Shooting Times

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…

This week’s issue: Most English rivers in “abysmal state”, warns study Shooting names honoured at 21st industry awards Starling wars! Field & Country Fair The fruits of a flightpond The…

Policing rural crime

As the UK’s gateway to Europe where freight movements average 10,000 each day along one of the country’s largest motorway networks and some 34 million passengers pass through the county…

microchips for working dogs

Question: I have heard that working dogs are exempt from compulsory microchipping. Does that mean that I needn’t have had my Labrador, which I work on a number of local shoots, microchipped…

This week’s issue: Social media could impact on conservation, says MP Northern Irish police urged to rethink online licensing Shooting on the level Our pick of top airguns How habit…

This week’s issue: Rural Scotland looks to Tories Award-winning grouse moor attacked by antis A lurcher in the lamplight One for the rook, one for the crow Why the curlew…

Cull buck

April can be the critical month of the year for deerstalkers and roebucks alike. The start of the new season brings anticipation for what it will hold, confirmation or frustration about…

How to make a mirador

If you have been lucky enough to travel overseas to shoot driven wild boar, you may well have waited in what is known in Europe as a mirador, a tower with an…

Brown rat

The game season might be finished but now’s the time to mount an onslaught against those birds and beasties which, given half a chance will steal game bird eggs and…

This week’s issue: Quality of licensing service is a “postcode lottery”, says CA New report shows 275,000 houses to go on green belt Country Diary Top crops for big bags…

Scope

Optics on the market today are complex both in construction and use. One sight, however, is proud of its simplicity on both fronts: Aimpoint. These small, robust optics are an increasingly…

Beretta DT10

Gun reviews: Beretta DT10 shotgun: If you're serious about breaking clays then out-and-out competition guns don't come any more serious than the DT10.

dogs in beating line

Most fieldsports enthusiasts heed the advice of acquiring animals from proven working stock, whether they be gundogs, terriers or even ferrets. This is because knowledge of an animal’s ancestry provides an…

Bobbery pack

While I appreciate the wealth of pure-bred working gundog breeds, I would not hesitate to use a cross-breed working dog if it gave me an extra edge for a particular job.…

pheasants in pen

With more than 200 gamefarms and business members, and a history going back to 1908, the Game Farmers’ Association (GFA) is in a unique position to share its wisdom with anyone thinking…