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Shooting Gazette

Shooting Gazette June 2019

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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1 Min.
from the editor

If you’re reading this on 1 June, there are just over 70 days to go until the start of the driven game shooting season. Pre-season preparation will be on most Shots’ minds, whether that’s through lessons, the odd charity clay day or even simulated shooting. The latter has come on leaps and bounds in recent years, with shooting grounds and estates offering some cracking days’ sport for a fraction of the cost. These simulated experiences help experienced Shots get their eye-in and ease novices into the order and etiquette of the real thing, something we should all support. A case in point is Bryngwyn Hall. This fantastic venue, overseen by Lady Linlithgow, has the potential to become something really special, as you’ll see on pages 60 to 63. There are many…

1 Min.
don’t miss this month

Insurance, for gun or gundogs, is an important subject, but with so many options, how can you be sure your deal is right for you? John Walker speaks to some leading figures in the industry and discovers why it’s important to do your homework before signing up, as well as checking the small print of your shooting destinations to ensure you’re covered for all eventualities. Shooting needs new blood, and this month Wendy Bardsley looks at how the gundog world is helping junior handlers to join its ranks. With so many distractions in young people’s lives it’s vital to make sure fresh faces feel welcome. Wendy has spoken to some cracking kids and parents, and the article will leave you with plenty to ponder.…

2 Min.
news update

Countryside in shock following revoking of licences The decision by Natural England to revoke three general licences for controlling wild birds – including pigeons and crows – was met with a mixture of shock, anger, disbelief and bewilderment by the shooting community. The change was as a result of a legal challenge by the campaign group Wild Justice – headed by TV presenter Chris Packham and blogger Mark Avery – to the way in which licences have been issued. The licences, issued annually, allowed the control of certain species to protect health, prevent damage and to conserve wild birds. The old licences were withdrawn from midnight on 25 April. This gave their users, such as shooters, farmers and pest controllers, just two days’ notice that they would need a personal licence to use…

3 Min.
frank coles “countryman”

Assistant gamekeeper/ head beater/ right-hand man of the Folksworth Manor Farm Shoot, Huntingdonshire. Throughout the UK travels of Spider’s Appeal we have had the privilege and pleasure of meeting dedicated countryfolk who, as caring guardians, work modestly in close partnership with the countryside to produce benefits enjoyed by us all, and none more so than Frank Coles, writes Barry Atkinson. We met Frank when we visited the shoot, as No. 991 of our intended 1,000 shoots target, on 15 December, 2012. The shoot day was successful with a bag of 108 birds, all the company warm and welcoming, and resulted in a generous collective donation to the Appeal of £430. Such occasions create lasting and valuable memories of landscape, wildlife, game birds, dogs, individual characters, conversation, humour and friendship – and so…

1 Min.
win a pair of dubarry boots

THE WRITER of the Letter of the Month will receive a pair of Wexford boots from Dubarry of Ireland (RRP £325). The knee-length, side-zip boots – designed for both men and women – are handcrafted from waterproof Dry Fast-Dry Soft breathable leathers. The high quality of the boot is reinforced throughout with an insulated GORE-TEX lining that wicks moisture away from the foot, ensuring the wearer remains dry and comfortable all day. Dubarry’s new hard-wearing durable outsole gives maximum grip whatever the ground conditions.…

2 Min.
letter of the month

“How is your New Year’s resolution holding up, Dad?” asked my geography student daughter recently. Having committed to reduce the amount of plastic I put into landfill, I soon found that my love of shooting was going to test this. Throughout January, I picked up any spent shells and plastic wads I saw – not that I use plastic wads or leave my empties for someone else to pick up. I took the step to fibre-wad cartridges some time ago, having visited a shoot that stipulated fibre only. It seemed logical and did not impact my shooting. But what to do with the empties when I get home? The East Devon authorities are pretty strict on what they see as recyclable plastic; sadly, spent cartridge cases are not included. So, to ease my…