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  1. Hi What is Orkney like? This is a serious question I've shot ducks and geese in Orkney since I was 10 years old, so I've never been taken out by a local guide-I shoot my own peedie(wee) watery bits, fields etc. Lately though, I've noticed that a lot of local farmers are not too keen on letting me shoot as they have an arrangement with one or other of the local guides. It's frustrating that cash is king, but I suppose I shouldn't be too surprised given the money that can be made, although I've heard that some local guides have written this year off due to Covid. So what
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    You are of course correct, although I think Udal laws are rarely acted on, and generally it would be a commercial case where money/rent could be made by the landowner. As I said before, best to ask the landowner.
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    I don't think there's a wildfowling club in Orkney. Shooting can be very good-ducks best early season coming into stubble at night. There's a large feral population of Greylag numbering about 60,000 and that is added to by around two thirds of the Icelandic group , so something like 120-150,000 over winter. There's a few flocks of Pinks as well, but they generally migrate further south to Mainland Scotland. Orkney has a relatively mild winter climate due to the gulf stream so grassland is of good quality and provides excellent feeding for the geese, much to local farmers' chagrain. There has b
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    I believe that any shore below the high water mark is owned by the Crown Estate, so no problem shooting on that. Above that is the landowners, but they generally wouldn't be bothered by someone shooting there. I was pointing out that it was good etiquette to ask farmer if you intend to walk across his land with a gun in order to access the shoreline Not that I'm aware of
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    It can be a bit hit-and-miss(pardon the pun) shooting the foreshore in Orkney. If you can find a pond beside the shore, and get the right wind direction then there's a good chance of getting some ducks, and geese. Also flightlines on points can pay off. Around, or between Stenness and Harray loch can also be good for flights, but it's not really foreshore, although Stenness runs into the sea and has brackish water. If it's really cold and the ponds freeze up, small sheltered bays can be full of duck, especially wigeon. Most bays have farm roads leading down to them, and if you ask the far
  6. Victory Minimag 3's are nice soft-shooting cartridge. I couldn't get them last year so ended up with Cheddite Elite 42g 70mm in 3's which worked fine and not too rough on shoulder. I've got RC50's for using when the geese are wary of the deeks, but you certainly know all about it if you're using them!
  7. I would hire an electric or petrol floor scabbler. A day would sort that-it doesn't need to be set deep to lightly roughen the surface
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    Brass for sale

    Got any in a 36DD?😂
  9. The Yamaha digital piano range are pretty decent. Clavinovas(CL range are great but probably more than you want to pay) YDP 144 is good at around £800 I think. All weighted keys and sampled grand piano sounds. Don't know much about the rest tbh
  10. Spares are freely available-you just need to identify which model you have. The top one could be an early Hunter Hawk 4 with the contemporary door
  11. I'm pretty sure the second stove is a Coalbrookdale Little Wenlock, probably a Mk 1-the company was taken over by Aga Rayburn and are marketed as Aga stoves. Not sure what the top one is.
  12. I wouldn't go for the 12 litre engine. You'll be lucky getting 5mpg😉
  13. I think it's Winery Warehouseman. The W is the same
  14. The Scotch Malt Whisky Society have their own numbering system for their whiskies. No 27 is Springbank in Campbeltown as far as I can tell. Just google it!
  15. Try Tesco Finest Highland Malt-can be got for £20 on special. It's Dalmore and amazing value
  16. I would use SBR/water to seal the ply. As long as the ply is thick enough to resist deflection, then you will be fine with a flexible cement-based adhesive and grout
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    Browning Auto 5

    I've got one that I may sell. From memory it's a '49 and full choke
  18. Aye use them in Orkney for that purpose and nice soft shooting cartridge. I miss Winchester Superspeed 36's though-shot a lot of geese with them
  19. Try Raymond Shearer Orkney Islands Goose Shooting. You'll find a link at Shearer's shop which is the local RFD in KIrkwall
  20. Thanks. I'm shooting a lot better at closer range now-my other gun is an old A5 full choke which is fairly deadly at range but not great at 20 yards. Although I should never have been shooting at it, I dropped a goose the whole width of a field about 10 years ago. Paced it out at 110 yards and not a mark anywhere to be seen-maybe died of a heart attack! Used to shoot the shore a fair bit, especially in colder/snowy weather when the ducks would come into a lee shore in the mouth of a burn to feed, but really need a dog. As you say, our shores are similar to yours-most beaches fall awa
  21. Last Saturday morning, and my last chance also to shoot geese inland. Went for a recce on Friday afternoon and spotted a fair number of Greys feeding in a field a long way off the main road on a hillside about a mile away from my home in the main town. Up bright and breezy in the morning-poor forecast with heavy rain and gales coming at 9am. Set up 8 deeks on what I thought would be their flight path, beside a burn with a large area of gorse as cover, and sat for the next hour and.......nothing. Rain starting to get quite heavy, and then spot a flight of about 10 coming straight towards me fro
  22. I stay in Orkney. When I started shooting as a young teen in the late'70's we would rarely see greylag and if you bagged one that was a real bonus. Now we have a resident population of 25,000 and probably another 100,000? over-wintering here. Why this has changed I'm not sure, but mild winters in Orkney due to the gulf stream and good grassland feeding are certainly factors. There's far less mallard now, and I still yearn for a good night over stubble on a bitter, windy night with large flocks of widgeon, just like the olden days
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