Crow decoys

How to use crow decoys for corvid control

The problem with decoys at the end of the season around these parts is finding somewhere to go. The crows haven’t been pressured into feeding anywhere in particular due to the mild wet winter.  Optimising chances Picking a location to shoot was a difficult decision as the estate has a lot…

shooting outbuildings

The advantages of reduced-load .22 rimfire ammunition

With cattle in the barns and grain stored over the winter months, it seems an endless task to keep hungry vermin species at bay. As soon as I have to battle against colder and wetter weather, most of my vermin control heads indoors — in and around the barns and outbuildings now…

Marocchi XTR

Marocchi XTR

It is odd how ideas and values influence fashion, or are influenced by fashion. Take the semi-automatic shotgun: not so long ago it was welcome in shooting company as a dog with mange. Even otherwise enthusiastic firearms historians were wont to look askance at the semi-auto or self-loading shotgun. Technically,…

mole trap

How to make a mole trap

How to make a mole trap Moles are certainly a pest and can cause a lot of damage. If you’ve been considering trapping some, remember that the most important thing to remember is that the trap must ensure that the creature has minimal suffering and dies swiftly and cleanly. In…

Webley and Scott

Webley & Scott .410 and 9mm Bolt-Action Shotguns

The turn-bolt would not seem to be the obvious sort of action on which to build a shotgun. It rings to mind something clumsy and awkward such as the Belgian conversions of old military rifles. It was, however, a choice of action sometimes favoured for budget shotguns built around the smaller vermin control cartridges. The most popular,…

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!

Armed Guns SPE .410

Armed Guns SPE .410

You would be forgiven if, like me, you had never heard of Armed Guns, the Turkish manufacturer whose wares are the latest to reach the UK thanks to importer Edgar Brothers. Based in the city of Izmir on the western edge of Anatolia, Armed Guns produces a range of shotguns and air rifles for sporting uses, as well as…

Remington Fieldmaster Pump .22R

Remington Fieldmaster Pump .22LR

The Remington Fieldmaster dates back to 1954 and has been a successful series of pump-action rimfire rifles from Remington. It is relatively short at 40in long, and is nice and light at 5.75lb. However, it has the great ability to shoot not only .22LR (long rifle) cartridges but also .22 long and .22 short ammunition. This makes it…

ferreting

Tawny makes her ferreting debut

When the time was right I decided to take Tawny to Norfolk for her first time ferreting. We went to Norfolk, because I wanted to see her work in the kind of environment that will become her bread and butter: long-nets, plenty of ferrets and deep, expansive warrens. Obedience wasn’t the only…

Bergara B14 rifle package

Bergara B14 rifle package

When I was tasked the with job of reviewing this rifle package, I knew that it was going to be as much of a fact-finding test as the rifle and sound moderator are new to me. Luckily, Kahles optics is a product that I have plenty of experience with. Kahles optics Many of you have heard…

Ruger .22LR American rifle

Ruger .22LR American rifle

Ruger has a knack of producing rifles that “real” shooters want, in an innovative way, at a good price. The rimfire market is swamped with bolt actions, pumps, semis and lever-action rifles, and you might think there is no space for another one, but Ruger has managed to fill a niche for a practical, accurate yet cheap rimfire alternative.…

airgunning in the cold

Airgunning in the cold

A lot of airgunners are fair-weather shooters; they take to the fields and the woods when the temperature is warm and the days are long, then pack their rifles away as soon as the chill of autumn sets in. As lovely as it is to enjoy our sport when the…

Industrial Ferreting on an ancient hedgerow

Ferreting on an ancient hedgerow

The Jolly boys tackled a hedgerow planted in the 1800s, which was housing rabbits doing a lot of damage – this was industrial ferreting. Knowing your quarry’s behaviour always brings home more bunnies, and the stop-nets through the ancient hedgerow between warrens caught out every rabbit that tried to escape.…

rookery

Is shooting rooks a crime?

When reader Ian Taylor emailed to say he was being charged with shooting corvids, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Corvids such as rooks are on the general licence and may be shot for crop protection, protecting wild birds and a number of other reasons. The licences specify the methods which…

Ruger 10/22 stainless synthetic carbine

Ruger 10/22 stainless synthetic carbine

The Ruger 10/22 rimfire semi-automatic rifle, produced more than 50 years ago in 1964, has to be the most widely made and distributed .22 rimfire rifle in existence. It led to a whole genre of aftermarket paraphernalia to upgrade the basic rifle. Ruger makes a variety of off-the-shelf 10/22s, including standard wood-stocked, take-down, target and tactical models. Probably the…

Anschutz 1727F

Anschutz 1727F

Anschutz has made my day, as their new 1727F model blends a sporter .17 HMR rifle with the super-slick and precise straight-pull action. The action is actually a redesigned (or up-scaled) action from a similar Anschutz biathlon 1827 model, both of which are made by the firm System Fortner, acting under licence for Anschutz. What you end…

CZ 455 rifle

CZ 455

CZ 455 .17 HMR review: Bruce Potts tests a great-value rimfire rifle that offers switch-barrel convenience and accuracy, too.

High Court overrules Natural England in gamekeeper buzzard licence battle

Today, Friday 13th November 2015, has been a lucky day for gamekeeper Ricky McMorn. The Judicial Review at the High Court has quashed Natural England’s refusal to grant him a licence to control buzzards, a battle that has been going on for four long years. Giving his judgement today Mr Justice…

Ferreting in Norfolk

The Jolly Boys return for more ferreting in Norfolk

I was addressing a burgeoning rabbit problem in North Norfolk and I was keen to make an immediate impact, but to do so, I realised I would require some extra hands. It was time to reassemble the troops. The Jolly boys — Ian “Torchie” Clayton, Richard Edwards, Steve Taylor, Paul…

Pigeon shooting: The flightline factor

Pigeon shooting: The flightline factor

Like so many pigeon shooters, I have been in pursuit of Britain’s greatest sporting bird for more years than I care to remember. My enthusiasm has not diminished with the passing of time. My first experience of having some birds to decoy, however, was more by accident than design. I was 15 and working on a farm,…