Man with shot load in field

Pellet size and shot load – due an increase?

A: The debate on shot size is always an interesting one and many people, particularly of my father’s generation, grew up shooting nothing but Eley Impax 28gram No.7s at everything. Now I come across lots of people who shoot nothing but 36gram No.4s as their standard load, from September partridge to January pheasants! Cartridges must be fit for purpose The…

Beaters out in the field

Letter from a fed-up beater

The driven shoot day is a team effort and by no means the least important team consists of the beaters. These men, women, boys and girls turn out in all weathers mostly not for the money but because they enjoy what they do. Beaters not given due consideration However on some shoots it would…

Animal rights activists

No more hiding for activists as police gain unmasking powers

The House of Lords passed an amendment to the Policing and Crime Bill last month that will make it easier for the police to unmask violent protesters. The amendment was made in response to concerns that existing powers do not permit police officers to unmask protesters, often including hunt saboteurs and other animal rights activists, without prior written authorisation. Animal…

Handler with Bracco Italiano

A day with bracco Italiano and spinone Italiano gun dogs

The day had been arranged by the Bracco Italiano Club, which had invited its friends in the Spinone Club of Great Britain to come along, Mike Fellows, the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO) regional chairman for Sussex having provided the ground on the shoot he keepers near Robertsbridge. Mike has worked voluntarily for the NGO for…

Donald Trump

Donald Trump. A golden pheasant. Same plumage?

A golden quiff, beady eye and ability to dominate the crowd. Obviously we’re talking about Western China’s golden pheasant – a bird which has been attracting a lot of attention lately, due to the golden plumage it shares with a certain Mr Donald Trump.   Am I the only one…

black Labrador puppy

Who’s got the most handsome gundog?

Is your #gundog as handsome as mine? No, didn't think so. #Cockerspaniel @TheFieldmag @ShootingTimes pic.twitter.com/oya39762W5 — Art.50Sam Watt (@SamWatt8600) January 16, 2017 He is one good loooking canine, but that sounds like a challenge – does anyone else have any photogenic dogs they think can compare? https://t.co/AOTr3VCgsm — Shooting Times…

practising at a clay ground

Four shooting myths you should ignore

1. Clay practice will improve your gameshooting Practising on clays is something many gameshooters shy away from. Most will wait until the first day or until all has gone wrong before putting in some practice. I have never understood this mentality and it is frustrating listening to some of the excuses for not practising. The most common…

Queen with spaniel

Sprocker or cocker? Row rocks Kennel Club

The Sun recently reported that rival competitors have called for DNA tests to prove the breed of field trial champion bitch Mallowdale Diamond, which was given to the Queen as a present by handler Ian Openshaw in January 2013 to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee. No evidence that Mallowdale Diamond is a…

stopping a gundog running-in

Our 10 most-read gun reviews

1. Favourite .22lr rifles Which rimfire rifle should you choose? Should you go for a heavy varmint barrel? Will you choose a synthetic or more traditional wood stock? Opt for the ability to change barrels and calibres? Most gun cabinets will have at least one rimfire in residence for pest control and…

Enter Shooting Industry Awards 2017

Shooting Industry Awards 2017 open for entries

It is time to enter Time Inc’s annual Shooting Industry Awards, the only awards of its kind to acknowledge the UK Shooting Industry’s achievements and innovations throughout the previous year. The dinner and award ceremony will once again take place at the Mercure Brandon Hall near Coventry on Thursday, 11th…

Charity clay shoots fundraising

Charity clay shoots are raising thousands

Charity clay shoots proving popular and successful Clayshooters are now using their skills and enthusiasm to benefit many good causes and  celebrities are also getting in on the act. Recently £63,000 was raised for Child Bereavement UK and St. Richard’s Hospice by a shoot at Bransford Manor. Warter Priory Estate…

Pigeon shooting days

Pigeon shooting days – how they have changed!

Shooters of my age often lament that things were better in “the good old days”, when all you had to do was throw an old stuffed grey sock out on a likely looking field and pigeons would swarm to their doom. They would recall flocks of woodies leaving the roosting woods that were so big it would take 20…

spaniel working cover

Teaching a spaniel to work cover

A: The more naturally you introduce her to working different types of cover, the better. Throwing a dummy into cover can make the process confrontational. If she is caused any pain by the entry, this could seriously affect her progress and her desire to retrieve. Avoid nettles, thistles, gorse and other such prickly covers until she is more experienced.…

wildfowling club

Latest bird flu warnings from National Gamekeepers’ Organisation

A spokesman for the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO) advises: “This advice is hugely important and is essential reading for everyone in the gamebird world… H5N8 bird flu is now widespread in the UK and threatens gamebird management as well as other bird-related industries. We urge all members and others to…

Land Rover Defenders

Queen’s weekly visits to walk gamekeeper’s dogs

We have always known that the Queen is a true countrywoman. One of her retired gamekeepers, Mr Fenwick, died a week ago at the age of 95 and it is said that the Queen is considering giving his dogs a home with her. She began walking his corgi and Bichon…

Father with two young children in field

Big Ted and little Ted!

Ted’s young son is six and he’s also called Ted. Penelope his daughter is three. Big Ted says: “They love being out with us shooting, we kitted them out at William Powells! We shoot in Warwickshire and I run my own small shoot on our farm where the children help…

Terrier types

Terrier Types

  Hardwired earth dogs Patterdale/Fell Lakeland   Dual-purpose Bedlington Jack Russell Border Ratters Yorkshire Norfolk and Norwich Manchester English Toy Scottish West Highland White Cairn Skye Popular in Europe Fox (rough and smooth) Jagterrier   Vermin dogs Kerry Blue Soft-coated Wheaten Irish Welsh Sealyham Airedale Lucas Sporting Lucas  

cartridges

The danger of mixing cartridges

A: I once conducted an experiment in order to  find out which calibres and cartridges this risk applies to. Of course, chamber and bore dimensions vary quite widely in large-bore guns, particularly older ones. However, an 8-bore cartridge will lodge in the forcing cone of a 4-bore, allowing a 4-bore cartridge to be loaded on top of it, while…

bootroom

Ideas for a boot room in a country pad

Personalised storage Stop your boot room becoming a dumping ground for all sorts of sporting attire, footwear and seasonal clothing by meticulously plotting storage provisions. ‘Think carefully about what you are storing and ensure every item has a home – for example a shelf for riding hats or a rack…