Shooting Times

grouse moor licensing

Tramping across heather is mesmeric. One step, another; one step, another. Horizons and granite grab the gaze and it’s hard to focus on the small, be it a flutter of brown as a meadow pipit…

DIY keepers

Whether you have recently set up your own DIY shoot or if your syndicate could do with some fresh new tips, Tim Weston will help save you money and improve…

DIY shoot

Can you recall a time when the roughshoot, that splendid amalgam of sport, offering the odd walked-up pheasant or perhaps a partridge, a snipe, a mallard and a brace of…

young gamekeeping apprentice

Securing the future of gamekeeping apprentices is one of the most important things we can do for the future of shooting. We all know that the shooting we enjoy and…

This week’s issue: Farming groups press DEFRA for clarification on post-Brexit policies Don’t pay GP fee, says BASC A honeymoon goose How to set up a DIY shoot Clearing out…

Deer calls

A: Generally, deer are most susceptible to being called during the rutting season when hormones and interest in the opposite sex are at a peak. Roe as woodland dwellers are…

This week’s issue: Rural groups highlight scope for new opportunities after EU vote Charity Commission to press LACS over snaring video Shooting with heroes Caring for your cover Crafting leather…

House martins

When we moved into our current Norfolk home there were house martins nesting under the eaves, but there aren’t any now. Some people dislike the mess made by these delightful…

Labrador in water

Q: My wife and I would like to buy a Labrador for me to take out once it is trained, as I shoot occasionally. We have found a reputable breeder near us,…

Red deer

Here is our list of open seasons for the various species of deer when you can go out stalking. (Dates are inclusive.) Red Stags England and Wales: 1 August –…

Biosecurity

Biosecurity is a set of preventative measures designed to protect a farm or rearing field from the entry and spread of infectious diseases. Disease can be spread a number of ways: through…

deerstalking in Scotland

Did you know that deer have six senses? They share with us those of sight, sound, smell, taste and touch or feeling, but there’s an extra. The vomeronasal organ is based…

Queen Elizabeth in the field

Gundogs have been a part of the Queen’s life from infancy. Her grandfather, George V, inherited his own father’s taste for gameshooting, as well as a more hands- on approach…

This week’s issue: Shooters decry airgun licence fee Itchen to be protected from watercress farm discharges Clay is the way to good gameshooting A good name for a gun-lover? Nights…

crispy squirrel recipe

You can buy grey squirrel online and it is advisable to order it ready skinned (the tail is discarded). Squirrel is also on the menu at various pubs and restaurants…

clay targets

A: The clay target, as opposed to the glass ball that preceded it, was patented in the US in 1880 by George Ligowsky of Cincinnati, Ohio. It was a dome-shaped saucer made, as…

This week’s issue: New Field & Country Fair beckons Beaver numbers set to grow How to think like a deer Monarchs of the glen Cutting-edge craftsmen Is your dog stock-ready?…

This week’s issue: Airgun licensing campaign is inadequate, warns BASC Charity fights food poverty with “nutritious pheasant” First forays with my 20-bore Rough guide to a fine hide The taste…

Wigeon

Sympathetic management of a local patch may be an important contribution to conservation but sometimes action has to be taken on a much larger scale. For instance, to look after populations of…