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Sporting Gun April 2016

Sporting Gun is the leading monthly magazine for clay, game and rough shooters. With editorial offices in the Lincolnshire countryside, it can justifiably claim to be at the heart of the shooting community. Monthly features range from gundog training to pigeon shooting, game shooting to wildfowling – along with sound, practical, advice on equipment and techniques to help the beginner, intermediate or experienced shot get more enjoyment from their sport. Sporting Gun is a must for anyone who invests time in and money on their shooting.

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Langue:
English
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Future Publishing Ltd
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2 min.
the good news and the bad

“Fellow allotmenteers hang around my plot in the hope of a few pigeon or some venison” It’s always encouraging to hear stories of conservation successes in conjunction with shooting, and BASC’s Green Shoots Mapping project is a great example of this. BASC recently announced that area the land used by shooters to record wildlife on the Green Shoots Mapping website is now double that designated as National Nature Reserves. With more than 4,500 square kilometres mapped by shooters, this is a fantastic achievement, considering the Green Shoots Mapping was only introduced in 2012. If you don’t already use this fantastic online tool, I thoroughly recommend it – not only will you be helping shooting, but you’ll also find it useful for planning when it comes to your shoot. Another great story is…

8 min.
a soaring success: upperwood shoot

“Many of the Guns travelled the length of the country to experience the Upperwood birds” Among the wild rugged beauty of the South Pennines and the Peak District National Park is the small. but beautiful village, Greenfield. It was here that I had the privilege to spend a sub-zero January day on the glorious Upperwood Estate as a guest of the Crowther family, who own 5,500 acres and rent a further 3,500 acres of countryside that has been their family home for four generations. The estate is owned by Christopher Crowther and his three children, James, who runs the shoot and organises the day, Chris who helps out with the gamekeeping on the estate and Claire, who runs the picking-up team. History In the early 1900s, Upperwood was a sporting estate focusing primarily…

6 min.
red letter day

Over the past four years our little roughshooting syndicate has gone from strength to strength and we now have some excellent ground to shoot over. We have been lucky enough to find some fantastic keepers who understand what we want from of a day’s shooting, small bags, plenty of laughs and a chance to enjoy shooting over our spaniels. None of us field trial our dogs and each time we go out one or more of the dogs will have a “mishap” and its handler will quite rightly be on the receiving end of a tirade of good humoured abuse – it’s what the Circle of Trust is all about! Varied bags One of our favourite places to shoot is on a 6,000 acre privately owned estate right on our doorstep. We…

8 min.
exclusive the sauer 100

Sauer is a well-known manufacturer that commands a lot of respect in the hunting world. The company formed in 1751, making it the oldest firearms manufacturer still active in Germany today. Producing high-end pistols, rifles and shotguns, J. P. Sauer und Sohn is certainly a company with expertise. Since 1993, Sauer had built its reputation on the 202, a rifle that was seen as a premium rifle in the UK market and around the world. It could be said that since then, in the UK market at least, the make was somewhat pushed aside by Blaser and Mauser. Then came some new and exciting changes, with the launch of the 404 in 2015. And now Sauer has developed another rifle to fight back: the Sauer 100, a new entry-level rifle. Editor Kate…

7 min.
home to roost

If pigeons are your bread and butter throughout the year, you’ll invariably find far more shooting opportunities outside the game and wildfowl seasons. I’ve never been one for putting the gun away for the summer, and with the decoying gear permanently loaded up and sorted out, and a constant eye kept on any local pigeon movements, I’m ready to take my chances when the weather and conditions are right. In my neck of the woods the bulk of cereal sowing now seems to be carried out in autumn, but an isolated bit of spring drill can give the brief opportunity of a great day out. With growth rate dependent on weather conditions, early spring can also provide the best chances of making a few decent bags over oilseed rape. It comes…

5 min.
roost shooting

It is usually assumed, in the pigeon shooting world, that roost shooting only takes place during the months of February and March. This is mainly due to the fact that most good roosting woods are located on estates where some form of gameshooting takes place, and the keepers will not allow anyone in the woods until the season is finished. Although I too run a small pheasant shoot, I have no qualms, should the fancy take me, of shooting the little 15 acre wood for pigeons coming in to roost. Pheasants take not the slightest notice of the noise, often going up to roost within 50 yards of my position. Admittedly, I shoot the wood very sparingly, no more than once or twice a year, but there are occasions when upwards…