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  1. Well no actually we aren't just talking about gun work/hunting, we are talking about the versatility of different breeds. Labs are far more than just retrievers in the same way gwps will do a bit more than point. I have never tried it because i have never needed to but i wouldn't be surprised if i could get a lab to point. I have had lurchers that would point in the past so i doubt it would be too difficult for a lab to do. I am in two wildfowling clubs and i don't know of anyone with a gwp, i wonder why that is? In fact the only bloke i know that had one used it for marking game for his gosha
  2. As you have never trained a Labrador I would be interested to know why you think a pointer would be more versatile. I think you are wrong by the way, I have never seen a pointer used as a blind dog or drugs dog or a variety of tasks Labradors undertake.
  3. There is an old saying “ Labradors are born half trained and spaniels die half trained “. I have labs and they are extremely versatile, they will sit in a pigeon hide, swim in open water wildfowling, sit on a peg game shooting or track shot foxes for me to name just a fraction of their versatility.
  4. All depends on how good your firearms dept is. It is something of a postcode lottery , some are incredibly efficient and others are dire!
  5. My sons is due on the 1st of July and had to wait two months for the useless doctors that are still hiding from a cold to fill his form in. They wouldn’t even look at it until you paid them fifty pounds. Anyway due to their incompetence the paperwork wasn’t submitted until the 20th of June for sec and fac grant. The FEO paid him a visit today so a week and a half after the paperwork submitted. Lancashire are pretty damn good to be fair.
  6. The mate of mine that I generally shoot with departed to Cornwall for his annual jollies on Saturday. So I was quite surprised to get a call from him on Sunday night. He said “can you do me a favour “ and I said go on what’s up? He told me an old chap that we shoot at now and again has just had a visit from a fox and it has made off with most of his chickens. I said I would see what I could do so he sent me his number. I gave the chap a call and he told me what had happened. Apparently the fox had visited him between 7 and 8, killed 3 out of the 4 he had and took them all. I said I would come
  7. At 9.30pm just after making a brew I realised I was nearly out of milk. A trip to the local spar in the village was needed and so I set off. I decided to take the long way round so that I could check on some fields down the road. The farmer said he would cutting grass this week and I wanted to get on it when he had. Two minutes down the road and I was pleased to see two fields had been cut and the grass still on the ground. A trip out tonight was on the cards. I left the house at 10.30pm and was on the field four minutes later. The foxpro was out 50yds to my left and field mouse distress had b
  8. This was the vixen cub I shot, it must have been born quite early.
  9. They do tend to be long rangy foxes up there. I waited at a cut grass field as well to no avail, but it is only a few days since i shot two on there so perhaps a bit early for the next customers to have moved in. It is very pleasant in decent weather but a different story in winter. In the second picture there is a gate in the middle of the picture. Look to the left of that at the edge of the fir plantation you will see a light patch on the ground. That is actually the entrance to a sett and at dusk i watched a gang of the occupants emerge. Four adults and three young ones. I sa
  10. A mate of mine that shoots a fair bit of ground in Cumbria asked me to accompany him on a foxing trip on Sunday night. The shots would be a minimum of 250yds and I don’t think he just had the confidence to take them. The set up was to shoot from one hill across a valley to the hill opposite. We arrived in the Jimny in plenty of time and I got him to walk out to the killing area and spread some sachets of dog food about. A good hour or so later a fox appeared at the top of the hill opposite out of the hedge and sat down on the newly cut field. After ten minutes it started to trot down towards u
  11. I spoke recently with a friend who has a mate in the gun trade. He told him that it wasn’t a case of gmk not importing any tikka or sako 204s but a case of not being able to get any. Apparently a while ago in the land of the brave and free everything was 6.5 creedmore and now it is 204 that is the in thing. As we all know whatever America wants America gets, hence the shortage here.
  12. He is a cracking looking young dog. A real nice sort!
  13. Do you not eat rabbits sd,I can’t remember the last time I had one, there are precious few rabbits about round here but loads of hares.
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