Thoughts and photos from the CLA Game Fair 2015

  The sun shone and then the heavens opened. Repeat. A typical August weekend in England then. Our thoughts on the weekend, in brief: Harewood House made a magical backdrop … excellent coverage on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme with Jim Naughtie well attended … conversation with Rory Stewart MP…

Landowners and wildlife. Friends or foes?

Landowners and wildlife. Friends or foes?

Even before the panel took their seats, there was a keen atmosphere in the theatre with a packed audience arriving early to be sure of a seat and a ringside view. The debate didn’t disappointment, with questions from the floor,  following introduction and comments from the panel members, ably chaired…

CLA Game Fair at Harewood House

Reporting live from the CLA Game Fair

8am – Press briefing – much needed coffee, a welcome by Henry Robinson the CLA President. 10am – a conversation between Henry Robinson the CLA President and Rory Stewart MP, Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the Game Fair Theatre. 11am – off to the Pugs and Drummers…

shooting in field

How to be a better Shot

It’s amazing how quickly the season comes around. Now is the perfect time to get yourself properly prepared for the forthcoming season. The worst thing you can do is to leave it to the last minute, and it is remarkable how many people do just that. In this piece I…

man shooting at CLA Game Fair

Five ways to show off your skills at the CLA Game Fair

Beat the finest game shots of our generation. On Friday morning Lord James Percy will shoot a specially designed grouse sequence, and Simon Ward will take on the all-new high tower, setting scores to beat. Afterwards the public (that’s you) will have the opportunity to try to equal or better…

CLA Game Fair 2015

Five Things You Mustn’t Miss At the CLA Game Fair

Come and see us Don’t leave the Game Fair without saying hello to us (stand T1505). We would love to meet you. Pick up a terrific offer of three months’ subscription to Shooting Times for £19.50 with a direct debit. Each new subscriber will receive a bottle of Naked Grouse whisky…

Venison shoulder recipe

Venison shoulder

Use venison for a perfect alternative to chicken, pork or beef. Ingredients 1 venison shoulder Fennel seeds Caraway seeds Chopped lemon thyme Cornish sea salt Milled black pepper Method Place the venison shoulder in a roasting tray, season wel then sprinkle over the chopped thyme. Crush the fennel and caraway…

Labrador cartoon

Walked-up grouse. What could be more fun for man and dog?

Human I am not just referring to the vertiginous climbs required to access the heather, which have been known to put paid to a chap’s ambitions to walk-up a grouse before the undertaking has even started. No, I am talking about the need for total control of both man and dog.…

grouse

How should you prepare for the grouse shooting season?

A: It is so nice to hear that you, along with many others, are getting into grouse shooting again. The last five or six grouse shooting seasons have been excellent. This is mainly due to good management and good investment by the shoot owners, meaning the moors have become much more…

reloading

Oh to be quicker on the reload

Twice I’ve been robbed of the blue riband of clay-busting. No, not the British Open Sporting. As if. We’re talking uber-competitive here: of reputations won and lost; of enormous sums wagered; of tight A**e Corner. okay, its real name is Tight Corner but, given that it costs a smallish fortune…

black dog

RSPCA may lose “credibility” after activists join council

The RSPCA is at risk of losing its credibility following the election of two radical activists to its ruling council and by putting political campaigns ahead of animal welfare, say MPs. The Mail on Sunday reports that MPs are concerned the charity is growing far removed from its traditional role…

Deer calls

Scottish deer – a political animal

Earlier this year, Aileen Macleod, Scotland’s minister for environment, climate change and land reform, published a review of the Scottish National Party Government’s policy on deer and deer management — Scotland’s Wild Deer: a national approach. I feel an affinity towards the document because on the front cover it shows a…

game fair fashion

10 of the best. Our round-up of game fair fashion

A game fair has its own dress code. Not scruffy, not formal. Just in between. We’ve picked out a number of pieces that not only look the part but will also come in useful long after the game fair season has ended. Wearing a collar just adds that extra finish…