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Big Al

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    I have been shooting for around 30 years. I started off shooting rabbits, pigeons and crows on my uncles' farms. Being the only member of my family who shoots, I have had to work hard to get shooting. Things finally came good for me about 20 years ago after a long spell of letter writing to wildfowling clubs.
    I was invited to interview and accepted as a member of a wildfowling club on Strangford Lough. Sadly the club has now folded, but the contacts I established through it mean I am seldom stuck for a place to go.

    I am a member of a Game Shooting syndicate and that takes up 10 Saturdays of the season. The other days of the season sees me in pursuit of my "first love" - wildfowl. Geese are not too numerous here in N.I. so it mainly involves the pursuit of ducks.

    Pigeons are a February and summer pursuit.

    I have 2 dogs - two labs, Ted and Bear.

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  1. Super shooting. Very enjoyable. Those birds look very high. The shotcam gives a great view of technique and lead. Thanks for posting.
  2. Mike I pm'd you my details 2 days ago. I see the message has not been read. Do you want the Gaiters?
  3. Totally unused UK Army Gaiters. Steel fixings and thick canvas. One spot of paint (see photo). I bought them for myself a few years ago, but my calves were too big for them so I never used them. £16 posted
  4. Much appreciated benbhoy. We're starting to run out of weeks though!
  5. Wise words greylag. Yes. Built with my own fair hands. Stones, sand and water were already there. I just needed to carry down cement.
  6. Thanks Lloyd. There were a few I was pretty pleased to connect with! Sometimes 1/2 and 3/4 chokes - I'm not too particular but if I've been at the ducks recently they'll likely be the tighter combination. Lead 32g 6's for most of the shooting. If I'm near water I use steel 32g 4,s. We use the "Scottish " system for non-toxic here - it's not what you're shooting, but where. Thanks for the comment.
  7. I normally use an SJ4000. The one I used for this clip was another sportscam I got from Argos, but also not GoPro. Sorry I can't be of more help.
  8. Thanks Old Farrier. Sadly I didn't capture it all! New case has been ordered!
  9. Cheers Gerry. We live In a lovely wee country!
  10. You may have noticed a smudge of my most recent pheasant clip. It turns out I had scraped the case. For this trip I used a back up camera but I didn't realise that it only records for 29 seconds before it shuts off. So I missed most the action. A quick 3 minute clip.
  11. Cheers Gerry. Aye, it's good for the soul. Scouted that coastal spot yesterday but it was full of light bellied Brent and not much else! I ended up back at Lough Neagh- had a great morning but was trying a new camera- I missed most of the action as I didn't realise that it switches itself off after 29 mins. Pain in the butt. Thanks mate. I enjoy making them. I appreciate your comment.
  12. Thanks greylag. Going to try for the ducks tomorrow- scouted the tidal flats today but full of light bellied Brent. Lough Neagh it is then ..... Its a lovely spot. Great cover for birds but hard on the dogs. They love it too though. The wee man is more than a little bit unhappy about his absence.
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