shotgun in car

Can I go camping with my shotgun?

Should you keep your shotgun in the tent or your car? Q: I’m in the process of buying some woodland and I intend to do some shooting there. I also plan to spend a lot of time camping in the woods. Is it legal to leave my shotgun in the…

Snipe

How to create an ideal habitat for snipe to thrive

Growing up in Surrey, snipe were rarely on my horizon. The heaths are mostly too dry for them and the arable farmlands were the wrong habitat. Clandon Park, where I learned the beater’s trade, rarely held one either. Even the Medway saltings, where my father initiated me as a wildfowler,…

Gundog anxiety

What can I do to protect my dog against Alabama rot?

Q: Is it true that Alabama 
rot is most prevalent in the autumn and winter? If that is the case, is there anything I can do 
to protect my dog? A: We refer to this disease as CRGV (idiopathic cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy). It was first recognised in the…

keeper's day

How far do shotgun pellets travel?

We did a risk assessment on our syndicate shoot last season and highlighted a slippery stream crossing (two planks of wood) as a potential problem.

Arthritis in dogs

Do chocolate Labradors deserve a bad reputation?

Does a chocolate Labrador have a shorter life? A recent headline in the Daily Telegraph  proclaimed chocolate Labradors die younger and have more health problems than yellow and black ones 
as demand narrows the gene pool. The article stated breeders require two chocolate Labradors to produce chocolate puppies. This isn’t…

airgunning

Will a budget air-rifle really do the job?

Airguns are not only my hobby, they are also my livelihood, and as someone who subscribes to the adage that you should always use the right tool for the job, I like to use the best shooting equipment that my budget can stretch to. However, not everyone can justify forking…

working dog

Is the Kennel Club in crisis?

Though the existence of the Kennel Club may not appear to have much impact on those who enjoy the sport of gameshooting, it would be foolhardy to underestimate its importance, because this multi-faceted organisation oversees every aspect of the world of gundogs. So it is deeply concerning that 
the 145-year-old…

shooting and depression

As a shooter, should I have told my GP about my depression?

Some time ago, I suffered a bout of depression. I had recently lost my father and an old injury had flared up, meaning that I was having to take strong painkillers. There were other things as well — aren’t there always? — but equally there were many good things in…

American signal crayfish

How the American signal crayfish invaded British waters

Man’s stupidity when it comes to moving things around knows no bounds. He decided to bring the North American version 
of the crayfish to Europe 
and then to Britain to 
augment stocks of natives, which were suffering from crayfish plague. Little did 
the importers know the 
American signal crayfish were…

black Labrador

Why does my dog drag its bottom?

Q: My dog drags 
its rear end along the ground frequently. I am told this is a sign that he needs his anal glands emptied by a vet. Why is this 
a recurring problem for him when other dogs don’t seem 
to suffer to the same extent?   View this…

The Benelli Super Black Eagle 3

Benelli Super Black Eagle 3

This month, we assess 
the Benelli Super Black Eagle 3 semi-automatic 
as a wildfowling gun. Fowling and pigeon shooting are probably the two most common uses in the UK, other than perhaps law enforcement and military, for semi-auto shotguns. If you turned up on 
a driven day with one, you…

Christmas gifts for shooters

Christmas gift ideas for shooters and fieldsports lovers

Feathers – The Game Larder Chef Jose Souto is himself a keen stalker and shooter and his knowledge of the field shines out in this beautifully photographed book. Tempting recipes for pheasant, duck, grouse, pigeon, geese, woodcock and other game birds. RRP £25 Merlin Unwin Purdey Pocket Flask A neat,…

dog in field with cows

How to stop your dog chasing livestock on a farm

If you are going to work your dog on a shoot, there is one thing of which you can be certain: sooner or later you will encounter livestock. As a responsible gundog owner, the last thing you want is for your dog to show an unhealthy interest in farm animals.…

testing gun cabinets

Would your gun cabinet pass the test?

A muscular man in the middle of the room swung a large hammer up over his head and brought it crashing down on a metal cabinet. It was not an ordinary Wednesday and Utah was not an ordinary destination for a Shooting Times assignment. Browning’s ProSteel gun 
cabinet factory sits…

meat in freezer

How long can I keep meat in the freezer for?

Freezing pigeons: I lost quite a few pigeons last summer because I didn’t get to the game dealer quickly enough so this year I’ve decided to buy a freezer.

rats in hen house

Dealing with rats in the hen house

Having an air rifle in the house often proves handy for impromptu backyard pest control. My airguns are called into action in the garden to deal with marauding grey squirrels, but more recently it has been dealing with rats in the hen house. Grain attracts rats We keep hens and…