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Sporting Gun January 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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Langue:
English
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Future Publishing Ltd
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2 min.
merry christmas!

“Unlike me, a dog can find the festive season very exciting, but behind the cheer lurks danger” It seems as if I have only just recovered from last Christmas, and here it is again. Everywhere you look, you just can’t escape the festive season. To my horror, we even have a few pages dedicated to yuletide in this issue. Bah humbug! As a Christmas curmudgeon, I’d rather not have the magazine littered with pages about Christmas, but I was outvoted by the rest of the team who are well and truly in the festive spirit. Unlike me, a dog can find the festive season very exciting. But behind the Christmas cheer lurks danger and even death for our best friends. It all sounds rather grim, but Neil, our gundog vet, reassures us…

6 min.
snapshots

MPs support grouse shooting in ban debate THE GOVERNMENT has “no intention” of banning driven grouse shooting, but pledged to bring to justice those guilty of raptor persecution, in the recent Parliamentary debate on the issue. The debate was triggered by a petition to ban grouse shooting brought by former RSPB conservation director Mark Avery, as well as a counter-petition supporting the sport. Mr Avery claimed that habitat management related to grouse shooting increases flood risk and greenhouse gas emissions, often leads to raptor persecution and that the sport itself is “economically, ecologically and socially unnecessary”. His petition was supported by the League Against Cruel Sports and celebrity conservationists Chris Packham and Bill Oddie. The overwhelming majority of the MPs who spoke at the debate were supportive of grouse shooting and while there were…

2 min.
pigeon watch

1 Name: Graham Buck Location: Lancashire Graham Buck has shared this photo of his 14-month-old cocker, Paddy, on his first trip over laid wheat from the summer. Graham said: “The weather was partly cloudy with a good westerly breeze on our backs. “Paddy made some really good retrieves over a very large flattened area, which made it easier to mark the birds. “I finished the day with 65 and only a few lost birds, which made it even more enjoyable. “Having lost my previous cocker, Ernie, to IMHA at only 23-months-old a year ago, I have really pushed Paddy to get to this stage at such a young age, but he’s responding well. “On days like these you realise why we all put the time and effort in with our dogs to reap…

8 min.
letters to the editor

SMS for SOS > I refer to your Shooting Answers section in the December issue. Under the heading of Wildfowling (page 60), the question of safety out on the marshes was raised and the problem caused when you might need to call for help and find there’s no mobile phone signal. Readers may be interested to learn of the emergency SMS (text) service operated by the major mobile phone operators. This enables mobile phone users to register a phone with www.emergencysms.org.uk, which enables text messages to be sent to the emergency services if there is a threat to life or serious injury, and there is no mobile signal. As a fell walker, I was made aware of this by the mountain rescue teams in Cumbria, but its use is equally applicable in situations…

2 min.
runway rabbits

I’m lucky that I get to work in some weird and wonderful places. No two rabbiting jobs are the same. Although a good percentage of our workload is on farmland, we do carry out rabbit control in all manner of areas with various land uses. It wasn’t unusual to receive a call about removing rabbits from an airport. There wasn’t a vast amount of rabbits present, but their digging was a danger to aircraft. On visiting the site, it was decided the only way to do the job safely was at night, when the runway wasn’t in use. Shooting wasn’t a viable option due to the lack of backstops and it would have taken a few nights to have had a notable impact, even if it was safe. The burrows were…

5 min.
unusual circumstances

A couple of my permissions lie right on the estuary of the River Crouch, in Essex, and are some five to six miles, as the pigeon flies, from the nearest roost woods. Pigeons only really hit these farms when all nearer alternatives have been exhausted, usually meaning that stubbles have long been ploughed in and drillings up and away before birds venture this far out. Occasionally though, unusual circumstances tempt pigeons to make the long journey out to feed. Significant situation This autumn is a case in point, where a change in farming policy has meant the two farms in question have adopted a direct drilling regime. Any dedicated decoyer will immediately recognise the significance of this – stubbles with food on them will not be turned in. When those stubbles happen…