The driven shooting season might close on February 1 but that doesn’t mean your shotgun has to stay locked in its cabinet until August. Practice during the close season is crucial for any sportsman’s development, and whether the quarry is pigeon or their clay counterparts, every shot taken is a chance to improve and iron out those bad habits. And who doesn’t want to be the best shot they can be? We owe it to the quarry after all…

A pigeon shooting masterclass
Robin Scott on why February is the prime time for pest control.

A Swedish adventure
One student’s unforgettable journey from Sparsholt to Scandinavia.

On the boar trail
Martin Puddifer hunts wild boar with a close-knit band of French farmers.

Reviews, reviews, reviews
The Armed Guns SPE .410; the Luttrell Arms Hotel in Dunster, Somerset; and the new Land Rover Discovery Sport all go under the microscope.

Picking-up etiquette
Justin Clarke on how why manners matter and how to avoid basic faux pas.

Royal retrievers
Graham Cox reports from the IGL Retriever Championship at Windsor.

Keep pulling that trigger!
Edward Watson on why close season shooting is so important.

Happy to be a gamekeeper
David Whitby on why he doesn’t envy the burden of his employer’s responsibilities.