Shot pheasants

What constitutes a big bag in shooting? 150, 200, 300

What constitutes a ‘big bag’ in shooting. Is it 150, 200, 300 birds? A big bag in shooting For all the talk, what counts as a big bag in shooting? To some extent, it’s a matter of perception — and that’s not making light of the issue. Some of the…

Braced up pheasants

Why a bit of moderation in shooting right now might not be a bad thing

Could a shortage of imported gamebirds for this coming season signal structural change in driven game shooting? In years to come, will we look back and recognise this season as the turning point — the first time in decades that the inexorable trend of releasing more and more pheasants was…

Observe and report but don’t get involved in rural law enforcement

What do you do if you are on your own in the countryside and you come across somebody behaving suspiciously? Those of us who have been permitted to own firearms are at a potential disadvantage in any confrontation. Our certificates could be at risk, even if we are the innocent…

Firearms licensing departments and WFH: Alasdair Mitchell has his say

I received a ‘do not reply’ email the other day from the section of Defra that deals with mapping farms. Somebody decided to delete part of my farm from the register of productive agricultural land, reclassifying it as ungrazed scrub instead. The bit of land in question is tiny and…

Solo stalking

The joys of solo stalking

Some years ago, my wife was so busy at work that she proposed to hire somebody to exercise her horse. I remarked that this was like me paying somebody to go to the pub for me. Why not simply get rid of the horse? I was informed that my opinion…

fibre wad cartridges

Sourcing biodegradable wads: Alasdair Mitchell is on the case

One day, in my dim and distant youth, I noticed a wisp of fishing line hanging from the mouth of my sister’s horse. My blood froze as I recalled that I had been practising my fly casting on the lawn next to the paddock. Full of trepidation, I gently grasped…

Firearm Certificate

Revoking a firearms certificate: Alasdair Mitchell comments

Like it or not, society has decided that those of us with legally held firearms should not be allowed the full rights of a free-born citizen, as first enshrined in this country by the Magna Carta in 1215. I am not a lawyer. In discussing the intricacies of firearms licensing…

home office

Could you take your city job to the countryside?

An internet connection is all you need, says Alasdair Mitchell. Whilst rural broadband speeds don't facilitate working from rural settings, satellite broadband could be good enough.