Graham Downing

Graham Downing

Graham Downing is an independent shooting consultant with 50 years of practical experience in the use of shotguns and rifles across all areas of shooting sports. Appointed in 2019 as Secretary of the British Shooting Sports Council, he is responsible for co-ordinating political lobbying across Britain’s major shooting associations over firearms control issues. A keen deer stalker, wildfowler, game and rough shooter, Graham has been a regular contributor to Shooting Times for more than 30 years.

deer in garden

Q: We’ve all heard of the proliferation of the deer population over the last few years. Where I live muntjac are starting to be a real nuisance in local gardens.…

Bespoke shotgun from Purdey £132,000

Some months after my father passed away the police told my mother that because his shotgun certificate had lapsed she should hand his gun to the local gun shop.

Deer stalking

Why do we prepare and keep the heads of the deer that we shoot? Why do we measure deer heads and treasure them in the way that we do? Since…

deer stalking

‘‘For at least 20 years, deer stalking has been one of the brightest stars in the shooting firmament. Its rise has tracked the steady growth in the range and population…

rough shooting permission

On my desk as I write this is a rather yellowed and crumpled letter from the Forestry Commission offering an annual shooting lease over 1,003 acres at West Tofts, Norfolk,…

how well can deer see?

Frost still clung to the grey carpet of oak leaves that clothed the forest floor. My breath hung around me in wreaths and you could cut the silence with a…

lock, stock and barrel on shotgun

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…


Learning how to call muntjac deer can be a deadly tactic but you need a strategy, stealth and a good call, writes Graham Downing

cartridge safety rules

Reloading your shotgun cartridges is popular in places like America but nobody in the UK (with the possible exception of a few wildfowlers) seems to bother. Why is this?