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  1. She's a year old today, so as a treat we went to the local duck shoot to do some pickup. She's been there 3 or four time starting early september (where she was allowed like 2 super easy ones). Today was the first day she was off the lead during the drives, nice and steady, while all kind of stuff flew from the cover. She's very very very keen, but stayed put! The odd piece of cheese now and then to encourage the behaviour. She did some splendid retrieves -- on 4 occasions she could 'switch' and 'failed' only twice, which is pretty good, she's getting better, but most of the time she was absolutely awesome, came straight back, gave the bird, and 'came in' to my boot to wait for the next bird. And she had a ball. and she also picked up her first goose; an egyptian -- she had to figure out how to carry the damn thing first, so turned all around it until she found a good spot, it was quite funny to watch, she was SO proud to bring this one back! here's her on the last drive, and her with her very first pigeon, at 12 weeks old!
  2. One thing I've used once on our dog, but I've been using many times on me is... superglue! For clean cuts, it'll seal the wound and allow you to carry on trucking.. it'll eventually dissolve and leave no scar. Superglue was used during the Vietnam war to treat wounds, it's a really, really nice tool. Just press the lips of the wound together and let a steady thin strip of glue on it until it sets. Job done. Our dog had a split paw after walking on a field that had silex stones, and I cleaned it, superglued it and she was bouncing off in 2 minutes flat. A few days later there was no trace of the split cushion. https://www.realfirstaid.co.uk/superglue
  3. I piece of **** terrier attacked our pup a month ago. She's probably marked for life because of it. It was belonging to an 'angler' and attached to a 10m long line of some sort, when my wife walked on the path along the river, the piece of **** grabbed her head and wouldn't let go. My wife whacked it with her stick, poured water over it, and kicked it until it eventually let her go. LUCKILY no damage to her eye, and she's a very very brave girl so she's still OK with other dogs, but clearly she's very very careful/timid now Quite frankly if it had been me the dog in question would have been dunked in the middle of the river, or split in two.
  4. So here's Isabelle, tomorrow she's 11 months, and today she did a full day picking up (easier) birds on a ducks shoot. She did splendidly, she's getting steadier, she sat steadily while all kind of game was flushed, pheasants, partridges, a hare and so on, sometime as close to 10 meters. On the retreives she only did one 'switch' on a pretty tough case anyway, otherwise, she's been 'textbook' -- we even went finding shot ducks in the cover crop and she was quartering like a spaniel, without 20 meters or so, pouncing back on recall. She had a blast of a day! I only send her on a easy 'clear' retrieves she can't 'miss' -- even if sometime 'stuff' happens, she does LOVE going after runners tho! At about 5 months: And today: And another one to melt all your hearts :-)
  5. We went to a local duck shoot today, with Isabelle, 9.5 months old. She's always been super steady and had a few retreives on pigeons, so we thought we'd hang around at the back, let her have a good look, and perhaps pick up something if there's something easy. Turns out, on the first drive, she already picked 2 runners from the bushes, and she eventually picked up 15 birds from 3 drives! She was 'impeccable' -- she is a bit impatient when sitting around, and as yet to understand not ALL ducks are going to fall down to be picked up just yet, but she's been a little star, came right back, even when there was another bird to pick in the way. Other pickers and the keeper were fantastic and very welcoming. The other picker ups let her have some 'easy' picks too, even down to recalling their own ranging dogs. Anyway, she's knackered now.
  6. Berks/Bucks ... or Powys
  7. Nice try, noone did bite :-) :-)
  8. Anyone know of a source for hammer gun firing pins? Mine are getting a bit 'nail like' ie with the top flattened a bit. Still striking well but I could use some spares without spending ££££... I could duplicate them using a nail of the proper diameter and so on, but surely midland gun company hammers were pretty 'standard' even back then? I'm also looking for a vintage box for Whammy, 32" barrels (with 3rd bite) -- I've been looking for about 2 years and can't find one!
  9. I've just switched from Hull to Eley Select -- I shot tens of thousands of Hulls and I tried a slab of Select a couple of months ago, and I really liked them. A bit more punch than CompX 28 (but really just barely) and they pattern fantastic in my Guerini. I make dustballs at 30 yards when I'm 'on it' -- same as the F-Blues, but with a lot less kick. They also seem very consistent so far. I haven't tried the Amber -- but #8's will have a disadvantage at longer distances. The 'speed' of the cartridge makes little difference at equal shot size, but a smaller shot will definitely lose energy faster, and will drift more.
  10. I don't know if it's applicable, but when my lab pup is off lead, I /always/ make a HUGE fuss when she comes back to me, wether it's called, or not. Don't let it pass as 'normal' -- from what I understand, YOU must be such a treat to be around that they want to be with you. So big fuss, cuddle, scruff etc are in order really. *even if you wanted to strangle her a minute ago because she had disappeared* as soon as you see her, change tone of voice, re-become the super-dad to be around. The other things I do when 'free running' is NOT let her free run per se, but let her run around /at my direction/ -- ie /I/ provide the fun hunting bits, send her into a bush, toss the ball into the long grass and so on, I don't just walk around with her hunting on her own... otherwise why would she need me in the first place?
  11. buze

    Investments

    Crypo: don't touch it. Only people who ever have made money were short term investors, or people spending their day on it, and who have way more pocket money that we'll ever earn. I was *born* in computers, I forgot more about 'crypto' (the science) than most people will ever know about, and I stay clear of that dross. Pensions: Yeah, 'pension raid', so it's also a bad idea. not just the ACTIVE raid, the passive one by raising the age of retirement so you can't touch your pension until basically, you're dead. There is a reason the pension funds are run by very rich people, they are using your money NOW to buy their next range rover. Land: Liking it. No taxes (yet), very little jitter, very little gain, but at least you can on it and shoot stuff! 😉
  12. I own a "Coral" which is the posh version of that Yeoman O/U gun, apparently a copy of a Merkel. The action is fantastic, excellent balance, lightweight etc. I had bough it as a lightweight 12g for my wife, but she always double-triggers it (fat finger!) on it's single trigger, while I can shoot it all day without problems. Having taken mine apart, I can attest for the quality, the action is built like a tank. Only "problem" is that it can be tought to open with small hands, and fishing carts from the action is a bit of a problem due to the lugs sticking out (that is, if you don't let the ejectors do their job)
  13. buze

    Horseflies again

    That's what I use. Been really really good, I got one in each cars. Stinks a bit bit it's better than stings :-)
  14. For forend hand gloves, I can recommend Golf gloves, they come in very thin leather with very good grip. I bought mine from Decathlon for about £10...
  15. buze

    Horseflies again

    I use DDT spray from boots when I go out. I'm a bit of a magnet for horseflies and the spray works magic, they literally BOUNCE off you as soon as they touch you. Make sure to cover all areas including neck, under/back of your hands/arms, hairline etc.
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