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Sporting Gun August 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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United Kingdom
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Future Publishing Ltd
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2 min.
nice to see you

“I’m already looking forward to next year’s Field & Country Fair at Cornbury Park” It was great to see so many of you at the Field and Country Fair a few weeks ago. Thank you for dropping by the Sporting Gun stand to have a chat. I was interested to hear your views about the magazine and I will address your points in the near future. I’m already looking forward to next year’s Field & Country Fair, which will take place on 16 to 18 June at Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire and I hope to see you there. As it’s coming up to the time of year when woodpigeons are becoming a serious pest to farmers and gardeners alike, we have a special focus on shooting woodies. Richard Brigham tells us how to…

13 min.
snapshots

UK votes to leave European Union COUNTRY GROUPS say it is vital to ensure rural businesses are not disadvantaged as the UK votes to leave the EU. Around 52 per cent of voters opted to leave the EU in last month’s referendum, prompting David Cameron to announce he will step down as Prime Minister before October. Rural groups have said no time should be wasted to make sure the government constructs new arrangements to benefit the industry. BASC chairman Peter Glenser said: “BASC will carry out the hard work to ensure that the legal framework in which we operate is fit for purpose and benefits shooting and the countryside.” CLA president Ross Murray signalled his confidence in the ability of farmers and other rural businesses to create opportunities in the future outside the EU. He said:…

8 min.
letters to the editor

Waiting game > Having decided it was time to renew my interest in shooting after a long absence, I’m starting to wish I hadn’t bothered. First, I decided to apply for both certificates together. Forms were filled out, referees found and my fee included. I posted my applications to my local licensing team, which is West Mercia and Warwickshire combined. I then prepared by buying my cabinet, joining BASC, etc. This was six months ago! I have emailed numerous times and all I get is the same automated reply. When I call, I am told that they’re still working on last year’s applications and they can’t tell me how much longer I’m going to have to wait. I was hoping to have had it by now because I was intending to…

5 min.
big bag day

“Two puffs of feathers were seen time after time before the sound of the shots reached me” Any serious pigeon shooter will tell you that, sooner or later, circumstances will conspire to enable you to make a huge bag. Whether you will be able to take advantage of those circumstances is another matter. The following is an account of a remarkable dayÕs decoying that my shooting partner, Paul, and I enjoyed a couple of years ago. Several favourable criteria have to fall into place to make any kind of bag – even on an average day’s decoying. In this instance, one of the top “killing fields” on one of my best farms was drilled with peas and we’d already had five days of more than 100 birds. Two gas guns had been deployed…

7 min.
prospecting for pigeons

“I was caught out by two sneaking in low along the upwind side of the hedge” It only seems a short while since I was lamenting the lack of pigeon-shooting opportunities. There’s always a gap between wringing out the last hour or two on the flowering spring rape – with few chances of a decent decoying session – until the first bits of laid corn come along to provide another opportunity for some pigeon-shooting action. One moment the barley was barely knee high, green as grass and attracting little more than the latest batch of hedgerow bunnies, then suddenly, the ears had sprouted, swelled out and rapidly developed into potential pigeon grub. At this critical stage of growth, cereal plants are at their most vulnerable, particularly in stormy weather. With the weight of…

2 min.
shooting club checklist

Parking: Plenty of parking around 70 to 80 yards from the centre next to the William Evans gunshop. Toilet facilities: Toilets with disabled access throughout. Clubhouse: Clean and tidy with plenty of comfortable seating inside and out. It also has hot and cold food available from 9am to 2.30pm. The clubhouse is equipped with televised score screens and the layouts can be viewed through the large glass frontage. There is also a large screen displaying scores situated near the layouts that can be viewed from the clubhouse. Membership: Full membership for non-NRA members is £110, husband and wife £160, juniors £50, veterans £60 – for over 65s and NRA members. Prices: Members £6 for 25 clays, £8 for 30 clays – double trap. Non-members £7 for 25 clays and £8 for 30 clays –…