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Snipe

How to create an ideal habitat for snipe to thrive

Growing up in Surrey, snipe were rarely on my horizon. The heaths are mostly too dry for them and the arable farmlands were the wrong habitat. Clandon Park, where I learned the beater’s trade, rarely held one either. Even the Medway saltings, where my father initiated me as a wildfowler,…

Dundas Arms Kintbury

Game for lunch in a country pub?

One of the many good things about British Game Week (19-25 November 2018) is that it brings in new customers for venison, partridge, pheasant and duck. People who have never before savoured the delights of game but who after trying it realise what they’ve been missing out on. Converting diners…

American signal crayfish

How the American signal crayfish invaded British waters

Man’s stupidity when it comes to moving things around knows no bounds. He decided to bring the North American version 
of the crayfish to Europe 
and then to Britain to 
augment stocks of natives, which were suffering from crayfish plague. Little did 
the importers know the 
American signal crayfish were…

Christmas gifts for shooters

Christmas gift ideas for shooters and fieldsports lovers

Feathers – The Game Larder Chef Jose Souto is himself a keen stalker and shooter and his knowledge of the field shines out in this beautifully photographed book. Tempting recipes for pheasant, duck, grouse, pigeon, geese, woodcock and other game birds. RRP £25 Merlin Unwin Purdey Pocket Flask A neat,…

Lots from Holt's auctioneers

How about a hammer gun for the coming season?

A sealed bid auction ending this Thursday 5th July provides a unique platform for buyers to pick up a wide variety of sporting guns, rifles, antiques and associated (and sometimes completely unassociated) accessories and ephemera. Highest bid wins at full value Utilising the ‘sealed bid’ format, clients have a set…

Royal Oak East Lavant

A visit to the Royal Oak, East Lavant

Much as I like my job, I’m still prone to a bout of the Sunday evening blues. Wondering where the weekend went and why I haven’t done half the things that needed crossing out on my to-do list. I think the cure for this is to start work on a…

game meat is free range

Game meat is free range so does that mean it’s organic?

Only a tiny proportion of game meat is officially “organic”. 
Game meat is free range or wild, healthy and nutritious 
but the label “organic” was captured by 
the organic farming movement long ago. You can only use it when the meat has 
been produced under an accredited organic regime. This…

young gamekeeper

Does a gamekeeper really need a degree?

This is my eighth season being 
a headkeeper on an estate in the Cotswolds. Having entered 
the gamekeeping profession 
full-time at the age of 23, 
my initial knowledge came 
from running a small shoot in 
Suffolk for a farmers syndicate 
and having a BSc (Hons) 
degree in conservation and 
environment.…

Sands End

Eating game at The Sands End, Fulham

It was a dry evening and so my dining companion and I had decided to walk the three miles from my home to The Sands End pub in Fulham. As a result we were good and hungry by the time we arrived. Nothing like the anticipation of a good meal when…

Date a shooter

Why you should date a shooter

Some reasons why a shooter should be top of your Valentine’s Day wish list “Men who shoot a lot often have dogs… seeing dogs working for their owners and the bond between man and dog is a very attractive quality. Building that relationship takes respect, discipline and patience…. all attributes…

Beaters' day shooting

Beaters’ day shooting. Pegs or walk one, stand one?

Put them out on pegs, says Ben Samuelson Beaters’ day shooting is an absolutely sacred part of the shooting season, and is one of its great joys. Roles are reversed and one half of the shooting community gets a well-deserved treat at the end of the season. Patience is rewarded,…

Ratting with terriers

What better way to clear a farm of rats?

The first rats came fizzing 
out before anyone was ready. Even Jay, the very model of lurcher sharpness, 
was taken by surprise as the rodents fled their burrows and made for safety. The terriers, tied to a gate post outside, burst into a frantic chorus of yelps and whines as…

plastic pollution on beach

Plastic pollution in the ocean – what can we do about it?

I recently saw a shocking image highlighting one of the perils of 
all that plastic litter that is drifting around our oceans. The photograph, which showed the skeletal remains of a dead juvenile albatross — a decaying pile of feathers and bone with its body cavity crammed full of plastic…

Braced up pheasants

Has commercial driven game shooting reached a watershed?

We all know the price paid by game dealers for shot birds has been historically low for many seasons, and maybe it always has been. Back in Victorian times the saying went: “Up goes a guinea, bang goes a penny, down comes sixpence.” However there’s now a new twist to…