A good gamekeeper is essential to any successful shoot and an exceptional keeper is one to be prized and praised. Shooting Times and The CLA Game Fair are seeking the best of the breed. The deadline for the Shooting Times Gamekeeper of the Year competition is fast approaching — if you know Britain’s best keeper, enter now! The award is presented to the keeper who employs best practice on all aspects of the shoot; who protects his game but manages the shoot in a way that also benefits wildlife.

He or she will be passionate about the job, the countryside and providing sport to be proud of. While working within the confines of the employer’s budget and expectations, this keeper will put his/her own stamp on the shoot and not compromise over standards.

Shooting Times and The CLA Game Fair are looking for a keeper — of whatever age and experience — whose input makes the very best of a shoot, large or small. If you think you know the man or woman who fits the bill, enter now, before 14 May by email or post. We need to know the gamekeeper’s name and contact details, and your own. Tell us as much as you can about your nominee’s working methods, their attitude to wildlife and conservation and their involvement with the wider issues of country sports. Don’t forget to tell us about the shoot, its type, size, location, number of shoot days and so on.

Please email your nomination without delay to steditorial@ipcmedia.com or by post to Gamekeeper of the Year Award, Shooting Times, Room 9-C22, Blue Fin Building, 110 Southwark Street, London SE1 0SU. Full details of the competition can be found online at www.shootingtimes.co.uk.