Shooting season 2019/2020

ugly

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#61
Mini work party today, repaired all of the electric fences and a few other little jobs. Thoroughly enjoyed it, need 10 6' angle iron pickets to rescue a pens fence for a couple more seasons and thats in two weeks time.
 

ugly

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#62
The angle iron picket trick worked, another pen gets a two year extension even if the feeders require new nozzles. At the suggestion of one of the guns we looked at a drive called the Roman Road. It was overgrown and needed two bridges, so the majority of 35 degree heat sunshine was spent fettling an old bridge and cutting paths through to where we thought the other bridge was. It was there just in the bottom of the ditch. We dropped a couple of poplars ready to build a bridge next week.
The birds are due in two weeks time so I need to mow some rides and deliver the water to the ICB's at each pen. Thats four tons of water to shift and a ton of grower pellets to collect one afternoon this week. The pick up overheated yesterday so its in for a check up tomorrow, radiator flush and refill. I cant have that off the road this summer.
Best news of all is my next full time job has been approved. I start the week the birds arrive so I will be volunteering local guns for feed rounds.
Edited to add I had to repair the brush cutter as the handle snapped. Easy job in the end but it didnt look that way at first!
 
#63
Just to clarify regarding cover.

This pen is about half the size of a footy pitch. It looks quite clear from the edges where we’ve put fencing but there is plenty of cover in the middle. There are a few felled trees in there and dens we’ve built, plus plenty of piles of brush and sticks etc.
Got a couple of woods like that on one of the shoots I beat at, really good for holding the birds throughout the season as they tend to feel safe providing Charlie has been dealt with and give protection in hard weather.

The only problems have been when Pine Martins (which unfortunately and contrary to opinion are common as feck) get into the pen and cause a bit of carnage or the odd Goshawk.

When I used to help feed we would roll out some straw bails for throwing feed into to make them work for it a bit and has the added advantage of keeping them in cover longer at the critical times. Works well late into the season.
 

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#64
Armed ramble round the estate tonight.

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#65
Tiz the season. Grass is long so took these off the tall stalking sticks. The little 22lr sub is such an effective little set up. Stalking rabbits is such good sport. Need to get on top of GL stuff now.
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#66
My old cordless hedge trimmer won’t take charge now and it is cheaper to buy a new one than a new battery and charger.
New one lasted 10 minutes before packing up
Bought a stihl one for a tenner more than the original and cut three paths through one of our woods this afternoon.

Buy cheap buy twice. The stihl is a cracking piece of kit.
 

ugly

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#67
Finished the new bridge yesterday, managed to get two pen fences energised, two new units on order should arrive Tuesday. I have the grower pellets, a tonne collected on Friday and the birds arrive midday Thursday!
Then the fun begins.
 

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#68
Finished the new bridge yesterday, managed to get two pen fences energised, two new units on order should arrive Tuesday. I have the grower pellets, a tonne collected on Friday and the birds arrive midday Thursday!
Then the fun begins.
Ours arriving Saturday.

All hands in to **** the donkey.
 

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#69
Traditionally on our estate the rabbits are caught live in traps so have never been shot. The problem is the trapper has had a couple of lean years and that combined with his age have meant he has given up now. I dont have the time to shoot at every rabbit I see so I shall probably get the guns involved in doing this.
 

ugly

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#70
Birds come tomorrow, so Ive been checking the waterers and fences, didn't managed to get any bunnies though but this is hanging in the chiller, a small compensation I suppose:
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Butchered him this afternoon.
 

ugly

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#71
800 Poults just delivered this afternoon, took a chance on a midday delivery, no one likes it but needs must. The birds look good, feed is in the pens and loads of clean water. I also managed to get all 4 fences live before finishing today. I will go over tomorrow evening and give it the once over then I am on evening duties until they are settled in!
 

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#72
Just been going through some old photo albums.

Didn’t really know where else to post these, maybe deserve their own thread but I’ll stick em here for now.

These are the wife’s great uncle’s (with cigar and flower in lapel) grouse parties in 1929 and 1930 on Shap Fell.

Quite a fascinating insight into shoot parties back in the prime of the sport.

A few points of note:

Lady guns, we often forget that shooting has always been pretty inclusive. Everyone raves that shooting is the fastest growing sport amongst women in the U.K, but it’s always been this way.

Some great outfits. Plus fours and spats, long wax coats and trilbys. I might try a trilby this season.

Fell ponies being used instead of cars.

Tons of beaters, all kids.

Some military blokes milling about in uniform (Royal Marines?)

Labradors appear to have changed a fair bit in 90 odd years. Their faces back then were much more Fox like, with longer snouts, while square heads are more popular today.

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#73
I thought this first one was them giving it large with black powder, but on closer inspection, there is a train in the background.

This is the main London Euston - Glasgow line that still exists today. It runs right through the estate.

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#75
Poor old Grace ( lordy’s wife) never looks like she’s having much fun in any photo I’ve ever seen of her.
Also in the photo of Hugh and the beater boys, no wonder they are all looking keen. Hugh used to dispense half crowns ( a considerable sum in the day), to enthusiastic beaters. I know of a family that still have one. ( the first money their grandad ever earned!).
 

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#76
Poor old Grace ( lordy’s wife) never looks like she’s having much fun in any photo I’ve ever seen of her.
Also in the photo of Hugh and the beater boys, no wonder they are all looking keen. Hugh used to dispense half crowns ( a considerable sum in the day), to enthusiastic beaters. I know of a family that still have one. ( the first money their grandad ever earned!).
Yep, she was quite a stern looking woman but a looker in her day.

My daughter’s middle name is Grace after her.
 

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#77
Another armed ramble with the .22 this evening.

Only the one bunny, but it was a ******* good shot if I may say so myself.

Pheasant poults coming in the morning.
 

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#78
Poults are here and in the pens.

All healthy and some starting to fly already.

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