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…

sunrise in countryside

20 of the best UK pheasant shoots

TREGOYD, POWYS This stunning shoot just to the south of Hay-on-Wye is run by the ambitious team of Ben Brown and headkeeper Clive Hussell, and recent years have seen significant investment in the infrastructure of the shoot. But what has not changed is the quality of the shooting. The terrain takes care of itself but Ben’s attention…

Practice dry gun mount

Want to be a better Shot?

A couple of months ago I floated the suggestion that even a small bit of preparation for the game and wildfowling season might result in a more successful first day out on partridges, pheasants or the flightpond. Doubtless pressure of time has again stymied your best intentions to shoot some clays and to practise those high-incomers and longer…

fly fishing

Why we’re fans of the new Netflix TV series ‘The Crown’

Settling down to a relaxing evening watching TV, I decided to watch the well-reviewed new drama ‘The Crown’ which is now showing on Neflix. It depicts the Queen’s life, from a young princess climbing trees with her sister, through to the Coronation, her life with the Duke of Edinburgh and…

man with shotgun

Firearms licensing: the best and worst revealed

It now seems unbelievable that in 1916 you could buy and own as many guns as you liked without let or hindrance. That changed in 1920 when firearms ownership was controlled, but shotguns were not controlled until 1967. For 21 years thereafter we had a light-touch shotgun control system that worked pretty well, but the bureaucrats had to have…