Apparently Google has its knickers all in a twist over those cunts in the Eu and some shite about cookies. Frankly if they are biscuits then I will eat them, if you are concerned about this then fuck off somewhere else and read something else.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Back from The Game Fair

Okay, its no longer the CLA and its still claiming the heritage but this 60th Game Fair is possibly the best we have attended. The Tea Lady was busy with her stand but I found time to slope off and get this chap scored by CIC over at the National Gamekeepers Org stand;
From this:
To this:
Apparently I was marked down 4 points for artificial colouring of the antlers, they told me I had coloured the back, I said if I had coloured the antlers it wouldn't have been the back, it was wood smoke from the ozpig wood burner. A quick run around last night to check the birds and drop stuff off, the birds looked well and almost fully grown. The recent downpour had ruined some feed pellets but a small price to pay when considering the cover crop.
The wild birds are coming on well too.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Pheasants, how to drive your gamekeeper to distraction

Apparently there is a book with a similar title for chickens. Yes 800 poults and two tons of grower pellets have arrived. They have settled in nicely without too much drama. The feed rounds have started and willing helpers have identified themselves.
I start a new day job very soon which works out nicely as I will be able to curtail the morning rounds next week and concentrate of evening feeds and pen checks whilst we still have daylight.

There is also some good news and some bad news.
The dreaded Muntjac deer has arrived, been seen and heard on the farm. Time to get stuck into them in a big way.
At the moment they are new and as such haven't set any patterns which would allow us to cull them, I suspect controlling them this season will be hit and miss!
Hopefully more hit than miss. Readers may recall my foray up to Suffolk last year in pursuit of Muntjac, it seems I can save the fuel and accom costs now.
I have also been fairly lucky so far with very few fatalities amongst the birds and they have all been down to Buzzards of which we have a few on the farm.
Fingers crossed and see you soon.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Tick Borne Encephalitus (TBE)

Been a bit busy recently, getting the pheasant pens ready for the birds, meeting the farmer to discuss the cover crops etc so I haven't been doing a lot of shooting. This week I have put the matter straight.

A mate put me in touch with a researcher investigating TBE and my sampling kits arrived. I thought I would put in some effort into making a start;

So that was Monday, this morning I popped out again;
Not a pretty sight I know but a necessary act. I have been incredibly busy over the last three years getting that rifle up and running, May saw my presentation on resurrecting the .280/30 British to the HBSA. I ran out of space and sadly didn't get it all so I will be recording the presentation again in a more professional manner with editing to show the subject better.
A great mornings exercise before sleep, now back to more mundane but equally important issues such as fitting legs to feeders and meeting the game farmer!

Sunday, 13 May 2018

More keeping

My first work party, I have had a bit of help, lamping, feeder repair etc. but this was our first work party. Three guns turned up.

Hopefully a few more will turn up for the next one.

We have managed to clear over 100 yards of blocked stream and dig out enough to drain the ground. Next the farmer can get his digger in to trench it properly as soon as the ground hardens. This will be a good thing as we need the ground usable for the coming season.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

In Memoriam for a very dear friend

Christoff Caffyn, the late Keeper of the syndicate shoot I was a member of was remembered on Friday the 6th April with a packed church.
I know I will never be able to fill his boots and I don't intend to try, I hope that those of us in the shoot wont forget him.
After the service these postcards were handed out, a request to pas on our favourite memories of him was appended. Its a lovely picture and I will keep it with me for a long time.
I have lots to moan about and frankly this isn't the time, more later

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

A wierd and busy week has gone by and the millenium falcon

Ive been busy, dog walking, odd jobs, a bit of lamping and sadly a bit of my day job. The shoot dinner passed well enough, the drive home in the snow was akin to the millennium falcon in hyper drive and much was eaten and drunk by all.
We sadly lost our game keeper last month, next week is his memorial service, there is no question of non attendance just tweed or lounge suit.
Ive been going over things in my gun room recently, its possibly time to start rationalising some of the rifles I no longer shoot. The problem is whether to sell complete with a scope or clean?
The no longer shoot bit is time catching up with me and my want list of projects becoming consuming. That and a realisation that I cant achieve everything I had planned. Even if I made the big six numbers on the lottery I wouldn't have the time to play with all of the toys I still want to buy!

I have a lecture to deliver to the HBSA on a subject that has occupied most of my spare time the last four years, you may not believe it but its not even the subject I always wanted the time to research. Sadly thanks to the way our country has been mismanaged financially over the last 50 years I will have to keep working rather than retire in 2 years as I had originally planned. As it stands I doubt even 65 or the latest projection of 67 will be enough. Ah well. No pockets in a shroud as they say.

This is one person I am going to miss, I can only hope I do you justice.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Two weeks on Part 2

The diary of a butcher?
Despite the best efforts of the dogs trying to stop me getting round to it I managed to skin and butcher yesterdays Roe Doe.
The effect of a 120 grain 7mm Barnes TSX doing approximately 2760 feet per second upon flesh at 200 yards is quite something to behold. The damage to meat was minimal, less than I have encountered on similar sized deer with a 6.5 swede. Frankly if a human was hit in the chest with one of these its pretty much endex.
Usually a projectile like a ballistic tip would cause a similar sized entry wound but effectively detonate blasting bits of rib and bullet jacket through the chest cavity and often through the gut ruining quite a lot of meat in the process. This bullet made a slightly larger exit hole than the entry hole without massive fragmentation damage. A feature of ballistic tip bullet wounds is often the lack of a clear single entry hole. This is most definitely not the case with the Barnes TSX. Funnily enough we acquired these as we needed ostensibly an FMJ type projectile for testing the .280/30.
Well its impressive. I will now be looking for a 140 grain bullet in this type.
It seems to be available up to 175 grain in this size!
Oh happy days.
 Entry wound from outside:
Exit from the inside:
 Exit from the outside:
 I am truly impressed with the cartridge and projectile. Minute of deer at 200 yards!