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Jonty

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  • Birthday 17/10/1971

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    Yorkshire Dales
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    Shooting
    Fly Fishing
    Mountain Biking

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  1. Jonty

    Drones an Privacy

    I was recently helping a lady with a broken ankle on a hillside. A drone appeared and spent ten minutes hovering between 10 and 15m from the casualty. It did nothing but cause distress to an already distressed person in an already unpleasant situation, in fact we had to cover her with an emergency shelter to provide her with some privacy whilst we took care of her - it was a hot day and the shelter added another level of discomfort for the poor lady. The drone was too close to her for us to even risk knocking it out of the sky with a rock etc... Turns out, if we had, we would've been potentially guilty of 'endangering an aircraft' . We had an inkling where the drone came from but no way of proving it, and has already been said, who would own up to it? Irrespective of the legalities, the actions of whoever was flying this drone was just plain selfish.
  2. I live in my goretex trainers, wear them day in day out until they are worn out and then usually replace with an identical pair - if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. I used to be Merrell through and through but the last couple of pairs I had I found the manufacturing quality was poor with soles coming astray very quickly etc. I changed to Salamon ultra GTX and am now on my 3rd pair - brilliant shoes, comfortable (I have wide feet) and very waterproof. I’m in the Dales and out on the hill virtually every day and I think they are superb.
  3. Now you're just showing off! I don't shoot a lot of deer but they are mostly Reds, the one Roe I have ever shot was a revelation that I could put it over my shoulders and carry it!
  4. Thanks for the feed back - a 12kg carcass sounds an extraction dream.... we should set up an exchange on here - come to Scotland and shoot a red etc... my in laws live I the forest Of dean and have both boar and muntjac visiting their acre garden but short of putting in a 10m tower it’s not feasible to shoot
  5. If i could suggest you be careful rubbing pork with salt too far in advance for smoking/cooking as you can end up with a distinct bacon flavour. regards to wood chips and when to add them, the start of the cook is the ideal time. Once the internal temperature of the meat gets to around 60 degrees centigrade, the chemistry of the meat changes and it stops it from being to absorb the smoke so any chips added after this are unnecessary. when cooking large joints such as pork shoulder or beef brisket low and slow, you need to disregard time. In order for the meat to end up super succulent it has to go through a 'stall' (this is more chemistry) where the collagen breaks down in the meat. This happens when the meat hits a temperature rather than after a set period of 'minutes per pound' - it also varies by individual piece of meat so a 4lb shoulder may make perfect pulled pork in 6 hours, but the next identical weight shoulder may take 8. When I first read about cooking to internal temperatures I thought it was rubbish, but once you get your head around the very simple science involved, it makes perfect sense. You can get a cheap digital meat thermometer from Amazon or the like, get one with a wire so you can stick the probe in the meat and watch the temperature from outside your bbq - have fun!
  6. That looks lovely. I've yet to try muntjac as we don't have them on the ground I shoot. But I have heard they are delicious . What's a typical dressed carcass weight if you don't mind me asking?
  7. What kit you take is going to be your call at the end of the day, but if I could offer a couple of observations. A bothy bag/kissu is more effective than a bivvy bag, as owee said, put a couple of your mates in there and it really warms up, also, if you hurt yourself you can keep an eye on the injury whilst remaining sheltered - if you're in a bivvy bag you need to get out of it to expose , say an injured leg. Celox gauze is (in my opinion) better on the hill than granules. If it's blowing a hoolie your granules can go all over the shop rather than where you want them to be. Paracetamol and ibuprofen complement/work well with the analgesia that your typical mountain rescue team carry (unless they have a doctor with them who will be able to administer stronger) If you have them with you and take them combined at the time of an injury requiring pain relief, it will mean that the good stuff they can give you will be more effective more quickly. Aspirin - can make a heck of a difference if someone is having a MI. Everyone over 40 should carry one in their wallet. Obviously, please bare in mind personal drug allergies etc. Out in the sticks, phones are for conmmunication, use them for navigation/illumination etc and you'll have a flat battery when you need it the most. i hope you have a great trip, planning for these forays is half of the fun 👍
  8. He he he...... From a bloke in Lincolnshire 😀😀😀 I wish I'd taken a photo, moondoggy, - it was very 'normal for yorkshire' 👍
  9. My uncle Bob was a bit of a rogue. Just at the end of WW2 he and a friend/fellow black marketeer broke into a large castle. Once inside, it didn't take them very long to realise that it wasn't a castle and they had just broken into the local prison. Fortunately (for them) my uncles mate was batman to an officer and used to 'borrow' his uniform for such excursions - on this occasion it literally was their 'get out of jail card'.
  10. A friend of mine works in a local pub which has just recently changed hands. The previous tenants left it iwith the private accommodation in a really rough state. New owners went tomrefurb it room by room, when they emptied one bedroom, on shifting the bed they found that the room had been recarpeted around the bed so there was a bed shaped patch of different carpet where it had stood.
  11. Jonty

    Homebrewing

    Best Christmas present I got this year..... it was incredibly well wrapped in bubble wrap so the penny dropped it was a mahoosive Cross cut saw before I saw the detail, I had a good couple of minutes trying to maintain a smile whilst unwrapping it whilst thinking ‘what the hell has she bought me one of these for?’
  12. It does sound like snipe to me. They tend to squawk when taking off, which would fit in with the dogs disturbing them.
  13. Jonty

    Homebrewing

    I’ve had a 3 year hiatus from brewing after I moved house. Man cave etc was quite down on the priorities list. I eventually got my shed up (8’x24’), converted a section into my home office and the rest is beer, shooting and fishing related space. I made the brewery kit some years ago and it’s made some good beer - I usually make smaller batches but it will produce up to 70 litres at a time.. I’ve just finished plumbing it in so the vessels fill from a mains feed rather than having to use hoses or lift heavy sloshing tanks about.. I’ve a couple more tweaks to make but hopefully should be up and brewing in a week or so. Must say I’ve really missed it and can’t wait to get back started.
  14. I'm not a plasterer but I recently paid £300 for a room of similar size to be skimmed. 1 x door 1 x window, existing plaster and plasterboard ceiling. It took one day.
  15. Folks, I'd like to have a litter from my cocker bitch. I've never had any involvement in breeding before so any help is gratefully received. I'm only after a single litter to keep one pup from (mum to be is a lovely temperament) and then sell on any other pups to good homes just for a fee that would make people think about buying a dog rather than to make a load of money out of. I think my main queries would be about finding a stud dog - how you go about paying? Is it after a mating/proof of pregnancy/birth of pups? Also is it normal to pay a fee or offer first choice of a puppy etc? My bitch from very good working stock and I'd be getting all pups docked - so maybe a clue as to how much the average vet costs are for a litter would be good too. thanks in advance
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