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men shooting pigeons

Our experts test out four different calibres pigeon shooting

When the editor of the Shooting Times asked me if I would try out pigeon shooting with a multitude of guns of various calibres, I have to admit I was less than keen. The usual gun I shoot with, a Perazzi 12-bore, has been custom-fitted for me in every way.…

group clay pigeon shooting lesson

A useful clay pigeon shooting lesson

Of course there are those of us who have been shooting most of our lives and possibly think we know all there is to know about shooting. Meeting Doug Florent, owner of The Oxford Gun Company where I’d gone for a day of tuition, he soon disabused me of this…

Pigeon shooting from hide

What’s wrong with your pigeon shooting?

Where do you go wrong with woodies and what can you do to put things right? Build your hide right Over the years, I have come across countless people who fall at what, in the pigeon shooting game, we might consider to be the first hurdle. All too often you…

sell a shotgun privately

Should shotgun training be compulsory?

Compulsory shotgun training by Ben Samuelson Many of my happiest childhood memories are of the times I was taken shooting by my father – I didn’t even pick up a gun, let alone draw a peg for the first 10 years or so. When all I wanted to do was…

Gun and gamekeeper

How Guns can earn a gamekeeper’s respect

Another season is over and I have no complaints at all. The abundance of wild food sent shivers down many a gamekeeper’s spine in early autumn; food intake was low, birds were simply not seen and it is always difficult to fathom out how thousands of pheasants remain hidden, but…

Llechweddygarth shooting drive

10 of the most challenging drives in the British Isles

Beeches, Brixton Deverill, Wiltshire This shoot is one for the connoisseurs and Kim Beddall has any number of fine drives across three beats. Shooting Gazette correspondent John Walker said: “While Abyssinia may be the most famous, it is the Beeches drive on the Sutton Veny beat that will test the…

springing teal target

How to shoot an on-report pair of springing teal

Resident instructor Rob Gamble started shooting as a youngster and has fond memories of GAT guns and the days when you could buy an air rifle and pellets in toyshops. Rob went on to work with the MOD and joined their clayshooting team. He quickly found himself hooked and he…

Scopes

We review the best scopes for under £350 – which was the winner?

The 3-12x56mm scope, with its good range of magnification settings and 56mm objective lens size allowing plenty of light to enter the scope for low-light situations, 
is ideal for a wide range of hunting and target situations, whether that be vermin control, foxing or deer management. Three of the four…

bespoke shooting tweeds

Six prestigious tailors for bespoke shooting tweeds

Inheriting a pair of Purdeys or a grouse moor? That would certainly delight most keen Shots. But wearing great-grandfather’s old tweeds? Not so much. Moths will have done their worst, the state of the lining may leave much to be desired and in any case the whole effect will be…

deerstalking male deer

Do I need a qualification to stalk?

A: The straightforward answer is that you do not require a formal qualification to go stalking. While many people who stalk have undertaken training and successfully completed the DSC at level 1 and level 2, there are many who stalk who have not. Knowledge of a wide range of topics Stalking is a complex sport, requiring skills,…

Cubs and scouts try their hand at wildfowl conservation

The youngsters, all from London-based groups, had a go at building mallard nesting tubes and heard about the role wildfowlers play in duck conservation and habitat restoration. Dan Reynolds, BASC south-east director, hosted two events for the London-based youngsters, in which he explained how duck nest tubes have been shown…

English and Welsh roe review 2016

UK other species review 2016

There is often debate among the UK hunting fraternity about the status of introduced species and the application of the CIC formulae to them. This comes from the concern as to whether introduced ungulates are truly wild in nature or because of the way man has manipulated their existence, they…

Femmes Fatales clayshooting club

Catching up with the Femmes Fatales clayshooting club

How did you first get in to shooting? “I began shooting clays a few years after starting work at Gamebore – I thought it would be a good way to learn about our products. Although I didn’t properly get the shooting bug until I had a particularly fun day out with Rachel Carrie and a…

the woodcock

The woodcock – so elusive

As both a challenge of shooting skill and a delicacy for the table, the woodcock is regarded by many shooters as an elusive and highly prized trophy. It is certainly one of the most mysterious birds among our quarry species. Most encounters with this secretive and interesting wader are of the bird on the wing. Disturbed from its…

Easter holiday activities for Young Shots

Looking for Easter holiday activities for Young Shots?

Young Guns in the making and those keen to improve their skills will jump at the chance to spend some of the holidays at The Royal Berkshire Shooting School on a Young Shots workshop. Designed for youngsters aged 10-18 years old, the courses give a solid and comprehensive introduction to…

taking a shot

When should you take the shot?

  Leaving aside the stalking skill, knowledge of the quarry, correct rifle mount, stability of position, breath control and all the other disciplines needed for an accurate shot, what do I wait for in those few seconds before the message is despatched to squeeze the trigger? Period of calm With the scope crosshairs on the target,…

ear defenders

Four of the best electronic ear defenders

Silence may be golden, but it’s certainly not best achieved by damaging your ears – and with the plethora of choice in electronic ear defenders we have today, there’s simply no reason not to wear hearing protection. Numerous shooters complain of deafness, and, possibly the worse affliction, tinnitus – a constant ringing sound. The old ear defenders, which meant that…