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Four of the best electronic ear defenders

Ear protection is one of the key shooting safety rules. Numerous shooters complain of deafness, and, possibly the worse affliction, tinnitus – a …

When is the best time to shoot corvids?

Q: Most of my shooting seems to be on ground with limited crops and mainly grassland grazed by sheep and cattle. What do you think is the best time …

Game meat sent to those in need

Thousands of people struggling with food poverty have had a hot meal of pheasant or partridge to eat over the past two years thanks to the charitable …

English shock collar ban being considered

A consultation has been launched in to a possible ban on the sale and use of electric dog training collars in England.<p>This follows Scotland’s …

How to stop a dog worrying sheep

According to 
the National Sheep Association, there are more than 33million sheep in the UK, which means that every working gundog is certain to …

Why you should try to keep both eyes open when shooting

I recently wrote about how an average Shot can improve out of season. We established that Patrick, the pupil, mounts his gun reasonably well and can …

Can I teach an English pointer to sit at the peg?

Q: I have been involved in shooting all my life, but 
have only begun shooting in 
a syndicate since retiring and have no experience of having 
a dog …

Which is the best night vision scope for the money?

Pulsar’s N550 digital night-vision rifle scope was a game-
changer in the world of late-night pest control and subsequent updates have continually …

How can I stop my spaniel whining at the peg?

<i>Q: My cocker spaniel has been trained since she was five months old. I slowly introduced her to the world of shooting and she had her first day when</i> …

Crate training your puppy – how to do it right

I have decided on crate training for my new gundog puppy Briar. When she whines to go out I will hear her. I will also find it easier to teach her …

Orvis launches campaign for female flyfishers

Fieldsports brand Orvis has launched a new campaign to encourage more women to take up flyfishing and “advance gender parity” in the sport.<p>The 50/50 …

Just why is the “sprocker spaniel” becoming so popular?

A friend was torn between gundog choices. Should he go for an English springer, or an equally speedy but rather smaller cocker? In the end he …

Why I won’t be bothering to go Crufts this weekend

Gundog day at Crufts 2018 is on the Sunday, the last and inevitably the most busy of the four-day event.<p>This year’s show will host around 22,000 dogs …

Review of firearms licensing in Scotland drives call for improvements

HMICS has powerstolook into the “state, effectiveness and efficiency” of both the Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority (SPA). It said …

Which breed of spaniel should I buy?

Q: I’m looking to buy a spaniel puppy. Which spaniel breeds should I be looking at? There are so many.<p>A: This is a question about spaniels that …

10 of the best wellies for the field

Jack Pyke Ashcombe<p>Part of Jack Pyke’s recently launched Ashcombe range, which includes neoprene topped and gusseted versions, this zipped boot …

How to check your scope

<b>Q: I was out stalking when 
I dropped my rifle and the scope was knocked heavily. I did 
not continue, in fear that it had lost zero, but is there an</b> …

The Hungarian wirehaired vizsla – charming and hardworking

The Hungarian wirehaired vizsla – a true all-rounder<p>I needed a steady breed that could live calmly with my pack of exuberant bloodhounds. Other …

Can I buy a Purdey or Holland & Holland on a budget?

<b>I’ve always wanted to own a Purdey or a Holland & Holland side-by-side. However I’ve yet to receive one as a bequest and can’t afford to order one</b> …

Big plans for game market

An initiative has been proposed with the intention of promoting the consumption of game and maintaining shoot standards.<p>Expected to launch in …

Obey law or risk losing lead

Shooters have been warned that disobeying regulations on the use of lead shot could result in further restrictions.<p>Lead shot is banned on the …

Badger culls may expand, then end

The Government is to review its 25-year bovine tuberculosis (TB) strategy, with suggestions that it will expand its badger culls, before moving away …

Shooters oppose unjust airgun law

Further restrictions on airgun use in England and Wales would be “disproportionate” and “bad law”. That is the firm response from shooting groups as …

Which .22 rifle should I choose for rabbit shooting?

<b>Q: I am looking for a decent 
.22 rimfire for rabbit shooting and pest control. My local gunsmith 
is selling a second-hand Sako Finnfire for £350 —</b> …

Buying a puppy – what should I know?

What breed?<p>Choosing the right breed of gundog puppy has to be the foremost consideration. You will have to not only decide what breed will suit your …

Labour Party proposes a ban on “intensive rearing”

The Labour Party’s proposed animal welfare plan, which includes a pledge to “promote high standards with regards to game shoots”, has had a mixed …

Purdey Awards open for entry

Entries are now being invited for the 2018 Purdey Awards for Game and Conservation.<p>The annual accolades promote the game and habitat conservation …

Secondhand Browning – three of the best for an all-rounder

• Max price: £1,250<br>• Type: O/U game or Sporter<br>• Main purpose: clays, pigeons and game<br>• Preferred make: Browning<p>20 popular second-hand all-rounders<p>If your …

Roe deer hunting – the five minute cull

We are in the thick of the doe season as I write and trying to catch up the numbers on one estate.<p>Parts of this ground can be quite disturbed with …

2018 deer seasons

The Scottish red deer<p>Red deer<p>England and Wales:<p>Aug 1-April 30 (stags)<p>Nov 1 – Mar 31 (hinds)<p>Scotland:<p>July 1-Oct 20 (stags)<p>Oct 21-Feb 15 …