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  1. Thanks for advise, had our second shoot and much better, lots of birds in all cover crops, bag was 75 but only 6 standing guns and a walking gun. Was a frosty morning as opposed to a wet morning last time, but also changed drives around, so will see if it works next shoot.
  2. Blue smoke is oil burning, probably worn bores, broken/stuck rings or worn valve guides, is it high milage?
  3. A snorkel would not have helped as your air filter was dry, it would be you letting of the throttle and sucking water up the exhaust hence the white smoke, you was indeed lucky as it normally locks the engine solid leading to vent com rods.
  4. Get an old mapped Scooby cheap as chips very fast and sound great.
  5. Hi all, Had our first shoot the other day, first drive was duck mostly wild that flew out nice and high great shooting, next we pushed maize cover back to wood/pen only 2 pheasants in it, there are normally loads there when we feed rides in the afternoons, next drive again maize cover was good amount of birds, is it worth dogging the wood through on shoot morning to push birds out into cover crop.
  6. I went to a driven day and a chap turned up in beige jeans check shirt with red tie, cheap green wellies and a green coat, he looked a bit out of place and there was a bit of banter until he started shooting as he hardly missed a bird all day even silly distances that the guns on either side missed and a memorable high duck that no other gun would look at, and he was only 17 years old but we learned after he shot for GB junior clay team.
  7. All maize finally cut and nice blocks of cover crop left where we asked but left a big block in next to pen that the farmer said he will mow down, we have cut zig zag rides through them and put feeders in front, there are loads of birds in the crop now and will start spin feeding the rides this week so fingers crossed all will be good for our first shoot in middle of nov. They are not eating much wheat now as so much maize about but they seem happy scavenging for it.
  8. Just an update, they are still cutting and the man is trying to do a deal with receivers to buy there share as well if so happy days, and he is using it for cattle feed, last year it was fuel. The main thing is we get our cover crop left so we can start attracting the birds there.
  9. Thanks for all the replies, been offline all weekend. The one man that started cutting is starting again today rain permitting, but the other lot is in the hands of a receiver so can't be touched yet, fingers crossed that it gets sorted soon. Fox control has been a problem as you never see them and they don't go in our traps.
  10. Hi all, The farm where our shoot is has let out all land, about 1000acres for maize to two different people, they said they will leave cover crop for us, one man started cutting them stopped because of rain, the other has gone bankrupt, leaving g is with the biggest cover crop ever about 800 acres, help what do we do now?. Birds are coming back to lens for now but for now long with all that corn about. Neil.
  11. Thanks for that, will meet the farmer sat to discuss size and position, would you leave cover either side of ditch/hedge or just one side, or in middle of field, also was going to cut feed rides down middle of cover. Neil.
  12. Thanks for repling, I was a gun on the shoot but felt some of the cover worked well but some i thought didnt, ie the strip right next to the wood/pen needed to be further away to make another drive back to wood.Neil
  13. Hi all, My mate and I have taken over an ex small shoot, with 3 lens 2 in woods and 1 next to trees, we put down 1200 poults, all the land around the lens about 1000 acres is all maize about to be cut. The farmer said he would leave strips/blocks in for cover crop, how far from woods/lens should we leave the crop in and how much. Cheers Neil.
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