Confidence

Increase confidence in your shooting

Everyone misses easy birds. From the humble amateur to the duke of wherever, nobody is perfect. Leg-pulling about missed sitters has been part and parcel of shooting since the days of frock coats and flintlocks and, more often than not, when someone knows why they have missed, things are soon…

Pheasant shooting from the Clovelly Shoot, Devon

Pheasant shooting from the Clovelly Shoot, Devon

I hate to use this word but it was a ‘unique’ start to the shoot day, in that I left the modern confines of my room at the Red Lion Hotel in full shooting attire only to be pinned back by the shock of watching the groaning green and white…

Rough Shooting in Worcestershire

Rough Shooting in Worcestershire

I am a chap of simple pleasures: give me a gun, a spaniel, and some scrubby ground on which to hunt and I promise I will walk around all day with the biggest smile on my face. Add to the mix a bunch of like-minded friends and their canine shooting…

Catching and cooking rabbits, the ferreting way

Catching and cooking rabbits, the ferreting way

On this particular morning ferreting, the mist obscured the stunning countryside. The sodden ground highlighted the freshness of the morning as I started to lay my nets. Soon every long-net I possess surrounded a hedge I planned to ferret. Virgin ground, this area had never seen a ferret before, so…

poaching

How to stop poachers

Liam Bell suggests ways you can stop poachers, such as putting equipment out of sight, locking gates, recording as much information as possible and reporting everything to the police

How to set up a Jerk rig

How to set up a Jerk rig

The majority of my duck decoying takes place on tidal creeks and rivers where the current of the water creates a natural movement in the decoys, but occasionally I will shoot on marsh floods or inland ponds where there isn’t any movement on the water. This looks incredibly unnatural as…

Mayfair: The ultimate shopping destination for game shots

Mayfair: The ultimate shopping destination for game shots

Mayfair is home to the biggest names in British game shooting, a place where best London gunmaking talent meets the finest materials and creative talent from around the British Isles. There is something for every taste (and most budgets) in the various districts nearby too, so when only the best…

Pheasant and partridge shooting from Molland, Devon

Pheasant and partridge shooting from Molland, Devon

Molland has long been recognised as one of the premier West Country shoots, so how are things looking this season? Molland is an estate that has been under the Bettws Hall branding for 11 years and it has been owned by the same family for 800 years. There are few…

How much should you tip on a shoot?

How much should you tip on a shoot?

One of the few grisly moments in shooting occurs in the car park after the last drive. Two or three Guns will huddle like forlorn rooks, discussing “the tip”. What to pay? Too much and it makes the other Guns look stingy; too little and it’s you that ends up…

Redleg partridges from Grupo Altube

Redleg partridges from Grupo Altube

By John Walker For Suffolk keeper Tim Coll, August Bank Holiday 2013 marked a new experience. Already the custodian of 11,000 French redleg partridge and 5,000 pheasant poults which had been feasting on his undulating acres in the Vale of Kersey, into his life rolled two small lorries to discharge…

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…