Training the Working Labrador looks at all aspects of the care, management and training of the modern working Labrador.
It discusses many of the issues affecting today’s dog owners in a society which may not always seem to be providing enough time to own and train your own working gundog.
The book provides advice and guidance on a host of practical feeding, management and training matters based on the author’s lifelong experience and chapters are included on nutrition and care especially for those who may be away from home for part of the day.
The very latest Labrador health tests are covered in detail and their relevance to their owners.
Essential reading for the first time owner/trainer of a Labrador but equally an important update on Labrador issues for the experienced owner.
Author Jeremy Hunt has been breeding Labradors for over 25 years. His famous Fenway Labrador Kennels are based in Lancashire, England. He is a panel writer for the Gundog section of the UK monthly publication Shooting Gazette.
It’s finally happened……I’ve gone back to the tying vice properly after many years of just dabbling with it.
I tied my first fly some forty years ago when fishing trips were hard to come by for one reason or another and fly tying was the next best thing. At that time I remember being in love with deer hair and spent many hours trying to perfect muddlers, I found the material fascinating and spent many an hour trying to hone the technique.
My father, who taught me to fly fish, passed away a few years ago and recently I came across an old tin fly box full of flies which I had tied for him many years ago as a birthday present, I now realise how much I had struggled to perfect the aforementioned muddler, even though at that time I thought they looked awesome!
The other eye opener these days is the array of materials on offer…..synthetic quills would have been only a luxury material I could have dreamt about back then. I used to be amazed by the fluorescent colour of the chenille as a youngster as I tied yet another gaudy Wimbleball Wonder.
Now that I’m working alongside Partridge Hooks it seemed inevitable that I went back to tying. With their impressive range of hooks at my disposal coupled with my fly orders that I farm out for the guiding side of the business not always being quite right and how I would like them. Time restraints had always stopped me tying the quantities of flies needed for a season and I’m still not sure I will be able to find enough of this precious commodity but I’m determined to give it a go this winter……time will tell.
A few things have come to light during my first hours back at the vice, mainly that the standard of fly tying out there is generally very high now and I’ve discovered that my patterns at present are a bit “crude and scruffy” in comparison. My other finding is that my eyes aren’t what they used to be and don’t work quite as well as they did some forty years ago but the most important of all is that I’m really enjoying going back to the tying vice and knocking up some different patterns of an evening and want to get back on it at every available opportunity.
Neil Keep has 40 years fly fishing experience on a variety of waters across the south west of England, including spate rivers, chalk streams, small lakes and large reservoirs. Contact Neil on 01761 472656 or 07821647055 for fly fishing tuition or guiding services.
“Dignity” by Daniel Crane – a wonderful drawing adorning the front cover of the Summer Edition of Hounds magazine.
The British Association for Shooting & Conservation have released the following data on deer species, management and conservation in the UK:
- There are up to 2 million wild deer in the UK – the highest number in 1,000 years
- This number is made up of 6 species; Red, Sika, Fallow, Roe, Chinese Water and Muntjac
- UK deer management provides 2,500 jobs in Scotland alone
- The annual deer cull of 350,000 head reduces the impact that deer have on natural flora and fauna
- Venison (the meat derived from deer) is worth GBP170 million to the UK economy each year
- Venison is healthy for you – a 100g/3oz serving of roast venison contains 140 calories and 1 gramme of fat
- Each year deer management helps to reduce the estimated 74,000 deer-motor vehicle collisions
- Over 100,000 people do deer stalking in the UK each year – that has a significant knock-on effect for various forms of retail
A collection of photographers produced by Lens & Hound, a major photographic contributor to the British Country Sports website due to be released shortly.
An amazing video displaying the seamless union of cutting edge technology and world class artisans to produce truly magnificent shotguns.
Some see elegance in sleek cars and motor cycles, others in musical instruments or clothing and jewellery.
For me these shotguns are elegance materialised.