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Last day of the season
Feb 4th, 2007 at 10:24am
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I went to North Yorkshire in place of a mate, for the last day of the pheasnt season on Friday.

Wet early morning start


nice weather though for the first drive, only 6 guns out.



2nd drive leading up to lunch, the buildings in the valley bottom are the location for Hogwarts railway station in the Harry Potter films, on a renovated steam railway



My Dog, Otter, waiting to be sent for a bird



"Why arent you shooting that one?"



Time to go home. 42 birds and not easy shooting. pretty good for that little shoot so late on in the season

  

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Reply #1 - Feb 4th, 2007 at 10:31am
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Sweet, thanks for the post. Always nice to read about something completely different, and man that countryside is beautiful.  Cool
  

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Reply #2 - Feb 4th, 2007 at 10:32am
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Good show old chap Smiley
  

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Reply #3 - Feb 4th, 2007 at 10:34am
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Morning Ernie what breed of pheasant is common in the UK?, I see you are allowed to shoot hens
not on the schedule in NZ, our pheasant stock derives from the english black neck and the chinese ring neck (which is the most common).
  
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Reply #4 - Feb 4th, 2007 at 11:22am
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Black and ring necks are about equal I would say but over the last few years a strain called Michigan Blue backs have become popular as fast flyers, but harder to hold on your ground and wander a bit. There also bohemians that look like a hen bird in colour and melanistic black ones. depends whose shoot you're on for hens. some like hens to be left to breed, so dont shoot them this late in the season but the place we were on friday has more than enough to shoot.

Michigan blue/ringneck cross



Melanistic co*k

  

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Reply #5 - Feb 4th, 2007 at 11:27am
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Oscar wrote on Feb 4th, 2007 at 10:31am:
Sweet, thanks for the post. Always nice to read about something completely different, and man that countryside is beautiful.  Cool


It sure is. Something that takes some beating is to look across a valley like that and watch a pack of foxhounds running in circles about the place. you hardly have to move to watch them work for a full days hunting Cry ahhh........  those were the days Wink
  

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Reply #6 - Feb 4th, 2007 at 11:30am
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That first photo 4X4s in the mud people in London would never believe it Roll Eyes

I want a green Pheasant this season Huh

Do you shoot other birds and ground game on that shoot??
  

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Reply #7 - Feb 4th, 2007 at 11:36am
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Only ground game is foxes because of safety issues with the beaters, but a fox taken safely is ok as they are desperate in that part of the country to get them as lambing has started.  any other legal bird was fair game but I missed about 5 pigeon as they were on oxygen cyls. they were so high. someone had a magpie though. we saw hares, rabbits, 7 roe deer, a woodcock and an owl
  

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Reply #8 - Feb 4th, 2007 at 12:00pm
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Ernie,

That looks a very nice shoot you have there!

Are they reared or wild birds???

Bad news about this latest out break of bird flu...Could cause problem for next season if the outbreak persists..

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Reply #9 - Feb 4th, 2007 at 12:44pm
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Hi Pete,
I was only there as a guest but its 2nd time Ive been. they put 500 birds out and shoot alternate weeks. some lovely steep banks that would cost you £40 a bird in Wilts or Hants and they do a gun for £250 a year.
Yep, bugga living in suffolk Shocked
  

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Reply #10 - Feb 4th, 2007 at 11:18pm
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nice to see a report form that side of the planet  Cool
great looking lab to  Cool
  
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