Thursday, 31 December 2009

New years eve stalking


This morning it was a trip to the same wood I had visited on Tuesday. It felt a lot colder this morning and I could have done with an extra layer or 3. Heaven alone knows how cold the high seats were! The removal of the rhodedendrons has changed the way we stalk this wood for the forseeable future!

There was a large herd of Fallow present, many yearlings, they must have known I was there as they didnt hang around. Even more sign than before and thankfully no dog walkers. I think an evening stalk is in order!

Looking forward to a day off tomorrow followed by a day at the wood on the pheasants.

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

I know y'all

think we be bumpkins down yeer parts and that shifting a ton of grain for the birds is a big day out but done well it lasts a long time;

That said at least our women folk dont have trouble parking the pick up trucks when they collect us and our dawgs from the pub after a little post shoot socialising. Thats more than can be said for the old Kitchens
The comments are worthy of a perusal, tthat is until the usual women are better or equal to men bollox starts being spouted by the right on lefty tofu munching guardianista types. I suspect the address' of the more virulent anti Chinese rants are such kewl addresses as Santa Monica and Hampstead!
Not much fuss from them when ye olde chinese vengeance was visited upon the chap unlucky enough to be found guilty for smuggling drugs. Still he wont be doing that again!

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Christmas is part way through,

I spent this morning dodging rain showers in a wood to count deer, I saw 3 Fallow and 1 Roe Doe. Lots of sign but I suspect too wet!
Yesterday was a fine day, down in Hampshire at the farm shoot;
The start of the first drive, as ever a great view down to the river. The dogs worked well and here are huntimg out the wild ducks from the river bank;

Arthur worked exceptionally well, he managed a fantastic long hidden/unseen retrieve over at the ring of trees. Samson was a diamond as well unseen retrieves in very long grass.


The dogs certainly were keen barking all the way there, 2 hours and 100 miles of driving;


The bag wasnt massive but well earned and worked for;

Friday, 25 December 2009

Seasons Greetings

To all I know and to all my readers.
I'm off to watch the Dambusters now having lunched but here's something for you;
Whats a Scottish Epeleptic get for Christmas?



A Wii fit!

Wednesday, 23 December 2009


Thanks to Mr FM for pointing this out

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

About time this was sorted out!

From the BBC


Five held in poaching crackdown

Police say poaching is a highly organised criminal activity
Five men have been arrested and a large number of guns seized during a crackdown on deer poaching.

Sussex Police said 50 officers found firearms, animal carcasses and meat, including deer and wild boar, during dawn raids across the county on Monday.

Five men, aged between 21 and 74, were arrested on suspicion of carrying out offences under the Deer Act 1991.

Police said they were responding to concerns about "highly organised poaching for big profits".

'Not romanticised'

Officers from the National Wildlife Crime Unit and staff from the RSPCA, Trading Standards, Rother District Council and the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, also took part in the raids on properties in Bexhill, Brightling, Ninfield, Robertsbridge, Salehurst and Broad Oak, Heathfield.

Ch Insp Heather Keating said: "This is not a romanticised image of the local poacher taking one for the pot, but a highly organised and criminal taking of wild animals for big profits.

"We are responding to local concerns about the scale of the problem and will continue to react to any direct reports of poaching or evidence of its taking place, such as discarded deer heads, feet and entrails."

Alan Roberts, from the National Wildlife Crime Unit, said: "Commercial poaching is a serious problem on various levels including public health, where meat is introduced illegally into the system, and public safety, as many of the deer are shot at night using high powered weapons.

"There is also a significant risk to animals not killed in a clinical, professional manner and with weapons not suitable for the size of beast."

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Saturday, 19 December 2009

A days shooting in the snow

Now this is what we have all been waiting for, a great day, nice and cold but sunny and bright and best of all not a lot of wind.

A couple of the guns couldnt quite make it but we decided to have a bash on and try to enjoy ourselves. There were plenty of birds over the guns, just a pity the shooting wasnt as good as last time!

Alex decided that as today he could have my gun he would also dig out my snow suit and make the most of it. Mind you it was soon too warm for that! The dogs certainly looked forward to this;

The day went well, lots of woodcock as usual in this wood especially at this temperature, a few ducks made a pass but gave the guns a wide berth.

As said earlier the bag was small but then again so is our wood, our team of beaters but not our levels of enjoyment.

Girls with guns

Nice, not sure about messing with, not with asking very politely first! Some very interesting hardware on show!

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Not sure how many of you have worked out

Just what it is I do to pay the mortgage?


I am allegedly some sort of engineer, this is what I prefer to make;



Whilst we are on the other side of the pond I thought this may amuse you.


As for the real day job? Ok here is how I managed to get road salt all over my decent moleskins;




I also developed a strange craving for a fish and chips lunch, must have been all the salt!


Tuesday, 15 December 2009

A christmas treat?





Well the lecture was a surprise but the location was superb, I'm all for double booking of venues;
Once on board I overcame my dissapointment at not being able to train the guns on Parliament and was delightfully treated to a lecture on German Small arms trainers from 1918;


Now a good lecture in a great setting and I'm sold;





Very Christmassy indeed!

A redneck Christmas?

Ooops that must make me a redneck then!

Monday, 14 December 2009

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Sunday, I should have been in the wood

Topping of the pheasant feeders, so thanks to the 3 lads that did turn up. I also should have run the sporting rifle shoot in the afternoon but I have been tied up at the cash and carry, a quick squirt at the sporting layout and an awful lot of make and mend.

At least next weekend we have a full menu of shooting set up, saturday is pheasants and sunday is targets for the sporting rifles.

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Today I managed to blag the wifes truck

Drove 5 dogs down to Hampshire and thoroughly enjoyed myself, the only bit I didnt really like if I am honest was hacking up my lungs whilst crossing the plough between drives whilst answering the phone and being abused over the two way radios.
The bag today was better, a north easterly wind proved a real treat, cold and kept the birds in the cover nice and tight.
With views like this its worth the two hours of crap roads to get here, rain or shine;
Of course the bag gets better, makes the journey all that bit worthwhile;

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Something a little christmassy?

Oh, it might not be fully safe for work compliant!



Hey who cares anyway? Not me thats for sure, after an after dark meeting with the local council to arrange the resurfacing of the local doggers car park this seems quite tame!




Monday, 7 December 2009

Has the greenhouse effect hit East Sussex?

Does anyone remember the parking space in London sold for 30 thousand pounds?
Well I couldnt find the link but here is something close.
Anyway that was a few years ago and here is something for the shed lovers amongst us.
£50 thousand pounds for a shed? Well all I can say is I hope it is female free!
I know it is the sticks, I know Boreham street is very nice, I shot there long enough, but 50K for a shed? Perhaps I need to sort out my summerhouse?

Sunday stalk

The weather held and held just right, rain before and after, only 2 Roe Does seen, both in failing light and unable to get a bead on either so here is something to cheer me up;

And another darwin candidate;

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Another great day in the wood

Saturdays, sadly only one a week but at least the weather held off, held off in fact until we had had a little clay shoot as well for Alex and his schoolmates.


Firstly the shoot, Gary from work, the first time he has shot and he bags a woodcock;

Followed at the end of the last drive by a big cock pheasant, beginners luck eh?
The bag is starting to look respectable, pity it was the last drive. Looking like an opening day, as usual we saluted plenty and bagged enough for those interested to take a bird home!


At the divvy up Elmer turns up along with the tea lady and the rug rats, the bag is looking better, 3 woodcock, 1 hen pheasant and 4 cock pheasants;


Then the fun began;




Who'd have thought it, kids with guns behaving responsibly and enjoying themselves, great isnt it;


Of course we cant forget the fairer sex, damn fine shot she was too, sadly the video is too big to upload so here is birthday boy;



As I look out of the window at the appalling weather and hope this afternoons stalking will be dry!





















Thursday, 3 December 2009

When you find out if your pick up truck is big enough

There are days over here when I wonder if I should have gone for the 2 door long wheelbase version over the crewcab.

Days like these;
I have to admit though its no problem compared to this one, you have to ask how on earth he got the thing in the truck?

I'm sure that you couldget decent satelite TV receptionon that rack! Thanks to the Canadian Gun Nuts for this.

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Hampshire, a long day but dry and fun

The devils own drive for a bit of beating and backgunning but taking the wrong cartridge bag meant I stuck to running the beating again. Never mind it was a grand day, I took 4 dogs and as I type they are comatose on the sofa.


For those readers overseas or those who never have been beating before its a good way to earn your sport;






First you need to put the guns around the cover where you think the birds are, line up beaters, unleash the dogs and conduct a break in. The hardest part has to be not opening fire on pigeons as its the Partridges and Pheasants we really want.


The dogs run freely in the thick cover but the beaters try to maintain some sort of line.

The total for the day was 11 & 1/2 brace, not as big as some but all were well earnt;

The wettest drive back ever and a day at a ten pin bowling tournament followed. Still I managed to sort out another 10 lbs of venison for mincing into bangers!


Thursday, 26 November 2009

The weekend looms

The weather looks better and its time for a trip to Hampshire for some beating on the Bosses shoot.
Until then perhaps you can have a laugh at this idiot or perhaps wish like me to be able to re educate his brother;

Now this person is deserving of your support, I dont want you to send them any money, it can gho to someone who needs it, what I want you to do is read this.

Nice to see resistance against the enemy continues.

its not as if they do anything decent anymore, the latest so called attempts at comedy, the impression show and comedy road show suck like only a sucking chest wound can!

Even with canned laughter its still miles better than the usual pish the BBC produces, Mock the week and Have I got news for you being the only exceptions.

This is amusing as a mate has recently started work for these;

Anyway that will have to do as River Cottage is about to start!

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Saturday is Tiswas day

Ok so it isnt really, its a great day to be out in the woods and despite the recent weather and local forecasts it was the mildest shoot day so far.

Started out with the usual BBQ;
Managed a varied bag today, a magpie before we started, a squirrel, a Jay and 3 big cock pheasants;
A spot of soup and a swift half and then back to make a start with a new toy;
I've been neglecting the trophies recently but I have enough ones here to practise on!

Friday, 20 November 2009

One for the laydees


Now as the weekend approaches, less than 12 hours away, and we prepare to visit our pheasants and salute them once again I wonder what the weather will bring, lots of wind = good, lots of rain = not so good.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Branching out to make up for budget shortfalls or

The latest addition to the air trooping fleet? The choice is yours;

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

That time of the month again

Time to visit the two places of worship I know in London;



To worship at the altar of classic breech loaders
and converted muzzle loading colts which is what the lecture was all about;
A chance for some hands on after a decent lecture;
Before a little supper at the altar of bloatedness!

Monday, 16 November 2009

How much is Wales worth?

Certainly not £45 million but then again there's no accounting for taste!