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#61 david901

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Posted 21 January 2016 - 02:23 pm

The day before yesterday, I had one flight at pheasant with the gos. 

She chased it to a patch of brash in the nearby woodland.
Unfortunately she tried following it in and ended up soaked on the ground due to all the melted/wet snow lying.
After that we went home.
 
This morning I tried at the same piece of ground. Due to the brash and cover lying in amongst some thick conifers, it can be hard to get a clean flush. Usually the gos gets held up trying to go through the cover or she has to fly around it, giving the pheasant a fair start on her.
I kept the dog in close and tried to pick where I worked him. He showed a lot of interest at some fallen branches. So I worked my way around them in order to get a reasonable slip.
I shouted the dog on and just then a pheasant flushed.
The pheasant burst out, but the gos powered after it, cutting through a clearing. 
The pheasant was heading back to the brushpile in the nearby woodland, but it never got that far.
The gos pulled him down a short distance away.
 
She got a good feed up and off we went home.

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#62 david901

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Posted 23 January 2016 - 03:24 pm

Well the female gos took another rabbit today.

Her success rate is quite impressive if I say so myself. 
Most things she catches, she keeps a hold of. Not bad considering her Hallux doesn't work on her right foot.
Its a far cry from her performance last year where I saw her lose rabbit after rabbit and also duff a few pheasant catches.

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 12:00 am

couldn't agree more!

 

Have you seen the clip of a golden eagle attempting to catch a hare? its on youtube- its one of roy luptons birds and I believe the clip is on the fieldsports youtube channel. its amazing. I highly recommend it if you haven't seen it!

 

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 12:01 am

 

this is the one, although there are longer versions


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#65 david901

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 09:42 pm

Thanks for sharing mate. 

I remember years ago I had a day out with some folk and one lad flew a male Goldie.

They are fairly agile for such a big bird and it caught a rabbit that day.

A bit of overkill perhaps but it was interesting to see.



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Posted 28 January 2016 - 05:21 pm

yes I am always surprised that they catch anything so small and agile as rabbits and hares! I'd love to see one fly properly! but I do agree, seems like bringing a tank to a knife fight, let alone a gun  :laugh:


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Posted 31 January 2016 - 12:25 pm

Excellent video that.. just been on YouTube an subscribed looks a good channel to follow..

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Posted 31 January 2016 - 05:01 pm

yes they do post some good stuff! not everything is of interest to me but most stuff is good!

 

My personal favourite on youtube is this channel: https://www.youtube....quBoy-tzr_rP0wA

 

but thats just airgun shooting so sorry if its not to anyones taste!






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