pigeon shooting masterclass

3 things pigeon shooters get wrong (and how to make them right)

If you’re a keen pigeon shooter, you’ll know that these birds are canny and not that easy to outwit. Obviously much of the success you’ll enjoy lies in your shooting technique and so Patrick Galbraith, editor of Shooting Times, recently spent a morning at Bisley with instructor Ben Davies and…

bale hide

How to set up a bale hide for pigeon shooting

Shooting over stubble probably offers the best opportunity to maximise your hide position. Bale hides are the ultimate pigeon shooting hide to shoot from and work over every stubble. In an ideal world I would shoot every stubble from a bale hide as I am right in the middle of…

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.…

Rifle skills: Get in position

Rifle skills: Get in position

In this rifle skills video we’ll be looking at the various positions you can shoot from. Remember you should not immediately expect 1in groups at 100m from these positions; ascertain what you can and can’t expect from each of them, and then you can decide when each is acceptable for…

American signal crayfish

Crayfish trapping & cooking

The American signal crayfish has laid waste to the UK’s waterways since its introduction in the 1970s when it was farmed for restaurants. Like the mink, they escaped and found their way into our ecosystem, with devastating effects on our native wildlife and surrounding environment. It carries a plague to…