Tom Payne

Tom Payne

Professional shooting instructor and avid pigeon shooter

permission for pigeon shooting

Permission to shoot pigeons is not easy to obtain and it can take time getting to know people before it is granted. Farmers must have complete confidence in the person…

shoot pigeons with semi-auto

The gun you choose to shoot pigeons — whether decoyed, flighting or roosting — should always 
be given maximum thought if you are to shoot to the best of your…

Kansas pheasant

Here are some pheasant shooting techniques to help you in the field Footwork and balance In all forms of driven shooting, good footwork is the building block for any shot,…

Pigeon in tree

May and early June can often be the slowest period for pigeon shooting. But I’m 
very fond of this time of year as 
a pigeon shooter because you really have…

pigeon shooting on spring drillings

It’s been an interesting start 
to pigeon shooting on spring drillings this year. Many counties seemed like they would never get going but then, with an abrupt change in weather…

practising at a clay ground

1. Clay practice will improve your gameshooting Practising on clays is something many gameshooters shy away from. Most will wait until the first day or until all has gone wrong before putting in some…

Man shooting by lake

A: This is a very misunderstood problem in shooting. People say that you are “stopping your gun” but they are not explaining why. The simple reason for it is that as you go to pull…

game shooting at sunset

At this time during the season, I tend to lose count of the number of times I hear Guns saying, “I got off to a really good start with my shooting, but now the…

Due to the mild weather, this year’s autumn drillings went well, the best they have for a few years — it was more like shooting over spring drillings. With the new farming schemes, there have…

man shooting pheasants in field

The season is well under way and many of you will have no doubt already enjoyed your first outings. I’ve spoken with many gamekeepers and they are all singing from the same hymn sheet: pheasants…

red legged partridge

There is something very English about shooting partridges over stubbles in autumn. Once, the majority of driven shooting in England was partridges; not the French red-legged variety but our own beautiful English, or grey, partridge. Modern agriculture…

preparing for the new season

If you haven’t already been busy shooting grouse and still need to get prepared for the forthcoming 2016/17 season, now is the perfect time to do it. What follows is my “hit list” of what…

harvest shooting

Shooting pigeon over stubbles is the pigeon shooter’s easy time of year. The weather is favourable; it’s easy to get to the exact spot where you want to shoot because often you can drive…

walked-up grouse shooting

It always amazes me how quickly the season comes around, but here we go again — and if you are about to head north, I am sure the excitement is building. Grouse shooting, especially…

bale hide

Shooting over stubble probably offers the best opportunity to maximise your hide position. Bale hides are the ultimate pigeon shooting hide to shoot from and work over every stubble. In…