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Toxic ammunition: the truth about lead

The move to phase out lead ammunition is one of the most divisive and inflammatory issues in modern fieldsports. Yet, despite the wealth of coverage and the emotion the topic of toxic ammunition evokes in many quarters, the open-minded hunter looking for sufficient information to form their own opinion can…

venison involtini recipe

Venison involtini with roasted fennel

This venison recipe works with all sorts of venison, but I have tweaked this version to work best with red deer meat. The herbs and the roasted fennel all slant the flavour towards setting off the base of red deer meat, which I have found to be a little more…

Woodcock

What’s happening with woodcock?

With the November full moon now just 4 weeks away the thoughts of game shooters are turning increasingly to woodcock and hopes are high for strong early falls. A few birds have begun to drift in with odd examples reported by shooters and birdwatchers however no substantial falls have yet…

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…

recipe for venison cannelloni

A recipe for venison cannelloni

There’s a group of pubs, scattered between inner London and Oxford, that I urge anyone to seek out. The term ‘gastropub’ is used to describe pub food. I dislike it. Gastronomy is not what pub food should be. The best, most honest, authentic fare goes well with humble British ales…

stags

Scottish Gamekeepers Association attacks BASC over deer plans

In a scathing blog, SGA Chairman Alex Hogg questioned the motive behind the BASC plan. Alex said: “If this is about opportunism and winning new shooting grounds for members, then there is likely to be questions asked about how this will make things better for deer management in Scotland today.”…

Anger builds as New Zealand venison is marked ‘Highland Game’

Sybil Macpherson took to Facebook after spotting the product in her local Tesco. In a post showing the pack Sybil said “I was both surprised and disappointed to read the label on this pack of venison for sale yesterday. Why, when we have ample supplies of Scottish venison available, is…

simulated game day

Get better at game on clays

It’s that time of year when an invitation to shoot rolls into the inbox and stings the average game Shot into confronting the fact they haven’t picked up a gun in something approaching a year. In the age of COVID-19, that might even be two years for some of us,…

Wildfowling tips

Tips for wildfowling

Wildfowling is a wonderful sport, but not always the most productive in terms of action or shooting opportunities compared with other fieldsports. Making the most of the chances presented is key to success, turning a trip from a birdwatching outing into a hunter-gathering expedition. Here are a few tips for…

lead ammunition

65% of country’s shoots will be ‘lead free’ by end of 2023, according to survey

The Savills Game and Conservation Benchmarking Survey found that the vast majority of shoots had already got rid of plastic shotgun wads and that most were expecting to transition away from lead shot. Conservation work is also being given increasing priority by shoots with two-third of respondents saying they undertook…

Alpine Kodiak Scout

Unique Alpine Kodiak Scout

I have always been a sucker for a carbine. The short stature and feel of such rifles makes great sense for most of my woodland stalking. A carbine balances reduced weight with enough barrel length to be ballistically efficient, yet doesn’t impede you stalking through foliage. That’s why when Unique…

best wildfowling jackets

Best wildfowling jackets – we put them to the test

Why we need the best wildfowling jackets It is 4am in mid-January. The Shipping Forecast warns of meteorological Armageddon from Gibraltar Point to North Foreland. Sleet like spittle taps the windows and a gusting north-easterly is making up its mind whether or not to remove the shed roof. In conditions…

Steel cartridges in shotgun

Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association reaffirms opposition to lead shot ban

The Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association (SGA) has restated its opposition to a transition away from the use of lead shot. Now in a message encouraging members to engage with the Health and Safety Executive’s lead ammunition consultation, the Association has restated that position. The message said: “Some countryside shooting organisations, led…

setting a snare for foxes

Welsh Government announces plan to ban snaring

Ban snaring There had been signs that the Welsh Government might make a move to ban snaring when it issued a consultation earlier this year which said that, “It is the Law Commission’s view that, in the future, the operation and inspection of snares may benefit from additional regulations prescribing…

Duck with redcurrant jelly

Recipe for a trio of duck with redcurrant jelly, glazed apple and game jus

There are many species of wild duck to choose from. The main ones are teal, wigeon and, the most common, mallard. Here’s a way of trying all three, very simply. (Read here for information on different duck species.) Simple trio of duck with redcurrant jelly, glazed apple and game jus…

Land Rover Discovery 5

Land Rover Discovery 5

The mighty ‘Disco’ has gained many followers over the past three decades, most sporting some sort of country attire rather than looking like an extra from Saturday Night Fever. The Discovery has evolved, but has always been a constant in town and country. But does the Disco 5 carry that…

wildfowler

How to be a successful and stealthy wildfowler

If your only experience of shooting wildfowl is driven mallard, you could be forgiven for failing to realise that you need to be well hidden if you really want to stand much chance at wild ducks and geese in broad daylight. (Here’s how to identify different duck species.) On the…

crispy rabbit recipe

Crispy rabbit with green sauce

Crispy rabbit recipe Ingredients 50g butter or olive oil 2 fully grown rabbits (cold smoked or raw), jointed Salt and pepper 1 small onion, diced 6 cloves of garlic, chopped A few fennel seeds and coriander seeds A sprig of fresh thyme 50g pork skin or bacon rind A little…

The skill of the wildfowling caller

The best wildfowling gear for the season ahead

Wildfowling kit has benefitted greatly from advances in materials technology in recent years and so we’ve compiled this guide to the best wildfowling gear. Decoy bags are now much lighter and easily washed than those of 30 years ago and neoprene has revolutionised legwear. Jackets can now be windproof, waterproof…