Irish water spaniel

The Irish water spaniel

The joker in the spaniel pack. No, not my words, but those of an Irish water spaniel owner and enthusiast, talking about the foibles and idiosyncrasies of his favourite breed. The Irish water spaniel, he assured me, could lay claim to being the only HPR native to these islands. He…

selling game

How to sell your game without going through a game dealer

Last year the game market was one of the best to date for game dealers selling into home and international markets. Across the south of England the three main dealers were reporting that they were short of pheasants. The economics of the game market are complex but game dealers, despite…

What happens when you use an imitation owl to lure crows and magpies?

Corvid control with an air rifle can be unpredictable. There are days when the quiet stealth of a moderated airgun can be a real asset, enabling you to pick off countless birds before they wise up to what’s going on. And, of course, there are plenty of times when suspicious…

dog with injured tail

The law on tail docking

Docked tails: I want to ask my new picking-up team about their dogs' docked tails.

Merkel K3 Extreme .308

Merkel K3 Extreme .308

Merkel, one of the oldest gunmakers in the Suhl district of Germany, is renowned for its fine shotguns, rifles and double- or triple-barrelled guns. The Merkel K3 Extreme .308 harks back to the tradition of quality single-shot rifles that are popular for Alpine regions, travelling hunters and those who like and…

Clumber spaniel in sugar beet

How did traditional gundogs fare in Kennel Club registrations in 2018?

Has the dog-buying British public gone barking mad? Last year, as was widely predicted, the French bulldog became Britain’s most popular pedigree breed, ousting the Labrador from the top spot it has held for many years. According to the Kennel Club 36,785 French bulldogs were registered in 2018, compared with…

crows in field with lamb

Threat to general licences

The general licences that allow for the shooting of pest bird species, including crows, feral pigeons, Canada geese and lesser black-backed gulls, are to be challenged in the courts by a campaign group. Wild Justice, a private company set up by TV presenter Chris Packham, raptor blogger Dr Ruth Tingay…

fitting shotgun chokes

Does choke matter?

The degree of choke in your gun barrel is the difference between the size of the bore — the barrel diameter — relative to the constriction at the muzzle. For this reason, plug-in choke “gauges” will only ever give you a very rough guide. The only way to measure choke…

recipe for deer liver

Recipe for deer liver with wild garlic and a fried egg

Super-fresh liver is among the sweetest, most irresistible pieces of meat you are ever likely to encounter. Leave it to go stale, though, and within 48 hours it will be a very different proposition; bitterness will pervade and as time goes by this character will only continue to dominate. A…

BROWNING 525 LAMINATE

Why did the Browning 525 Laminate leave our reviewer speechless?

The shotgun on test this month is the Browning 525 Laminate, a new offering from Browning that will be available in the UK from June 2019. Featuring grey laminate woodwork, it is aimed at the clay shooter and has a recommended retail price of £2,175. The demonstration model arrived at…

Duck in flight

Are flightponds actually ethical?

I like ducks. While geese are masterly and waders noble, the duck is affable. My warm feelings for them may sound incongruous. Much of my spare time is spent trying to place myself on the foreshore and marsh so that I can shoot one, preferably two. That being said, the…

CIC review 2018

English and Welsh Roe Review 2018

English roe had a good year in 2018. After reporting an increased number of heads presented for measuring in 2017 — the best on record — we were prepared for a slower year in 2018. Reports from stalkers across the country were suggesting lower numbers of quality bucks. As so…

Partridge in a parcel

Cooking little partridges individually in parchment parcels results in beautifully tender meat with a gorgeous golden finish. With less air around it and 
a little bit of fat, at a decent temperature of 150°C, the bird part steams, part roasts. Golden on the outside, tender meat within, I give you…

disabled shooting

Getting around a clay ground in a wheelchair

Disabled sport’s profile has risen hugely in recent years, partly driven by the success of British athletes in the Paralympics. I was therefore interested to see how far the disability sport revolution had reached into fieldsports. I sought out some of the UK’s leading practitioners from the worlds of clayshooting,…

Recipe for venison barbacoa tortillas

Venison tortillas

Barbacoa is perfectly suited to venison as it really enhances the flavour of the meat. This recipe uses a shoulder of venison for “low and slow” style cooking. The meat becomes extremely tender, absorbs all 
the flavours from the marinade and simply falls off the bone. The smoked chipotle won’t…

GWCT apron

Test your shooting knowledge and WIN!

In association with Shooting Times, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) is running a monthly competition to win a GWCT apron. So you can cook those game recipes in style and show off your mastery of shooting and rural matters at the same time. You’ll find the quiz every…