Shooting Gazette

Skeet layout target practice

There are four basic building blocks for shotgun competence in clay and gameshooting. Stance and balance. Gun-mount and the avoidance of head lifting. Gun-swing and an understanding 
of the gun…

Sir Ian Botham

How and when did you get into shooting? I’m a country boy so it was a natural thing for me to do: I was brought up in Somerset and since…

high 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…

Whether your favourite shoot is big or small, and whether you’re there with shotgun, beaters’ flag or dog lead in hand, we can all agree our sport means the world…

Pheasant shoots: Looking for top pheasant shoots? From Warter Priory and Angmering to Towie and Wrackleford, we list the top 10 pheasant shoots in the UK.

EJ Churchill

Top grounds for game shooters Barbury, Wiltshire Nestled into the foot of the Marlborough Downs just a few minutes from Junction 15 of the M4 this picturesque ground is well…

August brings with it the Glorious Twelfth and that means the start of the grouse shooting season. As if you didn’t know that already. Will you be heading for the…

July often means only one thing for shooting people: The Game Fair. The countryside’s biggest and best event makes its debut at Hatfield House between July 28 – 30, and…

ribless game guns

Adam Calvert writes: The main purpose of removing ribs is to reduce barrel weight and, as a result, improve speed of handling or reduce the overall weight of the gun. Some…

We’re talking stalking throughout June’s Shooting Gazette, embarking on some often perilous journeys both at home and abroad in search of memorable stories that will last a lifetime. There’s also…

miss a shot

Each year at our shoot, we have a day, usually in June, when we gather to shoot a few clays and have a BBQ. Last year, to add some interest,…

sell a shotgun privately

Compulsory shotgun training by Ben Samuelson Many of my happiest childhood memories are of the times I was taken shooting by my father – I didn’t even pick up a…

shooting high birds

Beeches, Brixton Deverill, Wiltshire This shoot is one for the connoisseurs and Kim Beddall has any number of fine drives across three beats. Shooting Gazette correspondent John Walker said: “While…

pigeon flying

A recent question from a reader asked what cartridges I used for pigeon shooting. The answer is simple: Gamebore Velocity, 28gram loaded with No.7½ shot. But the explanation for my…