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Is it the right weather to go shooting?

Weather, 25 May West Byfleet Weather +14 High: +17° Low: +7° Humidity: 78% Wind: SW – 26 KPH London Weather +13 High: +17° Low: +9° Humidity: 78% Wind: SW – 22 KPH New York Weather +19 High: +20° Low: +14° Humidity: 44% Wind: SSE – 19 KPH Use this weather…

How to clean your PCP airgun barrel

When you shoot a pellet, a small amount of lead gets deposited in the lands and grooves of the rifling in your barrel – and that’s a good thing. That lead provides a smoother, slicker surface for subsequent pellets to travel over. But the leading will keep getting thicker –…

Why gamekeeping is a calling

There was a time when the vast majority of keepers and stalkers owed their career to an accident of birth. I remember reading something years ago stating that, much like nuns, both nurses and gamekeepers must never be attracted to their chosen profession by high financial reward; gamekeeping is a…

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The .25 airgun calibre performance

Q: I often go out rabbiting and am considering getting a new .25 air rifle. Does this calibre have enough hitting power for going after long-range rabbits? (Read Bruce Potts on the Harper Classic .25 HW90 in use for rats and pigeons.) A: The .25 airgun calibre is actually not…

How to buy high-quality poults

For most lowland shoots, the cost of pheasant and partridge poults is probably the biggest single outlay in the annual budget, so you want to spend your money wisely. Shopping around is clearly sensible, but beware of going on price alone. All poults are not equal and it is an…

Shooting permissions – how you can maintain yours

For many people getting shooting permissions is one of the hardest aspects of shooting. And even when you’ve done so it doesn’t stop there. (Want to get a shooting permission? Find out how to go about it here) It is only too easy to lose your access. Sometimes it happens…

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Best tick removers

Lyme disease and how it’s picked up Stalkers and shooters are particularly at risk of picking up Lyme disease from the bite of an infected tick. How common is it? Lyme Disease Action advises: “Lyme disease gives rise to perhaps 10,000 cases per year in the UK, though precise numbers are…

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How to deal with issues of spent shot and neighbours

Boundaries and spent shot Q: Our shoot’s boundary is next to a rural property that has several barns with corrugated iron roofs. Sometimes spent shot falls on these roofs, which has caused the owner to become very abusive to the point of saying that he will report us to the…

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How to get a shooting permission

What is the next step when the local clay shoot or beaters’ day shoot just isn’t enough to satisfy your desire to shoot? If money is no object, you buy a country estate, employ a gamekeeper and throw a load of money at it until you get the shoot you…

Choosing a riflescope

How can you stop a scope fogging up?

Q: When I travel to my stalking grounds in a warm car I get scope fogging on my lenses in the cold weather. What, if anything, can 
I do to stop this? It’s a real nuisance and very irritating when I want to get out in the field.  (Read deer…

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What is a perruque head on a deer?

At the end of the rut a yearling buck on my ground was still in dark velvet and showed no signs of drying. The buck has an ear-high four-point head and appears in excellent condition. Is this a perruque and, if so, how long will it take to develop?

Lyme disease

What you need to know about ticks and Lyme disease

Lyme disease in dogs and humans Lyme disease is an illness caused by bacteria that live in the guts of infected ticks, so those of us who take our dogs to areas where we are likely to encounter these parasites are particularly vulnerable. Lyme disease in dogs is also a…

Road to the Classic 2022: Buying your first shotgun

I’m sure, like many shooters, you will have fond memories of buying your first shotgun. It’s one of those milestones you don’t forget, like the first clay you break or even your first shoot! Buying your first gun is an exciting time, but it can be worrying too. You’re making…