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gloves for airgunners

Gloves for airgunners – what’s suitable?

Q: I’m struggling to find a pair 
of gloves that are suitable for airgun shooting. Like many airgun shooters, I like to set my trigger fairly light and that can make for tricky shooting with gloved hands. Is there anything that combines warmth with good trigger feel? Camouflage and comfort…

deer stalking qualifications

Should deer stalkers have to be qualified?

Soon after I accepted my first invitation to shoot in Germany, a small package arrived. Inside were the instructions and forms required before I would be allowed to join the shoot. These included letters proving insurance, 
in both English and German, passport photos, copies of a firearms licence and a…

3M Peltor ProTac Shooter

Four of the best electronic ear defenders

Ear protection is one of the key shooting safety rules. Numerous shooters complain of deafness, and, possibly the worse affliction, tinnitus – a constant ringing sound. The old ear defenders, which meant that you were cut off from the world, are no longer inflicted on us – today’s clever technology means you can not only hear ambient…

shooting with both eyes open

Why you should try to keep both eyes open when shooting

I recently wrote about how an average Shot can improve out of season. We established that Patrick, the pupil, mounts his gun reasonably well and can kill birds consistently when he closes his left eye. However, he had been experimenting with shooting with both eyes open and is “now in…

Night vision scope

Which is the best night vision scope for the money?

Pulsar’s N550 digital night-vision rifle scope was a game-
changer in the world of late-night pest control and subsequent updates have continually evolved. The closely associated Yukon brand has run in parallel, offering similar technology with fewer “toys” included. Which is the best night vision scope of the two? I was…

10 best wellies

10 of the best wellies for the field

Jack Pyke Ashcombe Part of Jack Pyke’s recently launched Ashcombe range, which includes neoprene topped and gusseted versions, this zipped boot features a 3mm neoprene lining and a high-grip rubber sole. Buy Jack Pyke Ashcombe now at Amazon £70   Seeland All Round Our tester said: “These boots from Seeland have…

Roe deer hunting

Roe deer hunting – the five minute cull

We are in the thick of the doe season as I write and trying to catch up the numbers on one estate. Parts of this ground can be quite disturbed with walkers and people enjoying time in the woodland. It also has two good shoots that run from November to…

Deer seasons for red deer

2018 deer seasons

Red deer England and Wales: Aug 1-April 30 (stags) Nov 1 – Mar 31 (hinds) Scotland: July 1-Oct 20 (stags) Oct 21-Feb 15 (hinds) Northern Ireland: Aug 1-April 30 (stags) Nov 1-March 31 (hinds)   Sika deer England and Wales: Aug 1-April 30 (stags) Nov 1 – March 31 (hinds)…

what to wear clay pigeon shooting

What to wear clay pigeon shooting

Most serious clay shooters tend to wear the same garments each time they go out, so that everything feels familiar. There’s no official etiquette or dress code but wearing non-restrictive clothing that allows you to move is key. You should also make sure you dress for the weather – whether…

How to use an airgun for rat control

How to use an airgun for rat control

Where to find rats If you have permission to shoot on a farmyard or on ground that’s managed for pheasant shooting, the chances are there will be rats. Rats are smart and will search out easy feeding opportunities and it doesn’t take them long to find them. Sniffing out animal…

instruction at West London Shooting School

A morning on the clays at West London Shooting School

A bright blue January sky, a crisp tinge to the air and sunshine. What better day to have a clayshooting lesson? The West London Shooting School is tucked away just off the A40 about an hour’s drive out of central London, so it’s the perfect place to brush up on…

Mistamina clothing

Lady Melissa Percy on why shooting is her favourite fieldsport

How important is it to get more women involved in shooting? It is great that so many more women are getting involved in shooting. It promotes the sport and is slowly taking away preconceived ideas that it’s a man’s 
sport. I love shooting and while I am a competitive girl, it’s…

Ampleforth College Shoot

Ampleforth College Shoot 2018

In the past five years the school shoot has grown in both extent and professionalism. Student-led and supported, with guidance by staff and parents, Ampleforth is putting down around 800 pheasants and partridges each year in three pens across the valley, shooting a good 10 days in the season.  Eight…

what to wear clay pigeon shooting

Starting out clayshooting? Learn correctly from the start.

If you’re just starting out as a new shooter, try and steer away from being taken around a clayground with a friend. You are far better off when starting out clayshooting taking several lessons with a qualified instructor in a quiet part of a ground without spectators, where the instructor…

Best shooting grounds

14 of the best clayshooting grounds in the UK

Bisley & Braidwood, Surrey & Scotland The famous Bisley has two shooting grounds in the UK. There is the shooting ground in 3,000 acres of Surrey heath and woodland just outside London, and the Braidwood ground just south of Edinburgh. A post shared by Bisley Shooting Group #Bisley (@bisleyshootinggroup) on…

Ed Solomons

How to improve your clay shooting in 2018

One of the first things I do when starting a training plan with new customers is to set a list of goals that they wish to achieve over the coming season, followed by what you might call a “shooting basics health check”. This isn’t anything especially exciting. However I think…