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    I have been shooting for around 40 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 30 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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  2. I drive too many miles to have a good car but I'm now onto my 5th car with the 1.9tdi VW engine. I bought my 5th, an 09 Passat, back in August with 90k on it. All was fine until about a month ago when a conrod let go and came straight through the engine block. Luckily it was under warranty and another engine (with 20k less miles) was fitted. It's driving well now. I've done a bit of research and it's not exactly unknown for this to happen on a BXE engine. In fact it seems to be well known in VAG circles according to t'internet. I'm now in two minds as to whether to change the c
  3. Thanks 👍 Hopefully. It clowns in charge here aren't even too sure of what's going on themselves. The joys of a 5 way coalition. Not yet. I'm looking forward to getting down soon though.
  4. Thanks greylag. I was meant to be at a different shore after ducks (and geese) in the morning, but the pheasant syndicate have moved the shoot planned for 28th to to tomorrow. Pheasants is is then!
  5. The water is (predictably) Lough Neagh. It means you have to be careful about nontoxic shot as we can't use lead over wetlands. At this time of the year a fair part of N. Ireland is a wetland. Great day indeed. No shooting for 2 weeks after next Friday for us though. Just announced last night. Unfortunately our Assembly have banned shooting for 2 weeks from next Friday. I'm not sure of their logic as most transmission takes place in supermarkets and schools. And they're staying open. Useless hallions.
  6. Unlike England and the Republic of Ireland, in Northern Ireland we can continue our shooting as long as we comply with Covid-19 regulations. After a risk assessment and putting measures in place ( not least the closure of our usual shooting "lodge,") we can at least get out and about. Not long now lads before you can get out too.
  7. Absolute gentlemen. Couldn't agree more. I've heard some good things about Lavin Guns too. I know Tom recently sadly passed away but Conor seems a decent lad. I was only in it once, and we didn't manage to do a deal but I was struck by how pleasant the experience was. Only thing was the HEAT. That wee stove had the sweat lashing outta me!
  8. I dealt with them once and it was once too often.
  9. Cheers- my favourite type of shooting is wildfowling but roosting pigeons is a close second! I'm a more recent convert - about 30 years ago but I really do enjoy it. You have her well trained! Definitely my job in our house to prepare and cook game - but wife and kids are more than happy to eat the dishes!
  10. Thanks again Cranfield. I soon figured that if I walked close to the water (Lough Neagh again!) and kept it on my right I'd be fine!
  11. Thanks- I eat them for lunch at work! Thanks - after an off- spell, I hope I'm hitting form again. But one swallow doesn't make a summer!
  12. The storm on Saturday was great for the pheasants but was good for pigeons. Time for a mini roost shoot! I've also added a bit of cookery after a request from a YouTube subscriber.
  13. I will have a look. Cheers.
  14. I came across this little gamekeeping clip of Hand rearing game birds in the 1970s. I have to say I found it very enjoyable.
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