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Old 13-11-2016, 02:04 PM
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Well I thought i would be up and running by mid October but still have not started its down to the weather only just had a couple of frosts ,and the ferns and stuff are only just dying off , its not the first year i have had to start my season later, is this a sign of things to come were we have to start later and ether finish early, or go further in to the year and risk hunting next years rabbits ext what are your thoughts /dave
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Old 13-11-2016, 04:27 PM
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I usually start the season while the cover is still high figuring that the first month or so the hawk needs to get fit again so usually go nettle wading just to get a few under the belt.
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Old 14-11-2016, 06:50 PM
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Hi until the first frost the ferns were i go were 6 ft high and the nettles were not much shorter went for a walk yesterday and they have dropped now and have just made the best hiding place just like tunnels underneath it but will be out soon now i can walk through it /dave
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Old 14-11-2016, 07:09 PM
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Not much different here, with nettles and bramble all above head height, I just start when his ready and make the best of it. But I think your right the seasons do seem to be getting shorter, I won't hunt once I see any sign of young.
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Old 14-11-2016, 09:45 PM
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I think its the same everywhere you just have to pick the areas with a bit lighter cover to start with. Also as has been said its a good opportunity to build fitness at least it gets them out and relieves the boredom.
I gradually start to do the thicker areas as the frost and wind kills the cover off. We have got off to a fairly decent start I think mine has only blanked on three trips so far this season and had several multiples. I am lucky though as I have quite a lot of moorland permission that's fairly well stocked.
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Old 14-11-2016, 10:38 PM
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Well I must be the lucky one as the pasture nettle clumps are never above waist height and I do enjoy quietly wandering through them hawk on fist waiting for the nervous nettles to show, some times it's only wind shear but once in a while a rabbit bolts and the game is a foot as they say.
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Old 15-11-2016, 08:16 AM
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well I thought i would be up and running by mid October but still have not started its down to the weather only just had a couple of frosts ,and the ferns and stuff are only just dying off , its not the first year i have had to start my season later, is this a sign of things to come were we have to start later and ether finish early, or go further in to the year and risk hunting next years rabbits ext what are your thoughts /dave
We're the same. Incredibly mild and dry (for Scotland) summer, mild autumn - only one frost here so far means we're still cutting the grass mid November. Just north of us in Aboyne yesterday they recorded 17 degrees. We never start any hawking until October (and never hawk a day past the end of February) anyway to give game and wildlife a full rest to recover numbers and avoid babies etc, but this year we are only just getting birds going now except for a couple of falcons and a Goshawk that are all partridge specialists.
The Harris Hawks, and eagles won't be at it for another couple of weeks. The ferns only dropped in the first frost about a week ago. Nettles are still waist high, brambles are growing by the minute, and we even have wild flower patches still flowering. Trees are still about half covered in leaves.
On the up side, we're in the mountains for 6 weeks between the end of November and the end of February so with that and the gaps filled in, we should make up for the latest start we have ever had.
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Old 15-11-2016, 03:50 PM
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We're the same. Incredibly mild and dry (for Scotland) summer, mild autumn - only one frost here so far means we're still cutting the grass mid November. Just north of us in Aboyne yesterday they recorded 17 degrees. We never start any hawking until October (and never hawk a day past the end of February) anyway to give game and wildlife a full rest to recover numbers and avoid babies etc, but this year we are only just getting birds going now except for a couple of falcons and a Goshawk that are all partridge specialists.
The Harris Hawks, and eagles won't be at it for another couple of weeks. The ferns only dropped in the first frost about a week ago. Nettles are still waist high, brambles are growing by the minute, and we even have wild flower patches still flowering. Trees are still about half covered in leaves.
On the up side, we're in the mountains for 6 weeks between the end of November and the end of February so with that and the gaps filled in, we should make up for the latest start we have ever had.
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lucky ****** have not been to Scotland for a few years have a good season , there has been a lot of mixie around me this year as well but will make the most of of the season when i get going/dave
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