Monday, 27 August 2007
Sunday, 19 August 2007
Nigel couldnt get into a decent position to take the shot and they were less than 40 yards away. I was gutted but at least we saw deer. On the way back to the car we saw a large family group of Fallow and the two Roe appeared fleetingly. I'll have to go back there again.
Thursday, 16 August 2007
Sunday, 12 August 2007
This was Nick attempting to scare a disc of bitumen that had done him no harm.
He spent most of the day taking photos with his new digital camera but when persuaded behind the butt from the lens he shot a lot better than last year!
I'll post more pics later. we visited the pen and cleaned out the waterers, caught up a couple of errant birds and generally had a big boys couple of hours away from the wives!
Nick is the coach of the football team that my son plays for, this is about the only non ball related sport he gets to do. He is getting better.
Thursday, 9 August 2007
I thought that with all the talk of pheasants going on some would think I have forgotten Bambi. Not so I am extremely busy at the altar of filthy lucre which while being a pain in the whatsit allows me to carry out my core activities, slotting Bambis.
Above are featured a couple of Roebucks from last years season. Both good cull targets one badly deformed and the other going back and quite elderly. These pair were a result of a morning assesment stalk on Joes land near my own but with a client who is really a very good shooting mate. He is a Kiwi and a very fast learner, after missing many opportunities over the year he spent an ages at the Running Deer at Bisley and the result was an amazing ability to shoot moving deer. He also was placed in the top 3 at 1000, 1100 and 1200 yards match rifle this year!This one is a nice silver medal head that Joe guided me to a couple of years ago. Nice fella and if anyone wants guided stalking he will take those that I cant.
This one eventually came back from the taxidermists:
I think you'll agree he did a nice job and it sits on my office wall at home! Well worth the wait!
If you want to know how it all started then one morning about 7 years ago after many years of rabbit shooting I was dropped off in a high seat to wait for dawn. Along came the biggest animal I had ever seen through a telescopic sight!:
And as they say it was all downhill from here!
Wednesday, 8 August 2007
Monday, 6 August 2007
Still a good look around the woods today with my 9 spaniels and we found a few good drives, a few good sites for feeders and a spot for a clay shoot this sunday. I will now sniff around for a couple of guests as we need at least 4 all told, 1 walking and 3 standing, after all its only a friendly little DIY shoot!
Sunday, 5 August 2007
Well the pheasants at least!
Here I am putting in a new gate post as the fly tipping Pikey b*sterds from the local dole queue (town) ripped the old one out so we sank a new pair in about 6 foot deep!
Here I am a couple of weeks ago running the chicken wire out for the pen, we used as many existing trees as possible for fence posts and utilised the coppiced chestnut available in the wood for where we needed posts.
We did manage to get the perimeter fence for our pheasant pen built in time!
With water plumbed in the small amount of 100 poults was delivered eventually and seem to have settled in ok. One or two escapees that we have put back each evening since and all seems well. Despite sods law prevailing with the plumbing they seem to be happy! Just a battle to ensure Charley and his friends dont get in!
So a couple or so months to go and we can start killing the little blighters!