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    Pigeon Shooting, also Clay Pigeon Shooting at grounds all over the UK and abroad, a bit of golf when I get the time..!!

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  1. Yes, Mustard, but it will probably be ploughed in by Christmas as it's a break crop, the farmers in my area normally drill peas on these fields in late March, so worth keeping an eye on..? Cat.
  2. I don't think that video had anything to do with the NSCA revising and re-issuing the results of the shoot, in fact I don't believe it wasn't even taken at that particular shoot where the infringement took place, which was near Chicago..? As ever, there's two sides to every story, it will be interesting to see the result of any appeal by the shooter concerned, only then can we all pass judgement..? Cat.
  3. A good few clay shooters have no interest in ever shooting any live quarry, so they can hardly be called "short sighted" as it clearly won't affect them. Of some concern to me, as a clay shooter who does shoot live quarry, is where is this going to end up, Game shooting must be next on their list of priority targets..? Cat.
  4. I'm not referring to recent statements by BASC after the revocation of the General Licence, but in the run up to the action by Packham & friends prior to 23 April. Did they not know that Packham was preparing a case against the shooting fraternity, surely they must have been aware..? Cat.
  5. I'm not sure that the Legal Profession would agree with your broad interpretation of these new rules, as Section 8.a) states : Shooting...."Only as a last resort to prevent serious damage". It will be very interesting to see if there are any prosecutions in the near future, and what action BASC etc will take to support the individual(s) facing prosecution..? Cat.
  6. My thoughts entirely, those notes on "scaring & deterrents" have clearly been written by somebody who knows little about the habits of Wood Pigeons. As I see it, these new rules effectively outlaw shooting over stubble, roost shooting, and arguably flight shooting as well. I'm very surprised BASC didn't see this coming..? Cat.
  7. I've used Icarhireinsurance in the past, they were the cheapest I could find. I had this e-mail from them last week, it looks like premiums have gone up significantly..? Your iCarhireinsurance.com policy is due to expire in 7 days on 16-04-2019 and it looks like you haven’t renewed yet. Last year you purchased: Excess Europe Annual Van and Campervan - Upgrade Total paid: Excess Europe Annual(£48.07) If you decide to renew your policy today, the total price, including will be: £77.98. Not travelling for a while or going somewhere different? You can defer the start date of your next policy by up to 6 months, and if you’re planning to travel to a different territory this year you can change your policy options within our renewals portal. As ever with insurance, loyalty doesn't pay, so shop around..! Cat.
  8. I shot today, it was good to see a good few longstanding PW members there bright and early, I did a 91 on the Red and and an 89 on the Black, if I was being ultra critical I'd have to say there wasn't a decent long crosser on either layout, but, all in all I'd have to say it wasn't a bad shoot, and, as usual it ran pretty well, with no mega queues on any stands. The very best of luck to all who are shooting over the next few days, I hear that there are c.2400 entries, still the biggest shoot in Europe, possibly the World..?, it's just a pity they can't post nightly scores so that everybody knows how they've done..? Cat.
  9. I run a leased car funded by a Car Allowance, and also have an All Star fuel card, which covers all fuel purchased in the UK. The monthly Car Allowance is taxed in full. My total mileage is pretty similar to yours, (18k PA), and my total fuel bill is around £3k PA, (which is what you are taxed on as a "Benefit in Kind"). Any business mileage is claimed on a monthly basis and my Car Allowance is adjusted accordingly each month, (not sure how exactly the calculation works, but my business mileage is low so it's not a big issue to me). I can't see why anybody would turn down the offer of a fuel card, OK, you pay some extra tax, but you're still getting all of your fuel paid for..? Cat.
  10. Nice footage Motty, not much about these parts at the moment, but I'm sure things will pick up later in the year once the beans & peas are cut, make sure you have a day free late August time, and bring the video camera..! Cat.
  11. Well, they are certainly better organised, far fewer trap breakdowns, dead batteries and the like, also the refs are qualified FFBT guys who really know their stuff. Also, the payouts are significantly better, at the last Compak shoot at Arras, they had a full entry, 120 shooters paying about £58 each for a 100 bird shoot over 4 layouts, High Gun was a Beretta Semi, others received a total of 18,000 Viri cartridges, not bad eh..? Cat.
  12. Sadly, I won't be doing the FITASC in Italy, I've even pulled out of the World FITASC at St Lambert in France, purely because the French have laid on another FITASC Grand Prix at La Cerisaille, just south of Paris the weekend before, and there's only so many shoots you can do..? Not only that, St Lambert is a lovely ground, but I've shot there every year for the last 5 years, and I like to do different grounds. Good luck to all that are going..! Cat.
  13. Yes, that's true, although there is no guarantee that the targets you shoot in practice will be the exact targets that are thrown in the competition, I would say typically that around 90% will be the same, but the organisers frequently alter the odd target to catch people out, and will usually always alter the sequence, so it's debatable whether too much practice before the event is of any real benefit..? Cat.
  14. I'm sure Mr P will be on top form, with him jetting all around Europe to various competitions, he's certainly getting the practice in..! Cat.
  15. I fished Grafham the first week it opened in May 1970, throughout the '70's it was incredibly popular, you had to book boats exactly 30 days in advance by phoning the Anglian Water Board offices, if you were 15 minutes late in phoning, you would not get a boat at weekends. Day tickets were then £1 for an 8 fish limit, I think rowing boats were £3 extra, with motorboats at a fiver..? When Rutland opened in the mid 70's it took the pressure off Grafham a little bit, but the sport was still incredibly popular, on most summer evenings bank fisherman would be shoulder to shoulder around the popular spots. I gave up regular fly fishing in the early 80's to concentrate on shooting, but have been back to both Grafham & Rutland on cycling trips, was amazed at how many boats were apparently available, even at weekends, the sport is definitely in decline..? Cat.
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