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Thread: All new "sage words" truth, tosh, tommyrot thread...

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    All new "sage words" truth, tosh, tommyrot thread...

    I posted a reply to a thread in the Deer Stalking General part of our Forum on "sage words" from an old stalker. But I promised that I'd start a thread in Off Topic for other "sage words" that I hope won't be ridiculous but supposedly believed to be true and based on fact. In the hope that other members might say "Yes it's true" or "No that's tosh". And also contribute their own "sage words".

    Here's my four:

    1) If you shoot a pheasant (or duck or goose) "in the beak" the head and neck would be knocked back and the body would fly on. So killing the bird, in mid-air, by in fact breaking its neck. In all my years I never picked a pheasant that on landing had its neck so broken. So myth or is it truth?

    2) If you shoot a (high) pheasant the shot stuns it, as it were, in mid-air and in fact it is the fall and subsequent impact with the ground that kills it. Well, that's what I believe. More myth or based on fact as Payne-Gallwey believed? I think it holds true for other feathered game too. Any opinions?

    3) Never run over a snake in a open topped car. My Aunt Dorothy told me this based on her experiences in South Africa. The risk is that the wheels flip it up and it into the cockpit of the car and the snake isn't very happy about it. My Nigerian wife adds don't do it on a bicycle or motorcycle either for same reasons.

    4) Never fight a boxing kangaroo. Another Aunt Dorothy advice. They actually don't box you but kick, at you abdomen, with their lower legs and that can disembowel you or at least cause quite bad injury to your stomach area.

    So, 1), 2), 3), and 4). Truth, tosh or tommyrot? And what have you in "sage words"? Gun related, stalking related, game related, life related? Not cut and pasted from the 'net but from personal or family lore...
    Last edited by enfieldspares; 06-05-2016 at 14:21.

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    Three is true. We were always taught that if you were going to run over a snake lock up the wheels just before impact to prevent this (No ABS in those days). Once saw one end up in the back of an open 3 tonner and all the people in the back expressed an urgent desire to get off.


  3. #3 Dad used to tell me "Don't sniff back when you have a cold - the snot will settle around your brain like the jelly in a pork pie".

    Not a trace of tosh in there is there? Rock solid fact.......
    Nothing is worse than having an itch you can never scratch

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    "Don't sniff back when you have a cold - the snot will settle around your brain like the jelly in a pork pie".
    LOL! Nearly spilt my coffee on reading that. Lovely. Exactly what I hope we'll get posted here. Fantastic. Thank you!

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    Snakes - in any car, get out the other side and check from safe distance that they are not wrapped around something - if still alive they may be in a bad mood.

    Locust migration - wash the accumulated green slime spray off the car before the sun bakes it on. Its a right b'stard to remove. Unless you have a green slime coloured car.

    Avoid facial plastic surgery, when you have an erection - there is not enough skin left on your body to allow you to blink.

    Don't wear scotch-tape reflectors on your clothing in the tropics - the flashing attracts the 'cuda and sharks.

    If you see a solitary magpie it is bad luck. Unless you speak to it nicely. Then the bad luck mysteriously evaporates.

    Woodcock like low light conditions and are short sighted - that's why they fly backwards. If they hit a tree they don't break their necks.

    To be fair, I'm not so sure about the last one.
    Last edited by JockStalk; 06-05-2016 at 15:08.
    I can resist everything, except temptation.

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    Correct about the `roo. They lay back on their tail and give your guts and jewels a severe raking.

    My input

    "If you listen to 90% of the wafflers on websites online you are listening to the wrong lot"
    Dont dither,take the shot!

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    Well my granny told me only idiots make generalisations!!!

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    Oh I think I will enjoy this thread.

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    "you can only kill a pheasant if you shoot it in the beak" old keeper trying to stop me tailing them. "Don't pull faces for if the wind changes you'll stay like that" Granny. If you fart , sneeze and hiccup at the same time you die" received wisdom at school.

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    Placing used rifle cases on a beast will stop the ravens and eagles touching it if you have to leave it lying for a while.

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