Getting the best out of your beaters on a shoot

Running a line and managing a beating team is an art. It’s difficult to get right and easy to get wrong. There is a certain amount of pressure on the keeper. While the beaters are no doubt doing their best and, in most cases, know what they are doing, it…

Last-minute gundog training ahead of the new season

Ss we are nearing the start of the season, now is the time to make sure you are taking advantage of the long, light evenings and putting in some useful training sessions. The grouse season is only days away, with the partridge and pheasant seasons not far behind. The first…

pink footed geese

Why are birds with rising numbers on the amber list of conservation concern?

Did you know that the pink-footed goose falls within the ‘amber’ category in the traffic light listing of the UK Birds of Conservation Concern (BoCC) report? This is despite the fact that their numbers have risen for many decades — there are now about 500,000 pinkfeet wintering in the UK…

Bushnell Fusion X rangefinding binoculars field tested by Al Gabriel

July marks perhaps the most exciting time of year for roe stalking, though it is too early for the rut and the days too long. But there is a glimmer of hope a couple of weeks away. The Glastonbury of deerstalking — that is, the British roe rut — is…

Stalking medal roebuck in the English countryside

Mud squelches out from beneath my companion’s boot every time it connects with the boggy ground below. Stalker Anthony White is well over 6ft tall and has a shoe size to match. He walks on ahead of me, untroubled by the noise or the giant footprints he’s leaving in his…

Isuzu D-Max Utility double cab

It’s been 10 years since Isuzu launched the D-Max; in that time, it’s gained a reputation as a capable 4×4 and its appeal rivals that of the mighty Toyota Hilux. With the imminent arrival of birds and several pens to get ready, there was a touch of perfect timing for…

Payments for pest control is a great idea – if you can avoid the red tape

Tree planting is very much in vogue. Everyone, it seems, wants to plant trees. Many are doing it for selfless, altruistic reasons, others to improve their shoots and add variety to their farms. And some, it must be said, are buying ground and planting trees with the sole intention of…

Infiray’s thermal and infrared optics field tested by Mat Manning

Striking the balance between simple enjoyment and technical advantage is seldom straightforward. Modern shooters are faced with a huge choice of hi-tech gadgets and gizmos that can help to put more quarry in the bag, but there is no denying that being overburdened with complicated equipment can take the joy…

Saboteur convicted over attack on 15 year old girl

Members of a notorious saboteur gang led by a convicted violent criminal have been found guilty of using threatening words and behaviour towards people watching a trail hunt near Oakham in Rutland. Shooting Times reported the arrest and charging of Paul Allman, Matthew Slater, Charley Waring, Cameron Allman and Reuben…

feral pigs

Feral pigs: why I was ecstatic to find them on my beat in Scotland

Feral pigs on my beat During my first year of college, I went abroad for a few weeks on a self-funded placement. A gent got in touch with me and asked if I’d like to come to Germany to learn about forestry and wild boar management. I thought he was…

Grouse numbers looking good ahead of the Glorious Twelfth

Gamekeeper Bob Connelly summed up the situation on his shoot as “patchy”, adding: “That is the same situation that we are finding in most places.” Bob told Shooting Times that he intends to shoot on the 12th and then see how things go. Other estates have a more substantial set…

Loading is better left to the experts

I used to be a home-loader, but I am better now, thank you. Don’t get me wrong; I have every respect for those who espouse the fine craft of producing their own ammunition. I admire their self-sufficiency. But I’d rather not stand next to them when they test fire their…

What is the best shotgun for wildfowling?

Wildfowlers are a loose collection of tribes and mystics. While the tribes jostle for imaginary points over which is the best gun or calibre to use, the mystics are the ghosts of the foreshore, confident in their choice of both. They are most often seen at the club’s annual AGM,…

Shooting Times 3 August 2022

  With the Tory party membership currently considering their options as to who, between Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak, will be the next prime minister of the United Kingdom, in this week’s Shooting Times we consider the final two candidates more closely as it pertains to their commitment to fieldsports.…

Woodpigeon breast wraps

This particular recipe for woodpigeon breast is so simple, I actually feel a tad guilty publishing it, but it’s so good that it cannot be discounted as a perfect lunchtime snack. You can easily knock up a quick sauce, or simply buy a good-quality hoisin to speed up the process…

Sabatti Rover Shooter

Sabatti Rover Shooter .308

It’s been a while since I tested a Sabatti rifle; it was the Mercury model in 2009 and I remember being impressed with this Italian manufacturer’s attention to detail. The new model, the Sabatti Rover shooter, is a typical bolt-action hunting rifle that continues Sabatti’s reputation for high quality while…

duck salad

A recipe for duck salad

Pot roasted duck salad For the confit: 2 mallard, oven ready 4 tbsp duck fat 1 star anise, crushed in a pestle and mortar zest of one lemon ½ tsp ground black pepper pinch of cinnamon ½ tSP sea salt For the dressing: 3 eggs 2 tbsp large capers 2…

100 years of keepering – workwear through history

I wonder what the replies would be if I asked a room full of the younger end of the gamekeeping profession — or indeed anyone in the countryside these days — what they associated with the terms ‘kip’ and ‘horsehide’? The first would almost certainly be sleep; the second, perhaps…