Sunday, 31 August 2008

Feed delivered

1/2 a ton of feed collected from a local farm, sadly all at market rate but at least the birds have some feed in.
Only 2 dead ones and still struggling to fill the water butt.
Never mind at least last night was spent well at the HBSA 35th Anniversary dinner at Bisley.
The Army Rifle Association hosted us again and the meal was good enough for the wife to be happy with!

After dinner we all popped outside to Stickledown for the now ritual firing of George's 25 pounder which I seem not have captured on film.

Saturday, 30 August 2008

Another found dead

By the bottom pen but if this is all then I will be happy, the top pen birds were very settled so I didnt do too much apart from feed and water.

The lower pen birds were wandering around outside but quickly came in to feed;





I also found a pic from our recent trip to Edenbridge and Oxted of the dogs after a hard days work selling training equipment. The dogs are resting having fed, whilst the disposable BBQ burns away in the foreground.

Today I will be collecting 1/2 ton of grain for the birds feed this season, I'm glad we didnt get the birds in earlier as harvest is late this year!

Thursday, 28 August 2008

First Casualties

I wandered around the bottom pen finding nothing untoward, topped up the water and feed then drove to the top pen. That was the sight that greeted me, one headless in the pop hole and 3 dead under the bushes.

I then proceeded to lock a lady in the pen and had to go back for her;


Back again in the morning, perhaps that fox needs dealing with?

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Well we returned in 1 piece from Pikey Central





Otherwise known as The Edenbridge and Oxted Show, who would have thought that some of them actually talk like that yank tosser from Snatch.




The shop stayed up in one piece and we had lots of help from Grant on the NOBS Stand. Not too much went away with the five fingered discount, the tea lady wasnt impressed but I may persuade her to do it next year!




Today meanwhile back in the real world, the birds have finally turned up!




Now to find out why the water butt is empty only 4 days after filling it up?

Saturday, 23 August 2008

This weekend I shall mainly be at

The Edenbridge and Oxted Show, we look forward to seeing you all if you can recognise us!

Thursday, 21 August 2008

On this day in 1988

I'm not one for on this day posts but today demands some memories are dug up so that friends and comrades are never forgotten.

The price paid by the wounded is immeasurable.
To absent friends

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Last night

The youngest and I attended a very interesting lecture at the IWM on forensic science and firearms crime. We got there early to have an hour or so wandering around the exhibits. It wasnt busy but I'd dread to see it when it was;



Firstly some big guns, and secondly something to fire out of them;


Not forgetting lots of guns and tanks etc;



I even remember owning things of beauty like this.


Sadly not like this;


Sunday, 17 August 2008

An evening spent stalking with your son

Is very rewarding, even more so when you get to see about 5 Fallow even if they were all does.
Alex seemed to enjoy his rabbit hunt;

Stalking was fun as was the following afternoon spent at Borde Hill gardens country fair. It was light on the stands regarding countryside activities and retailers but still there were a few things worth seeing;

Today was spent putting what we had hoped was the finishing touches to our new larger pheasant pen but we still need to install the pop holes, waterers and pegg down the perimeter in places. Birds are due in this friday!

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

A good evening in the woods last night

Slightly offset by not getting a buck in sight but they were there just not infront of me. Alex decided to do some high seat work;






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The usual wandering around and does in sight! Hopefully Friday things will be different.



I spent part of this morning attempting to complete the new pen, its half a day away from completion, I just need half a dry day now!





At least the dogs dont seem to mind the rain!


The birds are due in next week so another work party is needed possibly this sunday to erect the electric fence and finish the little jobs such as clearing the scrub around the outside and putting logs on the bottom of the fence to stop Charlie burrowing in!

Sunday, 10 August 2008

Maybe Cyclops is right with one thing

I think it will be either Bridport or Skegness for me this year;



Things have been rather busy with a morning or two spent getting the new pheasant pen up to scratch. Wire was hung yesterday and the mesh added, I just need to tidy the old pen as thats getting birds as well and then this weeks spare time will be spent on fixing a gate, electric fence, water supply and food!


Yesterday afternoon after intense nagging from the anklebiters I took them to see the local Conference football side start their season by losing to Rushden and Diamonds 1-0. Still despite the rain it was a good day out! Big fry up this morning and after that settles we'll be in the wood again!





Chris's four pointer skull is drying nicely in the sunshine so I wont bleach that and I'll cut it this week and mount it on the board!


Sunday, 3 August 2008

Start of the Fallow Buck season

This year also coincides with the Roe Rut. I had a disgracefully early start on Friday of 0300 hrs to get out into a lovely little Fallow wood about an hours drive from here and all we saw in 3 hours was 5 Fallow Does. I wonder if they will be there on the 1st November?


Saturday brought better news as I took another client and old friend up to another wood where despite us thinning the bucks all spring a doe in season keeps attracting them in.


No sooner had we settled in position when a buck obligingly walks into our ambush and takes a 7.62 x 39 smack into his chest. He rears up and sprints off across the new planting.


I found him after about 10 minutes searching which caused much distress to the client as he was doubting his own shooting by then.





An amazing exit wound for such close range, thank you Sierra Bullets, another job well done!



The Buck also exhibited another unusual item, "Aladins Slippers Syndrome" where the fronts of the hooves grow out and point inwards, its normally found in Cattle or here in this part of Sussex in Fallow Deer. I was quite surprised but the deer checked out for everything else and appeared to be underweight but in good health.



After this was dealt with we bumped into another Roe but the Doe in season this time and she crouched letting us get to within 50 yards before presenting and pronking off into the cover.