Alan Paine jumper

The woollen jumper that was worn on Mount Everest by Mallory

Tradition is a fickle thing when it comes to shooting. While most of us are perfectly happy to pull a museum piece out of the gun slip as we get to our peg, the notion of wearing similarly archaic kit singles you out as something of an oddball. Obviously, tweed…

B525 Game Light

The Browning 20-bore B525 Game One Light reviewed

Gun reviews at this time of year are usually written with positive thoughts of the coming game shooting season. With COVID-19 restrictions behind us, we were all hoping for a return to normality this year. Unfortunately, this is not going to be the case. Avian influenza has devastated the French…

shoot your best at charity clay days

How to shoot your best at charity clay days

Every year, millions of pounds are raised for good causes at clay shoots run all over the UK. I can’t help but think it is a missed opportunity that the shooting world doesn’t make more noise about this significant contribution. Even though they are fundraising exercises first and foremost, many…

red deer antlers

When your wife bins your carefully stored deer antlers

My grinding yet penurious efforts as a Shooting Times contributor are being sabotaged. Time after time. I base my reasoning on the old Army saying: “Once is a matter of chance. Twice may be a coincidence. But if it happens a third time, it’s enemy action.” Let me explain. Back…

simulated game days

Simulated game days: disaster waiting to happen?

In 1988, I visited a farm shoot in Kent where the prime drives had been wiped out by the Great Storm that had ravaged the countryside in October of the previous year. The enterprising syndicate had sited clay pigeon traps among the stumps so as to recreate, as far as…

Predator control means wild birds are thriving

The cautious questions have started: “Seen many about?” and “How are you doing?” The interest in wild broods has taken on a greater intensity this season. Bird flu has banjaxed the flow of eggs coming in from the Continent. Pressured to make up the shortfall, British game farmers — who…

middle aged men with shotguns

BASC blames police for gun ownership decline

The number of firearm and shotgun certificate holders in England has dropped by 8% in a single year – which BASC has blamed on failures in the licensing process. (Read how to get a shotgun certificate.) The annual Home Office summary of licences held, issued and revoked showed there were…

Eilean Donan castle

Scottish estates face new land reform law threat

Sporting estates are bracing for a fresh round of attacks as the Scottish government kicks off a consultation on a new land reform law. However, so-called ‘green lairds’ may also face challenges to their approach under the legislation. Announcing the start of the consultation, Màiri McAllan MSP, Scotland’s Minister for…

Cape Buffalo

Ethical hunting: what does it actually mean?

The Americans have a phrase for ethical hunting: fair chase. This exudes all the right connotations, though defining fair chase hunting gets problematic as soon as you delve into the details. If you start considering local customs and norms, you soon find there may be a disparity in what hunters…

squirrel looking at trail camera

How to choose the best trail camera for you

Technical innovation has transformed fieldsports. Standing in the line on a driven day, clad in tweed plus fours and clasping an inherited side-by-side, it may seem like not much has changed since the Edwardian golden age of shooting. But almost every facet of our sport has been shaped by the…

right lead when shooting

Lead when shooting: here’s how to get it right

How to get the right lead when shooting We’ve all been there. You’re in the field on a shoot day and it’s simply not working out. “Give it more lead,” your pal tells you, and he should know — he did an instructor’s course and hasn’t stopped talking about everything…

Jack Charlton on Jack's Game

Jack’s Game: Celebrating the golden days

It was only a few months after I left school in the autumn of 1983 that the ground-breaking new TV show ‘Jack’s Game‘ was aired on Channel 4. Broadcast on a Sunday afternoon, at around 4pm, the series featured the legendary England and Leeds United central defender Jack Charlton enjoying…

countryside education

Why countryside education for children is so important

The sun was shining last week during our annual Countryside Classroom Day, organised by Countryside Learning. For those who don’t know, Countryside Learning is a charity that, among other things, helps to plan and fund trips to promote countryside education – for schools to farms and estates, where teachers and…

hare coursing

Hare coursers sell dogs openly online

Hare coursing dogs are being offered as ‘raffle prizes’ in private online groups. Shooting Times was able to join a group dedicated to hare coursing in Essex and our investigations found people openly discussing hare coursing, buying and selling dogs, offering them as prizes in raffles and offering for sale…

wildcat

Police investigate rewilding group over dubious claims

A rewilding group is under police investigation after raising funds for a ‘Scottish wildcat’ that turned out to be a domestic tabby. Wildcat Haven first came to police attention when it began fundraising for the animal. The group claimed that ‘Finlay’ was an injured wildcat kitten and that it needed…

shorthaired pointer with pheasant

Curing hard mouth: is it possible in a gundog?

Whatever fault a retrieving dog may have, be it running-in, whining or not listening to the whistle, there’s only really one that’s serious enough to end a dog’s career and that’s hard mouth. (Read how to stop your dog from being hard-mouthed.) The essential requirement of all dogs that pick-up…