Remington Versa Max semi-auto shotgun

11 of our favourite semi-automatics for wildfowling

Lincoln Premier Wildfowling Gun As the name suggests, this fits the bill for a gun that’s dedicated to wildfowling – however it also has potential for other uses, including clay pigeon shooting. You can read our full recent review here, with a thorough write-up. £1200. Hatsan Escort Magnum  This is…

gundog wildfowling

Are you complying with the law on lead?

 Simon Prince, chief constable of Dyfed-Powys Police, who is the national police lead for rural crime, said: “We believe that there are still some members of the public who, whether knowingly or through a lack of understanding of the law, are using lead ammunition to shoot wildfowl in England and Wales.…

Goose Calling

Goose Calling

Pinkfoot Goose Pinkfoot calling is normally the easiest of the three main species to master. I use a Solway pinkfoot call, as I find it really easy to use and one the most realistic on the market. The main call of the pinks is the distinctive and easily recognised “wink…

Duck calling

Duck Calling

In this video I’m concentrating on duck calling. I believe calling can make a difference to the bag if the skill is mastered. It isn’t very often that I head out on to the foreshore, or even a pond, without my trusty call around my neck. Despite often looking like…

Sir Peter Scott

Father of the conservation movement

I am not a great one for conspiracy theories, but every now and then you come across an omission that is repeated so often and so consistently that it can only be a result of an attempt to deceive, whether conscious or unconscious. One such involves the life of Sir…

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…

Pinkfoot pursuit

The dictionary states that a ‘Wild Goose Chase’ is a “foolish and hopeless search for or pursuit of something unattainable,” which can sum up a lot of goose flights. However, I have a few tricks up my sleeve to even the odds on what is one of the most magical…

Sink Box Hunting in Candada

Sink box hunting in Lake Saint Pierre, Quebec, Canada

Another blast of icy water from a churning five-foot whitecap wave sluices over the side of the steel coffin-like structure, cascading over my head before racing down my spine. The protesting metal creaks and moans. The horizon is filled with angry clouds as rain blasts at a 45-degree angle. But…

In search of Orkney greylag

Having shot geese in most of the iconic Scottish locations, there was still one area that I hadn’t yet explored – the Orkney Isles. So when the opportunity presented itself to explore this new landscape, myself and three like-minded enthusiasts grabbed it. Our host and outfitter was Rob Frampton of…

Decoy rigging

There are many ways to rig up decoys. Over the years, I have used a variety of cords and techniques on a range of decoys, until I found what I believe is the perfect combination. You should start by choosing the best decoy for your price range. The UK decoy…

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…

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…