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Sporting Gun October 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.
’tis the season

“Whatever shooting you do this month, I hope you enjoy yourself and this issue helps you” This time of year puts your shooting skills into sharp focus and, in my humble opinion, there’s no better way to limber up for open season than by doing a simulated shoot. I can hear some of you say that live quarry doesn’t fly in an arc or slow down like a clay, but believe me, if you go to a good simulated shoot, you are really challenged by realistic looking “birds” I was lucky enough to get my “eye in” on a simulated shoot at Bisley this month. The warm up stand didn’t really challenge me and I was feeling pretty confident in my ability. That was until we entered the next stand. Let me try to…

8 min.
snapshots

BMA takes U-turn over firearm licence fees THE BRITISH Medical Association (BMA) has advised GPs not to provide shooters’ medical information to the police without a fee and suggested that it is acceptable to refuse on ethical grounds. The new encoded reminder system required GPs to provide the police with any information suggesting an applicant should not be in possession of a gun and add a permanent marker to their medical records. This service was agreed by a Home Office working group, including BMA representatives, to be provided without charge, unless the police require further medical involvement. Last month, BASC was forced to advise shooters applying for and renewing certificates not to pay a fee, after receiving complaints from members that they had been charged by their GPs. The BMA has now issued new guidance,…

8 min.
letters to the editor

Owl-ing with laughter > I really enjoyed reading your article, “Eagle owls: friend or foe?” in July issue. My first experience with an eagle owl was many years ago when a friend started to keep birds of prey. One of the birds he reared was an eagle owl. This bird was enormous; much bigger than any bird of prey I’d ever seen. It was also an escape artist. No pen seemed to be able to hold him for long and when he escaped he would swoop down and sit on the same large fence pole in a local street and watch the world go by. The first time he did this some frightened locals phoned the police, convinced this huge bird was going to fly off with one of their children! The…

6 min.
a barley bonanza

“Never in the eight years that Paul and I have been shooting together have we shot a field cold” What a few weeks we have had! At the time of writing the pigeons have really showed up in biblical numbers. It all started soon after we had some violent thunderstorms that inevitably knocked over some patches of winter barley. The birds were quick to take advantage of the easy pickings and so were we – our first trip resulting in a bag of 220. Shooting from a joint hide in the middle of the field, and covering a huge laid area, we despatched 110 each – honours even, job done. Not so. Even on this brilliant day, we noticed a significant number were by passing us, to head for another field on…

7 min.
a tale of two sitings

The strip of bean stubble was fully 1,000 yards long. Sloping gently downhill from a busy main road, in places it was almost 500 yards wide. It was covered with beans, and though too far from home to keep a regular watch, luckily it was not long before my shooting mate Ed drove past and found it covered with pigeons! Stopping to watch mid week, a good flock were seen to be working a central slope running the entire length of the field, but it was obvious that decoying the place would not all be plain sailing. Challenge ahead Towards one end, a farm track doubled as a public footpath, a small road ran along either side and a couple of houses were also well within shooting range, each needing a minimum safety…

2 min.
shooter’s port of call

Situated high on the rolling landscapes and big skies of Salisbury Plain is Widdington Shoot. A CPSA Premier Ground, it offers an attractive and unique venue for both competition shooters and the casual Gun who wants some practice. Set in 2,000 acres of largely arable land farmed by shoot owner Jeremy Horton, the layout around the clubhouse is a horseshoe shape and shooters can quietly amble around the stands on mown grass. As well as a warm welcome, the ground itself was tidy with barely a broken clay or wad visible. The clubhouse is spacious and bedecked with trophies that Jeremy brought back from an African safari, a trip he won in a raffle at the CLA Game Fair a few years ago. Being a keen stalker, it was the perfect…