wildfowling in field

Starting game shooting

Wildfowling If you can’t afford to buy game shooting by the day, or through a syndicate, we recommend you join one of the many UK wildfowling clubs listed with the BASC. That’s because… An annual membership fee costs much less than a day’s driven game shoot. You are mentored in…

Picking-up etiquette on driven shoots

Picking-up etiquette during a driven game shoot

I have read with great interest in this magazine about how pickers-up are expected to behave when picking-up by guns and more especially, guns with dogs. I have picked-up on quite a few well-known West Country shoots, where I have also loaded. It seems to me there are many types…

8 ways to improve your game shooting during the close season

Go and shoot lots of cartridges on a simulated shoot day. Take a few friends. It’s very social and more importantly, you’ll be keeping your eye in. Have a professional gun fit at a good shooting school. You may be surprised at how much it improves your technique, particularly if…

Commercial shoots

Poor drives on commercial shoots: poor excuse or unfair demand?

In the world of commercial shooting, is it good enough to explain a poor drive by saying it was the first time through? The Paying Gun, by Matthew Alexander As shooting has become more expensive it’s only fair to the paying customer that the offering also improves. Guns are more intolerant –…

father and son shooters

When boys become Guns

The first steps into the shooting world are often some of the most difficult to take. For young people in particular the prospect can seem as daunting as it is exciting, but it is essential that they are welcomed in to the sport if gameshooting is to flourish and thrive.…

grouse shooting

Ex-RSPB conservation director says driven grouse shooting should be banned

The RSPB has taken a neutral position on the matter of driven grouse shooting. However, in his book Inglorious – Conflict in the Uplands, which is to be published tomorrow – just two weeks before the Glorious Twelfth – Dr Avery says that the sport should be banned. The controversial…