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  1. wildfowler.250

    Game days? How much is justifiable?

    Well it’s been an interesting thread. I think all I can say from this is that the birds must get used; that’s the main thing. My main worry is what the general public see about these larger days. We can all appreciate the benefits of game shooting. But non-hunters just see vast numbers of dead birds and realistically it’s an image we could do without. Hope everyone has a good season!
  2. wildfowler.250

    Game days? How much is justifiable?

    Cheers guys, interesting views and nice to see most people prefer the smaller days You’re entitled to your opinion but I don’t agree with it. To set the record straight, I’ve never actually paid for a driven days shooting. Years ago, on a couple of rare occasions, I went to load for the old man - 100 bird days. Not to kick other people as I would consider booking a small day but at the time I thought the whole thing was very artificial. You still get the same ‘day’ from a smaller day. Same lunch, craic and enjoyment of the countryside. I can easily use 10 birds up at the end of a shoot day - roughly what you’d take on a 100 bird day. I’ve had good days roost shooting ect where anything up to ~ 10 birds I can remember. Beyond this, from a game shooting point of view I’d just be pulling a trigger for numbers which is what clay shooting should be for.
  3. wildfowler.250

    Game days? How much is justifiable?

    Financially I can understand that and to some extent, factors like paying the same number of staff I hadn’t appreciated . Appreciate that it’s not your thing either. It’s just a shame that money comes into it rather than ethics That sounds ideal in all aspects to be honest
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    Game days? How much is justifiable?

    That’s pretty grim though? I mean, when you cant remember each individual shot, does it not start to lose all meaning? Surely you can have a great day out, plenty of good shots with 200 hundred birds - half of what these places are taking?
  5. So I was looking at organising a driven day as it’s something I never do,(used to do syndicates). So looking at one or two better known places and they’re advertising 500 bird days! To me, that’s obscene. Costs aside, 100 sounds like a nice day and 200 a lot. Regardless of birds going to a game dealer, mass volumes like this in one day can’t be a good image for out sport?
  6. wildfowler.250

    The best game fairs?

    Cheers gents, seems everyone has a favourite. If I can I’ll probably try to get to northern as it’s not too far off. Made a note of the other dates as well
  7. wildfowler.250

    Best fowling locations?

    Interesting reading! And the wash sounds like somewhere I’ll have to go one year just to see the place. Is the huge waiting list in some wildfowling clubs bad for the sport? I know we all like our peace and quiet and you don’t want areas overshot. But if people struggle to join is it detrimental in the long run?
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    Best fowling locations?

    Interesting reading. To be honest I maybe should have phrased it differently. Doorstep is grand for convenience but also fairly predictable and arguably slightly boring. Is there any flagship areas you’d like to shoot? Or somewhere you return to on a yearly basis because you enjoy it? I know of some people who will drive from near London up for a weekend on the solway and pass many other Firth’s on route -there’s got to be a a reason for that beyond the chance of a shot. I’ve shot the solway and was impressed with the size of the area and will definitely go back at some point. I’d like to see the wash just for somewhere different. Maybe something like Poole Harbour if I ever get south enough. Is there any must see places from a wildfowling point of view? Bag numbers aside?
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    The best game fairs?

    So I’ve recently moved south of the border and I’m missing the show in Birmingham due to other commitments. What are the best shooting fairs during the year? Are they all much the same or any well worth attending? cheers!
  10. wildfowler.250

    Best fowling locations?

    So as title really. Where does everyone consider the ‘best’? The usual places crop up in threads like the solway, lindesfarne, ‘the wash’ ect. Wheres your favourite places and why? Having seen the ‘how far do you travel’ thread people seem more than happy to drive long distances so interesting to see where’s everyone’s favourites?
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    Rented accommodation and gun cabinates?

    Sadly there’s no fixed wardrobe! Just moveable cupboards we’ve bought I don’t mind asking. It’s just if you get a no it’s a bit difficult. As a shooter and landlord I can imagine you see both sides of that. Other people might not be so flexible
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    Rented accommodation and gun cabinates?

    Thanks! Does anyone do this? It’s not ideal for just grabbing the gun and going and possibly damage would be a worry
  13. wildfowler.250

    Rented accommodation and gun cabinates?

    Cheers for the help guys, appreciate it all the suggestions! Dave you’ve pretty much hit the nail on the head, that’s basically all the things the GF has been saying! She hasn’t even got pictures/paintings on the wall. So really I’ve to go on the agreement then ask about adding holes to the wall, which they may well say no. And if I crack on and do it anyway it could be tricky. She’s worried if it gets noticed on an inspection we’ll get turfed out. Nightmare the whole thing because I can imagine even if we changed flat it would be a similar story. Thanks again!
  14. Right gents, here’s the question. Currently I share firearms with the old man, no biggy. Moving in with the girlfriend soon,(can of worms) 8 hours away and I was going to take a rifle / shotgun with me. Issue is that the girlfriend’s flat is rented and typically, newly refurbished. No real utility cupboard either. I can’t imagine the guy is going to be keen for me to put 4 big bolts into the wall,(floor no better). Any way around this? There must be heaps of folk on here renting and still managing to store their guns. The safe itself isn’t an issue. It’s just how do I secure it to the building without making a huge mess of the place and,(even with 4 neat bolts) losing deposit ect? Worst case scenario is I can leave the guns at my folks but it’s far from ideal and likely future places will be rented as well. Cheers!
  15. wildfowler.250

    Rifle cabinet Question

    Cheers gents. Going thanks for the help. Going to pop a slightly separate topic in the general shooting matters thread but appreciate the feedback on the cabinet
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