Schoffel Womens Lilymere Hacking Jacket

Best tweed shooting jackets for ladies

At last, designers and clothing manufacturers are waking up to the fact that country-loving females want to look smart and stylish in a jacket that is designed to blend in out in the field, walking the dog, watching the rugby and over drinks in the pub. We asked around some…

Swinton Estate shooting

How to be a better Shot

All of us would probably like to admit that we’d like to be a better Shot than we are. We might have been shooting out in the field for years, but there is always room for improvement. Refining our technique is something we should all work on. I thought it…

what ladies should wear shooting

Women in the field – some advice on what to wear

It’s key to know what to wear shooting. Not only from a sartorial point of view, because you’ll want to have the confidence of knowing you’re looking your best, but also from a comfort point of view. You need to be able to swing your gun freely, stay dry, warm…

Deer stalking

How to choose the right camouflage for deer stalking

Guests preparing for deer stalking often ask what kit they need, especially clothing. They ask whether they can wear camouflage. Usually the answer is yes, however some of the ground we stalk is on estates where the manager prefers us not to wear camouflage. (Read more on what to wear…

Rough shooting jacket – what are the best options?

Many shooters are introduced to the sport through either rough shooting or walked-up shooting, and it is often the starting point for the best Shots, as it is a perfect way to get fresh air, be out in nature, and get plenty of exercise, as you’ll likely spend a while…

Shooting suits made to measure

Shooting suits made to measure: where to go for bespoke tweeds

Inheriting a pair of Purdeys or a grouse moor? That would certainly delight most keen Shots. But most Shots would rather wear shooting suits made to measure, created from personally chosen cloth than inherit great-grandfather’s old tweeds (think moth-eaten, ripped linings, mysterious stains). Shooting suits made to measure If you’re…

camouflage jackets

Camouflage jackets – our top picks

The type of camouflage jackets you are going to need can differ depending on the time of year, location or quarry you are hunting (check out our advice on how to choose the right camouflage). The basics will always apply: pick a camouflage jacket that will help you to blend…

clay shooting

How to improve your clay shooting scores

Practice makes perfect and if you could spend all day on the clay ground practising your shooting there is no doubt that you would improve your clay shooting scores. However life has a habit of getting in the way and so there’s only so much time in the week you…

shooting invitaiton

What you need to know BEFORE replying to a shooting invitation

A shooting invitation is a highlight in any gameshooter’s calendar but don’t rush into a reply. Whilst you should reply promptly you should consider the following before making a decision. Receiving a shooting invitation When the host invites a guest to shoot it’s likely to be done in one of…

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Are these the best gundog friendly hotels in the UK?

Looking for a hotel to stay in where they will welcome your gundog?  We’ve compiled this list of gundog friendly hotels with shooting facilities nearby or on the premises. If there are any you think we should add to the list, please let us know. If you’re looking for a…

deer stalking clothing

Deer stalking clothing: this is what to wear

One of the things I most enjoy about deer stalking is working with newcomers. Often these are people who have done a fair bit of game shooting or fishing but have decided it’s time to get into stalking properly. Inevitably, if you’re deciding to take up stalking or you’re keen…

gundogs

The shooting kit that we’d all love to have

There are various pieces of shooting kit that are essential to trips out in the field. We’ve picked some top picks and some that are on the wish list. 1. The jacket Harkila Stornoway Tweed Shooting Jacket £369.95 This recently came out top in our list of best tweed shooting…

Gamekeepers

How Guns can earn a gamekeeper’s respect

Over the years I have read a number of articles on the topic of what constitutes a good beater, a good shoot and a good picker-up. But I don’t recall any pieces on how a Gun can earn a gamekeeper’s respect. (Read our piece on whether beaters and pickers-up get…

flying pheasant

Pheasant shooting must-reads

There’s an early morning nip in the air and the pheasant shooting season has begun. So here are some useful pheasant shooting must-reads covering everything from guns and ammunition to what to wear shooting.  1. What’s the best cartridge load for driven pheasants?  Instructor Adam Calvert offers the benefit of…

Polish Bazanty pheasant

How NOT to be asked shooting again

It’s said that good manners cost nothing. It’s also true that bad manners in the field will cost you a future shooting invitation. So here is a guide to what you should avoid. Being late Lateness is a serious sin. Mark you, earliness can be quite embarrassing if you stride…