Red fox stalking pheasant

Using traps and snares: how to do it legally and effectively

Traps and snares play a vital role in gamekeeping. If you are looking to establish new ground for a shoot or simply increase the amount of wild game in your area, knowing how and when to trap is essential. Whether you’re using cages or tunnels to reduce predation, Larsen trapping…

The Brittany: why it’s the most popular gundog in France

Why a Brittany? Although it’s not unusual to be asked for guidance, the majority of buyers have already decided on their breed of choice, be it spaniel, retriever or HPR. The majority of people remain with the same type of dog, if not the same breed, throughout their life. However,…

partridge recipe with roasted quince

Partridge with roasted quince, Italian lentils and Merguez sausages

Partridge with roasted quince, Italian lentils and Merguez sausages Ingredients 2 partridges, dressed and seasoned 1 quince, quartered and cored (or an eating apple) 3tbsp melted butter 4 paprika-flavoured merguez sausages, or fresh cooking chorizo 250g Italian brown or green Puy lentils 1 litre of water or stock 75ml glass…

Points on stag antlers

Stag antlers: what makes a stag a Royal, an Imperial or a Monarch?

Q: How many points on stag antlers can a red in the wild be expected to grow when it is in good health with a good food supply? And what then makes a stag a ‘Royal’ and an ‘Imperial stag’?  Many things have an impact on the number of points…

not the perfect weather for a shoot day

What is the perfect weather for a shoot day?

Imagine your perfect driven shooting day — a cheerful host, good hospitality, abundant birds passing over or across your peg, perhaps a faithful hound sitting meekly at heel, attentive to your every command, and, of course, you dropping the birds with a skill that makes your companions gasp. Perfect weather…

Estate rifle in use

Weatherby Vanguard High Country: the ideal workhorse estate rifle

The ideal workhorse estate rifle The Vanguard range from Weatherby rifles was born from the need to produce an affordable version of Roy Weatherby’s Mark V actioned magnum rifle. Howa from Japan was assigned to manufacture the new Vanguard action, and it continues to be an utterly reliable and accurate…

Scandinavian venison meatballs recipe

Scandinavian venison meatballs recipe: a delicious way to use up spare venison

Scandinavian venison meatballs recipe Ingredients 1 onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, chopped 100g breadcrumbs 1 egg 5 tbsp milk ¾ tsp salt ½ tsp white pepper Pinch of ground allspice 500g venison mince 200g fatty pork mince Sauce 40g butter 40g plain flour 150ml beef stock 150ml vegetable stock 150ml…

Muirburn

Burning helps store carbon according to new study

The claim that controlled burning is harmful and causes damaging releases of carbon dioxide has been increasingly used to criticise traditional upland management in recent years, with a focus on the use of muirburn on grouse moors. However, an authoritative new study has demonstrated that properly used, fire can boost…

firearms licensing

Firearms licensing system on the verge of collapse due to Covid

Late last year, North Yorkshire Police announced that it would not accept new firearm and shotgun certificate applications and instead will focus exclusively on renewals. Now Thames Valley, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Hampshire Police have adopted the same policy. Based on reports from readers, a number of other forces…

Add-on devices for scopes

Add on-devices for scopes: reviewing three of the best

Add-on devices for scopes So why are add-on devices for scopes so useful? One of the biggest inconveniences when using a night-vision or thermal scope is that their performance during the day is never going to be as good as a traditional glass optic. Although several night-vision scopes now offer…

SsangYong Rexton Ultimate

The SsangYong Rexton Ultimate

The SUV market is bursting with choice and SsangYong has thrown an even bigger hat into the mix with its all-new SsangYong Rexton Ultimate. Previously, the Rexton was a remodelled Mercedes, but now the Korean outfit has taken charge of the whole shebang with this fifth-generation model. The Rexton comes…

Breakfast muffins

Rabbit and egg muffin: the ethical breakfast bap

Rabbit and egg muffin — the ethical breakfast bap These are great for breakfast any day, but especially on a shoot day, or for elevenses Ingredients For the rabbit patty: 2 large rabbit haunches, boned, chopped and minced Salt and Pepper A little chopped thyme or dried sage (only a…

women driven shooting

Why more and more women are enjoying driven shooting

It will probably not come as any sort of surprise to learn that shooting sports are predominately the pastime of men. The most recent Home Office figures reveal that 94% of shotgun and firearms certificate holders in England and Wales are male. The 6% minority, however, equates to more than…

Illegal hare coursing to attract strict new punishments, promise DEFRA

Illegal hare coursing will soon be hit with a range of new powers and penalties after DEFRA announced a crackdown. The move follows a successful campaign by gamekeeper and Shooting Times contributor Ed Coles. (Read this piece on illegal hare coursing here.) Petition: Change the law to increase sentencing for…

beaters in high vis

Is high vis clothing the future for beaters in the UK?

“Boy looks like he has ram-raided John Norris.” The ‘boy’ in question was in fact a young man, but the rest of my fellow beater’s comment was acerbically accurate. The individual in question was wearing wellies with buckles, tweed breeks, a checked shirt with a tie and gilet with contrasting…

Hedgerow

What we need to do about peat

It’s rather difficult to know quite where to start with the carbon debate, when, according to my research, we have been losing carbon into the atmosphere from our soils since the dawn of agriculture some 12,000 years ago, when we began tillage. The figure I saw was an eye-watering 133…

venison meatballs

Venison meatballs and tagliatelle

Venison meatballs and tagliatelle Venison meatballs with anchovy olives and sun-dried tomatoes, herbs and tagliatelle pasta. (You might like to read which deer species offers the most delicious venison.) Ingredients 3 slices of white bread 125ml milk 50ml olive oil (for sauce) ½ onion finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely…

best fox control kit

The best fox control kit

Though foxes are beautiful-looking animals, they are also ruthless killers, which is why we need the best fox control kit we can get. This farm has a zero-tolerance policy where foxes are concerned and they are culled whenever possible. It is a fairly typical southern sheep farm and, with the…

gamekeeper on moorland

Why gamekeepers are the best sustainable farmers

The word ‘sustainability’ is buzzing like a swarm of bees. But what does it mean for fieldsports? The simplest definition of sustainability is this: doing something today in a way that doesn’t detract from it being done in the future. So if I sell some of my sheep for meat,…

clay pigeon shooting history

Clay pigeon shooting history: how it all began

Clay traps today are super-powerful, complex, remotely controlled and capable of throwing clays on many different flight patterns to simulate a variety of birds. (Read can I set up clayshooting on my own property?) Their journey has been long and storied, from the earliest days of competitive shooting at captive…