Monckton Shooting Ground

What’s the best clayshooting ground in Yorkshire?

Yorkshire is one of those parts of the UK blessed with more than its share of seriously high-bird shoots. Turn west off the A1 and the gorgeous Dales butting up against Cumbria and Lancashire are paved with them. Head east and the equally beautiful North Yorkshire moors are ringed with…

Jonathan Airey

Ever thought of setting up your own shoot?

I have often thought about running my own shoot. Many years ago I did, in fact, have a small shoot of my own where, with the help of a few friends and paying guests, we enjoyed some great days out in the field, even if the bag at times was…

Pest Cotrol

Pest control on covercrops drillings

After a very early alarm call I was up and on the drillings setting the decoys up, in anticipation about what the morning pest control would bring. Shooting over the drilled crops gives me a rare chance to get stuck into our limited supply of pigeons. However, enticing both pigeons…

City Shots Challenge

Sporting Gun journalists win City Shots Challenge at CLA Game Fair

Keenly contested, this corporate clay shooting competition takes place on the Saturday morning of the CLA Game Fair and gives competitively spirited British companies the chance to participate in one of the most well-attended shooting events in the country sports calendar. Beating off competition Each team of four tackled two flushes…

shooting in field

How to be a better Shot

It’s amazing how quickly the season comes around. Now is the perfect time to get yourself properly prepared for the forthcoming season. The worst thing you can do is to leave it to the last minute, and it is remarkable how many people do just that. In this piece I…

Shooting businesses in Yorkshire

Shooting businesses in Yorkshire

There is more to Yorkshire’s sporting heritage than grouse moors, high pheasants, beautiful scenery and pulling the trigger. Scores of shooting businesses make the shoot days tick and here’s a selection… Shooting businesses – food and drink Yorkshire Game If you’ve bought game that originated from estates in Yorkshire then…

duck decoys

Duck Decoys

“My name is Randy Clark and I’ve been painting duck decoys for a little over 40 years. “Ducks are kind of a neat animal, I think God spent a little extra time when he created the ducks. The carving trap is located just north of Cromp, which is not far…

CLA Game Fair 2015

Five Things You Mustn’t Miss At the CLA Game Fair

Come and see us Don’t leave the Game Fair without saying hello to us (stand T1505). We would love to meet you. Pick up a terrific offer of three months’ subscription to Shooting Times for £19.50 with a direct debit. Each new subscriber will receive a bottle of Naked Grouse whisky…

walked-up grouse shooting

Is Yorkshire the ultimate fieldsports county?

Glorious grouse Let us start with the grouse. Ripley, Danby, Bolton Abbey, Dallowgill and almost anything with dale or moor or gill in the name will do. The moors in Yorkshire might not have the Celtic romance of the Highlands but they have a cracking population of grouse with less…

Labrador cartoon

Walked-up grouse. What could be more fun for man and dog?

Human I am not just referring to the vertiginous climbs required to access the heather, which have been known to put paid to a chap’s ambitions to walk-up a grouse before the undertaking has even started. No, I am talking about the need for total control of both man and dog.…

grouse

How should you prepare for the grouse shooting season?

A: It is so nice to hear that you, along with many others, are getting into grouse shooting again. The last five or six grouse shooting seasons have been excellent. This is mainly due to good management and good investment by the shoot owners, meaning the moors have become much more…

Deer calls

Scottish deer – a political animal

Earlier this year, Aileen Macleod, Scotland’s minister for environment, climate change and land reform, published a review of the Scottish National Party Government’s policy on deer and deer management — Scotland’s Wild Deer: a national approach. I feel an affinity towards the document because on the front cover it shows a…

pigeon shooting

Peas and pigeon shooting

It has been a very strange — and disappointing — couple of months with regard to pigeon shooting. From the start of the year I was having a pigeon-shooting bonanza, with good numbers being shot over winter rape and birds decoying brilliantly. The trend continued into the spring drillings. I…

Ferreting in summertime

Ferreting in the Summertime

Summer ferreting is a world away from its wintertime cousin. On a day in June, my friend Sooty and I were asked to tackle some land that, until recently, had only a handful of rabbits, but their numbers had since multiplied. Hormonal ferrets behave completely differently from how they do…

Roxburghe Hotel Kelso

Roxburghe Hotel Kelso review

I can’t resist humming the theme from Mike Hodge’s Get Carter whenever I head north on the East Coast Mainline. When I make the journey, sometimes with a shotgun in the guard’s van (not for use in retribution for my brother’s murder, of course), I travel full of curiosity for…

woman with shotgun in field

The growth of female shooting syndicates

If current trends continue, women could have an important role to play in the future of shooting. At the end of the 20th century, many women were put off picking up a gun by lack of opportunity, lack of suitable equipment and the perceived prevailing attitude of general disapproval. These days,…