September 1 is a red-letter day for many a fieldsportsman. The start of the partridge and wildfowling seasons add to the fun others have already been having on grouse, and quenches the thirst of those who can’t quite wait for the start of the pheasant season four weeks’ further along. This is not to say the partridge is merely a palate cleanser between courses, however. There is so much more to this bird than meets the eye. While traditionalists might prefer coveys bursting over hedgerows, others are baffled, perplexed, even in awe at what this pocket rocket does when driven off high banks – wherever you’re shooting partridge this month, it’s always best to expect the unexpected.

London Calling!
A tour around Mayfair, the ultimate shopping destination for game shooters.

The Spanish invasion
How imported redlegs are upping the ante in one corner of Suffolk.

Up with the partridge
The lowdown on how the iconic Molland shoot in Devon delivers its sport.

Reviews, reviews, reviews
The Yildiz SPZ ME Special Lux; the Buccleuch & Queensberry Arms, Thornhill; and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S Estate all go under the microscope.

Sit…down!
Do dogs from champion sires always make the best peg pals?

Racing shooter
Formula One pioneer Sir Jackie Stewart talks shooting and stalking.

Fairytale grouse
Early season sport from the Glenshee in Aberdeenshire.

Quack, quack, oops!
September 1 is a big day for wildfowlers – but it’s not always a perfect one.

Game Fair gundogs
A full round-up of the gundog events from Blenheim Palace.