It’s almost that time of year again. No, not Christmas, that time of year when you think about what you are going to do next year which which you should have done less / more of this year. I am talking of course about New Year’s resolutions.

Debate often rages in the Shooting Gazette offices as to what we should be doing to make ourselves better fieldsportsmen/ people in general, and speaking for myself, I have a lot to concentrate on.

The list below is a fairly straightforward and each promise is an achievable one given the proper application.

The only fly in my resistance ointment will come in the form of my close friend and confidant Oliver, who, right around January 19, will summon me back to my home city of Cardiff for ‘a quiet weekend’ without taking no for an answer. I can almost hear the telephone ringing now.

Before I launch into my list, can I take this opportunity to wish all readers a merry Christmas, a happy and prosperous 2008, and of course, good shooting!

1.

Encourage more people to eat game. Asda, Morrisons and Waitrose are all stocking it, so it won’t be hard to find.

2.

Admit to Neil (Shooting Gazette art editor) that I cannot stand Premier League football and would gladly stand in the rain at Ninian Park and watch us get beaten 0-2 than sit and watch Chelsea from a comfortable chair 80 miles away from Stamford Bridge.

3.

Drink less port and say no to that extra fat, succulent, full-bodied sausage sitting alone on the greasy plate. Better yet, sit in car until lunch is over and the craving has passed.

4.

Finish the Daily Telegraph crossword in less than one hour (ditto Wellysearch in Shooting Gazette).

5.

Buy more Harris Tweed (note to self, purchase jacket and deer stalker at CLA).

6.

Surprise girlfriend by taking her for a shooting lesson. Promise not to scowl when I realise she is a better shot than I am.

7.

Get down to the Ashby Folville shoot and load for Alex Stroud – remember not to offer tips on shooting if crosser goes begging.

8.

Re-evaluate resolution list in February and check progress. Check port in the cabinet has not been opened. Test.