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What to watch to improve your shooting performance

When it comes to teaching an adult to shoot, I always treat each person as an individual. I do not treat a lady Shot any differently from how I would a gentleman, for example. There are lots of things said with regard to lady Shots, such as eye-dominance problems, body…

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Starting shooting – how to find an instructor

Getting going – will you get a thump in the shoulder? The thought of firing a shotgun for the first time can be a daunting prospect, especially if you’ve talked to someone who didn’t get suitable instruction when they tried their hand at the sport. If you believe what they say, you’ll…

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…

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Game shooting etiquette: what does a “low bird” mean?

Talk about a can of worms; this one landed on the in-tray with the pin out ready to drop me right in the deep water. How low can you go before a shot becomes a low shot? Let me start by saying that not all low shots are necessarily dangerous…

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The limits of the lead factor

“Give it 4ft, 5ft, 6ft”; “I think that bird needs at least 10ft, actually no, that’s at least a gate’s length; change that, it needs a bus’s length.” Does this sound familiar? What is the obsession with lead when it comes to shooting game, and why is it most guns’ and…

Rabbit clay shooting

Tips for shooting vermin

Here we look at how a variety of vermin species can be simulated with clay targets. All you've got to do is practice hitting them!

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One gun fits all

The telephone at shooting schools invariably starts to ring more frequently once the first pheasant shoots of the season are behind us. Right now mine is busy with shooters trying to find answers as to why their early outings have not met with the success they had expected. I’ve asked…

pheasants in Land Rover

Learning to shoot and cook game in Somerset

My experience of clay pigeon shooting has largely been limited to team-building days. And I found them immensely frustrating. For whilst some of my colleagues picked up their shotguns and were away, hitting clays with just about every shot, I was a complete amateur and a quick 10 minute lesson…

How to shoot over your dog

Over the past couple of months we have looked at taking your gundog into the beating line or being part of a picking-up team, but the ultimate for any gundog handler has to be shooting over your dog. It isn’t easy and not for the faint-hearted, but these guidelines should help.…

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How to avoid being seen, smelled or heard when stalking deer

Lately I was asked: “What do you consider the most important technique that should be put into practice while deerstalking?” I have to say the question found me a little off guard. At the time I was giving a DSC1 lecture on roe deer and it wasn’t the question I was expecting.…

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The right way to walk-up woodcock

For many people in this country, walked-up shooting or roughshooting is how we started. It is the grass roots of our sport and, until driven gameshooting became more accessible, it was the only form of shooting that many Guns would experience. I remember as a Young Shot walking in a line with…

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Rifle Skills: Tighter shot groupings

If you’ve been following the series and trying the techniques we’ve described, you should by now have some shots in your targets. We’ve gone through setting up your rifle for success, zeroing and finding the right ammunition, and the various ways in which you can improve your shooting skills. So…

Grouse shooting back bird

Why is the back bird so hard to master when grouse shooting?

A. You are not alone with this. Many of my grouse shooting clients say the same and I would agree that it’s one of the hardest game birds to shoot. Why? I can break this down into three main reasons: footwork, movement and connection. Footwork is an important part of…

Welcome to the Bisley workout

Welcome to the Bisley workout

I don’t know whether it is Bisley’s military associations, but it wouldn’t be the first time I have “enjoyed” some form of exercise when I have visited the place. I seem to recall, quite a long time ago, being offered something called the “Iron Arm” challenge – shooting 100 driven…

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A chat with The Shotgun and Chelsea Bun Club founder Victoria Knowles Lacks

Shooting UK: So Victoria, what gave you the idea of setting up the Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club in the first place? Victoria Knowles-Lacks: “I was finding it quite hard to find girl-friendly advice about gameshooting, so I set up a website in 2011 called Ladies-Shooting. I’d been shooting for a…

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Oh to be quicker on the reload

Twice I’ve been robbed of the blue riband of clay-busting. No, not the British Open Sporting. As if. We’re talking uber-competitive here: of reputations won and lost; of enormous sums wagered; of tight A**e Corner. okay, its real name is Tight Corner but, given that it costs a smallish fortune…

clayshooting at CLA Game FAir

How you can improve your clayshooting at the CLA Game Fair 2015

Do you want to learn, compete, watch famous international Shots, have your gun checked or shop for new equipment? This year the Clay Line at the CLA Game Fair has been renamed the Shooting Line and it’s where you can enjoy demonstrations and try your hand at several competitions. Fancy…