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Sporting Gun December 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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English
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Future Publishing Ltd
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2 min.
the benefits of our sport

“It really brought home that habitat management and conservation encourages diversity of wildlife” Part of Richard Brigham’s article, ÒSeasonal PleasuresÓ, struck a chord with me this month. In his evocative feature on early season shooting, he mentioned that managed countryside encouraged a greater diversity of wildlife. Nothing new about that, I hear you say, but it resonated with me because I recently visited an estate I used to work on during my college vacations. All those years ago it was a sporting estate and I used to help the gamekeeper. Twenty or so years later the estate no longer offers commercial shooting and has concentrated on other ways to survive economically. These include letting out the “big house” to a large corporation to glad hand its clients; turning the grouse moor into…

6 min.
snapshots

CA welcomes Firearms Act improvements THE COUNTRYSIDE Alliance (CA) has welcomed two “significant improvements” to the Firearms Act. Amendments to firearms licensing the CA called for back in March have now been tabled as Government amendments to the Policing and Crime Bill. One amendment proposes an eight-week extension to the life of a certificate as long as the renewal documents were submitted eight weeks ahead of the certificate’s expiry, to prevent firearms owners from being penalised if their licensing department does not turn their renewal around in good time. The second amendment moves expanding ammunition of the kind used for deer stalking back to Section 1, removing the need for a specific police exemption to possess it. In February the CA welcomed the proposed improvements to the Firearms Act following the introduction of the Policing…

3 min.
letters to the editor

Gun carriage > With reference to your October issue of Sporting Gun magazine and Patrick Hook’s “Journey of Discovery”, I would like to submit my own shooting vehicle projects for your consideration. I have worked in the engineering industry for most of my life and my hobby over that period has been shooting vermin. Because of this I have successfully adapted a number of vehicles to accommodate my specific requirements in this field. After many modification projects, I feel that I have reached a point where I have got it right. Dougie Boyd, via email Ed – Dougie, thanks for sending those pictures in. Your shooting vehicles look awesome and in much better nick than Patrick’s Disco, but don’t tell him I said that! MUSTO The new Fenland Packaway Jacket delivers freedom to shoot, is fully…

2 min.
pigeon watch

WHERE THEY WERE SHOT 1 Name: Lee Gibson Location: Warwickshire Pictured is Lee Gibson after shooting his personal best. He said: “I shot alone on bean stubble in Bulkington, Warwickshire, and managed to pick 145 – my personal best pigeon day.” 2 Name: Matthew Lloyd Location: South Wales Matthew Lloyd sent this picture of his bag after a day’s shooting over stubble. He said: “It was a slow day and the birds just were not playing ball, but I managed to bag 34 woodies. “I shot using my brand new Berreta Silver Pigeon 12-bore using Gambore clear pigeon 32g 6’s, my favourite pigeon cartridge – very fast and hard hitting. We shot them using 50 pigeon shell decoys, set out in a horse shoe pattern, a rotary with two dead birds and a flapper on…

4 min.
the modern day pigeon shooter

“There is no doubt that pigeon numbers have risen dramatically and continue to do so” Shooters of my age often lament that things were better in “the good old days”, when all you had to do was throw an old stuffed grey sock out on a likely looking field and pigeons would swarm to their doom. They would recall flocks of woodies leaving the roosting woods at first light that were so big it would take 20 minutes to pass over. But, was it really like this? Entries from my diary going back 45 years often revealed uncooperative birds that ignored my decoys, or simply cleared off after the first shot. Admittedly, I was still learning the art of decoying, but average bags were probably around the 30 to 40 mark, with…

3 min.
a friendly place

Just off the A303, a stone’s throw from the quiet Wiltshire village of Mere, lies Wood Farm Clayshooting Club. Set in 700 acres of arable and livestock ground and overlooked by Castle Hill – all that remains of a castle built in 1253 by the Earl of Cornwall – the club is run by Rodney Coward, who has farmed there for 53 years. Rodney started the club in 1987, he said: “We always had guns around the farm when I was growing up, but I was never a serious shooter. I started the club mainly as a means of diversifying to raise a bit more income. Initially I used to take entry fees sitting in my Land Rover, but a couple of years later we built the clubhouse.” Rodney is a charming…