Fox in rubbish bin

What happens to urban foxes dumped in rural areas?

If you do much foxing you are doubtless aware that most farmers are worried to some extent about ‘drop-outs’ — urban foxes dumped in countryside, trapped foxes released on or close to their land by some of the animal charities. It’s a regular occurrence for me to have to reassure…

EJ Churchill Regal

Should I store my gun butt-down or muzzle-down?

Always store guns muzzle down When you put your gun back in your gun cabinet don’t put it butt down. Always store guns muzzle down. The reason for this is that any oil or cleaning fluid left in the bores will run out onto the floor of your gun cabinet.…

FAC Airwolf

Here’s why you should consider getting an FAC air rifle

A firearms certificate air rifle – known as an FAC air rifle – is over 12 ftlb in power meaning that the owner needs to have a Firearms Certificate to own one. If you’re already a conventional air rifle user and considering upgrading to something bigger you might be wondering…

clay pigeon shooting grounds near London

What’s a good budget shotgun for clayshooting?

The first thing to consider when buying a first clay gun It’s crucial that you buy a gun which fits you. Otherwise your shooting will suffer and you might as well not be out on the clay ground. If you’re buying your gun at a gunsmith’s they will check it…

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Five of the best electronic ear defenders

Electronic ear defenders are an excellent way to protect your hearing from permanent damage. We’ve all been out in the field with somebody who says: “Sorry, deaf as a post. Never wore any ear protection when I was younger.” Whatever you choose, you need to make sure that you are…

English springer spaniels

A useful guide to gundog vocabulary

If you’re relatively new to the gundog world (or maybe even something of an old hand) there may well be abbreviations and gundog commands that aren’t very familiar. After all, there are different gundog commands for the different gundog breeds, which confuses things further. To help, we’ve compiled the list…

magazine of air rifle pellets

How to choose the best air rifle pellets

Having the best air rifle pellets for your particular gun can make the difference between hit and miss. So how can you decide? Read through the following and you’ll be in a good position to make the right purchase – and make that all-important difference to your shooting. Best air…

trap shooting

Here’s what you should know about trap guns and trap shooting

A trap gun is designed for trap shooting and not much use for anything else. Trap guns are specifically designed for the discipline. Features of a trap gun Long barrels, usually at 32in, to help with a smooth and consistent swing High comb height which helps with shot placement and…

dog retrieving pheasant

How to deal with Guns who are after bag quantity, not quality

Be discreet, says Steve Nutall of Border Fieldsports Why are some Guns still after shooting big bags? I’m not just talking driven pheasants and partridge, here. Even some so-called wildfowlers and rough shooters seem to play the numbers game these days. If you see plenty of wild geese on a…

line up cast to check gun fit

How to line up your cast (to make sure your gun fits properly)

Here I outline some of the most important aspects of gun fit  and explain how to line up cast to check gun fit. The aim is to help newcomers have a clear understanding of how important it is and the implications of the wrong fit and how to make clear…

firearms certificated air rifle

Controlling rabbits with firearms certificated air rifles (FAC)

So you need to carry out some rabbit control. But what’s the best way to do it? That will depend on: Local habitat Use of land Neighbouring land So there’s unlikely to be just one way to control rabbits – there should be a variety of methods at play. In…

What dogs see, hear and smell

What do dogs see when being trained to retrieve?

A dog’s eyesight is far better than ours, especially where movement and contrast is concerned. It is useful to know and understand how a dog sees colour as we can use this to our advantage in training. How dogs see colour Dogs see colour in a very different way to…

how to call a fox

Tracking foxes and how to stop them picking up YOUR scent

Patrick’s top tips for tracking foxes • Do your best to keep the wind in your face as that way you’ll be approaching from downwind • Avoid wearing anything perfumed, as it will signal your presence long before you arrive if it catches
 on the wind • Putting down smelly…

410 Mossberg pump action

Is it time to change our mind about pump-action shotguns?

We British are a traditional bunch. Only in recent years have we finally accepted the presence of over-and-under shotguns on driven shoots. If you turned up at a shoot with a semi-auto or pump-action you would probably be asked to leave because it is considered somewhat unsporting to use three…

cocker spaniel waiting

All about the cocker spaniel

Look around the shooting field today and you’d be correct in thinking that the cocker spaniel and the springer spaniel are two of the most popular gundog breeds. But the spaniel’s heritage stretches back centuries. It is one of the oldest “type of hunting dog” and was originally bred to…

best ear defenders

6 of the best ear defenders from just £15

There’s no excuse not to protect your hearing when you’re out in the field, particularly when we’ve found some of the best ear defenders which come in at under £40. Ear defenders are comfortable to wear and a crucial bit of kit. We’ve all met people in the field with…