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How to shoot grouse

I’m fascinated with wild game and especially grouse. I was lucky to spend my teen years on holiday in Scotland learning and helping the grouse keepers for a few weeks every summer. I could take you to the exact butt where I shot my first grouse at 14. Not only…

beaters and pickers up

Cancelled grouse shooting “will hit rural businesses”

Many rural workers could be out of a job this season as up to 70 per cent of grouse shooting days face cancellation in some regions of the country, suggested the Moorland Association (MA) last week. Prolonged extreme weather conditions, described by the MA as “the worst breeding conditions in…

Glen Clova

Local grouse communities caught in the crossfire

The grouse shooting season is now in full swing – following the annual war of words between the anti-shooting lobby and country sports enthusiasts that it always ignites. However Scottish locals who live and work alongside the grouse moors and depend upon the sport for their livelihoods take a more…

clay shooting lesson

Clayshooting grounds near London

All of these shooting schools are close to London and it shouldn’t take you much longer than an hour to get to any of them from the centre of town (traffic permitting of course). If you’re a beginner you’ll benefit from expert clay pigeon shooting instruction, solid grounding in the…

shotgun components

The anatomy of a shotgun

1. The barrels: Different sizes of barrel allow for different widths of cartridge, which in turn defines the gun’s gauge (ie. 12 or 20 bore). The size denomination comes from one pound of lead divided into equal- sized balls that will fit the barrel. For example, 12 pieces equals 12…

England Olympic Trap team

Olympic win for England trap team

In Ireland Rod Gould was the trap team star, shooting 142 ex 150 to gain overall High Gun, but all shooters impressed at Cortlough Shooting Ground, as England won the Senior and the combined Ladies, Juniors, Veterans and Super-Veterans team trophies. Caroline Povey and Anita North both shot well to…

chef Tom Kitchen

Chefs and moor workers give public a taste for wild game

“Our group is about showing working life on the moors and at this time of the year, all the estate workers are really busy round-the-clock getting ready for the grouse season,” said Helen Savage, Co-Ordinator of the Lammermuirs Moorland Group. Fresh game is already supplied to the restaurants of Michelin…

Sir Peter Scott

Father of the conservation movement

I am not a great one for conspiracy theories, but every now and then you come across an omission that is repeated so often and so consistently that it can only be a result of an attempt to deceive, whether conscious or unconscious. One such involves the life of Sir…

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It won’t be a vintage year for red grouse

Grouse moor keepers and sporting agents across England and Scotland are warning that this year’s grouse shooting season will be a disappointing one thanks to the bad weather that hit the first half of the hatching period earlier in the year. Keepers are reporting reduced covey sizes — in some…

fox control

5 tips for using lamping for fox control

Probably the most popular and most successful way to control foxes is lamping. How lamping foxes has changed Lamping used to be a specialist job undertaken by gamekeepers and a dedicated few. It required lots of work during the summer months when long hours of daylight meant shooting could not…

Jonathan Airey

Ever thought of setting up your own shoot?

I have often thought about running my own shoot. Many years ago I did, in fact, have a small shoot of my own where, with the help of a few friends and paying guests, we enjoyed some great days out in the field, even if the bag at times was…

Cheryl Hall

Women’s team win world title

Britain has won the world FITASC ladies championship, held in Minnesota, US, with a score of 493. This put the team of Rebecca McKenzie, Lucy Pitt and Cheryl Hall three ahead of nearest rivals, the US, and 25 ahead of France. Cheryl later went on to complete the double by…

George Digweed

George Digweed wins his third world title of 2015

British sporting shooter George Digweed added another world title — his third of 2015 — to his long list of shooting achievements last week, amid calls to have him knighted. George won the World FITASC Championship, held in Minnesota, US, by scoring three perfect rounds of 25 and never dropping…

City Shots Challenge

Sporting Gun journalists win City Shots Challenge at CLA Game Fair

Keenly contested, this corporate clay shooting competition takes place on the Saturday morning of the CLA Game Fair and gives competitively spirited British companies the chance to participate in one of the most well-attended shooting events in the country sports calendar. Beating off competition Each team of four tackled two flushes…