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Big Al

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    Co. Antrim
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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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  1. Thanks greylag. It was great to be there. As we walked down we stopped on a number of occasions to simply watch the hundreds of wildfowl in the sky. It took a while for us to realise that we were there to shoot! The hide was very snug - especially when two cold wet labradors also decided it was the best place to be. On a different day I would have moved to the hide 40 yards to the right out in the water but I didn't fancy wading too far. There were no decoys out. They would have blown away, anchors or not.
  2. Lol. You certainly did! It was a great day for it to be sure.
  3. Beautiful day. I was overheating slightly though! Thanks greylag. I like the "wildfowling instinct " phrase. It sounds much better than "poorly trained mutts!" 😂😂👍
  4. We had our first pheasant day on Saturday past. It was really a little stir up with six drives. As we operate a beat one, stand one system I shot three drives. As is normal, most of the birds were too low to shoot at but some sporting birds were also shown.
  5. Thanks greylag- more teal and the odd wigeon appearing here within the past week. Bring on the hard weather and frosts!
  6. Thanks Gerry! The warm autumn doesn't seem to be helping. I had a flight this morning in a different place and managed my first wigeon of the year. Getting toward proper fowling!
  7. It's a special spot alright! The rain misted up the lenses for a while - I didn't realise!
  8. October has been strange this year. Very warm, windless and far from ideal for duck shooting on the Big Lough. I did manage a few although it has been far more challenging than usual.
  9. Was that Lavins? I saw that one too.
  10. Especially as it seems we can use it in shooting shops. My mate is just leaving his behind the counter in our local tackle shop.
  11. Excellent. Thanks. I'd hate to squander it.
  12. One for the northern Ireland contingent: Can we spend our £100 voucher in an RFD?
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