save the red squirrel

How to help save the red squirrel

We are fortunate in Northumberland to still have pockets of the native red squirrel in several areas. This is not by accident. The work that is quietly being carried out on estates by the shooting community is managing to sustain these populations. Every estate I have visited over the last…

Can I run an air rifle range at a fete?

Q: I am thinking of running an air rifle range at a church fete. Is this lawful and if so, what do I need to look out for when running it? Any pointers would be useful. A: An air rifle range at a church fete 
is a “miniature rifle” range…

shotgun in car

Can I go camping with my shotgun?

Should you keep your shotgun in the tent or your car? Q: I’m in the process of buying some woodland and I intend to do some shooting there. I also plan to spend a lot of time camping in the woods. Is it legal to leave my shotgun in the…

shooting and depression

As a shooter, should I have told my GP about my depression?

Some time ago, I suffered a bout of depression. I had recently lost my father and an old injury had flared up, meaning that I was having to take strong painkillers. There were other things as well — aren’t there always? — but equally there were many good things in…

alcohol, guns and the law

Alcohol, guns and the law

An alarming viral email was recently widely distributed among members of the shooting community. It alleged that shoots will be specifically targeted by police with breathalyser tests over the Christmas period and has resulted in the police and BASC reassuring shooters that this is not the case

shotguns for clay pigeon shooting

Is it legal to borrow or lend a gun?

Q: A friend is staying with 
me and will be using my gun 
on a formal shoot. He will not 
be bringing a shotgun. Can I lend him one and do we need a visitor’s permit or simply a letter from the shoot owner? A: Your friend can take advantage…

choke

What you need to know about shotgun choke

First, what is a shotgun choke? Choke is a narrowing or constriction at the muzzle end of the barrels that reduces the breadth of the shot charge or pattern, so increasing the density of pellets to achieve a more effective result. It’s important to understand the implications of choking and…

Tunnel traps

How to use traps for pest control

Using traps for pest control to control small predators such as stoats, weasels and rats is time-consuming, but is nevertheless important for those of us who want to try and nurture some wild stock. Foxes and crows might be at the top of the list but, once their numbers are under…

car stuck in the mud

How not to be a stick in the mud

Tyres are something that most of us don’t tend to think too much about until they let us down. Literally. In fact most of us don’t know too much about tyres. We tend to think that it’s the quality of the vehicle that provides performance over terrain, when the reality…

Statue of Liberty

How can I legally send a gun to the USA?

Q: I have three shotguns that 
once belonged to my father. 
I hold the licence for them, but wonder if you could tell me how 
I would go about sending them 
to my brother in the US? Send a gun to the USA A: If you are a shotgun certificate…