Coursing deer

How Northumbria Police are tackling rural crime

Dealing with illegally coursing hares and deer If tables could tell stories, the one in the Northumbria Police rural crime team office would have some extraordinary tales. In the days when the Duke of Northumberland sat on the bench, the brown oak and red leather table was where the Alnwick…

rifle shooting

Savage 110 Ultralite

Verdict on the Savage 110 Ultralite rifle Savage always produces rifles that are aimed at real hunters who want performance over aesthetics — and that’s not me being rude, it’s a compliment. Its AccuTrigger two-stage safety design is now seen on many other rifles, or clones of it — the…

loader on a shoot

What is expected of a loader on a shoot?

A loader should stand by, deftly handling the Shot a loaded gun while swiftly reloading the empty one, as overhead the birds soar over in a never-ending stream. But is a loader still necessary today? We have all seen the sepia-tinted photographs of Edwardian shooting days when the aristocracy would…

Grouse Bresaola

Recipe for grouse bresaola – ideal for using older birds

This recipe is ideal for using older grouse and it is rather decadent. It is a version of a classic beef dish from Italy — lightly cured and then air-dried — that is so delicious it has spread across the world. Making it with a grouse breast or two 
is…

duck flighting

The secrets of successful duck flighting

There is hardly a more exciting sound in the world of shooting than the rush of air through duck wings as they drop in at evening flight. Every time I hear that tearing sound, my hackles rise and while waiting by a flightpond does not quite have the magic of…

Beretta Silver Pigeons

The evolution of an Italian design classic

It’s one of the best-known, best-selling shotgun designs of all time, but does that make the Beretta Silver Pigeon or 68 series one of the best guns of all time? Gunmaking is a little like the industrial version of Darwin’s theory of natural selection. The most adaptable survive. The best…

hearing loss in older dogs

How to help an older dog suffering from deafness

Q: Our old gundog is starting to become deaf, probably due to his age. Is there anything to help hearing loss in older dogs? A: Certainly the most common 
form of deafness in dogs is age-related hearing loss (ARHL). Most dogs experience some degree of ARHL as they get older. Unfortunately,…

grilled partridge

Harissa-marinated and grilled partridge

Partridge is a great entry to the world of gamebirds. The meat is succulent, white and very palatable to anyone who is discovering game for the first time. At this time of year, the weather can still be kind, so here is a great recipe for that early partridge. I…

Holland & Holland Royal Game Gun

Why Holland & Holland ‘Royal’ guns are sought after

Mark Sullivan works quietly at his bench, producing the heart of many bespoke gun-building projects. An auctioneer by trade, he used to work at Holland & Holland. Now he works for the wider trade, happy to let someone else put their name to his work while he remains quietly anonymous…

field trials

Field trials for gundogs during the COVID pandemic – what you need to know

The Kennel Club has issued extensive guidance for staging field trials for dogs during the pandemic. Last month, the International Gundog League (IGL) cancelled this year’s Retriever Championship. It was hardly unexpected news. If the IGL had decided to go ahead with the event, the biggest in the gundog calendar,…

driven shooting

Is shooting more popular than ever?

It can be difficult to know what is going on across our sport. We can each see our own bit — our shoot, our team, our branch, our glen. But what may be true for one place might not necessarily be true for shooting as a whole. So what is…

George Digweed

Should you buy the best shooting glasses you can afford?

We all know the type: he usually shoots a Perazzi or a Krieghoff and unfailingly has a pair of those ludicrously expensive coloured shooting glasses on his head. Those of us who’ve been around long enough will note that such eyewear is a relatively new addition to the flash shooter’s…

Am I allowed to shoot my airgun in local woods open to the public?

So you’re a keen airgunner and you’ve set up a safe range at home for a spot of garden airgunning. But now you’re keen to expand your horizons. Maybe carry out a bit of pest control for a local farmer. But how do you go about getting a formal airgun…

Recipes for wild boar

Wild boar and venison koftas

I’d only been working for the Daily Express for a month back in 1998 when an editor called asking me to go on a wild boar hunt. Not a shoot, mind. The only shot would be that by a photographer. I set off in my car from London for woods…

Anschütz Model 1761 .22 rimfire

Anschütz Model 1761 .22 rimfire

Our verdict on the Anschütz Model 1761 .22 rimfire The 1761 is designed for 
work. Its Sporter styling 
and compact credentials suggest its work is primarily vermin, but its match target rifle pedigree also shines through. Styling-wise, Anschütz has opted 
for function over aesthetics for the Anschütz Model 1761 .22…

Partridge shooting

Four steps to shooting partridges like a pro

Good partridge shooting is about giving yourself as much time as possible. When you watch a professional athlete performing at the peak of their powers, people often comment about how much time they seem to have compared with others. What you are noticing is the extra fractions of a second…

grey partridge

The key to a perfect partridge drive

British driven partridge shooting took over from walked-up sport that occurred in the 1700s, with the biggest bags being obtained from the 1850s onwards. These were predominately English partridges because, though the redlegs were introduced around 1770 by Lord Hertford and Lord Rendlesham to Suffolk, that bird’s popularity didn’t take…

wood pigeon recipe

Wood pigeon breasts with apricot and feta

A wood pigeon recipe bursting with flavour I wanted to make use of the barbecue one last time this summer with something quick and easy for lunch. I had some deliciously ripe apricots, salty feta cheese and some fresh rocket from the garden. This wood pigeon recipe dish took no…

A coastal brown bear (grizzly bear)

When are bears more likely to attack hunters?

Fatal bear attacks are mercifully a rare occurrence, even in the US, but high-profile deaths in recent years underline the dangers for hunters. Sometimes, imagination is all you need. It can clothe the terse words of an official report to convey a sense of the utter desperation of a situation.…