Wednesday, 31 October 2007

The Civil Shot


Welcome to a new blogger The Civil Shot obviously a nice chap as he shoots. On the subject of shooting its been a busy weekend with another one to follow. You know when its the shooting season when; fill in your own answers here!



Seriously though when the season gets underway properly as it has now we really dont have 5 minutes to ourselves. I am out this friday morning doe stalking. well lets face it as the bucks are still in we can get them as well.



Nigel cornered me on the way home from work, dropping of the hide and some venison for Richard who shot the Fallow Pricket last Friday morning. Now a swift check of the deer seasons list courtesy of the BASC shows us that Roebucks finish today but Fallow overlap Does. Yippee.



Saturdays are either spent in Hampshire beating at the other end of the downs or on our own shoot here at our end of the downs.



Sundays are busy feeding pheasants, cutting rides and spending dusk with your favourite girl watching the sun go down!


This generally heralds the start of the cold and wet or frosty season here.


yes we have had frost which means that the chips on my windscreen are determined to join up via the biggest cracks possible. Oh well!


One thing I have yet to see published is what the muzzle energy limits for the new .22 centrefire regs for small deer are, its been in law for a month now and I'm seeing more Muntjac everytime I go near a certain estate!

Monday, 29 October 2007

Thanks Nigel!




















So what if I get crap from the wife for this, I'm sure she doesnt read my blog (I Hope!).





Monday Morning Joke



This could be entitled exposure of Hampshire Police!

Never mind when the graphics lads have done with the "she looks like the back of a Bus "joke, look where our exhausted "Member" is stood!


Despite it blowing rain almost horizontally last night Sheba and I walked of the Marsh with 2 ducks of which I'm sure I shot half the brace!
Joking aside it was a great weekend despite BT internet home help in Mumbai wasting 55 minutes resetting my laptop which I solved in the end by switching it off and on again!

Saturday, 27 October 2007

A nice fat cock!






A nice Cock shot by Swee!



Despite the bag being small again, not my fault I'd like to add, the birds that were there flew over the guns after a fashion, there were some memorable moments experienced today on our little shoot in Hampshire.

We took all of our dogs that hadnt retired and and a couple of others and their handlers making 9 in all. Jason and his little brown cocker so 10 dogs made the covering of the rape and stubbles that much easier.


videoThe dogs certainly enjoyed themselves, a young crew with the oldest Sassy at 4 years old, 1 of her daughters aged 2, a son aged the same and three from the last litter all just over 12 months old. Suzie our lemon roan cocker bitch and 2 of her sons came out as well. Sam and Solo worked really well on the flank.

Tamsin, Mandy, Jose, Sammy, Summer and Shelley all worked hard to put some testing birds in front of the guns. thank you!

Friday, 26 October 2007

Richards first deer



Ok maybe not quite his first (he managed a Roebuck earlier this year!) this was his first Fallow Buck. I took Richard and Nigel out to a wood nice and early.


Richard went off to the top of the hill to get in position before dawn. Nigel and I took the low ground. It nearly paid off but the deer were disturbed early. Richard sat next to a Roe Buck in the dark and it barked at him. he leapt up and at least 3 deer came running past Nigel and I at the bottom. 10 more minutes and we would have had enough light to shoot.


We moved off slowly and by shootable light time a nice doe wandered in front of us, she stopped and stared for a few minutes. After a while she moved off without undue hurry.


We heard a shot and Richard had bagged a deer. If it had been the 1st of November we could have bagged the doe.


Anyway Richard managed to bag a nice Fallow Pricket:


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So after a good breakfast off to work I went. The deer is hanging in the chiller now!

Thursday, 25 October 2007

Mexican Food

With thanks to Nigel for this one:

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After 3 days of surveying the dirtiest places possible in London I am escaping for a few hours stalking in the morning.

Nigel and Richard are coming out and we are attempting to thin out the bucks before the Doe Season opens and we have to concentrate on those!

Beating this weekend and after this evening pathetic score at ten pin bowling I'm looking forward to seeing some good birds presented.

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Been stuck surveying in London again.

Still at least getting home, watching football on the TV asisted by the cider glider and catching up on emails from friends. Thanks to Nigel for this one:

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All day I get phonecalls from agencies asking if I want to work for so and so etc or work away from home. I get fed up telling them no but after a couple of days commuting on the train and being shoved by inbreds and thickets who cant read keep left signs etc is enough to make you want to go postal. Work in London again, I suppose I may have to one day but I'll put that off as long as possible!

The one lift of the day was delivering some quality Venison steaks to a friends discerning work colleague who knows what good meat should taste like!

We all know that the Americans like to do things that bit bigger and better than anyone else, it seems that has translated into BBQ's as well.

In California the Govenor Arnie has laid on the biggest one seen for a long time, He didnt invite the President who has deicided it cant be that good after all. Sour Grapes

I suppose it has nothing to do with forcing smokers outdoors does it?

Another item on the local news regarding using foreigner only jails to aid deportation. Now as long as we are not paying anymore to keep these toerags in the place where the sunshine grows in stripes I am all in favour of chucking them out of the country. £38,000 per year per scrote to keep these scrotes locked up. Ok so if thats what it costs then when we deport them at the end and their dependants we can confiscate all their property and sell it to pay for their upkeep.

Now before you label me as planning manager for Attila the Hun think about what happens when a UK national is jailed overseas. Very often they get no food unless its provided by relatives and normally if you are applying for residency that ends and you and your dependants are hoofed out and billed for the flight!

That is what we should be doing, none of this namby pamby huggy feely touchy feely crap that the Guardian readers would have you believe is a persons right! Break the law you give up the rights earned by subjects of Her Majesty.

Time for a drink I think!

Monday, 22 October 2007

Prezza sets an example at last

Yes the retired stunt double for our dearly departed Leader Saint Tony, the not so honourable John Prescott aka 2 Jags, the man with a carbon footprint that is probably only matched by the shadow from his bum has decided to remain in gainful employment.
What on earth now I hear you ask?
Well not up to his usual style perhaps but he is doing as he says and working until he dies (hopefully not for too long then!)
It seems a long unfullfilled childhood ambition to be a fireman may now soon be filled.
PRESCOTTS NEW JOB
Many thanks to the Army Rumour Service for this one!
So a job for me when I retire, provided I canget in shape first!

Saturday, 20 October 2007

Found in the woods this morning










Chris found this evidence of
pigs snuffling among the acorns and sweet chestnut, plenty of evidence of wild boar!


Time for a few all nighters with the shotgun and slugs.


We delivered the first 1000 litre water butts today and dropped in on another farm nearby to collect our Sloes for the Gin and Rum.


This will be used for next shooting season but has already been processed this afternoon. work shirts ironed, beer poured, kids fed and Rugby world cup finals are on the TV!


The reason I label, well after 8 to 12 weeks in the cupboard it all looks the same to me! Simple recipe; 1 pint of clear spirit, 1 lb of sloes and 1/2 lb of sugar.

videoThis is where I walk my dogs when we dont have time to get to the farm.

Friday, 19 October 2007

Happy stockings day

Courtesy of the Sun!


I however despite the distractions that dont appear in my office have time to celebrate this weekend; Trafalgar Day, usually celebrated by a weekend of classic rifle and pistol shooting at Bisley.
A great way it seems to remember killing lots of Frenchman and their Spanish allies.
That is until the politicians decided that law abiding shooters must suffer as the police were incapable of enforcing the law!




Nowadays it is mainly classic rifle although I restrict my attendance at Bisley for club events.


On the positive side I can announce a really foxy lady lady fell to the charms of Jason last night;


Of course a couple of bunny girls were put in the bag.

My water butts IBC's have arrived so this weekend we will be preparing to build next years pen and sorting the water supply and foundations for the keepers lodge. A grand name for chris' caravan.



Thanks to Mr Free Market for this one:

Thursday, 18 October 2007

Committed to what?

Her Majesty Customs and Revenue said the black bag carried by a commuter on the tube train I was sadly using yesterday, what caught my eye was below the HM logo were the words "committed to diversity"
Now dont label me as racist just yet but I thought the job of HM customs was catching drug smugglers and illegal immigrants
See for yourself what has become of them; http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/
How about HMRC dedicated to catching drug and people smugglers? That would have made me smile not rage inside at another once (almost) respectable public service reduced to meeting government touchy feely targets on diversity! They wonder why I hate paying taxes!

New speed laws to follow Swiss Zero Tolerance model?


So is it time to stock up on kevlar windscreens or brake discs?
Thanks to Milsurpafterhours for this one!
Me, well personally my car struggles to make the speed limit so I am reasonably relaxed about this!

Wednesday, 17 October 2007

What a wasted opportunity

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/internationals/7047720.stm
Score 1 goal then give up attacking and defending, what was the Ginger one thinking ?
Still at least Brian Ashton has a new contract, better him than the ones before!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/internationals/7047394.stm
Russia defeat mystifies Mc Claren? Mystified, he must be upton park to think thats mystifying. Sack those idle gits and get some real players with guts and passion and pride in playing for their country!
To quote Homer J Simpson "D'oh!"
In fact Homer would make a better manager, time for Homer to be England Manager campaign along with Clarkson for PM and Gene Hunt for Home secretary!

Best thing about a crappy day surveying in London? Private Eye and the comment that the Lib Dem candidate for london mayor is infamous Gay Policeman Brian Paddick http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6599007.stm, Quote the eye: "Boris the buffoon or a Bent Copper" http://www.private-eye.co.uk/covers.php?showme=1195&

Saturday, 13 October 2007

Yes fantastic saturday



England on top again. A great win at Wembley and a fantastic rub the nose in the dirt in Paris for the world champions of rugby!


England beat France to book place in final

Early opener: England&s Josh Lewsey dives over to score after just two minutes
PARIS, 13 October - Jonny Wilkinson performed more world cup heroics at the Stade de France on Saturday night to steer England to a 14-9 victory over France and send them into their second consecutive world cup final.
Wilkinson's goal-kicking had again been below par, landing only one of five attempts prior to his match-winning contribution.But he delivered when it mattered most, kicking a penalty on 75 minutes after a dangerous tackle on Jason Robinson, then landing a drop goal on 78 minutes to clinch the victory.
In what had been a tense, closely fought match France looked to have the edge when they led 9-8 with five minutes remaining.
The hosts had led England 6-5 at half time after an even opening 40 minutes dominated by the boot. Both sides battled to assert their authority but neither were able to gain control.
England opened the match in sensational style when wing Josh Lewsey took advantage of a fortuitous bounce to crash over in the corner inside two minutes, though France full back Damien Traille should have been more assertive in attacking the ball to clear the danger.
The England try stung France into action and Lionel Beauxis had reduced the margin to two points when he kicked truly on eight minutes after England were penalised for not staying on their feet in a ruck.
And the fly half booted France ahead 6-5 when he landed another penalty goal on 18 minutes from just inside 50 metres after England were penalised for incorrect binding at the scrum.
Beauxis booted France further ahead four minutes after the restart when England conceded a penalty for coming in at the side of a ruck.
But Wilkinson finally found his kicking boot to cancel that out three minutes later after France were penalised for the same offence.
However, the England fly half missed again on 59 minutes when he wobbled another snapped drop goal attempt with his right boot off an upright back into French possession.
When it mattered most, though, Wilkinson again proved England's go-to man and he didn't fail them.




Even better news than this, is that possible I hear you say, yes, our ducks are free and swimming and flying!


Friday, 12 October 2007

Shamelessly lifted from the British Army Rumour Service

International Rugby Board (IRB) Rugby World Cup 2007Following complaints to the IRB about the All Blacks being allowed to motivate themselves by performing the 'Hakka' before their games, other nations were asked to suggest pre-match rituals of their own. The IRB Rugby World Cup 2007 organizing committee has now agreed to the following pre-match displays.
1. The England team will chat about the weather, wave hankies in the air and attach bells to their ankles, before moaning about how they invented the game and gave it to the world, but no-one appreciates them.
2. The Scotland team will chant "You looking' at me, Jimmy?" before each of them smash a bottle of beer over their opponents' heads.
3. The Ireland team will split into two, with the Southern half perfoming a Riverdance, while the Northerners march the traditional route from their dressing room to the pitch via their opponents' dressing room.
4. Unfortunately the committee was unable to sanction the Welsh proposal to form a choir and sing Tom Jones' "The Green Green Grass of Home".
5. Argentina will unexpectedly invade a small part of opposition territory, claim it as their own "Las In-Goal-Areas", and have to be forcibly removed by the match stewards.
6. Two members of the South African team will claim to be more important than the other 13, whom they will imprison between the posts. These two will then go about selecting the best parts of the pitch to settle on and claim they have been there for centuries.
7. The Americans will not attend until almost full time. In future years they will amend the records to show that they were, in fact, the most important team in the tournament, and Hollywood will produce a blockbuster film called "Saving Flanker Ryan".
8. Five of the Canadian team will sing "Le Marseillaise" and hold the rest of the team to ransom.
9. The Italian team will arrive in Armani gear, sexually harass the female officials, and then prepare pasta dishes, which they will then flog to the crowd for a fortune.
10. The Japanese will shock fans by demonstrating how to capture a whale for scientific research by harpooning an opposition prop.
11. The French won't have a pre-match display and will simply hide in fear in the dressing room for the whole match, form a new government and plan resistance.
12. The Australians will have a barbecue on their side of the field and invite the opposition over before the game. The food and alcohol will be in abundance and, by the start of the game, no-one will remember what they came to the stadium for. After some streaking, the singing of dirty songs and the occasional chunder, everyone will go home thoroughly convinced it was a bloody good night.
13. The Moroccan team will quietly pray during the first half and then launch suicide attacks against the opposition after the break. Unfortunately, this strategy works well for the first game only, after which Morocco is forced to withdraw from the tournament due to lack of players.
14. Samoa will prepare a huge feast in the middle of the pitch by digging a large hole and filling it with burning embers. They will invite the opposition over by saying "We'd like to have you for dinner." Only when the opposition arrive at the pit will they realise that there is no meat and that they are in fact the main course.
Hopefully, with these policies now in place, further problems in this area should cease to exist.

More propoganda from the state lefties for our children

The Al Gore DVD which was manadatory viewing for all schoolchildren in England and Wales has been served up with a reality check. One parent from Kent to whom we should be grateful hasmanaged to get the high court to issue the Dept Of Education an order that it cannot be shown without accompanying anti global warming theory information, see the BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7040370.stm
At last a triumph tfor common sense. I'm sure I wasnt the only kid uncomfortable with the trendy bead in hair teachers of the 70's who made us sing left wing hymns at school assemblies!
Thanks to Mr FMT for reminding me of this when he had a good dig at Gore and the Nobel prize.
To those of you wondering why I have a driving school link on my website? Its because I'm hoping she will teach my oldest to drive and save me a stroke!
For those wondering about the Poppy and the list of dead from my regiment then today is the day the HM the Queen opens the Alrewas Memorial http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7040801.stm
This is for all those killed in action since WW2 and includes those murdered by terrorists.
Less than a month to Remembrance Sunday but hardly a week goes by when I am not reminded of the loss of friends.
I also remember my Grandfather killed over Holland on the way home to Yorkshire after a mission over Hannover with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Mum was less than 2 and he was only 24. RIP.

I almost forgot to add that last nightsome happy chaps sorted one of the vixens thathasbeen making light with our birds, oh and bagged a bunny or two which always keeps Harry the Farmer happy. Well done Jason!





And the one here titled the truth hurts! Go on tell me you dont think there's something in it after all?

Thursday, 11 October 2007

Stuck in the office again

Waiting for a civils survey report so I can complete an outline design report for a client.
Whilst sat indoors reading jokes from friends and wondering why I have a mortgage to pay I found this clip sent kindly by Nigel the baker again!


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So enjoy this and remember that not only do you look a wally talking to yourself but also a potential target!



So this is proof, then I have to spend winter in shorts with a shotgun and using the freezer to simulate frost on my Sloe Berries then bring it on!



What's the difference between an Air New Zealand Boeing 747 & the All Blacks?
The 747 stopped whining at Auckland airport.

Shamelessly pinched from Mr FMT

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Rant over

I read in last weeks shooting times and country magazine that the Ardingly Autumn Game and Country fair was still on, yes it was, yes we attended, I wonder if they will print my letter about how poor the fair was.
Rant Over: Time for another Joke this one lifted from Milsurp After Hours;

Harold is 95 and lives in a Senior Citizen Home. Every night after dinner, Harold goes to a secluded garden behind the Center to sit and ponder his accomplishments and long life. One evening, Mildred, age 87, wanders into the garden. They begin to chat and before they know it, several hours have passed. After a short lull in their conversation, Harold turns to Mildred and asks, "Do you know what I miss most of all?" She asks, "What?" "Sex!!" he replies. Mildred exclaims, "Why you old fart. You couldn't get it up if I held a gun to your head!" "I know," Harold says, "but it would be nice if a woman could just hold it for a while." Well, I can oblige," says Mildred, who unzips his trousers, removes his manhood and proceeds to hold it. Afterward, they agree to meet secretly each night in the garden where they would sit and talk and Mildred would hold Harold's manhood. Then one night Harold didn't show up at their usual meeting place. Alarmed, Mildred decided to find Harold and make sure he was O.K. She walked around the Senior Citizen Home where she found him sitting by the pool with Ethel, another resident, who was holding Harold's manhood! Furious, Mildred yelled, "You two-timing creep! What does Ethel have that I don't have?" Old Harold smiled happily and replied, "Parkinson's."

Enjoy it, it certainly cheered me up, I was fuming on the way in to work, not content with protecting themselves from prosecution for lying in public our esteemed public servants have managed to lower the bar in disgraceful behaviour.
The Sgt at Arms (yes I know he is probably an ex General and wears tights but thats his name) for the Palace of westminster has decreed that the staff of the palace are to give way to members of the lower house. This isnt just when in corridors but also when queueing for meals or drinks or even facilities.
Serfdom thats what this is!
Time to kick the lot out and elect the ones not currently encumbent.
Lembitt Opik the clown Prince of MP's was dragged in to comment I suppose since Giles Brandrith has retired and his jumpers were perfect for radio!

Monday, 8 October 2007

Monday Morning joke time

With thanks to Nigel The Baker for ressurecting this one!
New diet;

I have three dogs and I was buying a large bag of Meaty Bites at Big W and standing in line at the check out.
The woman behind me asked if I had a dog.
On impulse, I told her that no, I was starting The Meaty Bites Diet again, although I probably shouldn't because I'd ended up in the hospital last time, but that I'd lost 20 kilos before I woke up in intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms.
I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and that the way that it works is to load your pants pockets with Meaty Bites and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry and that the food is nutritionally complete so I was going to try it again.
I have to mention here that practically everyone in the line was by now enthralled with my story, particularly a guy who was behind her.
Horrified, she asked if I'd ended up in the hospital in that condition because I had been poisoned. I told her no; it was because I'd been sitting in the street licking my balls and a car hit me.
I thought one guy was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard as he staggered out the door.
Stupid bitch... why else would I buy dog food??

Sunday, 7 October 2007

South Of England Showground, Autumn Game and country fair










Well we tried to get a stand at the fair but despite sending a cheque and brochures showing that we didnt sell tat as they nicely put it, we were told we werent able to trade at Ardingly this past weekend. It seems that even in its second year of running on the first weekend of the pheasant season it was too full of dog training equipment stalls to accomodate us!


Well I'm glad we didnt get in, we went today and arrived at 10 am to find the place almost empty. We leafletted a few dog owners and a couple of professional trainers but it seemed to be very quiet. Nigel and his family bumped into us over at the NomadUK stand, no surprise seeing how they sell interesting stalking clothing. There was Warrenby dog training doing a demo in the arena but the crowd was very small untill about 3 o clock in the afternoon!








They did a couple of decent demos but we moved on during the intermediate stage to see what was going on. In the first picture Samson had been tagged by the CA staff, nice they were. I can say the same about the UKIP table who didnt seem to get the irony of the answer I gave to their question re the EU treaty; I only trust one thing less than the EU and that is a politician!


Still I signed their petition for what its worth.

After we left I headed back to the wood to check on the feeders and waterers. The dogs had a great time running around the woods as usual:










The woodsman continues to clear the chestnut like its going out of fashion, a pity really as the nuts are down so the squirrels are stocking up.

The footbridge we built for the guns is still standing and the dogs like the muddy puddles and streams.


Time for a gratuitous muddy spaniel shot!
Last but not least a joke from Nigel the Baker, see you in the morning!

Saturday, 6 October 2007

First day of the season for us






Despite all the delays and worries for our first day in Hampshire, only 4 guns turned up, 2 new beaters and immature birds, combined with maze harvesting and sileage making, we actually had a great Day. Tristan seemed to have lucky barrels hitting everything that flew. We were told no immature birds (including ducks).


This was one of a left and right that brought down this and a Canada goose. The picker up (Chris) struggled to get these back to the car!









We then pushed on over the stubbles and across the fields to flush some Partridges again, Tristan yet again nailed a Grey Partridge, (we have quite a few), Roger bagged on old Cock Pheasant from last years stock.







Its nice to see these birds here in shootable numbers, we may not shoot more than 4 or 5 all season here as the pheasants take priority.




Compare the first geese with the Partridge and then this one here of John the Kiwi with a hare and a rabbit. A mixed bag all right. Chris with millie the cocker managed to find Rogers Cock bird as seen below.







In the end another Cock bird fell, a couple of pigeons were added and a magpie to make what felt like a hard days work all worthwhile.










All in all a good day out, a great start to a promising season, a nice way to break in new beaters and satart the season gently! Thanks Roger and everyone else who has worked so hard to get this going!


I must not forget to thank our two new beaters Alistair (Sp) and Sammy! See you both back again soon!

Friday, 5 October 2007

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Well despite a friends difficulties I thought I would try and host this video clip.

If you are offended its only what lads have been doing since before I was a lad!

Monday, 1 October 2007

At long last






As promised back when the Summer was with us, some pictures from the friends clay shoot. Declan is shown here with an Investarm .410 over and under, doing as well as his dad used to!





Nick his dad being shown where the cartridges go!



Dad firing a 12 bore side by side

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Declan having a blast with a 20 bore side by side!



Declan and Alex having a little competition, each had to fire at a clay, reload then watch the other fire at his, they came in pairs launched on report!

The boys enjoyed themselves immensley as did dad despite letting the butt slip in the shoulder to collect a nasty bruise on his upper arm!

Fun with guns!