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  1. A very nice bag with your new(ish) 4.10 Ben , we are entering the time of year where it is neither one thing or the other , most of the tree buds would now be in leaf and the crops are at best half grown , the Winter Barley is now well up and getting ears on but still around four weeks away from expecting blown patches after any strong winds and heavy rain , are Peas seem slow this year with hardly no movement in growth after a long dry spell , having said that I am pottering about in the garage today due to it raining hard , in the ideal world I would like to leave the Pigeons what are going on the Peas alone until it is worth having a decent afternoon , but if I done that the farm would put a gas gun on as I told them I would go at least once a week if the guns are left off , at the moment you leave them alone for a week and when you go you just about reach breaking into double figures , still it's a lovely time of the year and there are a lot worse things to do than sitting in the countryside watching the wildlife world go by .
  2. Some of those cartridges will soon be collectors items and well worth the asking price , distance to you T C isn't normally a problem
  3. You both come across as two very experienced Fox shooters who know the limitation of whatever weapon is used to reduce the possibility of wounding , as Foxhunter1 said , the Fox still demands respect .
  4. Nice one 7daysinaweek , You quite rightly say that a 12 bore is up to the job at sensible ranges , but what is a sensible range with the combination of gun and cartridge at the time you are taking a shot ? If you are going out with the intention of Fox's only then you would have a heavy cartridge with large shot in the chambers , standing on a peg waiting for a Partridge drive to start you are more than likely to have 6s or smaller depending what terrain you are shooting in . I agree with Walked Up that many a Fox have been shot with 6s , but I dare say many a Fox have been hit with 6s and lived to tell the tale , and maybe a painful one at that .
  5. Glad you had a good day and hopefully made some money for a good course . We had the English open over the weekend at Bidwells , yesterday they had George Digweed shoot a round which was 120 and he managed to hit 116 in the rain and a lady got 113 , that is some shooting , the final is tomorrow .
  6. At one time when we had the pep talk with the team of guns on the day of the shoot we would tell them no ground game , but if a Fox presented itself and it was safe to shoot then they could shoot it , now it is no longer included , far to many if and butts , as an example , the guns are spaced out around 60 yds apart , a Fox come out of a wood and start running towards the guns , the Fox think the safest place to run is straight through the middle , one of the guns take it on well in front and although it is hit the Fox carry on , do the gun carry on leading it in front and give it one more when it is safe to do so , or do he raise his gun above his neighbour's head and then wait before he give the Fox a second barrel ? , we know what he should do but in the heat of the moment that is not always the case . We also find that a lot of the older guns , and possibly some of the younger ones who were involved in hunting would not shoot at a Fox and not only that our boss was never that keen to include Foxes on a driven day, so for safety's sake and to keep the peace with the man in charge is the main reason we no longer shoot Foxes , going slightly off course , we also tell the guns they can shoot Wood Cock only if they want them for themselves and nowadays we have very few shot .
  7. Only ever shot two Foxes in my life , the last one still had a dead Chicken in it's mouth , might be the reason he couldn't smell me when he walked past my hide , at 15 yards one shot was more than enough , then several years ago we had a Fox drive one Saturday morning in February before we went roost shooting in the afternoon , hitting an animal the size of a large dog is not that difficult , the hard part is stopping it as you have just found out , during the morning we had the same sort of thing when one of the standing guns took a shot at a big dog Fox that ran past at a good distance , with the shot the Fox jumped up and ran off limping , we followed the spots of blood in the snow into a big wood and after looking for it for ages we couldn't find it , this jarred me off completely and I vowed there and then I would never shoot another Fox , and up to now I have stuck to my word , everyone to there own .
  8. Hi opp , I dare say it would work fine as most nets on the market wouldn't survive long if they wernt any good , I use two lightweight nets of different shades and the inside one is lower at the front than the one on the outside and as I shoot all the while sitting down I can easily see through the one that is nine inches higher on the outside , very easy to adjust to a comfortable height as you want to see through it and then lift your gun over easily when taking a shot seated .
  9. A very kind offer , I have met Jaymo , a nice friendly airline pilot if I remember rightly , maybe , just maybe there might be some in the bargain basement in your basement when lead go out of fashion
  10. Location , Location T C , not only that , are they 28 g or 28gm , either way 8s are not really up to our tough ole Norfolk birds All right for someone , but not for me . GOOD LUCK with the sale .
  11. Same with a lot of things to do with shooting and other field sports that were just handed down from one generation to another , now in this ever changing world you could be on a sticky wicket to try and prove that shooting young Rooks that are sitting on a branch is justified
  12. Clever bird though , I have seen them snap the stems on ripe barley and make a platform so they can stand on that while eating the ears off the standing stems and then carry on like that well into the field . P S You are right about the Leather jackets , one reason the farmers can tolerate them , .......... up to a point
  13. Here is one to start the ball rolling , this is solid rubber and from the late 1960s .
  14. By all accounts , shooting young Rooks that were sitting targets during a short period in May is no longer carried out to the same degree that it once was , then the more I think of it ,what else is on a downward trend ,or no longer exist ? Some might not agree but the first morning of the wildfowling season ( September 1st ) is only now carried out by a small percentage of wild fowlers , unlike the times where it was easier to say who didn't go rather than the ones that did . Wader shooting we have lost for ever , with no chance it is ever likely to return . We spent a big part of our lives catching Ells , now on our estuary it is no longer allowed . None of the boys at my age were not into clay pigeons as money was short and we found shooting Starlings flying over our allotment were far more sport and they got your in , again no longer allowed. Walking up Partridges ( English ) was a common sight , in 1976 , the year of the drought we had loads and I can remember me and my brother getting invited on a driven Partridge shoot , we only shot for the afternoon and finished with 98 , all English , as a side note , when we got back to the farm the owner fired a shot in the air and we had a frantic ten minutes shooting Collard doves , the Partridges will very unlikely return to those sorts of numbers. I am sure there are more , and although I won't be here , I wander what else we will lose over the next forty years
  15. Yea , I think it will be another of our past ( sport ) that will soon be in the history books , if it still carry on I dare say it is carried out by the younger generation rather than us who are pushing on a bit . What nobody have answered , Can you still legally carry on doing it even if you wanted to ?
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