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  1. Of course a lot is in the cooking & what else is used to add flavour, particularly to sauce made from tthe meat. But that taken I would have said Teal & Muntjak until we were invited to share a saddle of Chinese Water Deer. That hit the spot that day..maybe it was also the company? Worst?....inland Widgeon; As bad as pike!
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    Wet morning on the pinks and teal.

    Fantastic breakfastime read there Sako...thanks. You can almost hear those geese from the photographs. What could be better for most of us on this forum than being out there in the elements surrounded by such a concentration & variety of wildlife, the shooting would be a bonus I think. Great pictures & a happy wee dog.
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    Don't trust all vets

    Very sorry to hear of your loss Shootthepigeon. It sounds to me from the sequence of events that your bitch had bled internally from one of the ovarian arteries where a ligature had slipped; With this there is a slow deterioration, weakness, pale membranes, rapid respiration & heart beat. It is sad that the vets did not take her back in ,put her on fluids & investigate the reason for her deterioration. I know you didn't want to take her back for a post mortem ...you are quite right that it would not bring her back,& if you did want to find out for further information for you and the Vets concerned that is the only way. Most dogs over 8 years should have pre anaesthetic bloods done to avoid any nasty surprises during anaesthesia; Post operative organ failure is unlikely unless your bitch was already suffering some major system dysfunction before her operation which sounds unlikely from what you say. Haemorrhage from a slipped ligature post spaying is ,however quite common & has happened to all Vets who do this surgery regularly at one time or another. It is a difficult operation. But anyone with experience should recognise the signs & intervene quickly & the dog then recovers quite quickly.Some bitches will leak blood from the wound but if this does not happen the pale mucous membranes are an easy pointer.
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    Third Week lucky

    I'm moving up to your neck of the woods I think! Still don't think it would make any difference, you have got this pigeon shooting pretty taped. I spent all Sat driving round looking.... nothing on the ground nor in the air. Well done to the both of you. I often clip my cap onto a spare hide pole & move it slowly round to block out the low sun in the winter; Makes all the difference when you have to shoot towards the sun. Better put 52 onto your next lotto ticket.
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    Get your dogs insured.

    These distal humeral fractures in juvenile dogs can happen all too easily when they land on their foreleg when it's fully extended ( straight leg).They can be simple where only one articulating condyle is detatched & are repaired with a simple lag screw through the detached condyle.They heal quite quickly & rarely cause any long term lameness. However one in six of these fractures are what they call Y fractures & involve both the lateral & the medial condyles;These both need re-attatching to each other & then both to the shaft of the humerus.To 'get at ' these fracture sites has to be done by removing the end of the ulna(Funny bone) & its attached triceps tendons.In other words creating a forth fracture.Of course these all have to be replaced as tight as possible to get a good outcome & replacing the end of the ulna has to be done with a tension band wire to counteract the pull of the triceps;This is often the weak point where the pin holding the tension wire gets bent. It sounds like your Barney may have had one of these Y fractures.Unfortunately they are difficult to get right & often lead to long term lameness as they heal slowly due to inherent instability. Don't get me started on referral centres ,pricing & insurance or I'll get through a packet of fags in 30. minutes! But I am of the old school & will never be rich.I only work part time now but still enjoy my orthopaedics.A smiple ,unilateral condylar fracture would be around £250;They are straightforward if you have the right equipment. Y fractures I would price on time & involve pins,plates & tension band wires & could cost up to £500 with a guarded outcome;How do you keep a young sprocker quiet for 6-8 weeks? Of course insurance is a good idea if your dog/puppy is unlucky enough to get such an injury.I worked through an era where most Vets were 'Jacks of all Trades' although I always did my CPD on orthopaedic conditions & surgery, but because I chose not to become a specialist my skills are no longer recognised as Gold Standard; This means I'm regarded as fine if everything goes OK , but you can find yourself in trouble with the RCVS authorities & the insurance companies when things go wrong.Y fractures are a good example ..they can go wrong for people like me as well as the specialists.It's a difficult proceedure.Unfortunately this system allows the specialists to charge what they wish, hence your huge bill. I feel sorry for both Barney & you JDog.Hope it works out in the end.I have had dogs which made a full recovery after re-operating!
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    First time out in a month

    Sounds exciting ..the best kind of pigeon shooting with demanding shots & not too much kit to cart about (I hope). Although carrying 51 pigeons back is boardering on a second trip for one person.Good day after a month's drought.
  7. ...As it usually does in late October along a valley near home.From my shed yesterday I saw line after line of pigeon flocks heading west to east along a pretty broad front; It was a pleasure to watch after having seen very few birds about over the last four months let alone a quantity worth chasing. There were flocks of Redwings & Fieldfares heading in the same direction & there's plenty of food for them this year with a bumper crop of cider apples,holly berries & hawthorn fruit turning some mature hegerows red. So this morning I had a drive around & spoke to a couple of local farmers (one of which I nearly ran head on into with a trailer load of muck from his sheds..we both stopped just in time)! I took the opportunity to climb up & have a quick natter.He had just finished drilling 36 acres on Sunday.In a hurry as usual hoping the weather would not break. I got permission just in case. Three miles up the road & through 2 locked gates I was able to see the four fields. They were surrounded by whirling pigeons.Some landing but very twitchy & up again in seconds, but there were so many in the air it had to be done. A quick turn around to pick up Dave & all our shooting gear & we were walking out to our two chosen positions by 11am.We both started with plastics as we had no fresh or frozen birds with our setups at oppsite ends of the patch. We both experienced the same reaction with massive flocks of birds swirling high over our patterns but not really comitting with the exception of some very young birds.Nevertheless the sport was terrific with almost continuous ,high bunches doing the circuit. I was quite high up & looking down the next valley where I could see waves of 2-300 pigeons,again heading west to east.Enough came our way but there were very few L&R's today. A sight to behold & one for the memory banks; We ended up with 88 picked & two very knackered old men by the time we had packed up & done the double haul back to the truck. Happy days.
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    Its Never Easy

    You do a pretty professional job every week Mr. Controller & I think we all wish we could be so consistant..but you do put in the miles I have to say.I would think that a lot of us also look forward to your reports at Sunday breakfast,inspiring us to try harder.Don't retire that's all I say! Shot a few yesterday in Herefordshire & noticed a couple of things;One was that there were one or two bigger 'flocks ' around & they might be starting to flock up just now & also that a fair proportion had Hawthorn berries in their crops even though we were on late drilled wheat.The acorns never really came to anything as yet. Not seen the 'migrations' as yet if it happens this year.
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    Poor acorn harvest?

    Plenty of acorns around here,although they don't usually get onto them until well into late October/Nov. Good timing for a few windy days.One of my favourite pigeon shooting times of the year as numbers are often boosted by migrant birds for a week or two.
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    Stubble disappointment & size

    It's difficult to be dogmatic about anything to do with pigeon shooting;This year is different again in so many ways with dry weather accelerating the harvest & so much choice for our quarry within a short time frame (in our neck of the woods anyway). I certainly think that rape stubble gives you better chances the sooner you can get onto it. I shot one stubble 8 days ago (one day after it was combined) & the birds decoyed reasonably well considering there were 3 or 4 other rape stubbles within half a mile. I shot the same field yesterday when a lot of the seed had germinated and of the 60 I shot only a dozen or so decoyed at all , the rest were passing trade as it were.Better shooting in a way but not such a bag as you might expect from the birds around.I can see the wheat harvest finished within a few more days & so will be looking at winter beans & spring barley over the next week or so as I would expect them to be more productive? But who can tell; As our Guru Archie said reconnaissance is probably the key.
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    Good day last Fall

    As Above; Did you just find those quail on your tailgate one morning? How did your new young Pointer perform on this hunting trip?And is that an old English side by side you were using? Good to hear from you all the way over there.
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    Turdus philomelos

    Such symmetry in that shot. No matter what the species! You haven't lost your touch despite the recent stress.
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    Definitely a Karma Day

    Two master craftsmen putting in a 12 hour shift.Just shows they are still focused on the rape in some areas, although there might be some drilling done later this week? Sunday breakfast in front of the laptop reading your reports is now a routine I look forward to & I'm rarely disappointed!
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    Just a text.

    Mutual respect & trust will go a long way toward gaining permissions , add honesty ,tidiness & a bit of skill at killing pigeons (eg: PC &DB) and the refusals you get will be few & far between. 'Slowly slowly' as they say. But it is such a good feeling when you gain a new area like that!
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    Early bird

    I want Woodie..a touch of the athlete there;He reminds me of Big Al's dog Ted.Same determination & athleticism,& they do it all for your praise. Five doubles in a row should have lifted your heart after being ousted from your first choice & then had to work hard for your shooting.This wet weather makes any moving of hides & gear a daunting prospect,trudging through cloggy mud. I hope you had another 'double' back in front of the fire after such a good day. This weather is driving me crazy as far as getting out is concerned
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