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Shooting Gazette August 2017

Shooting Gazette is the ‘local paper’ for the global shooting community, and is put together by people with a burning passion for the sport. Driven game shooting's finest journal reflects the pure thrill of standing on the peg on a crisp winter's morning. Stunning photography and the best writers in the field ensure the sumptuous pleasure of shoot day is represented in all its glory every month. With the leading gundog section in the sport and a wealth guidance on every aspect of shooting, from where to shoot and how to be a better shot, to buying a gun and etiquette, no stone is left unturned.

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2 Min.
from the editor

A thoroughly warm welcome to this very special August issue of Shooting Gazette. August brings with it the Glorious Twelfth and that means the start of the grouse shooting season. As if you didn’t know that already. Will you be heading for the grouse butt or taking the dogs out for some walked-up shooting when August 12 rolls around? Perhaps you’ll be hosting a day or booting up and walking a few miles through the heather as a beater? Whatever you’re doing, we hope you have a fantastic time and we’d be lying if we didn’t wish we were there with you too. To get you in the mood for the big day we’ve packed this issue full of features which journey right into the heart of everything from conservation politics…

9 Min.
opening shots

Chefs hail grouse as demand for local ingredients soars The Gift of Grouse campaign has joined forces with leading Scottish chefs to encourage local hotels and restaurants to include grouse on their menus as the demand for locally sourced food continues to grow. Prior to the recent Scottish Game Fair at Scone Palace in Perthshire, chefs including Andrew Fairlie, Carina Contini, Martin Wishart and Mark Greenaway signed a letter underlining their passion for grouse and its “hill to plate” credentials. The letter states: “We are proud to be leading the call for more grouse to be used in Scottish restaurants. Today’s consumers want to know the provenance of their meat and they want to eat locally sourced food. Grouse is unique – a locally reared, free-range meat offering traceability from hill to plate,…

1 Min.
news in numbers

86 (for) – 29 (against) The votes cast in the Scottish Parliament to now permit tail docking for spaniel and HPR puppies used for shooting. £7,000 The amount raised during the recent Levens Team Challenge in Kendal, Cumbria, in aid of the GWCT. £9,000 The value of the prize fund on offer through Southdown Gun Club’s second Talent Pool competition. £25,000 The amount BASC will donate to a University of York study on management of upland ecosystems over the next five years. £57,000 The amount raised during a recent charity dinner and auction at North Lodge Farm, Widmerpool, Nottingham, in aid of the GWCT. 60,000 The number of school children who’ll be taught to prepare pheasant by 2020 through a new Taste of Game initiative.…

2 Min.
shots from the shires

It takes a mind of great flexibility to embrace Bishop Gregory of Tours, Harold Macmillan, Theresa May and Michael Gove in the same sentence. Soon after the General Election, I enjoyed a restorative ale with a neighbour, a man who farms well in a modest way, reads widely, shoots like a god and has a wife and bright children who could all feature as models in Vogue. He is blessed in every regard, yet I found him in contemplative mood and he was not long in telling me why. “In the 6th century, Bishop Gregory began writing his history of the world with the words that many things keep happening, some good, some bad. In the 20th century, when asked what was most likely to blow governments off course, prime minister,…

1 Min.
have your say

Further to the news of Commons speaker John Bercow suggesting that MPs didn’t need to wear ties while in the House, we wondered if you could foresee a time when there were no ties on shoot day. Here’s what you said… Graham Allison wrote: “Yes, if you want more youngsters in the sport. They don’t have the same traditions and requirements these days and to some it will be alien. Move with the times and we may get more participation to keep our sport going.” Peter Cresswell wrote: “I guess it depends on the day’s shooting – on a driven day stood at a peg, yes. Shooting over the spaniels up on the fells, no.” James Clare wrote: “At the Farmers Club in London they have a selection of ties and a jacket…

2 Min.
james chapel

“The light in people’s eyes is fantastic when they discover something they love doing.” How did you first get involved in game shooting? It was due to my father’s great enthusiasm and patience. He was a doctor (now retired) whose free time was mostly spent fishing in the summer and shooting in the winter. If you wanted to catch up with Dad, you went fishing or shooting. With two children who are now keen on country sports, I am getting a real appreciation for the frustrations but also the great triumphs he hopefully enjoyed when teaching me. How did you end up as a sporting agent? I qualified as a chartered surveyor (then called a land agent) and still do some shoot and estate management work now. However, Mark Osborne offered me the chance…