Ian Mason

Ian Mason
fresh game

Old-time poachers knew the value of a well-hung pheasant – they also knew the harsh penalty for being caught in possession. Their answer was to dig a hole and hang their ill-gotten game from a…

man with shotgun in heather

It’s the first drive of the season. I’m wound tighter than a watch spring and shuffling nervously around my peg. It’s one of those rare occasions when I pray that the first bird heads for…

Water supply in pheasant pens

It’s that time of year again. The release pens are looking immaculate, drinkers are sparkling clean and feeders brimming. The rides have been swiped and the electric fences checked and re-checked. This season’s poults will soon…

green parakeet

On a Surrey farm where I help control pests, there is a magical moment every evening. It’s as regular as clockwork and occurs near dusk. The only warning is distant high-pitched squawks…

shooting clothing

Lord it was wet at the start of the season! On two consecutive Saturdays in early November the biggest risk to both Guns and pheasants was drowning. On the first of…

driven shooting

Who would you rather shoot with, friends or strangers? Plainly a rhetorical question  – or perhaps not? A recent survey came up with a rather surprising finding. Overall spending on gameshooting…

Last year was West Sussex gamekeeper John Harris’ first season as keeper at Sullington Manor Farm shoot. I recently joined the syndicate to see how John is getting on and…

Wildfowling There is something magical about an evening duck flight. Proof, if it were needed, that it’s not the size of the bag that matters, but the pleasure of being…

John Harris is lucky to be alive. On Friday, 25 October last year, he set off for a day’s beating in West Sussex. He’d had a stressful week and was…

fox pest controller

Ian Mason meets Colin Beverly, a Home Counties legend who has taken 9,000 foxes with his .223

When loading in a hot corner - could one of these gadgets up your game count? Ian investigates speed loaders.

Game shooting coach Ian Mason had just seven days to get a novice game shot outperforming her experienced husband