Tom Sykes

Tom Sykes

Tom Sykes has been a keen Shot since a young age and has been fortunate to make a living from his hobby. He started his early career as a gamekeeper for some of the country’s most prestigious shoots. He then stepped away from keepering to start his own fieldsports-focused business, Sykes Media, with his wife Charlie.

Tom continues to conduct regular vermin control, primarily corvid shooting. He has always had a keen interest in wildfowling, which started when a young Shot and flourished into a passion. He is a big advocate for eating game and conducting conservation work, believing this is key to the longevity of shooting.

General qualifications

Tom is a qualified gamekeeper and holds a range of countryside qualifications, including deerstalking and countryside management certificates. He is also a qualified shotgun coach and loader.

Tom is a regular contributor to Sporting Gun after writing his first article at the age of 15. He is now in his thirties. Over the years, he has written for Shooting Times, BASC Magazine, Scottish Fieldsports and Gundog Journal. Tom’s photography has featured nationally and internationally in a range of shooting media.

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Fieldsports means so much to so many people. I never cease to find it amazing how diverse it can be. For many, it is a hobby that gives us something…

Crow shooting kit 3D leaf poncho

Crow shooting is a wonderful game of cat and mouse against a rather cunning adversary. The shooting provides excellent sporting opportunities and essential pest management, as crows will cause tremendous…

best waders for wildfowlers

Choosing footwear for any fieldsport is ultimately down to personal preference and affordability. This is true for wildfowlers too.  I have used a range of waders over the years and…

Wildfowling tips

Wildfowling is a wonderful sport, but not always the most productive in terms of action or shooting opportunities compared with other fieldsports. Making the most of the chances presented is…

wildfowler on foreshore

Before we start, I should point out that cartridge choice is personal preference and you need to do your research to find one that suits your needs, gun and quarry.…

Duck calls on foreshore

I don’t often leave the house during the wildfowling season without my trusty duck calls around my neck. I am a great believer in the use of calls on the…

I always try to keep my farmers happy and control their vermin to the best of my ability. Doing this can pay off in numerous ways – other than job…

Wildfowlers

A wild goose chase can be exactly what it says on the tin, so when  you get the birds in range you want the confidence that you are packing sufficient power to get…

wildfowler in hide

Cartridge choice can create an interesting debate in all areas of shooting. From manufacturer and loads through to the size of cartridge and shot you opt for, there is a lot to consider. Ultimately, however, your…

fowling

Having shot my local marshes for numerous years, I have a good understanding of where the best chances lie, depending on the time of year and weather conditions. I decided…

Crow shooting with a Shotkam

Back in March I caught up with my good friend, Jack Depledge who is also a contributor of Sporting Gun, who writes about college life for young keepers. Jack and I…

Crow decoys

The problem with decoys at the end of the season around these parts is finding somewhere to go. The crows haven’t been pressured into feeding anywhere in particular due to the…