Working gun dogs are hard to find

If we believed everything in the advertisements for gun dogs then the countrside would be awash with the descendents of champions! It isn’t. A lot of, so called, gun dogs are distant offspring of dogs the were once working gun dogs but have long since become domestic dogs that go for a walk in the countryside. Many of these will make a half decent gun dog if rescued early from their idle lives but sadly many a good spaniel becomes demented by boredom. Don’t start there if you are looking for a gun dog puppy.

If you are going to give your dog a meanigful, happy life as a working gun dog please buy it from a working home with working parents. They are your best guide, but not guarantee, of getting the dog you really want to spend many years training and working. All the hip and back tests in the world aren’t as reliable as seeing a mature parent working happily in middle age and beyond.

September 2013 litter of working gun dogs

September 2013 litter of working gun dogs available only to working homes.

September Litter

Cocker spaniel pups
4 bitches
2 dogs
All black
Legally docked
KC registered
Ready for new homes on 25 October

Matt works his dogs year round raising a modest number of pups from his own lines, this is not a puppy farm! Call Matt to be considered for a puppy.

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Deer stalking in Leicestershire

Deer numbers in the UK are on the rise and they need to be managed for their own good and for the sake of farmers precious crops. Being nocturnal most UK deer are rarely seen by the public so their existence, let alone the damage they cause, is unknow to most people. Banbi is the closest most families get to a deer!

Deer feed on vitually all arable crops as well as trees, especially young ones, doing millions of pounds worth of damage as well as destroying new timber plantings. In some woodlands there are virtually no new tree surviving long enough to replace the mature trees that will inevitably reach the end of their lives soon.

Professional deer management service

Professional deer management service

Most deer in the UK doing this damage are intruduced deer, escapees from deer parks, that have bred without any fear of natural predetors for decades. Red and roe deer are our truest native deer but most deer are fallow, sika, muntjak or Chinese water deer.

Deer management can be time consuming and expensive for farmers so provides another win/win opportunity for professional shooters to help out. The legal aspects of deer shooting are however more complex than other forms of game shooting and need careful consideration and should only be undertaken by experienced shooting guides.

 

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The thrill of the walked up day

We can’t all be farmers or the landed squire who can stroll thier fields at their leisure picking off pheasant, partridge, snipe or the odd hare but we can feel the experience during a walked up day. For many shooters this is a special kind of shooting day, a treat, something to savour.

Bring a small group of friends and your own dog, perhaps a youngster, add a couple of beaters with local experience and then walk!

Being free to walk hundreds of acres of mixed arable and woodland in search of seasonal quarry in the beauty of the English countryside is one of life’s true pleasures, make sure you experience it soon.

Call Matt for availabilty of dates. If you don’t have a party but would be interested in joining others on a day let Matt know about your experience level and he will see about getting you a suitable place on a day.

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The Pigeon Problem

If you haven’t seen flocking pigeons you might well think that shooters are looking for an excuse to shoot wood pigeon without reasonable justification. This short video shows a modest size flock of pigeon that had been observed feeding off the same rape field for several days. Each bird will fill it’s crop at least twice a day with the very growing tips that contain the important flower generating buds that make rape productive.

It can clearly be seen that these pigeon have become immune to the bird scaring tactics of the farmer and are continuing to damage his crops just as spring arrives with the burst of growth needed to produce a full harvest.

 

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