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  1. Self employed, sponging low life....how ****ing dare you!! I have been working non stop since leaving school at 16 in 1978. Left school with no qualifications. Never been out of work. First 25 years as a permie in 3 organisations and the last 14 working for myself as a contractor. Never missed a tax payment from 1978 until now No holiday pay, no sickness pay, no pension, no healthcare...you don’t work you don’t get paid wind your neck in
  2. Two recommendations. Salrowbra up near Pickering in North Yorkshire http://www.salrowbragundogs.co.uk/ Got our Lab and Springer from there and strongly recommend. Jez & Julie are great and don’t just breed them but also work their own on the moors. Alternatively, Castlemans which will be closer to you https://www.castlemansgundogs.co.uk/works Phillipa breeds and trains gun dogs. We took both of ours to her and she is brilliant and her dogs are top. She is well known as a top trainer and regularly displays at Crufts, she also works her dogs. Either, you won’t be disappointed Good luck and if your do visit them say hello from Kev & Sarah
  3. Well my understanding is from all the interest that people said they would back it, only 5 turned up to the initial meeting. It’s like everything, everyone is keen until you ask them to attend something or give up some time and less than a handful appear. If a club got going, all those that said they were keen would suddenly appear but not be willing to do anything to help run it. It’s the main reason that I stepped away from it after not being able to attend the meeting due to ill health
  4. Hi Adam did you contact Dave on the number I gave you? He was taking this forward
  5. Had the same issue with our springer when she was that age. She ate but seemed so skinny and the vet said it wasn’t a problem. She is now 2 1/2 and filled out. We feed our dogs on Kibble from CSJK9 and all we did was up her intake by 40g a day. Don’t think you have anything to worry about Charlie
  6. I only leave a bird out for a few minutes if I know it is stone dead if more birds are coming in. Otherwise I either send the dog out within a minute or immediately if I can see it’s in distress. Don’t care if that means I miss others coming in. Most important thing to me is to dispatch an injured bird ASAP Last year on rape (didn’t have the dog with me) a bird I winged, crashed into the middle of the field and then proceeded to head for shelter in a hedgerow. I left the hide and spent a good half an hour trying to get it as it kept hopping from one side of the hedge to another. Birds were coming into my decoys while this was happening but just thought it was the right thing to do. Don’t understand people leaving injured birds when they could be retrieved and dispatched
  7. Took a day off work to spend on the peas. Had been out a couple of times when they were first drilled and didn’t even see a pigeon despite the day before, them being everywhere. Loads of crows but that was during the GL debacle so couldn’t shoot them, much to the dismay of the farmer. Since the new GL came in have had 11 one day (not great I know) and 6 in a couple of hours one evening last week. Today was much better. Birds were coming in as I was setting up the pattern. Was set up at 10:30. Due to the size of the field it was never going to be a bumper day (without another gun or two) despite the number of birds around but finished at 3:30 with 38 for 85 shots. Missed some real sitters and at one point missed 6 in a row some of which seemed dead certs then took the next 8, some of which were left to right on the wind going at a fair pace. Also had a right and left which was pleasing. All in all an enjoyable day out
  8. Well done Welsh1 Your diet doesn’t look like a drop in calories, it’s a massive reduction in carbs. I eat in the same way and have done for 2 years now. At only 5’ 7” at one point I was over 14 stone I was like a barrel. Then got introduced to the low carb, high fat (good fats only) way of eating. Lost 2 stone in 4 and a bit months losing 2lb a week and kept the weight off. No spuds, rice, bread, pasta etc. It’s a way of life now and if you do fancy some carbs at some point, as long as you keep it to less than 50g a day, it’s all good. Another bonus eating this way is you don’t feel hungry like you do with carbs but you must replace the carbs with good fats and your body will eat it’s own fat for energy. Someone once told me when the lionesses kill their prey, the lion gets first dibs and eats the offal and fat first leaving the majority of lean meat for the rest of the pride......you never see a fat lion! Keep it up mate
  9. Hers is my reply As requested, here are my thoughts on the questions 1) Your views on the alternatives to killing or taking a specific bird species for: Conserving flora and fauna Preserving public health or safety Preventing serious damage or disease (serious damage relates to serious damage to livestock, foodstuffs for livestock, crops, vegetables, fruit, growing timber fisheries or inland waters) In particular, what are these alternatives and to which bird species do they relate? In your experience or evidence, how effective and practicable are they? I shoot Wood Pigeon for local farmers and have done so for many years. All of the farmers use gas guns, scarecrows, flags etc to try and help the problem of Wood Pigeon attacking their crops. These methods are ineffective as after a couple of days, the birds get used to them and return. I have witnessed Wood Pigeon landing and feeding by scarecrows and flags and although the gas guns will make them take off, they will return within minutes or fly to another part of the field to continue feeding. The problem is once the birds decide they are going to eat on a particular crop, it doesn’t matter what method you use, they will continue to feed. By shooting them, you at least reduce the amount of birds causing damage and for every bird shot, that is one less that will go on to breed. Any shooter will tell you that they will not hit every target and a return of 1 kill for 2 shots fired is a very decent return. When missing, the birds will fly away but only to return. The Wood Pigeon population has increased over the past 40 years and continues to do so. Without lethal methods to control their numbers throughout the year, including shooting over stubble fields (to stop them feeding on other crops nearby) roost shooting or newly drilled crops, this will lead to unmanageable numbers in the future. Not only will this have a detrimental effect on the farming industry but will also badly impact the birds. With too many birds and not enough to eat, they will begin to starve and become diseased. 2) Your experience or evidence of any benefits that were delivered by the three revoked general licences? 3) Your experience or evidence of any problems with or caused by the three revoked general licences. Are there any conditions, in your view, that could be attached to general licences to address these issues? I cannot see any benefits that were delivered by revoking the three licences, especially with such short notice. The GL had been in place and working to keep a balance in the countryside for many years. NE had not been administering it properly in legal terms and this needed to be sorted out at some point but not in the way it was done. The new licence for Wood Pigeon and Carrion Crows which I have read, are over complicated and leave people in doubt as to what they can or cannot do. They seem to be written by lawyers leaving them open to challenges especially where the wording “ reasonable endeavours” is used. Stating that lethal methods should be the last resort is a nonsense. Lethal methods should be used alongside other methods which has been the case for many years and proven to be effective in keeping a balance. If it isn’t broken, why try and fix it? Yes by all means make sure they are legal but keep the basic proven principles in place 4) Your experience or evidence of any problems caused by the revocation of the three revoked general licences. At this time of year with spring crops, lambing and nesting birds, revoking the licences at such short notice was poorly thought through and executed without due consideration of the consequences, leaving no protection for the above. The lack of communication via television and radio when the decision made would affect approx 600,000 people within 36 hours could be described as negligent. The misinformation and negative propaganda issued by individuals on television, radio and social media at this time who support the revocation of the licences, without recourse or need for justification should be addressed to allow the public to make an informed view.
  10. Well said. I have read their submission and it is a fine piece of work. Well done BASC and the other organisations that have done the same
  11. Well said. Don’t know about others on this forum but I think the wood pigeon is a fantastic bird. Graceful, intelligent, majestic and although we need to shoot them they should definitely not be described as a sky rat. Ferrels yes but woodies no. Not easy to decoy or shoot especially on a strong wind with a eyesight that notices the slightest movement. Yes they are a pest and do so much damage but our countryside would not be the same without them. Anyone who describes this fantastic bird as a sky rat, really doesn’t get it and in my opinion should not be involved in controlling their numbers. I would question their motives for why they want to shoot them in the first place
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