deer stalking clothing

Deer stalking clothing: this is what to wear

One of the things I most enjoy about deer stalking is working with newcomers. Often these are people who have done a fair bit of game shooting or fishing but have decided it’s time to get into stalking properly. Inevitably, if you’re deciding to take up stalking or you’re keen…

Elite HVR

John Jeffries Perugini & Visini Elite HVR

As an elite piece of equipment, why is it that the shotgun hasn’t seen the advancements in technology that rifles have? Radical changes in design have been few and most never gain traction. Changes in aesthetics and materials and tweaking are constant, but these are more to do with sales…

recipe for venison cannelloni

A recipe for venison cannelloni

There’s a group of pubs, scattered between inner London and Oxford, that I urge anyone to seek out. The term ‘gastropub’ is used to describe pub food. I dislike it. Gastronomy is not what pub food should be. The best, most honest, authentic fare goes well with humble British ales…

stags

Scottish Gamekeepers Association attacks BASC over deer plans

In a scathing blog, SGA Chairman Alex Hogg questioned the motive behind the BASC plan. Alex said: “If this is about opportunism and winning new shooting grounds for members, then there is likely to be questions asked about how this will make things better for deer management in Scotland today.”…

Anger builds as New Zealand venison is marked ‘Highland Game’

Sybil Macpherson took to Facebook after spotting the product in her local Tesco. In a post showing the pack Sybil said “I was both surprised and disappointed to read the label on this pack of venison for sale yesterday. Why, when we have ample supplies of Scottish venison available, is…

simulated game day

Get better at game on clays

It’s that time of year when an invitation to shoot rolls into the inbox and stings the average game Shot into confronting the fact they haven’t picked up a gun in something approaching a year. In the age of COVID-19, that might even be two years for some of us,…

Wildfowling tips

Tips for wildfowling

Wildfowling is a wonderful sport, but not always the most productive in terms of action or shooting opportunities compared with other fieldsports. Making the most of the chances presented is key to success, turning a trip from a birdwatching outing into a hunter-gathering expedition. Here are a few tips for…

country style wild boar recipe

Fried wild boar with apple butter

I have done a fair few wild boar recipes. Without repeating myself too much, it’s a meat that I absolutely love cooking with. It’s versatile, rich and incredibly delicious. Some of the best methods are, of course, to make good burgers and sausages, but you can do so much more.…

Gun safety rules

Should you tell off an unsafe Shot?

So what should you do if you go out shooting with a friend of a friend and you think they are an unsafe Shot and that their shooting safety could be improved? A reader wrote to us recently saying: “Last season, I went shooting with somebody a friend knows who…

lead ammunition

65% of country’s shoots will be ‘lead free’ by end of 2023, according to survey

The Savills Game and Conservation Benchmarking Survey found that the vast majority of shoots had already got rid of plastic shotgun wads and that most were expecting to transition away from lead shot. Conservation work is also being given increasing priority by shoots with two-third of respondents saying they undertook…

preparing for the new season

Pheasant shooting tips

Looking forward to going out into the field in the next few weeks? I’ve compiled a list of pheasant shooting tips for you to follow, so that you can check your technique and that you are doing things correctly. (You might also like to read what to expect on your…

Alpine Kodiak Scout

Unique Alpine Kodiak Scout

I have always been a sucker for a carbine. The short stature and feel of such rifles makes great sense for most of my woodland stalking. A carbine balances reduced weight with enough barrel length to be ballistically efficient, yet doesn’t impede you stalking through foliage. That’s why when Unique…

best wildfowling jackets

Best wildfowling jackets – we put them to the test

Why we need the best wildfowling jackets It is 4am in mid-January. The Shipping Forecast warns of meteorological Armageddon from Gibraltar Point to North Foreland. Sleet like spittle taps the windows and a gusting north-easterly is making up its mind whether or not to remove the shed roof. In conditions…

loader on a shoot

What is expected of a loader on a shoot?

What exactly are the requirements of a loader on a shoot? To sum up, the perfect loader should stand by, expertly handling the Shot a loaded gun while swiftly reloading the empty one, as overhead the birds soar over in a never-ending stream. The loader should make the whole action…

Steel cartridges in shotgun

Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association reaffirms opposition to lead shot ban

The Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association (SGA) has restated its opposition to a transition away from the use of lead shot. Now in a message encouraging members to engage with the Health and Safety Executive’s lead ammunition consultation, the Association has restated that position. The message said: “Some countryside shooting organisations, led…

setting a snare for foxes

Welsh Government announces plan to ban snaring

Ban snaring There had been signs that the Welsh Government might make a move to ban snaring when it issued a consultation earlier this year which said that, “It is the Law Commission’s view that, in the future, the operation and inspection of snares may benefit from additional regulations prescribing…

Duck with redcurrant jelly

Recipe for a trio of duck with redcurrant jelly, glazed apple and game jus

There are many species of wild duck to choose from. The main ones are teal, wigeon and, the most common, mallard. Here’s a way of trying all three, very simply. (Read here for information on different duck species.) Simple trio of duck with redcurrant jelly, glazed apple and game jus…