Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Another day in the woods

Filling feeders, checking birds and putting new feeders in place. Over 40 put out now, when I get around to renumbering I suspect it will be close to 60. No excuses for straying birds this year:


Saturday, 27 August 2011

Logging on?

Things have been a bit hectic and busy here the last few days but not so bad that I couldn't get a delivery out of the door;


So that's what a ton of firewood looks like!

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Rob's first deer with me

A very nice fallow pricket about 60 pounds hanging in the chiller, thanks to a text this morning I now know that the liver fried well for breakfast. Well done Rob.


Friday, 12 August 2011

Lowther Castle

Well it is the Lake District and the view of the big house on the way in should have warned us, knee deep chocolate brown mud at the back of all the stands and anywhere a vehicle went. We reversed in and left the trailer hitched up;


Sat in the stand trying to enjoy the radio drowned out by the sound of the rain;


The woking dog arena (apparently beagles dont qualify?) was big enough but more hounds on display would have cheered me up;



The dampness didnt put off the dogs we took, Bluebeard;




And Sampson enjoying a quick walk in the river, or was that the main road? The shop was ok inside apart from the usual leaks again managing to find their way onto the till;



Our Neighbours who kindly loaned me a can opener after I lost my swiss army knife all weekend;



Wait, is that blue sky?


If the weather was odd (and the locals just answer with your dressed wrongly!) the locals made up for it, this chap was enterprising;





Not a target rich environment for Trophy Ruperts and I was rather dissapointed although it may have been the mud colouring everything the same;



More than made up for by a sighting on Tuesday morning outside Euston station, ruperts hiking perhaps?




























Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Cock Necklace

I just wanted all the oddball google searches to point here instead of a more unusual adult website;



Its been a busy week so far

So 2 traps, 3 nights and 3 vixens. Some nice work there Richard!

Monday, 8 August 2011

so the inner city barbecue

Season is open. one way to beat the cuts in investment is to destroy your surroundings so the public pick up the tab again!


One of the shocks on the news, all joking aside was the fire at Reeves Corner, how much sweat I put into that tramway junction and lost sleep keeeping it open and the loons light it up like Belfast in the troubles;

Friday, 5 August 2011

Bunny Bashing with Mc Shug

The day started with a stalk, the client and I had been out in the rain the previous afternoon and not seen anything, it was as if jinx wood was up to its old tricks again, later sat by where I had taken Tuesday Prickett we were pleasantly surprised to see this;


The morning wasnt a total washout, we did between us see a deer! Then in the afternoon McShug came a calling. Off to his local shoot we went and I took the .17 HMR to see if we could thin out a few bunnies. I was first off the mark with a cracking head shot, sadly floppsy had mixie;
You will agree however that when hit properly there is no meat damage;



McShugg got himself on the scorecard as we wandered around the fields and hedgerows;





As we werent equipped for lamping dusk cut us short with a tally of 9 kills one of which was a tree rat, tail in the cure already;


The wander back to the car took in the last strip of cover crop which the rabbits had been hammering;All in all a pleasant day out.

Cheers Mc Shug






Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Day 2 I went back to look for a deer with a dodgy leg we had seen yesterday

So I wandered over to the corner of the pasture where we had seen it yesterday and straight away the same herd was there although this seemed to be a different prickett, I sat and waited with Bluebeard, his first stalking trip and the deer got closer. As the herd entered the wood fringe I lined up and fired at the heart and lungs area. oddly though the round struck him below the ear, not where I would aim given the choice. I tested the rifle later and it is on but I can only assume I fluffed the shot, lucky me.
The two pics below show the entry and exit wounds at the top of the neck below the ear, 140 grains of 6.5 swede smashes the neck and death was instant;
I dragged the carcasse up to the firing position and hung him up using the new folding gambrel;

I commenced the gralloch and in no time had the hang of the new method;











It was too hot and full of flies to leave him hanging whilst I waited for the injured prickett to show up so I dragged him back to the chiller. After a mile of dragging I was too pooped so took him home to skin and he will go to the butchers chiller today. Charlie was out after me and bagged another prickett but I dont think it was the injured one, thats thursday and fridays work planned then!

Fallow Buck season Opening day

The field of fallow, a Pasture too far





Cody has woken up and seems interested now.


Alix with her first deer, a Roebuck at the height of the rut