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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…

English and Welsh roe review 2016

English and Welsh roe review 2016

One of the things that I enjoy about measuring trophies for the CIC is when a hunter, either because he’s just shot something bigger than normal or has been encouraged by a friend to have a head assessed, finds that with little understanding of the measuring process he ends up…

keeper's day

Keeping everyone happy on keeper’s day

As the season draws to a close, talk among the beaters and pickers-up is of the end-of-season keeper’s days. For many gamekeepers, it is the only day of the year they get to shoot pheasants. Indeed, for some of them it might be the only day of the year they get to go shooting at all. There…

English and Welsh roe review 2016

Scottish roe review 2016

Roebuck seasons come and go, remembered by stalkers for many reasons — a first buck, a trophy scored, an atypical animal, a new rifle or permission or, for very few, the trophy of a lifetime. It has been said on many occasions that, in terms of the quality of its roe,…

Matthew Clark interviews Ed Ling

Ed Ling had a good chat with Matthew Clark, Editor of Sporting Gun, at the British Shooting Show. He told Matthew about what he’s been doing since Rio 2016, his daily routine, how he trains and his aims for the future. Watch and enjoy!