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Sporting Gun September 2015

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
Future Publishing Ltd
4,73 €(TVA Incluse)
37,80 €(TVA Incluse)
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2 min.
countryside in crisis

There’s a new organisation in town (town being the operative word). Rewilding Britain has some of the silliest ideas I’ve seen in a long while. It wants to bring back what it calls “keystone” species, including wolves, lynx, bison and moose – though it also wants to reduce “grazing species”. In other words, our deer species and farmed livestock. The very best of Rewilding Britain’s mad notions is that we should be reintroducing grey whales, on which the organisation says: “More research is needed to know if they could be transported from the Pacific for breeding purposes.” And then what? How do they think they’ll keep them here? The organisation wants “ecotourism booming”. Essentially, it would like to turn our countryside into a vast theme park for people to visit, rather…

5 min.
fresh fields

It’s always nice to get an invitation to shoot someone else’s pigeons, so when Richard, one of Sporting Gun’s photographers, phoned to say the magazine needed some fresh pigeon-shooting pictures, if only to prove I possessed more than one hat, we set about making a plan. I explained that pigeons were in short supply on both my and Paul’s grounds, but Richard said he had a field of peas that could come up with a shoot, even though he did not have exclusive rights to the pigeon shooting. The field in question was in full flower, and had been shot three or four times over the past month, though this had not deterred a good number from continuing to visit the field. All that needed to be done now was to make…

5 min.
dawn calling

It’s safe to say that, being a wildfowler, I’m no stranger to getting up in the wee hours of the morning to head out with the gun. This can be a great tactic when it comes to crowing, too, despite it being a little bit more depressing getting up before sunrise on long summer days! There is something therapeutic about getting tucked into position and watching the world start to wake up, whether out stalking, wildfowling or simply trying to take out pesky crows. We have recently had the covercrops drilled in anticipation for the up-and-coming season, and this is a crucial time to protect them, as they make up large parts of the pheasant drives in the winter months. Being prepared Organisation is essential. I try to ensure I have as…

7 min.
the boar necessities

Last month, I talked about placing feed and Trophy Cams to start assessing whether you have boar on your patch. So, if you have, your many hours of preparation will hopefully have paid off and they will have taken the bait. The feed station of maize and molasses is now being regularly visited by a sounder of free-roaming British wild boar, so what next? You need to consider what your objective is before identifying a suitable animal to shoot. Are you culling to prevent damage, harvesting meat, trophy hunting for sport or a combination of all of these? Dr Martin Goulding, the UK’s leading expert on boar, suggests that you can cull up to 80 per cent of each year’s offspring without affecting the population long term. With litter sizes of…

1 min.
meet the team

VETERINARY: NEIL MCINTOSH A practising vet in Scotland. TUITION: JOHN BIDWELL 6 times World FITASC champ and pro shooting coach. LEGAL: DAVID FROST Author of Sporting Shooting and the Law. TECHNICAL: MIKE GEORGE Engineering author with a deep love of gunmaking. GUNDOGS: LEZ GRAHAM Gundog trainer and author of the Pet Gundogbooks. PIGEONS: PETER THEOBALD Author of Woodpigeon: The Ultimate Quarry. STALKING: GEORGE WALLACE National Gamekeepers’ Organisation’s firearms consultant. FERRETS: ED COOK Professional rabbit catcher working over 30,000 acres.…

20 min.
shooting answers

NO QUESTION ABOUT IT! GUNDOGS Instant response Q During a shoot day my dog quite often goes “off” the whistle and totally ignores my commands, and yet when we are training she is excellent. What can I do about this annoying habit? LEZ SAYS: This is quite common towards the end of the season as we praise our dogs for bringing back birds in spite of them not doing as they’re told. For example, we push them on, they ignore us, find a bird and then get told how good they are. The only way forward is to make every command count and not just the ones on the training field: sit first time every time, come first time every time, go on your bed first time every time and so on. Do lots of drills…