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Dave at kelton

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    Dumfries and Galloway
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    Wildfowling, picking up, training labs, fly fishing, shooting antique english guns

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  1. Yes Broom fisheries near Annan. Great fishery with choice of ponds and catch and release all species
  2. Nice one. My go to bait is sweetcorn and always have a few tins in. Took the grandson fishing when he was with me last week but it was only the maggots that produced results.
  3. Only use the local butcher and just had pork chilli and iron bru....fantastic!
  4. Mine is a condensing boiler and has worked a treat.
  5. Sounds like us we are in an exposed hill position and the lady of the house feels the cold
  6. We have a three bed detached 1960s timber frame bungalow about 1100sq feet and use about 1200-1500 litres per annum. We usually have it set on auto between October and May and have individual radiator thermostats. If it gets really chilly of a night I light up the wood burner in the lounge rather than put the heating up.
  7. Like Sandspider we looked into this in Southwest Scotland when replacing the inefficient back boiler and emersion heater. We opted for external oil combi and 1200 litre tank. Very pleased with the result.
  8. A few observations. I shoot a number of old guns with no choke, including muzzle loaders and kill as many if not more than average on driven days at sensible ranges ie 30 yards or so. secondly I bought my daughter a beretta silver pigeon and she shoots clays and game with me and I have put cylinder in both barrels. lastly I shoot a 20/28 gauge and have cylinder and improved in both sets of barrels. When on the bird it busts clays no problem including the high tower. find a cartridge you like, pattern it at 25 yards so you know what is happening and just enjoy your shooting. Choke can be helpful at longer ranges but at most normal ranges you will do as well if not better without it.
  9. This is certainly another way of doing it with positive reward. I train labs for picking up only and for me allowing a behaviour, running in, that I then have to train out out adds another step to training that can be avoided. I do not allow my dogs to associate a shot with a retrieve, but do give treats and praise, for this reason, although I used to. When my dogs go into the field at two years or so they are completely relaxed about gunfire and not wound up looking for a retrieve. As we often stand in the line as pickers up the dogs have to watch a lot of birds fall without necessarily a retrieve. They cotton on pretty quickly to it when they have had a few days picking up but I don’t have to worry about kerbing an instinct to run in. I suppose it’s about training methods for the eventual work they will do. Certainly if it works for you that is great, just another way of getting over one of the biggest hurdles and another way to skin the cat. cheers Dave
  10. Pretty good advice from hedge but may I add a few points from 40 years of training dogs. loud noises like bowls clanging or hands clapping from perhaps four or five months. The critical thing is do not rush anythimg, particularly this gunshot to me is a No, until around 12 months when the ears are fully developed. Don’t use starting pistols or dummy launchers as some dogs react badly to the crack. Do go along to a clay ground but find a big one where you can sit in the car park at least a hundred yards away and on a quiet day. Assuming you can sit on the tailgate with the dog reassuring and gauging reaction do it and feed the odd treat. If the dog shows any sign of nerves go home. If not put the dog on a lead and start to walk nearer, feed the odd treat after a shot and watch for reaction. Anything adverse back to the car and go home until another time. As long as all goes well just slowly move closer but do not expect to get right up to a gun first time out. I have never had a problem with this and the alternative is do it with a mate shooting if you do not have a suitable claygound. second point, it is not all about shot. Just waving a gun around can upset some dogs. From 6 months use a walking stick occasionally waving it about over the dog and get the dog used to it being carried generally. good luck and take it’s steady. A lot of people will say how young their dog was when it heard a shot, they rarely say how many have been ruined by too much too soon.
  11. I don’t understand this discussion the risk you take by not following the rules is your shooting for life. They can go temporarily to another certificate holder for up to 72 hours. After that you both have to notify your FO. In your case put them with a freind on their certificate or with an RFD and notify the FO. Move house, get your cabinets in place, get your guns back and notify the FO.
  12. Nice try, it’s with a gunsmith in Scotland now so gingers crossed. And by the way shot a couple of birds with the pinfires... thanks
  13. Even the London guns are struggling. I know because I have been trying to sell one!
  14. I am not sure there is any one net unless you always shoot the same terrain. I have several including real tree and military standard brown green and desert. I mix and match to suit the background.
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