The real cost of no licence fee rise

There was widespread expectation that gun certificate fees, last increased in 2001, would be raised this year. But Prime Minister David Cameron has personally vetoed a rise. I think that was the wrong decision and would like to list some things that could usefully be done when licence fees are…

David Whitby on disease in game birds

David Whitby on disease in game birds

By now, those of us who are keepers of game have our birds and await (or have already experienced) the inevitable onset of disease; a good year on the rearing field is so often followed by problems in the release pens and vice versa. I suppose the less hardy are…

blackgrouse

The battle to bring back Welsh grouse

It is difficult to imagine the grouse moors of Wales as they were 100 years ago. A look at the gamebook of one of the estates in the Ceiriog Valley in north-east Wales shows that 2,360 red grouse were shot in the 1913 season, and the same record shows this…

Sharing your hide

Peter Theobald reveals why two hides can be better than one and how to play nicely with others while sharing a hide

How to use a goose flag

How to use a goose flag

Like a lot of my current fowling gear, the goose flag is another toy that originates from across the Pond, where shooters have used them wildfowling with a lot of success for a number of years. A goose flag is a simple piece of kit, hand operated and extremely easy…

Bullet placement

Bullet placement when deer stalking

Stalking trends come and go. From calibres to optics, all have their time. Fashion also influences the shots we take, and currently the head or high neck shot seems to be in vogue. Of all the decisions a stalker makes, bullet placement is surely one of the most critical. Not…

sporting rights

Bagging your sporting rights

You pick up a sporting magazine and an advertisement catches your eye. It’s offering shooting rights. You’ve always dreamed of managing a little grouse moor or pheasant shoot, and inviting a few friends to join you in starting up a syndicate. These opportunities don’t come along too often, so this…

pigeon shooter's code

The pigeon shooter’s code

There are some occasions on which the responsible pigeon shooter must turn down outings that sound good in favour of prior arrangements or more pressing needs. I’m lucky enough to manage pigeon on many farms and estates, and I do my best to be there when there is a problem,…

Game shooting services

Game shooting services

Felin Newydd House Probably the most sought-after of all game shooting services, there’s nothing like time away with friends, especially when they’re shooting friends, at a private residence. No sportsman worth their salt can deny they wouldn’t mind playing lord of the manor, and the extensive facilities at Felin Newydd…

Ladies who stalk

Ladies who stalk

It is a well- established fact that women are better than men at catching heavy and large numbers of salmon. It all began with Diana the Huntress. In Roman mythology Diana was associated with wild beasts, woodland, and the power to talk to and control animals. Though her name was eventually…

GWCT Loddington shoot

Why we need predator control

How much more evidence will they have to amass before countryside saviours GWCT are listened to by the Government? asks Editor-at-Large, Robin Scott.

How to place rotary decoys

To spin or not to spin – that is the question. Of all the questions that I get asked when I run BASCs pigeon courses, the one that crops up most frequently is: “Do rotary decoys work any more, and if so, where should I place them in the pattern?”…

Big hand for Olympic shooters

By Peter Wilson The World Class Programme (WCP) is one of the best-kept secrets of shooting. There seems to be reluctance on behalf of UK Sport and British Shooting, the governing body that it funds via the national lottery, to advertise the help that is available to eligible athletes, despite…