn789
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    hi there can any one tell me what its the best rifle for the £200 price bracket thanks martyn

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    blogentry-26727-1252867570_thumb.jpgblogentry-26727-1252867570_thumb.jpgmayne rabbitt control that works beside landowners and farmers suffering with crop attack[/u]om"]undefined we use lurchers for lamping, bushing terriers, ferrets, and rabbit traps, and more. And all for free.
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    Hunter_from_Russia
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    father of my whippet

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    mother of my whippet

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    It is my whippet in childhood

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    My Karelian-Finnish laika (husky) in childhood. This breed is Russian. It has allied origin with Finnish spitz.

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    My Laika. West Siberian laika. (two)

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    My greyhounds in childhood.

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    It is my mongrel. It is not hunter. Is is good friend. :victory:

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    Formerly I had such hound. At the moment I don't have. It was my mistake. I took croos Russian foxhound(beagle) x English foxhound. This dog was shit. I removed it. It tried to find a hare and a fox, but it is very bad.

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    In future I will try to tell about every hound and other things. And I wiil make new photo of my adult hound.

  2. dogs-n-natives
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    Hot again.... good catch rate today... will hopefully have the last of them tomorow and start another farm.

     

    Garden mole not caught, left traps for another day... hopefully tomorow will produce

     

    Off fishing for the rest of the afternoon, cant complain eh :)

  3. I walked around a new permission today and saw rabbits in all directions. Need to sort out a strategy to reduce the population. Glorious weather this afternoon.

  4. Have not had a serious go at net making, tend do do the lazy option and buy them,But I stil have a yen to learn. as many of the situations in my area can be awkward and a custom net or two would be extremely handy and time saving. I am actively looking on the other net when time permits. Would be handy if someone could steer me to a site or give instruction here for others to use too.

    Cheers in advance.

    Jeff

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    Rocket science this isn't. just a basic understanding of courtship will help and some common sense. People do things differently with semen collection, some enter the aviaries and collect semen and others like myself do it via the the front of the aviary through hatch. To make things easier the centre Bar of my enclosure's has been made so the hatch can be lifted to allow me to put my hand through on the ledge.

     

    Around Mid March things start to change with the males as they come into condition, you may witness toe picking and covets spread and clippy Hitched wing flying which is a sure sign he's coming into breeding condition, during this stage spreading the feeding times out through the day will help to stimulate courtship aswel as taking twigs through the bars or hatch, the male may well also take food and pluck it and come back to present it to you which is all part of his courtship ritual. as the bird gets more confident I will then start to enter the aviary and prepare a makeshift nest with a few larch twigs and sprigs of leylandi, the male may well come across to the nest platform and help with the nest building taking twigs from you which is a added bonus, be careful as some may be a little spooky when first entering the aviary.

     

    As the days pass you will see the male waiting for you at the food ledge perhaps toe picking but most definitley if he is any sort of condition with his head down and covets spread, a young male may well be a bit coy at first when it comes to copulation and could take some coaxing over but in time he will respond and may well try and copulate with your hand when pushed through the window. I use a Pad method covered in white silicone to pull over my hand, the Gos comes in and attempt copulation with the pad on the upper side of my hand with Knuckels upper most, he may falter for a few days and just dry coplulating and perhaps spin round on the hand but be Patient and in time he will find a technique that suits him. The general rule of thumb is to only attempt to collect semen three times split equaly a day at the most, with some birds I have found if you over do it or push him he'll slow down and perhaps lose interest....

     

    if his first few shots of semen are off coloured slight don't worry, its not a problem as this will soon clear. draw the semen off the pad useing a syringe and Ultippete tip ro whatever methoid suits you, this can then be scoped if needed and either Inseminated straight into the bird or like myself it will be placed into a epindorph tube and extended to use in more than one female...

     

    Like I said before in a previouse entry! this isn't a hard and fast rule as people do it different, but it works for me so I Won't be changing anything in the near future.

     

    cheers

     

    Jasper

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    took luke my 8 1/2 year old saluki x dog local to thanet near manston airport slipped on two hares over rough hard ground first run ten mins killed at full speed picked up easy. second run he run same three fields but killed in cabbages. was on way home due to blizzard and charlie run straight in front of us on plough, got my old dog out slipped at about 100 yds and he grabbed it on a straight line but next to main dual carriageway. about 11.30 am packed with traffic and he lets go and charlie runs up dual carriagway and so does my dog and grabs it on central reservation with blood everywhere and an audience of about fifty cars. nightmare, had to pull him off and fox stumbles away up middle of road. took off wouldnt you?.

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    Sadeik
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    Recently I imported a Jagdterrier from Slovakia from Vladimir Hudec to help me with stalking as I wanted a dog that would track and bring down any Muntjac that I wounded. I have only lost a few deer in the past and regret that they were not clean kills so thats why I got the dog. Not to big for the Landrover and small house but a large lump of muscle, although very eager and fearsome he lives in the house and is extremely good with the children and most other dogs except most uncastrated males. A little training ensured that sheep were off limits but he does have a habit of baying at cattle and cats are the enemy. Oh thats except our one and the childrens pet rats did not last long.

    A hard dog with a very good nose but sometimes a bit to keen and if he see's the damn Muntjac before I do he has a habit of letting it know we are there which isn't the idea but he still young.

    The bonus of such a good dog is that he absolutely loves hunting rabbits and rats on the farm, once he starts digging you damn well know they are close by and its worth poking around and digging to get the quarry.

    One down side is his love and I really mean love for chasing Hares, one sniff or the sight of one and he is off, no chance of catching one running but that does not worry him although on one occasion he did manage to peg a Hare sitting tight.

    On the whole he is the best dog I have had, getts grumpy sometimes and is a complete menace when he wants to have a rough and tumble.

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    Went out ferretting today with the 410, hopeless just as well the hob and dog weren't they had six working together. Dog marked the hole where he knew the ferret and rabbit were and when the rabbit made its move so did the jaws of the jagdterrier but mindful of the ferret, really nice to see two different animals working together one pulling one way the other pulling the other way. Superb dog

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    I usually like to trap small game animals in my woods. I usually let them go. if i do let them go , do i need a license or could i do it without one ? please help me!!I am new here so add me or msg me anytime. :gunsmilie:

  6. Well I've not blogged for a while! Here goes.

     

    We had a good shoot today. A slight breeze, albeit a misty morning, and a lot of birds about.

     

    We had five drives in all, the mist hampering the first one, and guess what? A fox running along the hedges doesn't bode that well with Pheasants!!

     

    He bought two ounces of Lead from me anyway, I paced him from where I stood, seven yards, didn't notice me in the slightest. Dropped to the floor on the first shot, pumped him with the second for my piece of mind :yes:

     

    Big Dog, no cubs for that one this year!!

     

    The drive ended with only three in the bag, I couldn't see the man next to me in the mist! and it was freezing. It didn't go above 2.5'c all day.

     

    The next four drives had some really good fliers though. Birds springing from everywhere, and five Woodcock flushed. For two shot, not too bad. They were fat too, and both Juveniles. A lot of Juveniles being shot around the country.

     

    I watched one Woodcock. It had flown forward through the wood to the guns out front. But had been missed by five shots. I was flanking the wood as the beaters worked it down.

     

    The Woodcock, came into the field at the far end from me. Flew 400 yards up the field, turned left, flew across the width of the field, over a small wood, curled again, and landed in the top of the same wood it had been flushed from! Amazing birds.

     

    We ended up with 50 odd Pheasants, Two Woodcock, A Fox and a Squirrel. Good enough for me!

     

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    JohnOBrien8
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    Hi,

    im new to the hunting scene and am looking to buy an air rifle.

    i live in ireland so i need to know if i need a license???

    the maximum i could pay would be £150 sterling..

    i want to be able to kill rabbits etc. but dont no what gun would be able to do that.

    could someone give me information on what i need to do to get hunting?

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    rabno1shot
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    This is my Lurcher Turbo :D

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    michaelknight
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    HAD A GOOD DIG WITH RUSSEL DOG GOT A BIT SMASHED!

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    dexie
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    Hi my names chris (dexie).

    moved to wales 4 yrs ago from shropshire.

    Use to keep lurchers but been without a dog for a few years.

    got back into it at the end of last season after brother in law invited me for a walk out with him an his mate and that was it seeing his 2 bull crosses going across that field at full tilt was all it took to start my obbsession with running dogs ..AGAIN :11:

     

    Got a pup in the summer and have been working hard on the training and is comming on well. have given her a few slips and looking good plan to start her properly after xmas.

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    As the winter got closer was itching to get out but didnt want to spoil pup but i managed to find a pup just starting to do a bit. soon was making himself at home in the kennel at mine. after a few weeks training decided was time to see what he could do.

    Soon got the hang of it and has started to catch regular and improves with each outing.

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  7. kvnmcwebn
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    Picked up a new pup off a site member, who is very sound.

    Jack dubh is a fantastic pup, very feisty. The plan now is to have the beddy doing the bushing and him doing the grabbing.

    Should work as they get along well and the beddy has turned out to be a good bushing dog pushing all sorts of stuff out at me.

     

     

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    The pup is a 3/4 bred beddy whippet and should make 22 inches.

    Hes out of a big working flat backed whippet.

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    Simon G
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    I started shooting at the age of 7 when my father used to take me to an indoor range at the school where he taught. I seem to recall the .22 rifles were lever action and quite primitive by todays standards but I found that I could hit the targets and more to the point I could group. Small indoor ranges have a smell and sound all of their own. The smell of hessian, cordite and rifle oil still brings back happy memories.

    A posting to Warminster whilst serving in the army introduced me to the joys of rough shooting and vermin control around the pheasant pens on the Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA). Most afternoons after work I would arm myslf with a Baikal over and under and walk the bounds. Rough shooting opened my eyes to what was around me; the activities of the shoot and the farmers who managed the land as well as the wildlife that often conspired against them. Squirrel, rabbit, fox and magpie became the focus of my attention and I learnt that firing a shotgun was a very different discipline to full bore target shooting. To this day everything has a sporting chance when I go out with a twelve bore.

    After leaving the army I studied Rural Land Management and began to understand the rural economy. I could "read" a farm; what type of enteprise, what crops were being grown, and was it profitable. It was all a real eye opener.

    Fourteen years later, now happily married and with a young family, I feel it is time to get back to some full bore shooting. I have been shooting twelve bore, off and on, over a local farm but as we used to say this has not really been an "act of war".

    The farm is big enough to shoot over and arable only so I don't have to worry about livestock. The land gently rolls which provides some interesting walks and plenty of backstops for shooting. The fields are not too large, with established hedge boundaries and mature oak and chestnut providing useful roosts for the wood pigeon that are prolific at this time of year. The great plus is a disused gravel quarry that is grassed over and flanked with scub and brambles. This is perfect for zeroing and has the advantage of several rabbit warrens.

    The woodland has a number of established badger sets and plenty of evidence that they are occupied. I have not come across any foxes but with plenty of rabbits, brambles and no doubt rats around the farm buildings they will be around somewhere. The fox is not an obvious problem for the farm and the question of consent will have to be discussed wih the farmer.

    A .22LR rimfire was the obvious choice for my FAC however I have had to consider the .17 Mach2 and HMR weapons that are now available. Flatter trajectory, greater range, better target effect at those longer ranges and reduced ricochets are important factors. I have asked for a .17 on my FAC however the noise of a moderated .17 cannot be compared with that of a moderated subsonic .22 and once cost has been thrown into the equation I have decided to start out with a .22LR.

    When it comes to the make of rimfire weapon there is only the CZ range in the running. It is unusual in this life that when we talk about "cheapest" we also use the expressions such as well made, solid, quality and accurate. I briefly considered semi-auto's however I want to be able to use the range of .22 ammunition without having to modify the weapon each time or suffer performance problems. As I wait for the FAC to be granted there is time now to find the best firing points around the farm for what should be a great summer.

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    kuduchris
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    Hi All,

     

    Joined yesterday, this is the first ever chat forum I have been on so learning still to navigate and use. Been hunting for 30years mainly into deer stalking and trophy hunting around the world. Just got back from a 3rd trip to Turkey for Ibex & Wild Boar, excellent trip as usual! If anyone is thinking of this kind of mountain/forest hunting let me know and I will be happy to pass on some recommendations for a very good quality hunting outfit.

     

    Cheers

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    Selwyn Froggit
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    Today I 'ave mostly been eating butterhead lettuce with a dressing of best virgin olive oil and a little lemon juice :hmm:

  8. Went the the welsh game fair last week and got a new coolar and slip lead for my whippet. I got it from the stall black dog which had many great leather products for the dogs wel heres a picture of them

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    Hi everyone...

    Would love to hear from anyone who can help....

     

    Im trying to find a little shooting land in the Kent area...

     

    Im 45 years old, experienced shooter for many years but would like to get with the times...

    I shoot mainly with the same person & have done for many years now but sadley he is not as mobile as he used to be.

     

    I guess im looking for a new shooting partner or to be a guest...

    I hold FAC .22 & .17 Rimfire FAC Air rifle & shotgun cert, also full BASC member with all that comes with membership...

     

    All the land im able to shoot on is too far to just grab the gear & go for a couple of hours so would love some help to get some more local...

     

    I know that its not easy getting land these days & i would not want to mess anything up for anyone & i wouldnt be bringing any other shooters into this as i have spent all my shooting years with only one person, safer that way!

     

    Im more than happy to ring you & meet so that you can 'vet' me...

     

    Kind regards....

    Meridian.

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    wildfowler4
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    Hi,

     

    I joined in December but have not really introduced myself or added anything to the site. I am 41 years old and have been involved in various field sports since I started fishing when I was 5. I have onlt recently got my shotgun license again after a break of 15 years or so. No particular reason for the break just other things happening.

     

    Here is some more details on me

     

    Fishing - I have fished since I was 5. I have fished for trout, barbel, eels and carp mainly.

     

    Shooting - I have done mainly rough shooting but recently became interested in wildfowling after a weekend out with a friend. I have just joined a large wildfowling club.

     

    Ferrets - I used to keep ferrets and done quite a lot of rabbitting.

     

    Dogs - I have only ever owned one dog and that was many years ago. He was a Staffordshire Bull terrier which I used for rough shooting and ratting. I plan to get a dog soon. A Labrador or a Springer.

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    dus anyone have ferreting equipment for free or cheap. i am 12 . stuff like nets/collers/locaters??

    plezzz w/b scotland:

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