Scope mounts

A step-by-step guide to fitting scope mounts

Most airgun shooters put plenty of time and thought into the selection of a new gun or scope, but the significance of choosing the right mounts and ensuring that they are properly fitted is frequently overlooked. Mounts provide the vital link between your airgun and optics, and making the wrong choice will usually compromise accuracy. Quality pays It is…

preparing for the new season

How to prepare for the new season

If you haven’t already been busy shooting grouse and still need to get prepared for the forthcoming 2016/17 season, now is the perfect time to do it. What follows is my “hit list” of what to make sure you have covered before you head into battle. Lessons and practice This is the time to iron out…

shooting grounds

15 of the best shooting grounds for game Shots

Atkin, Grant & Lang Shooting Ground Address: Windmill Road, Markyate, St. Albans, Herts, AL3 8LP Profile: The shooting ground arm of the iconic gunmakers sits in 55 acres of ancient woodland and grass pastures. You’ll find 14 shooting stands offering every conceivable sporting target herein, not the least of which…

Ibex

Ibex stalking in the Spanish Gredos Mountains

I have just returned from the most amazing, challenging, physically testing, at times frightening and most enjoyable hunting experience of my life, bar none. Through a good friend, David Pantlin, I had been invited to hunt Iberian ibex on an estate in the Gredos Mountains, 200km west of Madrid in Spain. I have often flown over the mountains…

harvest shooting

Harvest shooting time and the pigeon is easy

Shooting pigeon over stubbles is the pigeon shooter’s easy time of year. The weather is favourable; it’s easy to get to the exact spot where you want to shoot because often you can drive right to it. The short, cold days of shooting over winter rape seem a distant memory and it is the pigeon shooter’s real…

feeding tips

Top feeding tips for your shoot

With the pheasant release process well under way on most shoots, careful feeding of our growing poults is a main task for the majority of low-ground keepers as July turns into August. As the birds begin to spread, so the feeding programme needs to move with them, and how we manage that can have big conservation consequences — both positive…

How to deal with wet weather when you put your birds out

If the weather is on your side when you put your birds out it makes such a difference. A nice run of dry days — when the birds can sit out, dust and sun themselves, followed by warm nights and sunshine  first thing in the morning to dry off any dew and perk the birds up…

Greylag

An evening flight of greylag in West Wales

It was a still, bright October evening at Llanrhidian in West Wales, and Tom and I had decided to try for a shot at evening flight. Being in the outer reaches of the Bristol Channel, this is a coast of big tides, and at 10m in Swansea tonight’s tide was predicted to be one of the biggest…

Dove hunting

Dove shooting in South Africa

South Africa is a sportsman’s dream: not only is it bursting with some of the most exciting hunting in the world but also, flying from Europe, there’s no jetlag. Less well known are the fantastic opportunities for wingshooting, notably red-eyed doves and rock pigeon. These birds prey on crops and the damage done to precious yields of soya and…

Hunting safaris

The conservation benefits of African hunting safaris

Safari! Derived from the Swahili for a journey, the very word itself still evokes the spirit of past adventures, of hot, weary hours spent trekking in the bush, of long-forgotten hunting expeditions in East Africa. Even today, hunting safaris still conjures up the thrills and excitement of a bygone era, known most intimately by the hunter, rifle in hand.…

shooting rabbits

Tips for shooting rabbits

Rabbits seem to have exploded in volume this year. The early wet weather but milder winter has seen an ever-increasing population boom in the home counties and the torrential rain followed by long, hot days has turned sparse fields into verdant scenes from Land of the Giants where I shoot. This is good for herbivorous rabbits, providing them with…

Scout learning to shoot

7000 Scouts and Guides try shotgun shooting at Jamboree

It’s proving a wonderful opportunity for potential Young Guns to experience the sport at first hand, safely and with top instruction. Following an approach from the organisers of the Jamboree, the British Association for Shooting & Conservation (BASC) sent a team of coaches to run an ‘Introduction to Shotgun Shooting’…

Charity clay shoot winners

Charity clay shoot raises more than £15,000 for Papworth Hospital

Competitors totalling some 100 individuals, took part in the all-day event at John Bidwell’s shooting grounds at High Lodge, near Darsham, Suffolk. The competition consisted of an 80-bird sporting layout, broken into two separate courses with every competitor shooting each stand. In addition, two 80 bird, 4 man team flushes were…

Amber Hill

20 things you should know about Amber Hill

Her sporting hero is American Kim Rhode who won gold in London 2012 along with Olympic gold medals in Athens, Beijin and Sydney She shoots with a handmade Perazzi MX2000. She describes her Perazzi as ‘perfect’ It was specially created for her in orange and black colours She started shooting at…

what to wear game shooting

The Novice Shooter’s new clothes

It is evident that clothing is a significant expense when you take up shooting. It is vitally important to choose the right stuff, as no outdoor sport is fun in inappropriate attire. One advantage of the lengthy shotgun certificate application time was that I was able to buy the associated shooting…

Amber Hill

Amber Hill Olympic skeet shooter in the hot seat

Amber Hill was interviewed for the July 2016 issue of Shooting Gazette. Robert Cuthbert: Congratulations on your selection for Team GB’s skeet squad in Rio. That must have been huge; can you remember where you were when you were given the good news? Amber Hill: “It was fantastic, just amazing…

release pens

How to manage release pens correctly

Time and again as I wander into the depths of a wood in my role as a Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) game adviser, I come across an embarrassment. The combination of tatty fencing, battered feed drums, broken drinkers, bags hanging from branches, and other mess is a dreadful advert for shooting. Add a bit of over-stocking to…

Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley: the greatest Shot of all time?

If you asked me to say who I thought was the greatest Shot of all time, I would have no hesitation in saying Annie Oakley. Her skill and feats of accuracy have become legendary. However, she was much more than a mere exhibition shooter — she was an international superstar who was presented to the crowned heads of…

deer stalkers

Steps to a successful stalk

In the first part of this feature – How to think like a deer –  I looked at why considering how a deer uses its senses, and how this can impact on its behaviours, can help to make you a successful stalker. So, bearing this in mind, how can this inform your stalking in practice? Every…