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About kenj

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    Bracknell, Berkshire
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    Shooting, fishing, classic motorbikes and motorsport.

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  1. Festive Pheasant Pasties

    We are having a couple tonight. Saute'ed pototatos, veg and gravy. just right for a wet evening.
  2. Rabbits with HMR

    This thread has gone well off topic. The HMR is an ideal long range rabbit rifle, which does little damage to meat with head and upper chest shots. Having said that the anti brigade are winning. Otters are getting out of control, but we can't touch them, same with cormorants. My club tried to get a license to shoot them, but it was like trying to push water up hill. I keep quiet about my shooting. "Rabbits and fox. How could you? I thought that you were a nice person!" etc. Just wait until they find out about the thousands of peasants being buried after shoots, because even the game dealers don't want them. That will do, I'd better get back to my knitting. Happy New Year Folks
  3. Rabbits with HMR

    HaHa deswal. You must have been watching West World. Shot through the bib at 50 yards, they don't go far. This was a group, 1 vixen, 1 dog, two cubs and a smaller female. Shot over three hours. One ran off. As I said they seemed tame. There were plenty of rabbits in this blackthorn for a successful den and saw more on the permission over the summer, getting another dog and two females, while waiting for rabbits.
  4. Tatty Old Airgun Section

    This is my 177 Relum ZII, bought new by myself aged 16 in 1962. Archers in Slough were selling these in the sports department for £7, yes seven pounds. I wanted the .22 barrelled version, but they had sold out and the salesgirl had no idea when more would follow. I shot many a rat with this rifle. It lived under my bed for 25 years, before getting a new spring and a PTFE compression washer. It is still very accurate and tested at over 11 lbs. Good in barns for pigeons.
  5. Rabbits with HMR

    Good argument here as usual, when Deker is involved. I listened to a repeat of a question on the Jeremy Vine lunchtime radio show last week, regarding fox hunting and control. On one side was a lady farmer who had lost 30 out of 200 lambs put out last spring, taken by foxes with cubs on their land, who wanted control and an anti, who said that raising and killing animals for meat was wrong. No lambs, no fox problem. That's what we are up against, antis get air time. I do not shoot foxes unless asked. One of my permissions is used for breeding horses. Sometimes the mares miscarry and he buries the carcasses. (probably illegal) He has a fox problem, digging them up. They were so tame , I shot five in daylight with the HMR. They keep coming back. On one of my permissions in the Chilterns they had a massive problem with rabbits and over 5 years reduced them from 150 shot a year to about 5 a year, a story I have repeated many times on other sites. I left the Chiltern permission for a year to repopulate, only to be told by the farmer, that he and his neighbour had paid for them to be gassed. I was gutted, but it was my own fault. I had forgotten, why I was on the land. It was to kill rabbits, not harvest them. On the subject of NV, due to publishing a fishing book this year, I have some spare cash coming in every month and have invested in an IR NV scope add on, with which I hoped to increase my tally on my night time only permission. This is on a public sports ground, where the council would be very embarrassed, if it became public knowledge that they allowed me to cull the rabbits, that had been damaging their pitches. A step up from the torch, that has done a good job so far. I am not a paid pest controller, shooting only for meat. A social visit to one of the landowners at the week end, has given me two more recommendations to shoot. Success brings success.
  6. Festive Pheasant Pasties

    Saving a couple for mulled wine in front of the TV with Jools Holland at New Year.
  7. Rabbits with HMR

    The HMR is a very effective tool for reducing rabbit numbers. I rarely shoot at night with a lamp, as on the urban areas I shoot, it usually attracts the boys in blue after those nice chaps with lurchers. Shooting mainly at dusk, I have almost wiped out several permissions. What the HMR didn't get, myxi did. I am giving them a 6 month rest til the spring. The farmers are happy.
  8. With my wife making mince pies and me in the kitchen mixing up some more pheasant burgers, I made up some savoury pheasant pasties, adding some mincemeat and whisky. The result, a sweet tasting pasty, that went down well with a glass of mulled wine. Well worth the experiment. The recipe is here. http://www.urbanfieldsportsman.com/index.php/festive-pheasant-pasties-with-sweet-potato/
  9. .17

    If you want to eat rabbits, head shots only with HMR. On a still day it's a precision tool. I shoot most of my rabbits these days with 22lr out to eighty yards with chest shots. No mess.
  10. Pheasant burgers

    Looking at Yokel's sausages, I've stolen his idea and made some pheasant burgers with apricots. They are delicious. My wife scoffed one straight off the grill. The recipe is here.http://www.urbanfieldsportsman.com/index.php/pheasant-burgers-with-apricots/
  11. 1st try with Pheasant Sausages

    Do you not cut out the meat bruised by the pellets? I do with body shot rabbits. (rifle bullets) Always go for head shots, but the rabbits don't always co-operate.
  12. Sloe Gin

    I went out and got some more sloes. Now got 2 litres infusing. Best way I know of keeping out the cold.
  13. Pheasant burgers

    I've just been given a couple of pheasant with more to follow. My rabbit burgers, http://www.urbanfieldsportsman.com/index.php/bunny-burgers-with-chorizo/ are a great success and am considering the same treatment with the pheasant, but not sure if they will end up too rich. Every suggestion welcome, as they have been hanging for two days already.
  14. Sloe Gin

    I've got another litre on the go. My gin loving kids discovered and drank most of my 2 year old vintage last Christmas.
  15. Never Underestimate.....

    I bought Yellow Jackets when I first got the Magtech over ten years ago. Magtech subs were taking rabbits out to 60 yards on an infested farm and the Remingtons gave me another 20 yards on the same zero. They were deadly for chest shots to about 90 yards. Having decimated the rabbit population, I then bought my CZ HMR, which made the Magtech redundant on that farm. I carry three ten shot Magtech magazines, one colour marked to indicate the yellow jackets, which have taken a few foxes on another farm and although noisy, still take the occasional rabbit. I was waiting for rabbits with the RWS subs, when the vixen in the pic stepped out.