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Shooting Gazette

Shooting Gazette Aug-2018

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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United Kingdom
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English
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TI-Media
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from the editor

After months of waiting, the official start of the driven game shooting season is imminent. While few guns commence their own personal campaigns on the Glorious Twelfth (the season actually starts a day later this year) the date alone is enough to get any fieldsportsperson worth their salt excited about heading into in the field, wherever and whenever that happens to be. Whatever our quarry, we can all relate to that first morning on the peg after a long break, the anticipation as we hear the beaters’ call or the crack of a flag, the first sight of our quarry, its environment carefully husbanded by gamekeepers, or the sight of our faithful gundogs bringing it to hand. Bliss… In this issue we have a double bill of grouse from Adrian Blundell…

1 Min.
curlew conservationist wins prestigious bellamy award

Nature documentary producer Mary Colwell has won the NGO Educational Trust’s Bellamy Award in recognition of her work in highlighting the plight of the curlew. “I am truly delighted to receive the Bellamy Award in recognition of my passion and actions to try and protect this wonderful species for future generations,” said Cowell, adding that there was a need for both “widespread habitat restoration and a civilised debate on the role of predator control” if declines are to be reversed. “The ‘official’ estimate for the number of breeding curlew is 68,000 pairs in the UK but, personally, I think it is half that number – and they are failing each year,” said Colwell. “Ireland has already lost 97 per cent, Wales 80 per cent and England more than 50 per cent. It…

1 Min.
praise for sandringham’s grey partridge conservation

The GWCT has praised the Royal Family for its efforts to boost grey partridge numbers at Sandringham after its former headkeeper and retiring agent won the prestigious Mills & Reeve Grey Partridge Award. David Clark, HM The Queen’s recently retired headkeeper at Sandringham, and Sir Marcus O’Lone, the estate’s agent who retired this summer, were presented with the award at the opening of the 2018 Royal Norfolk Show…

1 Min.
bga appoints two new board members

Charlie McVeigh and Simon Chantler have joined the board of the British Game Alliance (BGA). McVeigh, chairman of Citigroup’s Investment Banking, and Chantler, founder of Meadow Foods, join Alan Beynon and Ivan Shenkman. Managing director Tom Adams said: “The BGA is pleased to welcome Charlie and Simon to the board. They both bring a wealth of business acumen matched with a passion for shooting, which will help ensure that the BGA delivers on its aims. We hope the shooting community can continue to support the BGA in its goals of securing the game market and bringing in effective self-regulation.”…

2 Min.
readers’ letters

Consider head lift In his answer to a left-handed, left-eye-dominant shot struggling on right-to-left targets (May issue), I am surprised that Adam Calvert didn’t mention head lifting as the possible cause of the problem – or the fact that, for left-handed shots, it is a common error to allow the gun to move away from the cheek when addressing birds from right to left, thus compromising the line of sight. Peter Harris, by email Adam Calvert replies: Head lifting is associated with poor gunfit. I often see clients who have been told they lift their head but rarely have they taken the time to understand why. I would not expect to see head lifting if the gun fits properly. If the gun is moving away from the cheek this is usually because the shooter…

1 Min.
the right breed?

Further to Mike Barnes’ article A Breed Apart (July issue), I take the view that a good dog is a good dog, whatever its breed or even combination of breeds. I have seen collies that were good gundogs. I have seen a rottweiler work well in a beating line. I have seen a “horrible hairy hound of origin unknown” do a very good job picking-up. I myself had what is now called a sprocker, long before such dogs were called anything other than a ‘crossbred’ or often a ‘mongrel’. It’s a pity some of our British gundog breeds are seldom worked. I blame the show people for that, at least to an extent. I take the view a breed of dog that was originally intended for a specific purpose should still…