Making best use of your meat

Sometimes you may have more game that you immediately need and you need to get it to a game dealer quickly.

Matt may be able to help.

If you have dear, rabbits (head shot), pheasant, partridge or pigeon that you wish to sell call Matt for details on prices and collection.

Prices vary throughout out the year but 25p per bird or a cartridge for a bird may be achievable.

Make sure that you get all birds cooled down as soon as possible, laying them out on a cool concrete floor and protected from flies until they are collected.

Stalkers should be familiar with hygiene requirements of they hold DSC1 or DSC2.

It is best to talk to Matt ahead of time so that none of your game is spoilt.

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Training days! Exciting project for new shooters. 30/31 May 2015 and 27/28 June 2015

I’m running 4 training days on these dates for youngsters/adults who are new to the sport or just want to learn a bit more.

30/31 May 2015 and 27/28 June 2015

You will be shown everything, basic field craft, best kit to buy, setting up decoys in the field and finally preparing and cooking what you shoot.

To make it even better there will be a competition on the day!

25 bird (clay) simulated pigeon shoot. Sit in the hide and shoot simulated incoming pigeon to really see how well you shoot and where you need to improve. ( Hint: Load steady shoot well…don’t rush!)

First prize
A day pigeon shooting with Matt!!!!!

Second prize
250 Proper Cartridges!!!!!

Third prize
A pigeon magnet with battery!!!!!

All inclusive £100 for the day

Pm or call me, Matt on 07984 335124, for more details and to book.

This is a day to get new ideas, meet new people and to have a good time with other fellow shooters.

Remember 30/31 May 2015 and 27/28 June 2015, get it in your diary.

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Dove shoooting trips to Argentina from June 2015

TRIPS TO ARGENTINA DOVE/PIGEON SHOOTING. TRIP OF A LIFETIME SHOOTING AS MANY BIRDS AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN IN ONE DAY.

Special price £2000

3 DAYS HUNTING 4 Nights accommodation in luxury lodges with all food and drinks included.

INCLUDED IN PACKAGE

All ground transportations to/from airport and hunting grounds

Professional hunting guides

Deluxe double occupancy lodges with private bathrooms

All meals, breakfast, lunch (barbecue), and dinner included

All beverages, including selection of the finest Argentine wines (Malbec), local beers, champagne, and local hard liquor. Open bar.

One bird boys per hunter

Laundry, boot cleaning and gun cleaning

3000 shells

Hunting licenses

Rental gun

Can accommodate up to teams of 15

New price

PRICE £2000

Contact Matt for full details

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Crow pest control

Crows thrive around farms and farm buildings as well as in their traditional roost woods. If you are going to keep numbers down to a level the farmer can live with you will need to shoot them in the woods and the farm yard.

Crows are very smart birds, no really smart! You need good field craft to shoot them in the trees where they have to advantage of height to see anything within shooting range. Young birds newly fledged may be shootable for a few weeks after leaving their nests but the get wise very quickly.

Decoying can work well but you need to ring the changes in your set up as they soon realise where the threat is coming from. Shoot different locations each time, mix up your decoys methods too. Flocked crow decoys on hedges, on feed clamps or out in the stublle work well. Crows usually come to decoys because they know they are not their regular crow friends, they come to drive them out. Some shooters have great success putting out broken nests with a couple of real eggs in. Try a small stuffed fox cub too, crows hate them and soon dive in on them.

Remeber not to send you dog for wounded crows, they are very likely to injure you dog too. If in doubt give a crow a second barrel on the way down to make sure it is humanely dispatched.

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Rabbit shooting and land management

Pest control can be a time consuming business and harvest time is when the farmer has least time to spare. As crops come of the fields pest such as rabbits and foxes get concentrated into the last of the standing crop and it is an ideal time to reduce their numbers. Obvioulsy the farmer and his various skilled drivers are too busy to dispatch rabbits and foxes so this leaves a need for pest controllers to team up and follow the harvester.

Experienced guns can cover long sides of the crop and be trusted to shoot in close proximity to the moving machinery without compromising safety. This is not a job for enthusiastic amateurs! You have to know where your other guns are and to all stay on station. Know your ranges and don’t use any very heavy loads or steel shot because they can carry too far or richochet of stones in the ground. Stick with a good solid game load like 28/32g No 5. No slugs, no buck shot or SG.

It is a long hard day but worthwhile especially if the farmer sees plenty of pests gone!

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Who needs shooting insurance?

You do! I do. We all do.

Shooting in the UK is one of the safest activities you can participate in but it doesn’t mean it is free of all risks.

Anone can have an accident and anyone can be the subject of somebody elses accident.

If the worst happens you will be all on your own to deal with the consequences both legal and financial.

Landowners know this better than anyone and that is why they require shooters to hold their own insurance before coming on to their land. It is no good looking at your boots when asked about insurance and hoping you won’t be asked to show your insurance. That will get you barred from any shoot that finds out about it. Just do it, as the Nike ad says.

But why is it so important to get insurance and preferably insurance through a major body like BASC?

If somebody gets hurt and you played any part in the accident or everything that led up to the accident you could find yourself liable to a claim against you. It may sound unfair and you may not like it but that is not how things work. If someone is injured they make seek damages from you to compensate them for the injury and, more importantly, for the consequencs of any injury. If they can’t work or if they need assistance looking after themselves they will need finacial assistance and they will come looking for it from you.

Now, most of us aren’t worth millions of pounds so we couldn’t support a huge claim against us but we would struggle settling even a modest claim of a few thousand pounds plus the legal expenses for defending the claim. An important part of insurance is that if the injury is serious and the claim is huge then it may be settled from an insuance company from the thousands of policies it issues rather than from an unfortunate individual. Insurance helps you and it helps the injured party, it just works!

If you get your insurance though BASC you also get other huge benefits especially if you need advice on shooting related matters like Firearms Law or dealing with your landlord or FEO.

You can get some insurance cover though other bodies like the Gamekeepers Association, CLA, CA and other smaller trade associations. You may also feel you can get insured very cheaply though some other policies but make sure they are not insurers of last resort. Some insurance seem very cheap but when you call them they will try to find out you are covered, either fully or partially, under someother policy BEFORE they will help you! Not the response you want if you are worried and feeling under pressure.

BASC can offer you immediate cover if you apply online at so join now and support your sport as well as protect yourself and your shooting buddies.

Get the best!

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Catfish fishing in Spain

Simply unbelievable! An experience of a lifetime.

Not your average day’s fishing.

Our French shooting agents are also long established organisers of amazing fishing trips across the border into Spain. They have a permanent camping set up at a lakeside venue called Fraga, near the city of Mequinenza between Barcelona and Zaragoza.

The waters behind the Riba-roja Dam and the Mequinenza Dam form a massive 127km long complex of rivers and lakes which have become a mecca for European fishermen.

These waters contain very large carp, zander ,pike and flatfish. Last season saw 33kg carp at Riba-roja with perhaps 40kg specimens yet to be caught. About 90% of carp are of the common variety with the remaining 10% mirror carp.

You have to do this once in your fishing career

You have to do this once in your fishing career

Your fishing guides are themselves French Championship fishermen with 20 years of local knowledge so you have the very best chance of finding big fish in this new landscape.

The organisation is first class and the equipment available onsite means you need not cart all your own gear out with you. Seriously, these guys don’t mess about and you won’t be lugging tons of gear about on an old trolley! 4x4s, ATVs and well powered boats are all available to get you to the best spots.

This is serious fishing for any angler but newbies are also welcome, don’t be over awed by the prospect of seriously big fish, the staff also love to introduce new anglers, but you might be spoiled for life!

Contact Matt for all types of angling trips to Spain.

 

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Carp fishing in Spain

Seing is believing, so here you are, carp fishing Spannish style!

Hard to believe the size and quality of these fish but here is the evidence, no fisherman’s tales here.

Our French shooting agents are also long established organisers of amazing fishing trips across the border into Spain. They have a permanent camping set up at a lakeside venue called Fraga, near the city of Mequinenza between Barcelona and Zaragoza.

The waters behind the Riba-roja Dam and the Mequinenza Dam form a massive 127km long complex of rivers and lakes which have become a mecca for European fishermen.

These waters contain very large carp, zander ,pike and flatfish. Last season saw 33kg carp at Riba-roja with perhaps 40kg specimens yet to be caught. About 90% of carp are of the common variety with the remaining 10% mirror carp.

Beautiful fish in a beautiful landscape

Beautiful fish in a beautiful landscape

Your fishing guides are themselves French Championship fishermen with 20 years of local knowledge so you have the very best chance of finding big fish in this new landscape.

The organisation is first class and the equipment available onsite means you need not cart all your own gear out with you. Seriously, these guys don’t mess about and you won’t be lugging tons of gear about on an old trolley! 4x4s, ATVs and well powered boats are all available to get you to the best spots.

This is serious fishing for any angler but newbies are also welcome, don’t be over awed by the prospect of seriously big fish, the staff also love to introduce new anglers, but you might be spoiled for life!

Contact Matt for all types of angling trips to Spain.

 

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Pike Fishing Spain

Perhaps the king of course fish, the pike, thrives in Spain. Here are some that definitely “Didn’t get away”

Enjoy classic pike fishing in Spannish weather, much better than the UK in every way!

Our French shooting agents are also long established organisers of amazing fishing trips across the border into Spain. They have a permanent camping set up at a lakeside venue called Fraga, near the city of Mequinenza between Barcelona and Zaragoza.

The waters behind the Riba-roja Dam and the Mequinenza Dam form a massive 127km long complex of rivers and lakes which have become a mecca for European fishermen.

These waters contain very large carp, zander ,pike and flatfish. Last season saw 33kg carp at Riba-roja with perhaps 40kg specimens yet to be caught. About 90% of carp are of the common variety with the remaining 10% mirror carp.

Pike caught in Spain

Pike caught in Spain

Your fishing guides are themselves French Championship fishermen with 20 years of local knowledge so you have the very best chance of finding big fish in this new landscape.

The organisation is first class and the equipment available onsite means you need not cart all your own gear out with you. Seriously, these guys don’t mess about and you won’t be lugging tons of gear about on an old trolley! 4x4s, ATVs and well powered boats are all available to get you to the best spots.

This is serious fishing for any angler but newbies are also welcome, don’t be over awed by the prospect of seriously big fish, the staff also love to introduce new anglers, but you might be spoiled for life!

Contact Matt for all types of angling trips to Spain.

 

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