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Gonna Be On The Quackers

Discussion in 'Shotguns (SGC)' started by sidelocker, Oct 18, 2020.

  1. sidelocker

    sidelocker Well-Known Member

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    out with my mate metal detecting yesterday on land adjacent to a commercial fish farm "carp" .i have known the owner for several years .he was trimming the boundry hedges so I stopped for a chat .in the course of the conversation he mentioned he was having problems with duck raiding his ponds after the fish have been fed . now have permission to shoot duck and the canadas over his ponds ,,
     
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    Do you have a retriever. The problem with pond shooting is usually collecting the victims afterwards. Baiting the bank is a possibility.
     
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    err yes 3 years ago he arrived with attitude .and he still has it P1050273.JPG lisa and rocco.jpg lisa and rocco.jpg
     
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    Enjoy, if you and your dog haven't done it before it might be a good idea to get your springer a neoprene coat. Helps keep them warm when sitting after retrieving and aids with bouyoncy, retrieving Canada's from fresh water gets tiring for a spaniel.
    My Cocker has been my fowling dog for 8 seasons, his Jack Pyke neoprene coat has a chest protector for unseen objects underwater or for when thin ice can be on the water.
    My apologies if teaching you to duck eggs.
     
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    This ^^^^ and consider in fishing ponds there is a problem with line and hooks for the dog.
    Be aware you may have to go in to rescue the dog very rare BUT if you have no access to a boat have a kick board and rope at least in your gear.

    Good luck.
     
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    Always wondered if Canada's make good eating, anyone tried ?
     
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    Yes they do. Wrap in plenty of bacon. Older ones can be a little tough.
     
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    think you missread the post ,,its not a fishing pond they are rearing ponds .the owner breeds the carp for stocking /restocking fisheries and for the table , nobody but nobody fish.s the ponds they are bred from selected stock fish eggs through to whatever size is required..netted as and when needed and transported via oxygenated tanks to where/ever they are needed ,my son and I were shown round his nursery sheds very very specialised process . ,,the dog arrived 3 years ago 12 weeks old full and I mean full of attitude peed once on the floor and that was it ,,never be dirty indoors " bit of a scrounger " but its a springer thats what springers do. wannabe otter loves the water ..my daughter uses him as a beating dog on a shoot in north Devon. not overly bothered on furred game but magic on feathered he will pick game in cover too heavy for the Labs to enter ..nice little beast a joy to have about
     
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    managed to find a picture .first day home ..the LOOK says it all I am the MAN DSC_0009.JPG
     
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    Mate I'm properly jealous.
    If you ever want a second gun in the east devon area I will happily put my name forwards.

    Been trying to find some wild fowling since our old permission syndicate went rspb when the farmer fell ill and his mrs signed the paperwork.
     
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    PMSL. The day that Springers grow up is usually the day you bury them:D:D
     
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    Oh sorry thought they were fished.
    Spaniels do make great water dogs much to the surprise of many if introduced at an early age.
    I have always worked spaniels and none of them has had any problem in the water as you say great retrievers in cover too.
     
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    just had my daughter on the phone " anywhere we can work the pup dad " hopefully a farmer friend has 6 fields of fodder turnips we might be able to put the pup through .walked him in a next door resown meadow field last week ,nice showing of very fit longtails he put up,, this year has been very kind to broods ,,all wild birds very fit and flying well
     
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    Look for the polish goose recipe, makes even tough Canada's tasty.
    Or mince the tough ones into sausages or burgers.
     
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    yes he has what I call a NOBLE head ,nice deep brow line .I had 2 springers years ago 1 had a "snipey "head narrow low brow ,and an uncertain temper ,she was moved on . the other " Ginny " Ginger was a beautiful bitch deep rich chestnut colour ,,manners to die for ,we owned our farm back then out on Bodmin moor in Cornwall ,part of our land was a valley with a stream running through it and cover with gorse ,alder and scrub willow .there was always a lot of woodcock 1st-2nd week in November every year Ginny loved working the birds in there ..whenever I came out of the house with the gun she would tie herself in knots in her excitement to go.on her last outing with the gun she ran into the electric fence that we had round the yard ..from that moment on as soon as she saw the gun she would hide .broke my heart ,she never worked again .still well up thinking about her .somewhere my ex has a photo of her asleep on the garden with Lilly the pet lamb curled up between her legs
     
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    little fella worked his socks off this morning ,cover was taller than he was IMG-20201019-WA0000.jpg
     
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    finaly got out on the quackers ..the lad on his first attempt on duck managed a credible 7 for 10 he was well suited .the owner of the ponds had a brace and we left with the promise of come back anytime lads you are doing me a favour .. 124211967_1660228990821680_711935934955712807_n (1).jpg
     
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    Always good to do a good deed.
    And some duck is always a bonus!!
     
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    all mallard .I was surprised no teal came in have seen them on the next door pond ..we didnt take the dog this time ,he was out with my daughter .3 of the birds fell in the ponds luckily there is a dingy we can use to get to any that fall in the water
     

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