dog ear mites checking by vet

Could my dog catch ear mites from another dog?

Q: My next-door neighbour’s 
dog has mites, which has led 
to an ear infection. We walk the dogs together each day and I was wondering if mine would be at risk? What are dog ear mites and are they catching? What dog owners need to know about ear mites Ear…

shotguns for clay pigeon shooting

Is it legal to borrow or lend a gun?

Q: A friend is staying with 
me and will be using my gun 
on a formal shoot. He will not 
be bringing a shotgun. Can I lend him one and do we need a visitor’s permit or simply a letter from the shoot owner? A: Your friend can take advantage…

Tunnel traps

How to use traps for pest control

Using traps for pest control to control small predators such as stoats, weasels and rats is time-consuming, but is nevertheless important for those of us who want to try and nurture some wild stock. Foxes and crows might be at the top of the list but, once their numbers are under…

Barrett Fieldcraft Sporter rifle

Barrett Fieldcraft Sporter rifle

When you are young, keen and eager, the overall weight of a new rifle, scope and moderator is not your primary concern. Often you think you need a heavy or long barrel for the best ballistics and accuracy, and to hell with the handling. That is fine in the comfort…

dogs good for your health

Just how serious a threat is lungworm to dogs?

Q: How serious is lungworm 
and should I be routinely treating my dogs? An emerging disease A: Lungworm (Angiostrongylus vasorum) infection is what we call an “emerging” disease. Initially found mainly in the south of the UK, it is gradually becoming more common. How is lungworm transmitted? Lungworm is not…

Beretta 486 Parallelo 20-bore

Beretta 486 Parallelo 20-bore reviewed by Shooting Times

As the new shotgun reviewer for Shooting Times, I was asked to look at the Beretta 486 Parallelo 20-bore side-by-side and consider whether it would make a good rough shooting gun. The short answer is yes, but let’s have a look at the evidence 
to support the argument. Familiar sight…

spring-powered airgun or a PCP

Should I buy a spring-powered airgun or a PCP?

Choosing the right airgun can present the newcomer with a minefield of choices, and picking a power source is usually the biggest quandary. For decades, spring-powered airguns were the only option but over the past 15 or so years, precharged pneumatics — often referred to as PCPs — have really…

Statue of Liberty

How can I legally send a gun to the USA?

Q: I have three shotguns that 
once belonged to my father. 
I hold the licence for them, but wonder if you could tell me how 
I would go about sending them 
to my brother in the US? Send a gun to the USA A: If you are a shotgun certificate…

stalk red stags

7 of the best places to stalk red stags in Scotland

Heading off to stalk red stags in Scotland is a bucket-list experience for most stalkers. One of the country’s most majestic animals, the red deer is Scotland’s largest native land mammal and one of its most sought-after sporting trophies. The majority are found in the Scottish Highlands and islands, and there is a wide variety of stalking ground…

protect dogs from horsefly bites

How can I protect my dogs from horsefly bites?

Q: I usually take my two Labradors with me when I tend to my horses and have noticed that there seem to be a lot of horseflies around this year, which can give 
a nasty bite. I generally spray myself with insect repellent to keep them away from me, but…

Muntjac in gardens

Shooting deer near houses. Is it legal?

Deer have moved into my area and are coming into the garden, damaging plants and vegetables. How high a fence will I need to keep the little ******* out?

Steyr Zephyr II 17 HMR rimfire

Steyr Zephyr II .17 HMR rimfire

The original Steyr Zephyr was a .22 LR, produced in 1966 by Steyr Mannlicher, and it was unlike any other rimfire available at the time. It had that everlasting and alluring quality that Steyr rifles possess and 
it was the only rimfire I knew of 
that had a Stutzen —…

English setter

Should dogs drink ice-cold water?

Q: I have heard that I should 
not allow my dog to drink 
iced water in hot weather because 
it causes bloat. Can you tell me 
if this is true? If not, can I safely give my dog iced water? A: As far as I am aware there is 
no real…

Sir Ian Botham

RSPB is like a “giant squid” says Ian Botham

Sir Ian Botham has set his sights on the Royal Society of the Protection of Birds (RSPB), questioning why the charity needs a grand total of 34 press officers and 685 fundraisers. By comparison the British Red Cross has just 19 press officers and Macmillan Cancer Support 11. The former…

Tweed shop in Scotland

Poor grouse season affects local businesses and employment

Stocks of grouse are so low that several estates have had to postpone or even cancel shooting. A long, hard winter followed by weeks of hot sunshine and little rain has had a critical effect on bird breeding rates. Areas particularly badly affected include Perthshire, the Highlands and the Borders.…

shotgun cartridges in different bores

How to store shotgun cartridges legally and safely

I want to keep shotgun cartridges in the loft, which never drops below freezing but does get a bit damp at times. I am not talking about keeping the ammo for a long time, but maybe buying a year or more’s supply at a time.