Roost shooting advice from Geoff Garrod

I reckon that roost shooting is the best sport. But we always have to remember why we’re out there with our gun – it’s crop protection, just not at the ‘scene of the crime’. My first trip out roost shooting this year was a good case in point. On the…

Deer management – Jon Snowdon on details for progress

The deer management group I run has a system that ensures we are always in contact via text when a colleague is on the ground. This information is sent by the individual concerned to every member of the group, and added later to a full report. The following describes the…

shooting under £200 a day in syndicate

Shooting for under £200 a day – how to find it

Shooting for under £200 a day. Seriously? Driven shooting is not an inexpensive hobby. A quick look at shooting for sale suggests that the price paid per bird on a commercial shoot starts at £35 and only heads one way. So even a small day could be £350 plus VAT…

how to call a fox

Clean kills when foxing – best practice in the field

Top tips for clean kills Never shoot with a rifle that hasn’t been accurately zeroed. If either I, or my shooting partner, Paul, experience a shot that we can’t explain, we’re straight off to the permanent 100-yard range at his house to see what’s going on. (Read how to zero…

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Stalking kit chosen by Chris Dalton for Shooting Times

Early spring is a crucial time for deer managers, and I spend a lot of time on the ground monitoring deer movement and activity. Both sexes are becoming more active as the days lengthen, with the does feeding longer as embryos develop and the bucks thinking about territories and starting…

Scopes for pest control

Scopes for pest control on test

Digital day and night riflescopes combine the stealth of infrared imaging for after-dark concealment with full-colour viewing for shooting in the daytime. That means they provide a sighting solution for round-the-clock pest control, covering everything from long-range rabbit and fox shooting to farmyard ratting with an airgun. Owing to their…

shooting lunch

The shooting lunch: why it should always be light

From whether a man ought to wear a tie in the field to whether all Guns should take a brace of birds home, the sporting world is full of great debates. I thought I’d bravely focus on the shooting lunch. Let me say at the outset that I am acutely…

garron pony

Working with a garron – the Highland 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 at the bit to spend time with them — the local deer were far more interesting to me. (Take a…

Outdoor battery packs – we share our top picks

When it comes to getting out into the field, whether it’s for pleasure or for a living, what a kit bag looks like will differ depending on who you talk to. Indeed, some argue that you needn’t carry the world in your bag and all you need are the essentials,…

Pigeon shooting day – tips from Geoff Garrod on how to prepare

The adage has it that “failing to prepare is preparing to fail”. It’s certainly true when it comes to a pigeon shooting day decoying woodpigeons. I’ve always emphasised the importance of doing reconnaissance, but all of that effort can easily be wasted if you don’t turn up prepared for the…

wildfowling on marsh

The best waterproof shooting jackets

The best waterproof shooting jackets will keep you in the field all year round. No matter how heavy the rain, if you’re wearing one of these you’ll be able to get on with the job in hand. If your jacket isn’t waterproof and you’re caught in a downpour it really…

Road to the Classic 2022: 10 Best shotguns for every budget

Wondering what the best shotguns for every budget are? We’ve put together a list of what you get for the money in terms of new competition guns. Inevitably we’ve had to trim the list to just the top picks, so there are plenty more excellent guns out there. The Clay…

Holkham Hall

Deer management: GBSA winner Chris Dalton’s real-world guide

One of things I am constantly being asked about, by both experienced and inexperienced stalkers and, surprisingly, non-stalking B&B guests at Garryloop, is what exactly deer management involves. Now that’s a pretty wide ranging question, but as a primer I thought it would be useful to look at the sort…

Sika deer

Deer seasons in the UK. When can deer be hunted?

The deer seasons in the UK have been precisely organised to give deer protection when they need it, to produce a sustainable and healthy population. The law allows hinds and stags to breed and move around different breeding grounds at key times – with the deer hunting season differing between…