Our first issue of the New Year coincides with the final full month of the driven shooting season, and even though we can count the number of weeks left on the fingers of two hands there are still plenty of opportunities to get out into the field. January birds are the source of much debate throughout the shooting community – are they really the strongest flyers? – and there are, as ever, plenty of other talking points elsewhere this month, including….

How low can you go?
Giles Catchpole asks if there is ever a time when low birds are fair game.

January from a keeper’s perspective
David Whitby on the challenges that January weather brings to his shoot.

Firearms of the rich and the famous
Just how does Bonhams go about valuing “celebrity guns?”

Try this on for size
Shoot reports from shoots little in name or nature in Warwickshire and Lancashire.

Game shooting: the next generation
Justin Clarke joins youngsters making their peg debuts in West Sussex.

Order! Order!
Tory grandee Sir Nicholas Soames talks shooting and conservation.

William Evans’ foreign adventure
How European craftsmen are helping to keep the London gunmaker’s end up.

Reviews, reviews, reviews
The AYA No.2 de Luxe, the St. Mary’s Inn near Morpeth and the Jaguar XE go under the microscope.

Winter warmers
Clothing to keep your snug on the peg as temperatures fall.