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Sporting Gun February 2017

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
Fréquence:
Monthly
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1 min.
welcome

What better way to celebrate the 40th year of Sporting Gun than by giving the old girl a makeover? We hope you think she looks a bit prettier than before. However, the changes aren’t just cosmetic. We’ve included some new features and there are even more new articles to come, watch this space. In February we will launch our new clay-shooting competition with the Royal Berkshire Shooting School. Make sure you read more about that on page 77. Finally, we want you to get involved in the magazine and that is why we have a new “In the Field Section” of the magazine. This is where we invite you to test a shotgun. Read more about this on page 60 and see how you can become involved. I hope you enjoy the magazine…

1 min.
among this issue’s contributors

Richard Brigham Richard is a keen shooter, taxidermist and naturalist. This month he sets out on his annual quest to bring home a Canada goose for the Christmas dinner. He also takes an in-depth look at the bird in our new Countryman’s Notes section. Patrick Hook This month our fox shooting expert, Patrick Hook, reviews the new Webley & Scott Xocet rifle. He also looks at the right calibre for shooting foxes and tells us about one of the most difficult shots he has ever taken. Read more about that page 74.…

8 min.
snapshots

“Little impact” from EU gun restrictions Proposed amendments to the EU Firearms directive should have negligible impact on most UK shooters if the current draft is accepted, thanks to the work of Vicky Ford MEP. Conservative MEP Vicky Ford says she is making “good progress” on her discussions to agree revisions to the EU Firearms Directive. Plans to tighten EU gun laws were brought forward by the European Commission following the terrorist attacks in Paris in 2015. While some of the proposals such as improved firearms tractability have been welcomed, others concerning medical tests have been criticised. Purdey awards celebrate game conservation Portloughan Shoot in Strangford, County Down, has won the 2016 Purdey Gold Award for Game and Conservation. Shoot owner David Sandford was presented with his trophy and £5,000 by TV personality Julia Bradbury at the…

1 min.
letter of the month

A welcoming hand As someone who came to shooting and fieldsports relatively late in life, I’ve often lamented the fact that I wasn’t brought up in a rural environment where I’d have developed the skills and– perhaps more importantly – the contacts needed to enjoy plentiful shooting. Ours is a very difficult world to come into “from the cold”, which is why the kindness and consideration of those within the shooting community is so important. I’ve experienced this first-hand recently when, after a few years of being turned down by farmers or realising that promised invitations were never going to materialise, I met a group of like-minded chaps through the formation of a new Masonic Lodge dedicated to those with an interest in shooting, hunting and fishing (The St. Hubertus Lodge). Through…

5 min.
your shout

When to inform the police I know I do not have to inform the police when I go out shooting, but I always do so. My experience of dealing with the force control room (North Yorkshire) has been extremely positive – I have always been thanked for letting them know when/where I will be and what I am doing. I get an incident number so that if I am challenged by a member of the public or by a local police officer, I can give them the number and refer them to the control room. My view is this should not become a requirement, but if a simple phone call prevents the police having to turn out an armed response unit, then I consider it worth it. John Shields, via email Ed – Thanks…

6 min.
the christmas goose

“While greylags are far more predominant, I much prefer a Canada” Living roughly halfway along the wide, meandering valley of the River Wensum in Norfolk - bordered by gravel pit lakes and flood plain marshes - I’m lucky enough to bring home a regular goose or two for the table throughout the wildfowl season. But most important, I like to get a fresh wild goose for Christmas. It’s something of an annual quest, and while greylags are far more predominant nowadays, given the choice, I much prefer a Canada, both for taste and texture. Eaten hot or cold, it’s hard to beat a bird that has built up a nice layer of fat, been hung to mature for a few days and carefully roasted with a delicious sage and onion stuffing. It…