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About getthegat

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  • Birthday 30/06/1956

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    Leigh on sea, Essex
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    Classic and custom cars. Drag racing. Guns! Pigeon and corvid shooting

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  1. Poor numbers on my perms and I have both barley and wheat. No laid areas on the barley at all and it's hardening. A big patch of wheat is down and I have seen up to 40 on it, but they don't return when disturbed. The frustrating sights are very near my home, as I creep along in the awful rush hour traffic, hundreds are dropping into a Salvation Army field of wheat, right at the road side. I reckon 500 got up the other day and went back down in seconds. To add insult to injury, the flight line to and from the roosting wood, is right on top of our house, meaning many a conversation has been lost as I imagine each shot going over๐Ÿ˜
  2. I'm with you on stubble and bales, though I'm talking about the small bales they made when I was young and one could make an excellent hide with them in any part of the field you wanted. Nothing cut yet on any of my perms and still very few about. I have my eye on a big wheat field that has some perfect laid patches, so far I've seen about 40 on it, but once disturbed they don't come back. Our time will come. Enjoyable read. Thanks for sharing.
  3. I can remember taking my catapult that dad made me, to Chezil Beach near Portland Bill, on a seaside day out, and at the end of the day when just about everyone else had gone home, firing pebbles at seagulls. Health and safety was not so prevalent in those days ๐Ÿ˜‚
  4. Very little happening around by me, other than 4 fields of hay, which have been half baled. Nothing is on the barley, which looks in excellent shape, and not a single down patch anywhere. A field of wheat has some good large areas flattened, but not a bird has shown interest yet. Me and bored dog went out this morning, to a small wood, with wheat on all sides and a track along one edge, ending at a grass meadow at the bottom. Some birds have been attacking the edges of the track so I set up with a dozen shells and two floaters and a lot of hope. After two and a half hours we had six down and two with a severe attack of fright. It was nice, if slow is nice, and a better start to the day instead of going into work early, but the big numbers are only on the Sally Army land, which cannot be shot and not on my perms. Harvest is weeks away, but at least we've have had our summer holiday.
  5. Tried CBD myself, couldn't say it did a thing for me. It was given to me for depression and anxiety by someone who sells the stuff and swore by it. Thanks all, for the info. Sure they'll be of use.
  6. Ok. Cool. Many thanks. She has You move every morning, but now at "that" age, with kids grown and gone and no sign of grand kids, she is our child, so to speak, so we want to do as much as we can for her and give her a good quality of life. We are strict with her meal sizes and she has no human food; she's trim. Cheers again. Really! That's very interesting and amazing. Will definitely look into it. Years ago I had tennis elbow, had acupuncture and it's never come back. Possibly similar sort of thing.
  7. My two and a half year old Pointer Labrador cross gets a front leg limp occasionally. The frequency has lessened as she has got older, but it still worries me some what. She's been to the vets numerous times, been given Metacam each time and the limp has disappeared after a few hours or a day. One vet took x-rays, which showed a small anomaly on one shoulder bone, but was deemed not large enough to be of concern. The last time we visited the vets, a month or so ago, with said limp, he said it is probably a growing issue that will stop eventually. She loves playing frizzby and ball games and will leap with all four feet off the ground, quite high into the air to catch toys and this is mainly when the limp starts. Obviously stopping playing these games is the answer, but other dogs leap and bound without injury, so should I be worried for her, especially in later years, what with the notorious Labby joint weaknesses?
  8. Pigeons. Pheasants. Even smaller song birds like blackbirds or finches maybe. Anything edible or saleable, unless it's what's growing on the trees. One would need to cautiously approach said individuals and ask them, though perhaps not at night whilst in the act. Some travelers recently were out illegally hare coursing near us and the dogs attacked two pet alpaca, one nearly died and had to have an eye removed and stitches in its face. The lady owner was very distressed and upset.
  9. We are on a weeks holiday in France at the moment, in a very quiet rural area with lots of cereals growing(barely a pigeon to be seen) and hay being cut. This morning whilst out for our first walk, my Pointador Sophie, having just put up 5 pheasants out of a maze field, spotted a fox in a cut hay field and ran towards it, but very unexpectedly, the fox ran towards her! They had a little run in a circle, a little chase which was not at all aggressive from either animal, then the fox gave a bark and ran off to the hedge, with Soph running slightly behind, at nowhere near full chase speed. After disappearing through the hedge, Soph did not follow, and came back to me looking happy as if she'd just been playing tag with her new best friend. It was great to witness. Perhaps even my dog is a bit of a country conservationists and doesn't believe everything has to be killed ๐Ÿ˜
  10. Nice read, sorry about your back problems. Great couple of outings though. Take care of those backs guys; yoga keeps mine in check.
  11. I knew it was for digestion, so do they grit more when eating grain or only then, I thought birds did it all the time. Always learning ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
  12. What's the significance of gritting? I've seen some near me on areas of grit and quite na few on the wires.
  13. I have laid areas on two of my perms as well, though it will need a good couple of weeks of sun before it is ripe enough to be attractive to birds. Not good for the farmers, but brings an air of excitement for us pigeon shooters ๐Ÿ˜€
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    We're watching it on catch up, just seen episode 2. Very Russian, I'm sure it's accurate. Numbers they give are frightening, if just one plant can do that..... Looking forward to the other episodes.
  15. getthegat

    The War

    Sorry man, I feel people need reminding. God knows there's enough loonies out there ready to start another war at the drop of a hat. Weapons are still big business and money can push idiots to do silly things. Nope, each generation needs to be shown the horrors and honour the heroes and brave men. Yep, lest we forget.
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