gamekeeping advice

First ever Shooting UK Gamekeeper Day storming success

Liam Bell is the head gamekeeper at stunning Millichope Park, a traditional family-owned and run estate. He is also a regional chairman of the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation and a judge for the annual Time Inc. Shooting Industry Awards. Shooting Times readers will know Liam from his popular “On the Shoot”…

Marie Curie Charity shoot

Shoot raises more than £300k for charity

The Berkshire shoot took place on 20 May, hosted by Andrew Taee, chairman of the event and patron of fund-raising at Great Ormond Hospital, along with Ben Elliot of the Quintessentially Foundation. It saw 180 guests enjoy a day’s shooting courtesy of the estate owner Richard Benyon MP. Following a…

curlew

Moors “vital” for curlew

The curlew is in serious decline across much of Scotland and the bird was recently named as this year’s “Bird of Focus” for the RSPB Scotland’s Big Nature Festival. The RSPB wishes to introduce the licensing of grouse moors, but the Scottish Moorland Group says it is managed moorland that…

Sir Ian Botham

Sir Ian Botham threatens to sue “deceptive” RSPB

Sir Ian Botham has threatened to sue the RSPB, claiming the charity falsely accused him of illegally killing birds of prey. Lawyers for the former England cricket captain contacted the organisation following recent comments that it made about him on the BBC. “I don’t take kindly to being lied about”…

Jim Corbett's rifle

Jim Corbett’s rifle on show in London

Gunmaker John Rigby & Co has acquired one of the most famous sporting rifles of all time – the .275 bolt-action rifle that was presented to noted hunter Jim Corbett for killing the “man-eating tigress of Champawat” in 1907. Corbett was gifted with the rifle after he shot and killed…

women Shots

National Ladies Shooting Day set to go off with a bang!

National Ladies Shooting Day, organised by the Shotgun and Chelsea Bun Club, is aimed at encouraging ladies from all age ranges and backgrounds to try clay shooting for the first time or improve their skills, and some 23 all-girl clay pigeon shoots are set to take place across 19 counties.…

Rising Bite rifle

Rising Bite double rifles pass London Proof House tests

Rising Bite double rifles are now being manufactured in .470 and .500 nitro calibres. Retailing at £95,000, the rifles take between two and three years to build and the first Rising Bite double rifle is due to be finished in time for Safari Club 2016, the annual hunting convention in…

BASC Natural England

BASC and Natural England sign partnership agreement

BASC and Natural England will now work on an annual action plan setting out a formula for joint working to achieve common goals, including the delivery of the government’s Biodiversity 2020 programme, coastal access, wildfowling consents and future reviews on general licenses. BASC’s Green Shoots programme will receive particular emphasis,…

Have you booked your Shooting UK Event?

Shooting UK has now launched three exciting new events for the readers of Sporting Gun, Shooting Times, Shooting Gazette and The Field – and of course, visitors to the Shooting UK website. Whether you want to find out what jobs a gamekeeper has to do throughout the year, how you have a…

Gavin Gardiner

Gavin Gardiner sells John Dickson hammer gun for £41,000

The scarce hammer gun, ordered by Charles Gordon on May 10, 1886, was one of 15 vintage guns to go under the hammer – some counting 19th century sporting icons Lord Ripon, Lord Walsingham and the Prince of Wales as previous owners. Gavin Gardiner had originally placed an estimate of…

ABF-GWCT

ABF The Soldiers Charity and GWCT charity shoot at Warter Priory

Up to 30 teams of four guns and four loaders will compete across six different stands. The shooting will be followed by a champagne reception, three-course lunch, raffle and auction. The proceeds of the raffle and auction will be shared equally between ABF The Soldiers Charity and the GWCT. Friday’s…

Chopitea Side-by-Side 12-bore Boxlock Ejector Shotgun for sale

A private seller is selling this great example of a Chopitea Side-by-Side 12-bore Boxlock Ejector Shotgun for sale at £325! This gun is in excellent condition especially considering that it was manufactured in 1973. The barrels show some light signs of use but are in good condition. The bores are…

Englefield-House

Royal Berkshire Shooting School adds to clay day portfolio

The addition of Englefield Estate means the Really Wild Clay Company now offers clay days at eight different venues around the country. Other venues include Well Barn in Oxfordshire, Highclere Castle in Berkshire and Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire. The Really Wild Clay company has offered simulated shooting days for over…

Gundog Working Test returns to Chatsworth

The prestigious Gundog Working Test, sponsored by Eukanuba and R.N. Golden Limited, will host tests and activities for spaniels, retrievers and HPRs, and opens with a special field trial training day designed for these breeds. The popular pan-European International Retriever Team Event will take place on the Thursday and Friday.…

Edgar Brothers

Edgar Brothers wins Bushnell award

It is the second year in a row that Edgar Brothers has been presented with the award. The award recognises Edgar Brothers’ work in promoting and selling Butler Creek scope covers, gun slings and loading accessories, as well as gun cleaning and maintenance products from Hoppes. Both Butler Creek and…

Wildlife Estates Scotland: estates prove their worth

“We’re in a defensive situation: we want to prove what we’re doing, that we’re doing things well and that we’re trying to do things well on an ongoing basis,” says Hugh Campbell Adamson, owner of the 3,000-acre Stracathro estate in Angus. We’re sitting in the estate office, sipping coffee and…

RSPCA drops its final hunting case

The RSPCA has dropped its last outstanding prosecution under the 2004 Hunting Act because of a lack of evidence. The charity had brought a case against Will Bryer, master and huntsman of Dorset’s Cattistock Hunt, alleging that he had been illegally hunting a fox with dogs in 2014. Mr Bryer…

Hartpury College

Hartpury College wins Gamekeeping College Clay Shoot

Hartpury College was awarded the Gamekeeping College Challenge Shield, beating off strong compeititon from runners-up Newton Rigg. Hartpury College also walked away with the high gun prize thanks to the individual brilliance of student Jack Lilwall. Each of the 23 teams, drawn from 11 colleges across the UK, shot at…

Scottish Gamekeepers’ Day at Scone Palace

The Scottish Gamekeepers Day’, organised by BASC, provides gamekeepers across Scotland with a forum for debating important issues such as game bird disease management, and allows gamekeepers to stay abreast of changes in the law. A clay shooting competition will also be included in the day’s events. BASC Scotland director…