rifle shooting

What you need to know about focal planes

One aspect of rifle scopes that is frequently misunderstood is the difference between a first and second focal plane scope. In the simplest terms, the difference between the two is…

anti poaching conference

Gamekeepers and police join forces to fight poachers

Gamekeepers joined wildlife crime officers from around the country to pool their experience and expertise at the UK’s first national anti-poaching conference on 11 September at JCB’s world headquarters in…

Harvest shooting

Shooting rabbits at harvest

The first cut of the harvest signals the start of my rabbiting year. The fields and hedgerows are a good indicator of the local rabbit population, bearing the signs of…


The real cost of no licence fee rise

There was widespread expectation that gun certificate fees, last increased in 2001, would be raised this year. But Prime Minister David Cameron has personally vetoed a rise. I think that…

hen harrier

Hen harrier petition passes 10,000 mark

The e-petition calling for DEFRA to publish the Hen Harrier Joint Recovery Plan has attracted more than 10,000 signatures. In August 2012, DEFRA asked moor owners, gamekeepers and conservation groups,…


Tesco scraps plans to shoot a wagtail

Natural England has granted the supermarket giant Tesco a special licence to kill a single wagtail trapped in one of its stores in Great Yarmouth — but, following an outcry,…

baikal combination gun

Baikal Scout combination gun

This unusual gun combines the effectiveness of both the .410 and the .22RF, writes Lewis Potter