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Camouflage jackets – our top picks

The type of camouflage jackets you are going to need can differ depending on the time of year, location or quarry you are hunting (check out our advice on how to choose the right camouflage). The basics will always apply: pick a camouflage jacket that will help you to blend…

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Best clay shooting vests

What are clay shooters looking for in the best clay shooting vests? (Here’s our advice on what to wear clay shooting.) Clay shooter and Sporting Gun contributor Rhys Plum advises: “The vest is a piece of uniform that unites all us clay shooters. But it is also a great way…

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Are these the best gundog friendly hotels in the UK?

Looking for a hotel to stay in where they will welcome your gundog?  We’ve compiled this list of gundog friendly hotels with shooting facilities nearby or on the premises. If there are any you think we should add to the list, please let us know. If you’re looking for a…

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Tips for freezing game

Now that the season has started you’ll hopefully be bringing plenty of game home. Of course you won’t be able to eat it all at once, so the best solution is to freeze it. But how can you keep it tasting good and in the best condition? There are a…

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The shooting kit that we’d all love to have

There are various pieces of shooting kit that are essential to trips out in the field. We’ve picked some top picks and some that are on the wish list. 1. The jacket Harkila Stornoway Tweed Shooting Jacket £369.95 This recently came out top in our list of best tweed shooting…

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The best clay shooting jackets

You can be very exposed to the wind and rain on a clay ground and that’s when layers come into their own. So we’ve picked out a selection of the best clay shooting jackets around which would work well in a layering system. Whilst we’re on the subject of layers,…

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The best tweed shooting coats

A comfortable, breathable, stylish shooting coat is a key part of shooting clothing. While technical fabrics have been on the march in recent years, tweed still has a place in the hearts of traditional country people. (If you’re looking for something smarter for a night at the local pub or…

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Best dog coats

We asked vet Tony Buckwell whether dog coats are really needed? Or are they just an unnecessary accessory? He replied: “A lot depends on the breed of gundog you have. Working dogs sometimes need a coat to protect them when they’re doing their job. For example, a lot of wildfowlers like to…

Best waterproof trousers – our top picks for all-season hunting

If you’re thinking about what to wear when you’re shooting, at the top of your list should be a pair of good waterproof overtrousers. Living in the countryside can present a tricky set of challenges when it comes to clothing. Whether it’s hot and humid, windy, cold and rainy or…

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Best ways to personalise your shoot

Does your shoot stand out from the crowd? Will your festive sport go with a bang? ST offers up a few suggestions to help make your driven day just that little bit more special

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Pill pockets for dogs: the best way to get your dog to swallow tablets

If you’ve ever struggled to get your dog to take a pill (and let’s be honest, which dog owner hasn’t) then it’s time you knew about pill pockets for dogs. Basically they are small edible pouches in which you can hide a tablet. They come in different sizes to suit…

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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…

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Best gun dog beds: which one will suit your faithful companion best?

We recently wrote about the amount of time a dog spends asleep and as you might expect, it’s quite a bit of the day (and night of course). So a welcoming bed is what your faithful companion deserves. We’ve searched the best gun dog beds around that we think hit…

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Best shooting vests: here are our top picks

If it’s too warm for a shooting jacket  our selection of the best shooting vests will add that extra layer to keep you comfortable. (You’ll find our list of the best fleece gilets for shooting here.) What Guns are looking for in the best shooting vests Shooting vests  (or waistcoats)…

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Compressor for air guns – what are the best options?

Recently, our airgun expert Mat Manning  received the following question from an airgunner which got us thinking about the best options when it comes to compressors for air guns. Airgun compressors are the most practical way of making sure an airgun stays full of air, particularly if you live somewhere…

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Best shooting socks – our top picks for comfort and performance

Look around the field on a driven shooting day and you’ll see that many Guns have made the most of the opportunity to cut a dash and wear the best shooting socks they can lay their hands on. (If you’re new to shooting, here’s some useful advice on what to…

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Best airgun scopes – our top picks for airgun-friendly optics

When it comes to selecting the best airgun scopes, there are many fantastic options on the market from some of the biggest names in the gun trade. But it can be tricky to find the right one for your specific needs. Thankfully, many of the very best scopes on the…