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Old 20-02-2009, 09:20 PM
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Default Highs & Lows of Hunting a Parent Reared Goshawk

Hello everyone, thought i would start a thread on peoples highs and lows throughout the season ?
For instance

LOWS: SYMPTOM: i.e. refusing game, field control, aggression or behavior before an illness etc.

CURE: i.e. what you did to rectify the problem, weight reduction/increase and how quickly it was reduced/increased , increased hunting or lure work, food change, etc.


HIGHS:
Hunting a bird consistently for several consecutive days, what food was used ?, good flights or photo's etc.


I WILL START OFF : No1: (problem/symptom) After entering my male finnish goshawk on rabbits, then after several kills entering him to pheasants, he for some reason switced off to rabbits ?

(cure) I came to the conclusion that a weight reduction was needed. He will fly pheasants at anything up to 1lb 13oz but needs to be reduced to 1lb 11 1/2oz to hunt rabbits well, has anyone else experienced this ?
No2:
(problem/symptom) Trouble hunting on several consecutive days ( not one or two but several consecutive !)

(cure)??? i have adgusted his weight, experimented with different food types, but sometimes he pulls off cock pheasants ? maybe other people have had the same problem with males what are your opinions please ?

SOME SEASONAL HIGHS !!
Feeding up after a well earned 200yd flight on cock pheasant
and an absolute cracker of a stoop from around 100ft on a woodcock ( best flight of the season !!! )
myself and (bert) after his first flights off the creance !
Final picture of bert after a failed late season hen pheasant flight
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Old 20-02-2009, 11:16 PM
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NICE BIRD NIGE. YOU DO ANY CROWS WITH HIM M8
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Old 20-02-2009, 11:25 PM
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Default Re: HIGHS AND LOWS OF HUNTING A PARENT REARED GOSHAWK

Where you at the WHC 3 day meet in October by any chane?,either that or you look like someone...

Nice Gos btw..
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Old 20-02-2009, 11:31 PM
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I've had partridge,pheasant,magpie,woodcock,rabbit,sparrow? and moorhen with him. Had to put him up for moult early due to injury, i wanted to get him on duck and crows before the end of the season but oh well it will give us something to focus on next season !!!
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Old 20-02-2009, 11:34 PM
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Hi stu, yes i was there had an awesome time cannot wait until the next cheers
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Old 20-02-2009, 11:38 PM
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YES HI 2 YOU TO UM8
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Old 21-02-2009, 12:02 AM
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thought i reconised you,never spoke,i remember you were with another chap with a brown bird.

Atb..
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Old 21-02-2009, 12:23 AM
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Yes he had a german flying at 2lb 4 parent reared, absolutely cracking bird !!! un-stoppable on rabbits !!! went up scotland early november with him and she was in her element on ferreted bunnies....you had a good season ?
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Old 21-02-2009, 01:11 AM
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Did your bird take that woodcock in flight?
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Old 21-02-2009, 03:13 AM
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Nice thought, the contrast that is, I was real pleased when she came out the moult, that was a high, and then I put an ill educated tailguard on her, and she all but weakened, in her tail. Fret marks straight through. What a fool, ready to sue someone, or blame myself for just being stupid, lazy, and not making one. Nonetheless she was, at my fault, diminished in her abillty. Bad season, no matters who's fault. Imp away, It's ne'er quite the same. The other photo, the catching one, is I suppose a high point, because neither of us was trying that day, but to me, we both seemed satisfied. Would have loved to see the flight on the woodcock by the way, well done.....that's special






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