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  1. I know I mentioned lugging stuff across a marsh, but it’d actually be more often needed for on rivers where, sat on the mud below the high water mark, you stick out like a sore thumb without some sort of cover
  2. It had holes in like a normal hide net but still useful for a small shower if it rains whilst waiting for daylight..
  3. A few years back, i was fowling and someone had a kind of rectangular umbrella that was realtree - ideal for weight and portability instead of lugging poles and nets miles cross a marsh. Also useful whilst waiting for the dark if raining. As it got light, he tilted it towards the flighting geese. any ideas where you could get such a thing - I’ve looked for years and have never found one...
  4. I've sent you a message KemnJoe.. It is Dave Beard at Westwoodside. Used him years ago and he was great and very reasonably priced...
  5. Will try different cartridges. .. I was shooting gamebore velocity. Might even try fibre wad as well. ...
  6. Thanks all. Had another go with some wd40' more brass brushing and a pull through or two with the bore snake and it's finally shifted. I'll remember the hair drier trick though. Is Clenzol that good then?
  7. I know it's September the first tomorrow and my mind should be elsewhere, but this is doing my head in!! I have a Winchester select over and under, fairly new. I shot about 80 clays yesterday and the bores got filthy. I know that could be cartridge choice but it seems to do it with whatever I shoot and even if i only have a few shots when wildfowling. Onto cleaning, I've used Napier for years and on my escort it cleans all the crud, fouling etc. very quickly and without the need for excessive scrubbing, just a squirt, soak and boresnake does the job. With the Winchester, I squirt loads of Napier, leave it ages to soak, try the bore snake, more spray, bronze brush, more spray, bronze brush with pot scrubber wrapped round it, more spray, more scrubbing, get bored and there's still some plastic fouling after the chamber! This is in a newish gun with normally mirror shiny bores. Any ideas? The only thing I can think is it's a back bored barrel which I believe are slightly oversized?? Therefore, is my bronze brush or bore snake not quite making full contact with the bore? Any tips? Any alternative cleaning products?
  8. I'll not admit to having read all 39 pages of this thread but I've read enough. I've been a member of BASC for nearly ten years and all I seem to see them doing is spending money on multiple million pound buildings, glossy publications, organising cookery classes at perfectly kept expensive shooting grounds in the South. Oh, and taking MP's shooting ( which on the face of it makes sense but let's face it, it's probably riddled with corruption and expenses claims). I've been watching some American duck hunting vids on YouTube lately and whilst I don't like how they slaughter geese at about 5 yards over decoys, I think BASC have a lot to learn from organisations such as Ducks unlimited and delta waterfowl. They have worked with State bodies to secure land, install flood mechanisms, improve breeding habitats and provide real opportunity for real people to go shooting. It seems BASC are basically moulding themselves into a political faceless body that are only interested in willy waggling with other toffs based on the vast amounts of money in the bank. I'm going to research how the wildfowling club I'm in can move away from BASC and to someone else to provide insurance, because I'm sick of paying for all this glossy unnecessary *****.
  9. I use vet medic to buy drontal. Cheap and quick delivery.
  10. Ok. Quick update. After being too busy to walk him for a couple of days, I got the dummy out the shed earlier and was pleased to see he was excited by it. So, I tried lying down in the garden as soon as I threw the dummy. He sprinted to the dummy, picked it up and carried it all the way back, jumping all over me with it still in his mouth! Tried it twice more with the same result so left it at that. Gave him loads of praise. I did suspect that the eye contact thing was bothering him so will try next time to stay standing but with my back turned. I've just thought as well... when pigeon shooting he brings pigeons all the way into the hide to me so it could just be a bit of dummy boredom thing. Might try a rabbit skin...
  11. Some good ideas chaps.ill try some this weekend. The moving backwards doesn't work, he still drops it short. Also, he doesnt come in the house so there'll be no telly watching together! I have reservations about balls as I have two kids and don't want him harassing them when they play with balls in the garden. I'll try it if necessary but am also worried about getting him over excited. Another problem I didn't mention was that despite his timid nature he gets very excited and I've had to introduce clicker training to try and stop him spinning in circles. So, abit of a catch 22 isn't it. I need him excited to retrieve well but don't want him spinning like a fu@@@@g idiot! I think I'll try no eye contact and / or laying down first..... Thanks again all.
  12. Ah. That's a good idea. He does seem a bit funny with eye contact so that could be worth a try
  13. Some background.... I have a 4 year old Lab that we've had from a pup. His parents are known, good strong working dogs. Over the years, I've done loads of work with him and would say he's fairly obedient (stops to whistle, comes back to whistle, walks to heel on and off the lead). I've not done as much shooting as I'd like due to work shifts and other commitments but the dog has done some pigeon shooting, roost shooting, wildfowling (ducks and geese), and a bit of pheasant / partridge rough shooting. He's just not done loads of it. He's a fairy timid dog for no obvious reason. He's very loving and loyal but you only have to look at him wrong and his head and tail goes down, to be honest, it's a bit annoying because he's not roughly handled at all. I try to keep him sharp (ish) by taking a dummy out every time I walk him. I also have a large garden so have scope for training at home too. The problem I have is with delivery. He drops the dummy short, anywhere from 4 feet to 10 feet. I have tried calmly placing the dummy back in his gob but he hates it and gets timid. I then try and encourage him to do another retrieve and crouch down to encourage him all the way back. All this seems to do is make him drop it earlier and he then cowers the rest of the way back as if he knows he's done wrong but does it anyway! I've tried running backwards but again, he never brings it all the way back. One suggestion was to try in the garden over much smaller distances. This doesn't work as he just isn't excited by the dummy in the garden for some reason. He will sometimes sprint towards it then stop, or run round it ignore it completely. If he does pick it, again, he drops it short on the way back. So help! I've bought a clicker but can't think of ways to strip back to basics and re-introduce retrieving. I've "loaded the clicker" so he understands click means reward for actions, but don't know what to try. Also, just thought - he always tries going round me when retrieving, even after dropping the dummy. Any help appreciated.
  14. Sorry chaps, where's the farmers please? Is it Annan?
  15. You'd think with findhorn being so far north, there be less idiots but obviously not..
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