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    The last couple of months

    The first two pics were on stubble over decoys in the last two weeks. 116 and 82. The others were flighting. I try to get out once a week, when a bit of wind is forecast work permitting. It's the best sport. Smaller bags, between 40 and 70 in the afternoons on a return line. The best sporting shooting available in my opinion.
  2. Haven't posted for quite a while, but here a few of the bags I have managed in the last few months
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    Recipe suggestions

    Ready to go. Stuffed with garlic, thyme and wrapped in the bacon. I'm going to start them with butter in the pan and a nip of whiskey, then into the oven. Game chips as suggested and roast parsnips. Some kale and the pan juices with a nip more whiskey and a touch of double cream. How's that sound?
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    Recipe suggestions

    This is a little seasonal indulgence. Can't wait to get them on the plate. Wouldn't mind trying something new with them. Any suggestions would be welcome.
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    Still on berries.

    I have struggled to get birds since end of October. There is serious amount of barley on the fields here and food in the hedges. The birds are in flocks of a few hundred but geographically spread far and wide. Also, no migrant birds (well not in noticeable numbers). I suspect their behaviour has changed, because I've been watching the winter birds coming here reduce year on year for the last decade. Having said that i managed a bag of 40 odd flighting last Saturday. I love big winter flocks. Just the sight of seeing a hundred or so birds committing to the decoys, but it seems those days are probably gone. Climate change i reckon?!?!? Same with the ducks.
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    Scotland to ban smacking children

    Your analogy is spot on. The only rational basis to justify the defence of 'reasonable chastisement' of a child is based on their supposed lack of capacity. That's what makes children different from adults. And yet, no one would defend 'reasonable chastisement' of an adult who lacked capacity. An older person? A person with a disability maybe? Good for Scotland, showing the rest of us a progressive 21st Century law!
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    Help with animal identification

    You said it was small. So I doubt it was a pine martin. We have a few about here and I wouldn't say they are small. Maybe mink, stoat or weasel. Or polecat. Jam and peanut butter if you want know if you have a pine martin about.
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    Storm Ophelia

    Bang in middle of it here at the minute. Dogs in and we are settled down for the night. Hope the electricity holds out, had a few flickers so far.
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    Another tidy bag. You're lucky they're still in fields. 👍 Here it's acorn and beechmast nirvana. 😩
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    i must be mad

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    i must be mad

    Strange. Your shooting isn't going to bother his cattle?!?? Anyhow, good shooting. The other thing there will be plenty of in due course will be rats. And with the rats will come the foxes.
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    i must be mad

    Nice bag. The wind last weekend put an end to it for me. The acorns and beechmast are down and the birds are just staying in the roosting woods. That field however is going to be brill for you if it doesn't get cut!