Rangefinding binoculars

The best rangefinding binoculars put through their paces

Rangefinding binoculars are becoming increasingly popular in the UK, which is likely a direct result of their widespread use in the US. Across the pond, where big men drive big trucks, rangefinding optics have long been established as an essential item. The landscapes people hunt in, over there, are vast…

Wild rabbit in crosshairs

The rabbits are back

Rabbits have always had a reputation for being able to reproduce at a rapid rate, but there weren’t many signs of that happening on my patch last year. Thankfully, things are looking very different this summer and I am delighted to report that these resilient creatures are, once again, breeding…

Pigeon shawarma recipe

Pigeon shawarma with red pepper couscous and chermoula dressing

This pigeon shawarma recipe is, by far, at its best cooked over charcoal, but simply searing in a pan will also be perfectly OK if you’re pushed for time. I have refrained from the classic flatbread-style accompaniment and gone for couscous as well as grilled and sliced red peppers —…

Perazzi High Tech S Game

Perazzi High Tech S Game 12-bore

There is a great buzz of excitement among our customers here at the Oxfordshire Shooting School about the upcoming Game Fair. For some it will be about catching up with friends, others will be enjoying a day with the family, and many will be having a look at all things…

Setting up trail cams for hunting

The best trail cams for wildlife monitoring

Four sharp ‘pinks’ from a blackbird and she froze, ears strained, tongue flashing across her nose. Then she was off. A minute later an unfamiliar man lumbered into view, trampling clumsily through the thick bankside grass. The nearest footpath was a few hundred yards away. It was one of the…

old Labrador

Spaying an older dog. Should you?

Q: What is your advice on spaying an older dog? I am unsure of what to do. I have an eight-year-old bitch I was a bit concerned about because she started being a bit slow with her food. This was unlike her so I took her to the vet, who…

shotgun certificate renewal by GP

Firearms licensing GP letter saga continues

Firearm and shotgun certificate applicants have hit out at a ‘crazy system’ of inconsistent requirements and charges for doctors’ letters. Police forces have been increasingly insisting that applicants provide a letter from their GP to confirm there are no health concerns that should prevent them from holding a firearm or…

pulled venison recipe creole style

Pulled venison recipe – Creole style

Pulled venison recipe – Creole style I would recommend using roe or fallow for this lip-smacking Creole-style pulled venison recipe. (Read here on which deer species offers delicious venison.) Ingredients 2 shoulders of roe, or 1 fallow shoulder 2 tsp garlic powder 2 tsp onion powder 3 tsp smoked paprika…

Spring-powered airgun or a PCP?

Filling a PCP airgun – is it expensive? What’s the best way?

What’s the best way of filling a PCP airgun? I recently received the following question from an airgunner which got me thinking about filling a PCP airgun, particularly if you live somewhere fairly remote without a bottle filling service. He wrote: “I want to buy a PCP airgun, but I’m…

The history of the walking stick gun

Ever since firearms were invented, they have been disguised as other objects, particularly walking sticks. This is unsurprising, as both a stick and a gun barrel look very similar, even when viewed over short distances. Hence the walking stick gun. There is a wonderful German walking staff in the Wallace…

tell police my shotgun is being repaired

Do I have to tell the police my shotgun is being repaired?

Q: I need to put my shotgun into a gunsmith for restoring and servicing. When I do so, do I have to tell the police my shotgun is being repaired? A: No, because this is a temporary process that does not constitute a transfer. When you take it in, ask…

Quiet air rifle for pest control

The benefits of using a quiet air rifle for pest control

While I’m the first to admit that a shotgun is usually the best option for controlling corvids over open ground, there are plenty of times when using an airgun for pest control is a more appropriate choice. The former will usually help you to make the necessary big bags when…

rules for working dogs

Setting rules for working dogs starts from day one

Dogs, like humans, need rules and boundaries, so they know what to expect, what is acceptable and what is not. In the early months, this is vital. For example, if your puppy is not allowed on the sofa, then it is important to not allow it on the sofa. This…

Stalking in Blair Atholl

Are these the best places to go stalking in Scotland?

I have to admit that I haven’t shot a red stag for years. These days, I tend to stalk hinds, for budgetary reasons. Yet money is a renewable resource, whereas time is not, so perhaps I should go to the hill for a stag while I still can. But if…

A burger with suet fat

Venison and bone marrow burgers – it’s all about the fat

’I have reached a point in life when my children frequently tell me I am out of date on countless topics. Both my children cook and one is a baker, a butcher and has been trained to make charcuterie. I’m proud of Jack, obviously, but when we cook together, it…

Break the gun down into component parts so you don't miss anything

Can I break my gun down into parts to store it?

Knowing the method of breaking a gun into parts is a very useful skill to have – particularly when you’re maintaining and cleaning your shotgun.  But is it acceptable to break down your gun into components for storage so that you can fit it into a smaller space? That’s exactly…

Benelli Lupo 308 stalking rifle

Benelli Lupo .308 stalking rifle

I have a high regard for the Italian firearms maker Benelli as its shotguns always buck the trend and it follows its own path in design and handling concepts. The 828U over-and-under shotgun is an eye-catcher, as are the famed Benelli semi-automatics. Now Benelli has designed its first bolt-action rifle,…