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  1. Hello everyone! How the world has changed since my last post! We have had our agm and had agreed everything for what looked a really exciting season ahead however like everyone else were not too sure how it will all work out. We have ordered 2800 pheasants and have arranged for gamecrop to be planted so fingers crossed things will have eased up by October so we can get out and enjoy some shooting! Our supplier has said he is confident we will get our birds and we can hold the birds in our current pens without too much work needed so it’s just a case in hoping this awful virus can be beaten! Uncertain times ahead but I’ll keep this upto date with any changes we have to make! stay safe! nick
  2. Since things aren’t looking good at the moment I thought it would be nice to read about peoples highlights over the last year whether it be pheasants, pigeons, deer, salmon etc. Mines would probably be a cracking buck I shot in June last year which i deliberated for weeks about whether to shoot or not. Typically when I decided I would shoot him if the opportunity arose I went weeks without seeing the big lad. Being surrounded by areas shot by others I guessed someone had already grassed him so I moved on to other beasts that were suitable to be culled. Very early one morning I parked in my usual spot having glassed the area on my way in. The standing barely and thick underground were starting to make things tough but just being out on a lovely clear morning surrounded by nature made it worthwhile whether a shot was fired or not. i clattered about searching for my kit and once wellies, stick and roe sack we’re all readied I locked the car and started to walk along a path leading to a likely looking clear fell area. After 30 yards or so I turned to check I had definitely locked the car and as I went to walk on again i seen the big lad sticking his head over the barley! i stood still madly trying to work out whether the wind was in my favour. At the same time I opened the sticks in front of me incase he presented a safe shot. He wasn’t sure about me but didn’t bolt immediately instead he trotted out the barley and towards the bank which leads on to the clear fell. I took this opportunity to ready the rifle and gave a quick whistle to stop him before he was too far up the bank. He turned to see what had caused the noise and after a second or two the echo of a bullet destroyed the peace and quiet of the morning. The shot seemed good so I waited a few minutes then approached cautiously. There he was lying still and looking just as good close up as he had through binoculars during the prior weeks. It’s at this moment the adrenaline kicks in for me and the hands start to shake slightly! A great result and morning in the countryside and my first medal buck as an added bonus! Hopefully now some of you guys can give us all something to read about other than corona virus!
  3. We spoke to our supplier yesterday and he is confident that we will get our birds. There is a possibility we may have to put down a minimal deposit per bird but that won’t be an issue. He says syndicates seem to be weathering the oncoming storm well however larger estates that rely on foreign guests coming over to shoot seem to be struggling and several working on a reduced scale or not at all. Perhaps everyone realising that you can enjoy a day out shooting with a modest bag just as much as a large thing is just what we need!
  4. We have 2800 poults on order and as always trying to keep existing birds as well fed as possible however this has been difficult as the virus has developed. if legally possible we will carry on as normal or atleast be our enjoying the countryside.
  5. We are looking at getting owns ready with smaller teams doing the work rather than larger squads like normal. 2800 birds were ordered prior to all this so will make sure to get their pens ready then reevaluate what other jobs can realistically be done eg stiles, ride cutting etc. It’s certainly strange times but hopefully we can all battle away and keep things going.
  6. On reflection I think this may be best for shooting as a whole. I have shot steel at clays and game and because I had no idea of its limitations at the time I just shot them and didn’t really think they were too bad. While it may take a bit of getting used to it’s just something we will all have to get on with. manufacturers and shops rely on having products that are on trend or needed at the present time and I’m sure we will see a huge increase in steel and eco friendly cartridges in the near future as it’s just the way the world is going. Im 30 this year and many of my shooting friends around my age feel that we will see shooting end easily within our lifetime. This is a sad thought but it almost seems inevitable. The change to eco friendly shot and cartridges may inconvenience people but In my opinion we all need to stand together and fight for the future of our sport as a whole and not be looked at in a hundred years as the last of a dying breed. This is a change but it might just help game be sold more easily and perhaps stem the tide at least for a little while.
  7. Hi Blair I think your friend Barton has maybe been speaking to my dad regarding our shoot so hopefully we can meet up and let you have a look around. The shoot is not far off 4000 acres and for the coming season we will be releasing 2800 pheasants . We have 10 shoot days of which full guns can shoot 8 and half guns 4 with bags between 50-85 being achieved on all but one of the days. It's 9 a side on a walk one stand one format shooting 6 drives out of a possible 12 per day. The shoot gained 1000 acres and some great new drives last year and having added another 500 birds we hope to increase bag sizes again. Work parties take place to make sure pens are ready and ride clearing etc. And usually everyone pairs up and feeds once during the season. Costs are £1260 for a full gun or £630 for a half. Any more questions feel free to ask! Cheers Nick Were just outside Banchory
  8. I see I have an email from sacs stating that this is a united stance from all the major organisations. 5 years should surely give everyone time to get ready for the change? Having shot pheasants and ducks with steel it’s not ideal but i guess it was always on the cards that this would happen.
  9. I get paid £45 cash and lunch when picking up or beating. The estate also takes care of all the national insurance and other parts to it. Also get invited to two walk one stand one beaters day. i don’t do it for the money but it helps pay for my own shoot.
  10. Might be different down south but hard to beat old fashioned kale for holding late season birds. The colder it is the better it holds them in our experience.
  11. I’m not sure about the northeast specifically but I’d imagine most suppliers could provide black necks as still a very popular strain.
  12. Hello everyone! Well that's another season finished and I have to say I'm looking forward to a break! With the 1st of February landing on a Saturday we decided to have an extra day open to all the members which meant 11 guns per team and a bit of a challenge to organise! We planned to do 8 drives and the day kicked off at the Containerwood for my team. I had decided to drive it the opposite way to normal however the fact the wind was blowing strongly away from the line made me concerned that the birds would curl back rather than taking on the guns. The first bird flushed decided to fly into the wind and went through the middle of the line unscathed. As more birds started to show and fly towards the guns they found their range and started to fill the gamecart. I seemed to be in conservation mode and missed a couple of easy pheasants but with 11 birds picked it had been a great start. Next we headed to the Blackout drive which had provided some excellent high birds all season and despite there being fewer present the ones that did flush were all top notch and some good shooting meant some of the guns had wished they had picked higher numbers in the sweep! Once all the birds had been picked my team stood at the nearby Bohill farm drive and hoped we might get some screamers flying over us! In hindsight we should have maybe shot the Bohill wood itself rather than blanking it in to the Farm drive as there was a good number of birds there but not everything can go to plan! The Roughground has been the signature drive this year and after shooting 199 Pheasants out of the 380 released we hoped that we could get at least 1 to get over the 200 mark! This was achieved very quickly and judging by the large number of shots fired it was looking like another good show considering the time of year. Its always nice when you finish beating a drive and see the guns marching back to their cars carrying a few birds and this was certainly the case here! Baldaroch had been a great little drive all season and today it provided a short but fruitful one with the few birds shot starting to make the gamecart look surprisingly full. Kilduthie and the Willows were to follow and after being a little quiet recently today was a return to form with some really good birds being presented and the guns again showing they could bring them down! With that it was the last drive of the season and after being quiet for the last month I was hoping Matt steeles could provide one last flurry of birds to end with! Usually the birds don't appear until the last quarter of the drive but on this occasion they flushed from the mid way point right up until the end which was a welcome surprise for many of the guns! And after sounding the horn for the last time it was time to count the bag back at the bothy. Total bag 58 Pheasants 2 Jays 1 Pigeon 238 Shots Overall this season we have shot 780 Pheasants which is a 34% return however the Partridge were disappointing with only 20 shot out of 250. It has been a great season which is testament to all the hard work put in by everyone! After being cautious with finances due to all the new ground we gained we can now hopefully add some gamecrop for next season and we have already been looking at ways to improve as I still feel there is more to come! total season bag 780 Pheasants 20 Partridge 28 Mallard 2 Teal 4 Woodcock 2 Snipe 10 Pigeons 9 Jays 1 Magpie 1 Rabbit 2948 Shots (exc evening ducks) Lastly thanks to everyone who has read my posts over the season and the nice replies! cheers Nick
  13. A photo looking over the Roughground drive taken on Saturday
  14. Hello everyone! We had our last official day of the season last Saturday and hoped were high that we could have another good day. It was very mild and sunny which wasn’t ideal however a strong wind would atleast give the birds the chance to really get some speed up! The opening drive would be the Opposite pen which we hadn’t shot all season. I hoped that birds may have started using the wood after being shot at regularly at the Ruinwood and Containerwood however it was pretty quiet with only a partridge and a pheasant to be hung in the cart. Next up was Bohill Thinstrip which would hopefully be more productive especially as i had spotted a few birds at the bottom of the drive at first light. With the wind being favourable the birds really tested the guns gaining height quickly before gliding over the awaiting line. It was a good show for the last day and a decent number were added to the bag. Next up was the Bohill farm drive for my team and after seeing the height and speed of the birds in the previous drive we were hopeful that we could have something similar here. Despite there not being a huge amount of birds present the ones that went over the guns were all great strong birds so another success! Drumshalloch had been a little disappointing all season but we decided to give it one last try. Unfortunately only 3 cock birds were flushed and none were hit so a disappointing blank! Next up was the ever impressive Roughground and having not fired my gun all day I was quietly confident that would change during our last drive. A good mix of partridge and pheasants kept the majority of the line busy and a good number were shot. I had several shots but for whatever reason I wasn’t shooting as well as normal and only accounted for a brace. Last drive of the day was the Containerwood and like the previous drive there was plenty of birds flushed but many swung out the sides to safety. What was flushed went well with the wind behind them so when the horn was sounded it was time for a pick up followed by a cup of coffee! Total bag 28 pheasants 5 partridge 1 pigeon 136 shots
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