Matt Cross

Features writer

Matt Cross

Matt Cross is a freelance journalist and features writer who lives in a tiny village in the South West of Scotland. He is an avid angler, an enthusiastic deer stalker,  a hopeless game shot and the owner of two spaniels. He specialises in Scottish stories but is occasionally allowed to go to England.

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driven shooting

It can be difficult to know what is going on across our sport. We can each see our own bit — our shoot, our team, our branch, our glen. But…

European roe deer

Tree-
planting targets and good woodland management is being put at risk as the demand for venison crashes. Game dealers in the south and east of England have begun to refuse…

gamekeeper with dogs

A new apprenticeship scheme for underkeepers has been given the green light. Unveiling details of the scheme, Adrian Blackmore, director of shooting for the Countryside Alliance, said: “We seized the…

springer puppy

An Irish gundog enthusiast who has 
been the victim of a horrific crime has 
spoken exclusively about the experience 
to Shooting Times. Rachel Doyle, 
from Enniscorthy in County Wexford, 
found…

Humber Estuary

Wildfowlers in two of the sport’s most important heartlands may be unable to shoot because long-standing ‘consents’, which allow sustainable wildfowling on European protected sites, have not been renewed by…

gundog in crate in car

The social media post has become all too familiar: a picture of a dog, an appeal, a phone number, the details of the crime. The comments, too, are depressingly recognisable…

taking lurchers lamping

Taking lurchers lamping At the end of the beam, Blue turned hard, just inches behind the rabbit. It turned too and again Blue went with it, heeled over like a…

wild ducks in flight

Spent lead shot significantly weakens the immune systems of wild birds and is a major cause of death, according to a newly released scientific paper. The paper entitled Immunotoxic effects…

corvid

A new set of general licences has been issued by DEFRA, following the outcry over their revocation by Natural England after pressure from campaign group Wild Justice. The new licences…

Perhaps this is a good time to pause and ask a question: do we really need to shoot woodpigeons? If the general licence fiasco has reminded us of anything, it…