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Sporting Gun February 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
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Future Publishing Ltd
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2 min.
would a test be the answer?

“The moment you make a test mandatory, you exclude vast numbers of people from shooting” I was so pleased to read about managed grouse moors that have done so much for the conservation of wildlife (Snapshots, p49). The news that Glenturret estate had two successful hen harrier nests was particularly good, but just as important are the other successes: ring ouzels, twites, yellowhammers, cuckoos and blackgrouse — the list goes on. Of course it’s no great surprise to most of us, and hardline antis will carry on claiming that shooting is of no benefit to conservation, which is why Roger Draycott’s column was especially significant (p60). Roger explains how important it is that when you decide to take a day’s shooting, whether it is driven, walked up, rough or a boundary day, it…

6 min.
high birds in low country

“Will had a great deal of confidence in Rob and his team’s ability to deliver” Rob Hagger and Will Nichols were introduced by a mutual friend, who knew that Rob, a gamfarmer by trade, was looking for land to set up a shoot on, and Will, a farmer and landowner, was looking for somebody to take his small family-run shoot to another level. Athough a passionate Shot, Will has struggled to do the shoot justice in recent years due to work commitments and having a young family to raise. Putting down between 300 and 1,000 birds each year and only shooting a couple of days was not making the most of the Cambridgshire land, which had previously been a great shoot with help from his friend Craig Johnson. With the land covering…

7 min.
the ultimate roughshooting quarry

“The ‘Holy Grail’ of woodcock shooting is managing to get a right-and-left” Ask anyone involved in shooting,what their ultimate quarry is and you will get a flush of answers. For some it will be a high driven pheasant, for others it will be a flighting mallard on a tidal mudflat or a driven grouse hurtling towards a stone butt high on a heather moor. For me the answer is quite simple – it would be a fast, silent, jinking woodcock flushed off the nose of a questing cocker spaniel, and if you are into your old style, back to basics shooting then you won’t get much more traditional than this combination. People’s views on shooting woodcock vary considerably, some Guns and landowners feel that these little waders should be left alone. On…

4 min.
a different market

The Beretta 680 series has been around since 1984 and it’s still enjoyed by many of us today. So, this newly updated 687 EELL model, with scroll engraving, has undoubtedly got a serious history of previous EELL’s to compete against. This newly engraved 30in, 3in chambered, 12-bore EELL is elegantly engraved, in a way that the majority of us would find pleasing to the eye. This EELL is a game model, with a narrow rib and a fixed chokes, which I always feel handles with more speed than the multichoke version. This updated version has a rounded fore-end instead of a schnabel, which gives a slim/sleek profile. With this profile it provides a more comfortable hold for leading hand, if you hold a slightly longer grip, or at least I am pleased…

7 min.
keeping track

Each time we reach the end of yet another old year – and the beginning of a brand new one – it’s time to look back and reflect on the achievements and failures of the past 12 months. I’m at the stage now where each year somehow seems to pass much quicker than the last, and I find the only way of recalling events is by keeping a daily diary. It’s certainly been a funny old year for pigeons, but by looking back through old diaries this has often been the case, and I suspect always will be, given their somewhat unpredictable nature. Many moons ago I started recording a few shooting notes in a little pocketbook; the “Shooters Diary” produced by Eley. The entries at first were restricted to the amounts…

7 min.
wigeon tufts

There is something incredibly satisfying about making something that later gives you success in the field. Over the years I have made numerous decoys, but one of my favourite creations are my homemade wigeon tufts. These are a simple invention that are most suited for half-light or moon flights. In low light conditions the most visible part on a wigeon is the white patch on the rear of the bird and the white flash on the wings, which other birds seem to be able to spot from a great distance. My wigeon tufts are designed to create an illusion of ducks without putting a lifelike decoy out and to let the approaching bird paint the rest of the picture, with the help of calling. I settled on the idea of setting up…