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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. Thanks tree my. Didn't get out last weekend as we were filling pheasant feeders and driving foxes. Looking forward to getting out again on Saturday!
  2. Right enough. That's letterkenny direction, isn't it? I think the dogs live for it. They both go daft when they hear the keys in the cabinet. Thanks for the comment.
  3. The one in the video is a Galaxy Cruz- too small for my weight. I've just bought another "budget" 13 foot Bluefin Kingfisher.
  4. Top tips. Many thanks henry. I've just upgraded to a 13 foot kayak. Safety first - cheers.
  5. Many thanks greylag. I was nearly writing Bear off as a pet 9 months ago. Thankfully he looks like he's going to make the grade. Thanks for the comment.
  6. Very kind words again Cranfield- much appreciated. I am in the throes of joining a coastal fowling club - looking forward to getting back on the mud! Hopefully get to record a new location.
  7. Many thanks Gerry. I really appreciate your comments marsh man. They encourage me to keep making the clips - I hope in some way they ease your frustration until you can get out on your own marsh. I really appreciate the feedback. Cheers - I am aware that as i shoot the same place a lot during early season the my clips are a bit "samey." Hopefully I'll get to mix it up soon.
  8. Last weekend's trip. I managed to shoot my first ever shoveler- and get two with one shot. I'm also well impressed with wee Bear's progress.
  9. That is really good to know. Thanks Uilleachan.
  10. That's a good one! It also would explain a lot of this thread.
  11. Is it? I didn't know that. Are they all knocked down a level? I've never heard that before. Is the quarter a skeet?
  12. I'm afraid I don't home load - I just use factory loads. I'll try to get the auto going next time. It's why I bought it!
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