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1 hour ago, Born Hunter said:

Sorry mate I haven't got past this page, did you release any in the end?

No mate, have regularly been seeing a few birds in different spots on farm. Going to see if they form a covey in coming weeks & see how they fare over winter. Will start feeding them end of this month, right through until late spring. If thin on ground next summer will have to release a few, but would rather nurture the wild ones already here.

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6 hours ago, Baldcoot said:

Bugga when that happens Si.

Sat in a high seat watching for a clear shot on a Fallow whilst a fox sat at my feet 😡

To shoot the fox meant the Fallow would get away and shooting the deer meant foxy cleared off sharpish.

Youl get them creatures of habit they,l be back.

 

so who took the bullet???

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1 minute ago, BenBhoy said:

No mate, have regularly been seeing a few birds in different spots on farm. Going to see if they form a covey in coming weeks & see how they fare over winter. Will start feeding them end of this month, right through until late spring. If thin on ground next summer will have to release a few, but would rather nurture the wild ones already here.

There was always good few wild coveys where I used to be on the Lincs/Notts/Leic border. I honestly don't think releasing birds year after year made a cock of difference, other than providing a few more to shoot at that season. The 'keeper' wasn't worth a wank though so who knows....

Releasing birds is no substitute for predator control and land management with greys. I think you have the right idea.

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1 hour ago, Born Hunter said:

There was always good few wild coveys where I used to be on the Lincs/Notts/Leic border. I honestly don't think releasing birds year after year made a cock of difference, other than providing a few more to shoot at that season. The 'keeper' wasn't worth a wank though so who knows....

Releasing birds is no substitute for predator control and land management with greys. I think you have the right idea.

A partridge (grey) keeper is a specialist and a murderous sole to all things vermin. Or he is a failure without releasing birds!

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2 minutes ago, Sausagedog said:

A partridge (grey) keeper is a specialist and a murderous sole to all things vermin. Or he is a failure without releasing birds!

Well this one would've failed even if he had released 10'000 of them! :laugh: I'd attribute the wild stock to very low fox and badger numbers.

A bird I have fond memories of and I suppose I may never get the opportunity to pursue ever again.

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7 minutes ago, Born Hunter said:

Well this one would've failed even if he had released 10'000 of them! :laugh: I'd attribute the wild stock to very low fox and badger numbers.

A bird I have fond memories of and I suppose I may never get the opportunity to pursue ever again.

Same here. I use to watch them on the farm I worked on after school. I would sneak up on them and watch them dusting unaware of my presence.

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4 minutes ago, Sausagedog said:

Same here. I use to watch them on the farm I worked on after school. I would sneak up on them and watch them dusting unaware of my presence.

Honestly, is there anything quite like being out rough shooting with a couple of mates, bringing in set-a-side and hedges to have a covey explode into the air from under someones feet chattering off, rip over a hedge in a string presenting perfectly for someone on the other side to have a quick snap with both barrels.

All the stratospheric driven pheasants in the world can't touch those moments.

If I was a rich man......

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37 minutes ago, Born Hunter said:

Honestly, is there anything quite like being out rough shooting with a couple of mates, bringing in set-a-side and hedges to have a covey explode into the air from under someones feet chattering off, rip over a hedge in a string presenting perfectly for someone on the other side to have a quick snap with both barrels.

All the stratospheric driven pheasants in the world can't touch those moments.

If I was a rich man......

A thousand likes. I grew up in an area with no grey partridge, yet since moving to East Midlands I've completely fallen in love with them. My job allows me the privilege of being outside all day & we are lucky to have wild ones here. The last 3 years I've really been hitting the vermin hard on all fronts. My hands are tied on lots of the habit management fronts, but have harassed my employer into some positive changes. I'll be fronting all they payment costs to feed this winter & have no intention of shooting any. Hopefully in a couple of years might get a brace.... but so long as they thrive here, I'll be happy to raise nothing more than my cap to them, beautiful birds.

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We are quite lucky on our shoot holding 4 or 5 coveys last season. Saw a big covey the other day of around 20 birds .

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4 hours ago, Born Hunter said:

Honestly, is there anything quite like being out rough shooting with a couple of mates, bringing in set-a-side and hedges to have a covey explode into the air from under someones feet chattering off, rip over a hedge in a string presenting perfectly for someone on the other side to have a quick snap with both barrels.

All the stratospheric driven pheasants in the world can't touch those moments.

If I was a rich man......

Absolutely, couldn’t agree more😁👍

 

Reading that just took me to the moment 🙂😉

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Well on my way home now with the lip on. Just called a fox which screamed in lovely to around 90 yds , just as I steadied myself on its bib and squeezed off the round it moved to the right which resulted in a miss 😡😡😡😡🦊🦊 I am devastated to say the least.😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

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2 minutes ago, FOXHUNTER said:

Well on my way home now with the lip on. Just called a fox which screamed in lovely to around 90 yds , just as I steadied myself on its bib and squeezed off the round it moved to the right which resulted in a miss 😡😡😡😡🦊🦊 I am devastated to say the least.😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

Not to worry Mark, I think I’ve missed a few 😁. Always next time.👍

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7 hours ago, FOXHUNTER said:

Well on my way home now with the lip on. Just called a fox which screamed in lovely to around 90 yds , just as I steadied myself on its bib and squeezed off the round it moved to the right which resulted in a miss 😡😡😡😡🦊🦊 I am devastated to say the least.😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

At least you chambered a round! 🤦🏻‍♂️

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2 hours ago, Sausagedog said:

At least you chambered a round! 🤦🏻‍♂️

I hate missing foxes even though this time I had no control over it ..😭

 

 

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