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  1. He wasn't too bad, I did smile a bit. Rhod Gilbert and Paddy McGuinness are way worse
  2. Cranfield

    Ferrets as Pets

    I worked mine and my kids also played with them, it is important to handle them gently from kits. Have more than one, jills are best and have a large hutch with a separate sleeping area, they like to play and should be exercised outside the hutch, but they also spend a lot of time asleep. A friend kept his in a backdoor porch area, but I would not consider them as indoor pets, even if they are kept super clean (and that is important) they can have a musty odour. For feeding, raw meat (and fish) is best and don't overdo liver or milk, both can induce bone malformation, especially in kits.
  3. Some good shooting and great dog work, a nice Christmas treat, thanks for posting.
  4. Thanks for posting, I enjoyed that. Every true wildfowler has been humbled by a teal or two, its part of the rite of passage.🙂
  5. That's the truth, I regretted selling mine years ago.
  6. It will be a sad day if you stop posting your videos and even sadder if you take offence from a chance comment , which I don't think was meant. I have never deduced any criticism of your videos, far the opposite, you are are probably in the top five all time video posters on Pigeon Watch. I missed seeing this video as I am travelling again, please repost it, or consider updating your You Tube page.
  7. I travel a great deal and take my laptop. In most countries I can still get Sky Sport and BT Sport, plus I have access via streaming pirates if necessary. There are stories that this might change once we leave the EU. Also stories that sites will soon be able to detect VPN and block it I can view news via websites, but ITV Hub and BBC iplayer will not let me view live streaming programmes. VPN seems the logical solution, but as I do not know anyone who has it, I needed some confirmation. Thanks for the responses.
  8. Are there any main disadvantages to installing VPN ?
  9. A good watch once again, thanks for posting. I wondered if the hen pheasant that Ted eventually picked might have been a runner (as Bear missed it), but it seemed stone dead when he brought it back. Running in is such an emotive subject it deserves a book all to itself. My view is that running in is only a sin on walked up shooting, where the dog can disturb unshot ground, by running in to a bird. When wildfowling, especially on tidal estuaries, I liked my dogs in ASAP, ducks can seem to disappear if left too long on water. On driven days it may look untidy, but I don't think its a crime. There is a lot of difference between a dog "running in" and a dog "rioting". I have seen "rioting" dog owners sent home immediately. .
  10. All good as usual, thanks for posting. I have to make sure my monitor screen is clean before I watch your wildfowling episodes, otherwise I am mistaking marks for incoming ducks.🙂
  11. outh Africa were better in every department and were so quick off the mark, it was great rugby to watch. I am as patriotic as the next Englishman (if not more than most), but I was rather irritated with all the pre match jingoism in the papers and among the "pundits", all assuming England were definitely going to win. There were even discussions as to which honours they should get at the Palace and estimates as to how much the future sponsorship deals would be worth. I am surprised the team even turned up with their boots, as that was even considered not essential for the assured victory. If I was a Springbok all that clap trap would certaionly have had me very fired up.
  12. Its nice to see the birds in such good condition and the dogs working so well, I really enjoy that. The speed of those teal brought back some memories, I wish I had a pound for every one I missed behind.
  13. Nice video as usual and some good shooting, thanks for posting. I have to agree that gorse bushes are your "trademark".😉
  14. Its good that you enjoyed your first game shoot and I hope you choose to do many more and post the videos here. Like everything else its a learning experience, anyone born knowing it all is lucky. I recall my first driven days as me being not very relaxed, rushing things and anxious not to miss, or look stupid. Once you have a few shoots under your belt you will relax more, take your time, probably not feel the need to premount your gun, pick your birds and really enjoy the day. Relax is the key word.
  15. I've been away and just catching up with your new duck season's progress and as usual, I am impressed. Very clear videos, good shooting and some excellent dog work, Bear is really doing well, but Ted's long retrieve in the earlier video was spectacular. Thanks for sharing with us.
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