Tom Sykes

Tom Sykes

Wildfowling expert and regular contributor to Shooting Times and Sporting Gun.

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I always try to keep my farmers happy and control their vermin to the best of my ability. Doing this can pay off in numerous ways – other than job…

Wildfowlers

A wild goose chase can be exactly what it says on the tin, so when  you get the birds in range you want the confidence that you are packing sufficient power to get…

wildfowler in hide

Cartridge choice can create an interesting debate in all areas of shooting. From manufacturer and loads through to the size of cartridge and shot you opt for, there is a lot to consider. Ultimately, however, your…

fowling

Having shot my local marshes for numerous years, I have a good understanding of where the best chances lie, depending on the time of year and weather conditions. I decided…

How to get rid of seagulls

During the summer I’m out on my permission on a regular basis trying to mop up the vermin causing a menace to the farmers. Earlier this summer I was out and…

Crow shooting with a Shotkam

Back in March I caught up with my good friend, Jack Depledge who is also a contributor of Sporting Gun, who writes about college life for young keepers. Jack and I…

Crow decoys

The problem with decoys at the end of the season around these parts is finding somewhere to go. The crows haven’t been pressured into feeding anywhere in particular due to the…

wildfowling decoys

Over the years I have made numerous wildfowling decoys, but one of my favourite creations are my homemade wigeon tufts. These are a simple invention that are most suited for…

Duck hunting

It didn’t take long until September rolled round and Goose had a chance to try a job that he was named for, wildfowling. His first flight was in early September…

Duck stalking

In this video I’m talking about the joys of creek crawling as I go duck stalking for the pot while they lie up in back channels and gutters. Stalking ducks…

Goose Calling

Pinkfoot Goose Pinkfoot calling is normally the easiest of the three main species to master. I use a Solway pinkfoot call, as I find it really easy to use and…

Duck calling

In this video I’m concentrating on duck calling. I believe calling can make a difference to the bag if the skill is mastered. It isn’t very often that I head…

Pest Cotrol

After a very early alarm call I was up and on the drillings setting the decoys up, in anticipation about what the morning pest control would bring. Shooting over the…

The dictionary states that a ‘Wild Goose Chase’ is a “foolish and hopeless search for or pursuit of something unattainable,” which can sum up a lot of goose flights. However,…

Crow shooting

Here in the north of England, winter and spring can be a difficult time crow shooting to build a decent bags of corvids over decoys, as most of the crow…

There are many ways to rig up decoys. Over the years, I have used a variety of cords and techniques on a range of decoys, until I found what I…