Red deer

RSPB deer cull under fire from animal rights campaigners

Animal rights activists have tried to stop an RSPB deer cull deer at the charity’s Leighton Moss nature reserve in Lancashire. Campaigners objected to plans to cull eight to 10 red deer before the end of March to protect reeds that provide vital habitat for birds including marsh harriers and…

Mark Winser wins the Ultimate One!

In a thrilling final at the Royal Berkshire Shooting School’s Ultimate One Challenge, shooter Mark Winser this morning shot an astonishing 25/25, beating the 18 other finalists and taking home the keys to a £148,000 Range Rover LWB from sponsors Stratstone – the biggest prize in UK clayshooting history. Mark,…

Pawton Manor partridge shoot

Partridge shooting at Pawton Manor, Cornwall

I was in Cornwall this summer and enjoyed the ferry ride across the Camel estuary from Rock to Padstow. The sun was shining, Padstow was awash with tourists, or ‘emmets’ as they call them in this Celtic corner of England, and the cash tills were ringing. I couldn’t help but…

End-of-season wildfowling

End-of-season wildfowling

The wildfowling season may be drawing to a close, but there’s still time for one last venture to the foreshore. Nick Milman, chairman of the Devon Wildfowlers, offers his tips for a perfect final fowling trip

Ecological-Focus-Areas

How Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs) will affect your shoot

By Richard Barnes Many farmers are wrestling with the changes under the latest Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform. Like it or not, just about everything we do is influenced by the European Union, from general licences for the control of woodpigeon to how farmers are paid to tend their land.…

Rabbiting Admiration!

RABBITING I have been lucky enough to travel across the UK to control and remove rabbit populations from all manner of places, some more bizarre than others, and this is where a dog that marks where rabbits are hiding is important. I have fond memories of rabbiting with a friend…

Ganton Headkeeper

Game shooting from Ganton, Yorkshire

The Wolds of Yorkshire is a distinctive landscape – topographically unique in fact. The meandering dry valleys and rolling hills of the most northerly chalk downs in Europe give the whole area a strong identity. You’d be forgiven for thinking the plethora of deep valleys with perfectly flat bottoms, so…

Porch House Hotel Stow

Porch House Hotel, Stow-on-the-Wold review

Having only really ventured into the Cotswolds during the school holidays, I was looking forward to tranquillity as we passed through the likes of Ettington, Shipston-on-Stour and Moreton-in-Marsh on our way to Stow-on-the-Wold. The drive along the hazy, tree-lined country roads between these stone market towns is an idyllic route.…

Pheasant shooting

Top 10 pheasant shooting memories

Editing a shooting magazine has its perks. In spite of the constant pressure of immovable deadlines, continually chasing contributor’s for copy and trying to meet the demands of the suits upstairs, you actually can find time to go shooting if you get the juggling act right. In my best (or…

Ferreting in the dales

Ferreting on the Yorkshire Dales

Each year, around the time of the clock change, I find myself, like a moth to the flame, making a pilgrimage, subliminally drawn to the ferreting on those Yorkshire hills — and this year was no exception. Several hundred miles later we concluded our journey by driving through the villages…

Review: The Wensleydale Heifer

From outward appearances, the Wensleydale Heifer in West Witton, North Yorkshire, is every inch the traditional village pub; a 17th century black and white coaching inn, with a cartoon cow on the sign above the door. From the name alone, one might expect to find a Labrador warming its paws…

Game shooting etiquette

A lady guest’s guide to game shooting etiquette

Looking back over seasons past, during which I have traipsed the length and breadth of this sceptred isle in the wake of an itinerant and enthusiastic gun, I thought it was time to share my thoughts on how to be a decorous – and decorative – addition in the shooting…

christmas gift guide

Christmas gift guide

With less than a month to go until Christmas, Shooting Times offers a selection of this year's top seasonal gift choices

red kite

Why back-garden bird lovers are wrong to feed kites

The town of Reading is home to a different type of commuter these days, with hundreds of red kites arriving each morning to take advantage of food that is put out for them by people who like getting close to nature without having to leave their own homes. In a…

Fair Game at gleneagles

Fair Game at Gleneagles

Golf is not the only game at Gleneagles, as this new Fair Game package, with clay shooting, gundog handling and hawking, highlights