shooting geese

A couple of years ago, on a rather grey October afternoon, I was trudging around Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis with my good friend Will Martin, looking for the…

hen harrier

The silly season appears to have come early this year. Whether this is a direct result of journalists and press officers suffering from cabin fever because of the COVID-19 lockdown…

Hatsan Escort 
.22LR rifle

For some years now, Hatsan has been known as a value-for-money Turkish shotgun manufacturer, but it is also starting to make its mark in the 
world of rifles. This new…

gundog beds Barka Parka

A favourite subject for debate in the gundog world is whether working dogs should be kennelled or kept in the house. I don’t think dogs mind much either way, as…

shooting corvids with a shotgun

The long layoff from shooting during lockdown has been a frustrating time for many of us. Most of my shooting entails the control of grey squirrels, and it seemed difficult…

semi-retired dogs

A team of dogs usually comprises varying age and ability levels. It is common to have at least one youngster that is in training and learning its trade from older…

Toyota RAV4 hybridge Excel AWD

Toyota has been at the forefront of hybrid vehicles for a while and is starting to use the technology and green credentials from the Prius over more of its range.…

Chapuis Armes C35 
Super Orion

OUR Verdict on the Chapuis Armes C35 Super Orion Classic If you’re looking for an all-round game gun with great handling and looks, then Chapuis Armes has designed a gun…

Black Labrador with partridge

Many sporting folk dream about owning their own shoot. The idea can become a constant, niggling temptation and it is a recurring topic of discussion at shoot lunches. We all…

Piri-piri pheasant recipe

At the end of the season I like to make preparations for the freezer. I breast a lot of birds, take out the thighs and freeze a few birds whole.…

the pointing dog's stare

There's an art to training pointing dogs, but once in position, it can take even more skill to move them out of their catatonic stance