cocker spaniel

My first-ever dog was a remarkably handsome blue-roan-and-tan cocker spaniel. I loved him dearly, but he was inbred, neurotic and not really a nice dog at all. He was show…

garron pony

I was never really interested in horses as a bairn. I grew up next to a Clydesdale farm, and though I’d occasionally give one a scratch, I was hardly champing…

The campaign group announced earlier that it would challenge the inclusion of gamebirds as livestock for the purposes of using the general licence to protect them from predation. The group…

Haenel Jaeger

The German gunmaking firm Haenel has been producing rifles for almost 200 years. Its reputation in Britain is now on the rise, thanks to its attention to detail and its…

air rifle pest control

Q: How often should you clean an airgun barrel?  I’ve just cleaned the barrel of my air rifle and, rather than improving its accuracy, it seems to have had an…

gumbo recipe

To make this really good gumbo recipe, there are a couple of rules. The first is to take lots of time to make the dark roux. The second is to…

Mossberg Maverick 88 pump-action

Labour MP Luke Pollard introduced a private members bill in an attempt to restrict pump-action shotguns after the tragic shootings in his Plymouth constituency last year. The bill was debated…

Choosing a riflescope

Q: When I travel to my stalking grounds in a warm car I get scope fogging on my lenses in the cold weather. What, if anything, can 
I do to…

Suzuki Jimny

The Suzuki Jimny doesn’t need much introduction; the wee Japanese 4×4 has earned itself a cult status and many, including yours truly, were thrilled when the latest Jimny was released…

Perruque head on doe

At the end of the rut a yearling buck on my ground was still in dark velvet and showed no signs of drying. The buck has an ear-high four-point head…