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  1. I have just been doing food costing on a ;larger scale. Based on this seasons prices you need to work on about 1-80 to 2-00 per bird. Hopefully this will stay similar in the new year. Poult quotes, while not fixed yet seem to be ranging from 3-50 to 3-85 depending on numbers and suppliers. Don't forget to factor in for pen repairs, capital costs for drinkers and feeders, diesel etc.
  2. If you have no English Partridge at all then releasing some isn't going to hurt. If you have ANY wild ones then releasing game farm sourced Greys is a sure way to wipe them out in about 3 seasons on average. Better to buy him a couple of Larsen traps. Red-legs will not push Greys off, another old wives tale. I was a wild partridge keeper and the two species get along fine but Greys are the more dominant (and more successful) but they will nest within a few feet of each other as my nest marking showed.
  3. The employer has a legal duty of care for all employees so they should be providing you with hearing defenders of some sort. Even a packet of cheap foam plugs will do an excellent job of protecting your hearing. If you want a lifetime of discomfort and inconvenience, problems attending social events and having to repeatedly ask people what they said or have the TV on full blast then shoot without protecting your hearing. One shot can do it and a friend has recently had this experience. Irreversible and extremely painful hearing damage. It is a pain having to miss the chance of an opportune
  4. One of the biggest steps forward in skeet is learning the correct visual pick up points, gun hold positions and break zones for each target and stand, especially for the pairs. Fail to break your first target in the correct place and then either waiting for,or slashing towards or after the second target will lead you in to a whole new world of problems which will often show up in your overall technique. A good and free learning aid is simply to watch various squads shoot a round. I would ask their permission first. Few will object. Watch the good shots and see how smooth their transition f
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    Rougeing will be hellish this season, wheats are full of barley. Whatever you do, remember to bring a nice spotlessly clean plastic bucket with a lid and a clean hacksaw with you. As you set off on your first field take the top off your head with the hacksaw and pop your brain in the bucket until you are done. You wont need it for a long time.
  6. If it is 2 degrees F and constant you may still be alright. You need to find out why its not running up to temperature. Sometimes it can be simple things like a marginally narrow or thinner wick which does not burn well enough. I has trouble sourcing wicks for my Ruperts in the past. The ones which looked to fit the rack were actually too thin and burnt too cool. Once I found some old ones which were slightly heavier all was well. Make sure there is sufficient air entering the burner (yellow smokey flame is a sign all is not well) and your wick is trimmed and burning across its entire width
  7. I have used Hornady Ballistic Tips in 50grain for my .22-250 for about 18 years. The classic load of 38 grains of H380 pushes them out incredibly accurately and the devestation on arrival is unbelievable. There is no doubting it is very humane but not a round for anything you may want to eat. Try placing a sheet of carboard like an opened packing carton about 6 feet behind your target board when zeroing and see the shotgun type patterns the shards produce.
  8. I use a 28g as well, same make and model as the OP's. I also wonder why people take a small bore shotgun then feed it 12 bore loads like 28 grams all of the time. I found the 19gram Game and Hunting to be a very good cartridge indeed and certainly up to any partridge and most pheasant. The Fiocchi and Eley are in my experience both quite sharp and have a heavier shot load but were a good choice for walked up shooting were you may expect fewer shots and at going away birds. Bonarghi are a very high quality load but again very pokey and costly. The most commonly used load for me these d
  9. I am old enough to remember the days before bitfitter tools. Nimble fingers were a bonus. The big trick was keeping the bits somewhere easily accessible to you and not to the birds. Spent many scorching days on that job. Early morning starts were a good idea.
  10. I think Northumbria Police just like being awkward. They also ask questions which are not part of the official script. Lancashire were worse but then suddenly became more enlightened. Norfolk were very common sense and I knew several people with dedicated night and day set ups on .22LR and .17HMR with no problems whatsoever. I suppose a lot would depend upon your areas force policy and the individual FEO's view on your reason. Not how it should be, something of a postcode lottery rather than a uniform interpretation of the law.
  11. We have over 300 nest boxes out on the estate, all made and monitored by the retired farm steward. He has had to make plates for every single one and the best method is to keep the lids off soup and bean tins, drill a suitable sized hole and then tack them to the wooden box fronts. He burrs the edges of the hole back to avoid sharp edges. Amazing how apparently innocent birds like woodpeckers and moorhens can be so damned evil with the eggs and chicks of other species. Protein comes in many forms.
  12. I have no idea what the outcome of the vote will be. I would personally prefer things to remain as they are. However, if the voters in Scotland (NOT just the Scots) decide to be independent and vote YES, then this should mean total independence. Not a selective version which seems to be what is being viewed at present. I really don't know, but my guess is if there was as much oil left as some seem to believe the Government would have been putting up a lot more fight. Maybe they know more than they are letting on ? If the fields are running low then letting the dregs go with the YES vote meanin
  13. I was invited to join one ground recently. If I paid the annual fee and the joining fee I discovered the paltry discount on targets meant it would only pay if you shot 2600 targets per season. The members events are still charged at normal members target rate and I was further shocked to discover a condition of entry to these competition was that you "donated" a prize. Given their charges for members are 3p per clay ahead of other grounds guest rates I didn't think it offered very good value. I think I will stick to "straw balers" where my money covers their costs and perhaps enough profit to
  14. 50% booking deposit, remaining 50% paid before day takes place is pretty common practice for commercial days. Syndicates normally seek a minimum of 50% upfront to ensure a serious commitment from the Guns. Most well run shoots will already be ordering poults to ensure they have the birds when they want them. Game farms run on similar terms, 50% up front. Most established shoots will have been burnt by promises of payment which never materialised. This can either cripple the shoot or place further burden on the members who do pay up.
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