Shooting Gazette

Shooting Gazette
dog sleeping by aga

Across the dog-owning fraternity there is one debate that always brings out a strong difference of opinion. Where should the dog(s) live? In the house or in a kennel? And there is usually no fence to…

Gundog picking up a scent

Scent is truly an act of God. We have no direct access to it, still less any ability to influence it: and yet nothing is more critical to the way our dogs work and the…

A: On Sunday August 10 1997 a police officer called at the house of Mr Mark Farrer. He wanted to inspect his firearms security. Mr Farrer was not at home. His mother, then in her 80s,…

Happy New Year! January might be the last full month of the driven shooting season but that doesn’t mean things are winding down in the field just yet. Consider the…

Man shooting in rain

Shooting instructor Adam Calvert replies: A: The walking gun brief can be one of my favourite roles but equally it is a tricky one, and the addition of long crossers can be an extra challenge.…

Mobile phones in the field

Crucial phones By Ben Samuelson It was only a couple of generations ago when our late king wouldn’t have seen much use for a mobile phone on a day’s shooting. He took…

shooting at dusk

Peter Glenser replies: A: In short, yes absolutely. Assuming you both have valid shotgun certificates there is no reason at all why you shouldn’t do as you ask. The law…

hitting high birds

A: If there is one question I get asked time again, it’s about hitting high birds. The first thing is to know your range; I often see people shooting at things that are out of…

William Asprey of William & Son

How were you introduced to shooting? By my paternal grandfather shooting fir cones in his garden. I really can’t remember what it felt like and I don’t think that I hit anything! At…

springer spaniel dream gundog

I’ll tell you what I want to see behind me when I am standing in a line of guns outside a likely looking covert. I want to see a bunch of pickers-up with sundry…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – and we’re not just referring to Christmas. December means we’re right at the heart of the season, where birds are flying…

sunrise in countryside

TREGOYD, POWYS This stunning shoot just to the south of Hay-on-Wye is run by the ambitious team of Ben Brown and headkeeper Clive Hussell, and recent years have seen significant investment in the infrastructure…

Over the next few articles I will be looking at the different concealment methods that I use on the foreshore. In this article I’ll concentrate more on the techniques I use when travelling light, using natural…

red legged partridges

I was talking to a fellow picker-up a few years ago about the performance of the team of Guns visiting the shoot that day. My colleague, who liked to give his dogs plenty of work,…

Cartridges in belt

There are lots of different makes and thousands of configurations of cartridge on the market, so many in fact that even many experienced shots don’t fully understand all the terminology. When it comes to choosing cartridges, everyone has…

Ah, November. The shooting season continues to gather pace amidst the dimming of autumn’s golden glow and the grip of winter rousing from hibernation. And whether it’s the nation’s top…

men shooting

Q: Do I need special insurance to go shooting? I’m a bit confused by all this liability stuff… A: I have always thought it completely extraordinary that it is a legal requirement to be insured…

choosing a puppy

The human’s view So how do you finally choose a puppy from a universally adorable litter? Time was when the accepted wisdom was to look for the adventurous character. Lean into the…