Professional deerstalker

What it means to be a professional stalker

I am stalking on the edge of the Breckland at Euston and following estate stalker Chris Rogers in pursuit of roe and muntjac. The two roe we are watching are almost hidden by the scrub. With their heads down it also hides us from them and we quietly close the…

field trials for dogs

What’s ahead for field trials in 2021?

All being well as we come out of the paralysis of lockdown, field trials for dogs will return once again. Pointer and setter handlers will have missed the early spring grouse trials on the moors and the East Anglian pheasant and partridge days that are traditionally held in April, but…

Benelli M2 Semi-Auto

Benelli M2 Comfortech Cerakote

Whenever I handle a Benelli M series semi-automatic, it makes me think of the king of gamebirds, the grouse. These guns are to grouse moor management what the Winchester lever-action rifle was to winning the West. My first introduction to the M series Benelli semi-auto was 20 years ago when…

pheasant supper recipe

The perfect pheasant supper dish – pheasant Holstein

I ate a version of this pheasant supper recipe not long before Christmas last year, in what seemed like a brief outbreak of unlocked freedom. The venue was the Fox Inn at Corscombe, Dorset, a pub that has recently been taken over by the chef Mark Hix. He was born…

Savage A22 Pro Varmint

The Savage A22 Pro Varmint

Our Verdict The Savage A22 Pro Varmint semi-automatic rimfire rifle is Savage Arms’ answer to the Ruger 10/22, which has long dominated this area of the market. The A22 is available in many guises but here we have the Pro Varmint stock version, giving a distinct heavy varmint profile. Like…

Duck's foot pistol

How the bizarre duck’s foot pistol came into being

The history of the duck’s foot pistol Until practicable revolver designs had been perfected in the 1830s, the only way to increase a gun’s firing rate was to give it multiple barrels that could either all fire at once or could be selected to fire at the user’s pleasure. The…

shooting syndicates

Eight key steps for creating a successful shooting syndicate

In 40 years of delivering game management advice, I’ve seen all sorts of shooting syndicates, from big formal shoots to little groups of working people who simply want to escape into the countryside for a few winter Saturdays. Some of these gangs are the happiest of people and others much…

day-to-day gundog training

Day-to-day gundog training

Day-to-day gundog training Lizzie, the young flatcoat, has gone home for a little break. She is now one year old and coming on a treat, but she needs time to just grow up. It is easy to push a young dog too hard too fast so they become overwhelmed and…

A-Z guide to shooting terms

What’s my best gun for shooting clays and game?

Can you use a clay gun on a pheasant shoot? Yes. A lot of the differences between a clay and a game gun are subtle. Ventilated and wider ribs, manual safety and slightly different woodwork won’t really stand out on a game day. Most of the day the gun will…

dogs together

Hearing loss in dogs

Have you ever heard of a gundog going deaf because of the noise of gun shots?

shooting instruction

How to find the right shooting coach

In these strange times while we’re all still in lockdown, some of you may have found yourselves thinking about how to improve your shooting, as and when we can get back to some sort of normality. Shooting instructors This is a subject that infuriates the proper professionals. It is a…

cooking rabbit garam masala

A recipe for a buttery rabbit dhal

This recipe for cooking rabbit is short, satisfying and partly stolen, or perhaps it would be better to say it’s inspired by a dish that appears in Rick Stein’s great book, India. The bunny for this recipe should not be too old or tough as it cooks rather quickly and…

venison snack recipe

A recipe for pulled venison nachos

Delicious venison snack recipe By now, you may have gathered that most of my recipes tend to be fast food or snack-style dishes and this one is no exception. It is exactly my kind of recipe. Mexican food is fantastic. It is so flavoursome and spicy in just the right…

black Labrador puppy

Checking up on a pedigree

Q: I am doubtful of the pedigree details of some Labrador puppies I have been offered. Pedigrees are widely available online and provide information for those who can simply make up a pedigree — and often the buyer is none the wiser. So how can I verify what I think…

Beretta 687 EELL Classic Field

Beretta 687 EELL Classic Field

The 687 EELL Classic Field was first introduced into the Beretta Premium range in 2006. The physical differences between the standard EELL and the Classic model are subtle and include improved wood, a fuller engraving pattern, Prince of Wales grip, extended trigger tang and an upgraded travel case. However, the…

Shooting Times

What’s the news in Shooting Times this week?

Here’s a brief summary of what Shooting Times subscribers will be reading about in the news this week. Guns and ammo theft spate Police have moved quickly to make arrests and recover stolen goods after more than 300,000 rounds of .22 LR ammunition were stolen from a lorry that was…

Sportsman Gun Centre

I forgot to tell the police about my new gun in time. Now what?

Gun notification is a legal commitment when you’re a shooter. You need to tell the police about owning a new firearm within seven days of buying one.  So what happens if you get busy and communicating the purchase of a new gun slips your mind? Here’s what our legal expert…

Shotgun cartridges

Shooting groups defend progress on lead transition

Non-toxic shot progress Shooting organisations have defended the progress of the five-year transition away from the use of lead and single-use plastics in shotgun ammunition. The plan to make shooting more sustainable and to head off Government regulation has come under attack for not making enough progress after a study…