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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 high across thrilling – if often freezing – winter landscapes. From dream Scottish shoots and kennel politics to sporting books and gap year graft, there’s plenty to satisfy your festive appetite within over 100 pages of sporting bliss. A Merry Christmas to all our readers!

The December shoot day maze
At this time of year if it can go wrong (or right) it probably will.

Scottish winter wonderlands
Shoot reports from Sorn Castle in Ayrshire and Ferneylea in East Lothian.

Unleash your inner Edwardian!
Are you good enough to beat Lord Ripon’s 28 birds in 60 seconds at West London?

Kennels v kitchens
Where should a gundog reside when bedtime comes around?

A festive feast
Indulgent food and drink for your Christmas shoot days.

The lady engraver
Donald Dallas meets Karen Wallace, an engraver making waves in the Scottish gun trade.

Reviews, reviews, reviews
The Perazzi Ribless game gun, the Ardanaiseig hotel in Argyll and the Mercedes GLE Coupe all go under the microscope.