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    Cool Inspired by Stratts and his epic day

    Well to be honest I've not been getting out much over the past 12 months. Loosing both of my dogs in quick succession both at a young age last year hit me harder than I thought. Even when I went out shooting or stalking my heart just wasn't in it. My wife got a new dog in May and it was going to be hers, I wasn't ready to take on another dog but very soon had the new arrival pushed my way as the mrs decided she couldn't handle it. Well I tried but at first couldn't bond with it, I took it out stalking but was looking for excuses to pack in and come home early. On one morning stalk she messed up that much I even sat and had a cry as I missed my faithful stalking companion, having to remind myself later she was only 12 months old and had a lot to learn.
    Last month I got the email asking for cull figure returns for the year and after consulting my shoot diary I held my head in shame as I reported a big fat zero. I have since got my backside into gear, taken a grip of the now 13 month old weimaraner and started to put the time and effort into her training, she is coming on well and she's growing on me.
    Then I read the post by Stratts "epic day planned" a good write up and the inspiration I needed. So I've booked this weekend up at the woods in Dumfries and planning my own epic weekender, lets see how it goes.
    I'm on nights until 0700 hours Friday morning so the plan is, Take all my gear and dog to work Thursday night, pester the boss for an early finish or play sick, be on the road by 0200 hours for the 3 hour trip, eat on route, a couple of caffene shots then get in a morning stalk just to see whats about. back to the truck for a fry up about mid day then drive out and speak with the neighbouring farmers wher I have permission, just to let them know I'm about. Mid afternoon sit up in one of the seats, see how the dog behaves at the bottom, and possibly grab 40 winks (harnessed in). Grab a bite to eat then out for an evening stalk, a couple of energy and caffine shots in my pocket. after dark over to the farm and do a spot of lamping to see if charlie wants to play before winding back the seat and getting some sleep.
    Saturday morning up at first light and onto the hill, mars bar and bottle of water breakfast as I try for a buck, hope the dog is steady, see how it goes. Mid afternoon back over to the woods I've got some signage to fix to all the highseats, just so that they comply with H & S requirements. A mate is meeting me Saturday afternoon (if he shows I've got my doubts). Then I'll grab a bite to eat and get my head down for a couple of hours. Saturday evening I'll probably take a slow walk up the west side of the woods cutting in at the top and back down the middle by dusk, then it's over to the farms again for another dose of charlie. I'll drive back to the woods in the early hours and get a couple of hours sleep. Sunday morning out on the east side as the sun rises (hopefully) I'll sit up and listen to the woods awakening before a brief stalk. I'll then get back to the truck, have a big fry up and after mid day set up a target to test some home loads / rifle zero. clear up and set off home. For me the weekend will be about spending time with the dog out in the field and if I get a buck or a fox it will be a bonus, if I end up with the now famous Stratts McNowt I bet I will have still had a good weekend. Now what's the weather supposed to be doing?
    Wingy
    unless you can prove it beyond all reasonable doubt, it wasn't me. If you can prove it then you must be mistaken

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    have a great trip, Wingy, and thanks for the write-up…that sure sounds like a great way to bond with the young lady and I hope you continue to grow together. Good luck this w/e!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wingy View Post
    Well to be honest I've not been getting out much over the past 12 months. Loosing both of my dogs in quick succession both at a young age last year hit me harder than I thought. Even when I went out shooting or stalking my heart just wasn't in it. My wife got a new dog in May and it was going to be hers, I wasn't ready to take on another dog but very soon had the new arrival pushed my way as the mrs decided she couldn't handle it. Well I tried but at first couldn't bond with it, I took it out stalking but was looking for excuses to pack in and come home early. On one morning stalk she messed up that much I even sat and had a cry as I missed my faithful stalking companion, having to remind myself later she was only 12 months old and had a lot to learn.
    Last month I got the email asking for cull figure returns for the year and after consulting my shoot diary I held my head in shame as I reported a big fat zero. I have since got my backside into gear, taken a grip of the now 13 month old weimaraner and started to put the time and effort into her training, she is coming on well and she's growing on me.
    Then I read the post by Stratts "epic day planned" a good write up and the inspiration I needed. So I've booked this weekend up at the woods in Dumfries and planning my own epic weekender, lets see how it goes.
    I'm on nights until 0700 hours Friday morning so the plan is, Take all my gear and dog to work Thursday night, pester the boss for an early finish or play sick, be on the road by 0200 hours for the 3 hour trip, eat on route, a couple of caffene shots then get in a morning stalk just to see whats about. back to the truck for a fry up about mid day then drive out and speak with the neighbouring farmers wher I have permission, just to let them know I'm about. Mid afternoon sit up in one of the seats, see how the dog behaves at the bottom, and possibly grab 40 winks (harnessed in). Grab a bite to eat then out for an evening stalk, a couple of energy and caffine shots in my pocket. after dark over to the farm and do a spot of lamping to see if charlie wants to play before winding back the seat and getting some sleep.
    Saturday morning up at first light and onto the hill, mars bar and bottle of water breakfast as I try for a buck, hope the dog is steady, see how it goes. Mid afternoon back over to the woods I've got some signage to fix to all the highseats, just so that they comply with H & S requirements. A mate is meeting me Saturday afternoon (if he shows I've got my doubts). Then I'll grab a bite to eat and get my head down for a couple of hours. Saturday evening I'll probably take a slow walk up the west side of the woods cutting in at the top and back down the middle by dusk, then it's over to the farms again for another dose of charlie. I'll drive back to the woods in the early hours and get a couple of hours sleep. Sunday morning out on the east side as the sun rises (hopefully) I'll sit up and listen to the woods awakening before a brief stalk. I'll then get back to the truck, have a big fry up and after mid day set up a target to test some home loads / rifle zero. clear up and set off home. For me the weekend will be about spending time with the dog out in the field and if I get a buck or a fox it will be a bonus, if I end up with the now famous Stratts McNowt I bet I will have still had a good weekend. Now what's the weather supposed to be doing?
    Wingy
    ‎Good to hear you've got some enthusiasm back for it and good luck with your adventure.

    At the risk of ‎appearing negative I nonetheless suggest you might do better to take a slightly less all or nothing approach as I could feel my eyelids slipping as you described getting a night shift 'flyer' to be in the woods at sun up! Having done just that when involved in shift work in my mid twenties I can tell you that by 10:00hrs you'll be staggering around the woods like a zombie. Or damn close to.

    Perhaps focus on doing one thing perfectly rather than multiples ‎to a lesser standard? It's doubtful you will maximise your enjoyment of what is intended to further rejuvenate your passion if you feel like poop.

    All the best

    K‎


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    Best of luck wingy, hope your have a cracking weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klenchblaize View Post
    ‎Good to hear you've got some enthusiasm back for it and good luck with your adventure.

    At the risk of ‎appearing negative I nonetheless suggest you might do better to take a slightly less all or nothing approach as I could feel my eyelids slipping as you described getting a night shift 'flyer' to be in the woods at sun up! Having done just that when involved in shift work in my mid twenties I can tell you that by 10:00hrs you'll be staggering around the woods like a zombie. Or damn close to.

    Perhaps focus on doing one thing perfectly rather than multiples ‎to a lesser standard? It's doubtful you will maximise your enjoyment of what is intended to further rejuvenate your passion if you feel like poop.

    All the best

    K‎

    I know what your saying but I live on 5 hours of sleep a night. When on night shifts I regularly go for 45-50 hours without sleep. On a week of nights I don't sleep in the day of my first night, have 2-3 hours sleep during the week then don't sleep after my last night. Those who know me are often surprised how I keep going, just something I've always done.
    unless you can prove it beyond all reasonable doubt, it wasn't me. If you can prove it then you must be mistaken

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wingy View Post
    I know what your saying but I live on 5 hours of sleep a night. When on night shifts I regularly go for 45-50 hours without sleep. On a week of nights I don't sleep in the day of my first night, have 2-3 hours sleep during the week then don't sleep after my last night. Those who know me are often surprised how I keep going, just something I've always done.
    Fair enough.

    Hope it all goes well and make sure the "back of truck fryup" is as good as mine!

    Cheers

    K

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wingy View Post
    I know what your saying but I live on 5 hours of sleep a night. When on night shifts I regularly go for 45-50 hours without sleep. On a week of nights I don't sleep in the day of my first night, have 2-3 hours sleep during the week then don't sleep after my last night. Those who know me are often surprised how I keep going, just something I've always done.
    Wingy, that is a sure fire recipe for your early departure to the happy hunting grounds , & the addition of caffiene shots is compounding your chances, I did shifts in the early part of life & at one stage 12 months permanent nights , and used caffiene products, resulting in my specialist attributing my P.A.F. to this lifestyle, anyways, you sound like you are giving the dog, and yourself a chance at a restart.. Steve.
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    Good luck Wingy. Glad to hear you are back in the field.
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    I did read somewhere that for us in our job on permenant shifts the life expectancy after retirement was 8 years!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nun_hunter View Post
    I did read somewhere that for us in our job on permenant shifts the life expectancy after retirement was 8 years!
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