high curling pheasants

Tips for shooting fast, curling pheasants

Q: Any tips for bringing down those fast, curling pheasants that have the wind at their backs? A: Curling pheasants can be one of the most difficult shots in the book, particularly if you add wind and height. Often when pheasants have got the wind behind them they can dive…

Tick with tick remover

Doing this will reduce the risk of Lyme disease

Q: I stalk frequently in a wood and heathland area where there is a lot of bracken and when I get home, I often find ticks both on the roe that I shoot and on  myself. I am concerned about the risk of Lyme disease. Is there anything I can…

difference between a Sporter and a Trap gun

What is the difference between a Sporter and a trap gun?

Q: I’m new to shooting, and about to buy my first gun. However I don’t understand the main differences between a Sporter and a trap gun. Could you explain please? Sporters and trap guns A: Let’s start by looking at the different types of targets presented in the sporting and…

spaniels

Is this the best way of “dogging-in?”

Dogging-in means using a dog to push straying pheasants from the boundaries of a shoot back into the middle. This time of year the 
majority of keepers face 
this seemingly never-ending and infuriating task. Time-consuming and impossible without a dog The art of pushing wandering poults back to the 
more…

shooting tweeds

When you need written authority for gun loans

Q: I have noted with pleasure recent changes in the law over borrowing shotguns. I allow a local pigeon shooter to shoot over my farm, and he would like to bring his 16-year-old son with him and lend him his gun for use under supervision. I am quite happy with…

A dense cloud of midges

This is how to avoid the misery of midges

Q: I stalk in Sutherland and every time I go out I get horribly bitten by midges and ticks. Can you recommend any remedies or repellents that 
work, please? Tell me about it — the “black mist” seems to be particularly bad this year. Midges don’t seem to affect me…

gun lending rules

Gun lending rules

Q: When a person lends a shotgun to a non-certificate holder on 
a private shoot, must the gun be 
on their certificate? Loans of shotguns and gun lending on private premises is now regulated by 
the Policing and Crime Act 2017. Section 130 of the act merely states: “A person…

Destroy a shotgun

Can you legally destroy a shotgun?

Q: I have inherited some shotguns from my late father. These include a badly pitted Belgian .410 single barrel that is not suitable for modern smokeless cartridges. Can I legally destroy a shotgun myself? Or do I have to 
get a dealer to do it for me? Our legal expert Bill…

checking a scope

A £60 scope – is it any good?

I have always been an advocate of buying the best scope you can afford, as its reliability and performance will repay you in the long run. This still holds true but the cheap scopes of 10 years ago have improved to the point that they are often all you need.…

Gun bore

What’s the right shotgun bore for you?

I  have received a letter from a reader wishing to buy a shotgun which will be used mainly for vermin control (pigeons, crows, magpies and rats), together with rough shooting and the occasional crack at clays. He recalls that a lightweight Baikal  gave him a hefty whack on his shoulder, which…

young female Gun

Can you go clayshooting during pregnancy?

We’re all for encouraging Young Guns to take up shooting safely and responsibly. But how young is too young to get involved in shooting? Does shooting clays or game shooting harm an unborn baby? Or is it a good opportunity to get some exercise in the fresh air? Is it…

Lyme disease symptoms bulls eye rash

Lyme disease symptoms – what you need to know

A growing prevalence of tick-borne diseases – including Lyme disease – has put them high on the list of public enemies. Unfortunately, ticks now pose a direct threat to humans, and the problem is on the rise. Spread to England from the USA Lyme disease is caused by an infection…

American wine tour

Fancy a top-end American wine tour?

Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel Finger Lakes   Magnificent views of Seneca Lake at sunset from Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel. Image Credit: watkinsglenharborhotel.com Perhaps begin your American wine tour in New York City, and head to some of the Big Apple’s best wine bars for a recce of your favourite US wines and regions. From there,…