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You might be a gameshooter or clayshooting might be much more your bag. Or maybe you do both, depending on the season. Either way, by browsing through the articles below you’ll find the answers to many of your questions and you’ll see that many shooters have had many of the same experiences as you.

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Easter holiday activities for Young Shots

Etiquette for Young Guns in the field

Q: I have been part of 
a syndicate for four years and some of the other Guns have started bringing their children with them to shoot in their 
place. A lot of them seem to be unfamiliar with correct shooting etiquette as they shoot low birds and seem desperate to…

guide to picking-up

A beginner’s guide to picking-up

We walk you through what to expect on your first time picking-up, including when to know if your dog is ready, what to do on the first drive and how to behave during the day

wildfowling on marsh

How easy is it to join a wildfowling club?

Joining a wildfowling club My path to education came about thanks to the BASC wildfowling permit scheme, which provides a “suck it and see” opportunity for novices to try their hand at fowling. Luckily for me my local club, the Great Yarmouth Wildfowling & Conservation Association (GYWCA), is a keen…

Beaters out in the field

16 things only beaters know (and Guns should)

We recently published an article: “Letter from a fed-up beater”, in which a seasoned beater listed some of the gripes he and his fellow companions experience when out in the field. Things like: Being made to wait in the wet and cold in the field for half an hour or…

A guide to buying your first gun

It's never too soon to start looking at guns with a view to buying your first and any dealer will be happy to reserve a gun until your certificate arrives

gundog with owner

How to get into game shooting

Have you ever wanted to get into game shooting and wondered where to begin? Well, that’s just what Johnathan Cox, head keeper at the Buckhurst Estate in East Sussex, is trying to solve for many keen clay, pigeon and wildfowl shooters. Driven game shooting is notorious for being seen as…

How shooting clothing has changed in 100 years

The shooting suit that we think of today — jacket, waistcoat and plus fours — has barely shifted with the times over the past century, says tailor Charlie Baker-Collingwood. “In photos you see from the 1920s and 1930s, everyone is wearing tweed suits and jackets, fitted nicely around the chest,…

shotguns for under £500 cash

12 things you should know about tipping on a shoot

John Sugden, owner of Campbells of Beauly, and a keen Gun comments: “The keeper’s tip is an essential part of shooting etiquette and should reflect the all-round success and enjoyment that you have had on your day’s shooting. It’s not always about the bag either, after all, if the birds…

Man shooting by lake

Should you tell off an unsafe Shot?

Q: Last season, I went shooting with a friend of a friend who shoots regularly.  His peg was, for most of the day, next to me or at least very close by. Throughout the shoot, he waved his unbroken gun up and down the line and I certainly was not the…

Shotgun loaders on shoot

Shotgun loaders – why they are the hidden experts of game shooting

There are two basic ways in which loaders offer their services: either they become involved with a game shooter wherever they travel to shoot, or they contact local shoots and shooting estates to offer their services as a loader to Guns visiting that particular estate. Credibility – particularly in safety…

woman with pheasant on shoot

The Code of Good Shooting Practice – why you should read it again

If you’re a responsible shooter, then you need to know the standards the shooting code sets … The Code of Good Shooting Practice — a summary Shooting behaviour: individuals must observe safety, the law and respect for quarry and other wildlife. Responsible shooting: Guns must shoot within their capabilities; shoots…

shooting rabbits

Shooting rabbits? These are the airguns you need to know about

Want more success when shooting rabbits with an airgun and wondering what to use? I’ll narrow things down with a run through of the different type of airguns that can be used to control rabbits and then follow that by a look at different calibres. Springers – probably the airgun that comes to…