Game Fair 2018

20 reasons to visit The Game Fair 2018

The Game Fair 2018 – like every year, it’s an annual fixture in the diary of fieldsports lovers. And there are plenty of reasons to go along. This year marks the 60th anniversary of The Game Fair which will be marked in an official opening with a 60 gun salute.…

French bulldog

Why the French bulldog is bad news

If you like both dogs and statistics, the Kennel Club’s annual registration figures always make a fascinating read. Those for 2017 are as intriguing as any. Once again the Labrador was top dog, with 35,068 registrations, an increase of 1,212 over 2016. That might not sound a lot, but it…

Do dogs dream

Do dogs dream?

I like to think my Labrador dreams; he will occasionally twitch, paddle with his legs and sometimes give out one or two “woofs” while asleep. Do dogs dream? Do we know? How can I be sure he is 
not having a fit? Wonder what our dogs dream about? Whether or…

Midland Game Fair 2017

Come and see us in 2018 at country shows and game fairs

We always welcome the opportunity to meet our readers and hear about your experiences of fieldsports, shooting and what you’ve enjoyed in our magazines. Where you can meet our fieldsports staff Our fieldsports titles (including Shooting Times, Sporting Gun, Shooting Gazette and The Field) are currently planning on attending a…

Jobs in shooting

Latest jobs in shooting

BEATKEEPER GLENLOCHY ESTATE – SCOTLAND A Beatkeeper is required for this impressive and improving Highland Grouse Moor. They will be joining a dedicated keepering team and will be responsible for running their own beat. Excellent accommodation and remuneration package.   Apply with detailed CV to: JM Osborne & Co. Carrs…

roe deer

What’s the best ammunition for stalking?

Q: I have bought a new .243 Tikka T3X rifle for deer stalking and 
I would like some advice on the best ammunition to shoot in it. You’ve made a good choice A: Congratulations on buying a Tikka T3X — it will serve you well. The .243 Win cartridge is…

Pigeon in tree

Where to spot the pigeon

May and early June can often be the slowest period for pigeon shooting. But I’m 
very fond of this time of year as 
a pigeon shooter because you really have to think like a pigeon. Your reconnaissance has to be thorough 
or you could waste your time, and the skill…

The Game Fair 2017

Here’s why you need to be at The Game Fair 2017

If you are a fan of country sports, then attending The Game Fair 2017 is a must. It is the largest outdoor countryside-themed event in the world and set to attract 1,000 exhibitors and 120,000 visitors. You will find it a welcome place to meet up with long-lost friends, watch gundogs…

English and Welsh roe review 2016

English and Welsh roe review 2016

One of the things that I enjoy about measuring trophies for the CIC is when a hunter, either because he’s just shot something bigger than normal or has been encouraged by a friend to have a head assessed, finds that with little understanding of the measuring process he ends up…

Land Rover Defenders

Queen’s weekly visits to walk gamekeeper’s dogs

We have always known that the Queen is a true countrywoman. One of her retired gamekeepers, Mr Fenwick, died a week ago at the age of 95 and it is said that the Queen is considering giving his dogs a home with her. She began walking his corgi and Bichon…

Have your say in our firearms licensing poll

Everbody who owns a gun is being affected by shotgun and firearms licensing issues – whether they are new to shooting or a seasoned Gun. When you’ve just taken up shooting, you’ll apply for your shotgun certificate and wait for it to arrive. Depending on where you live, you can…

Boss over-and-under created by London gunmakers

The “Holy Trinity” of London gunmakers

In reviewing my progress so far in stocking my fantasy gunroom with fine guns I have never owned, I note that I have made an important omission: I have not yet nominated a British-made “best” gun. And note that I say British rather than English, because I am tempted to include a Scottish gun – maybe a…

pile of paper

Firearms licensing in the Thames Valley

“What we know from experience is that widespread use of these [Section 7 permits] places an additional administrative demand on the Licensing Department which far from resolving the problem for our licence holders ultimately exacerbates it.” That’s from a letter sent to me by Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Andy Taylor, writing with the advice of the licensing manager Zoey Evans, in February…

Shooting Times Woodcock Club

Annual Woodcock Club dinner announced for 2017

The magnificent house at Crowcombe Court was built in the 1730s in the English regional baroque style by Thomas Parker and the interior features plasterwork by Grinling Gibbons. It was described by Sir Nikolas Pevsner as: “The finest house of its date in Somerset south of the Bath area”. The…