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Shooting Gazette July 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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United Kingdom
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English
Verlag:
TI-Media
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IN DIESER AUSGABE

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from the editor

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to this 30th anniversary issue of Shooting Gazette. Originally a quarterly entitled The Shooting Gazette, the magazine was launched at the 1989 CLA Game Fair. In his welcome address, editor Mike Barnes spoke of “many happy shooting seasons together”. We have certainly enjoyed many of those with you all. It has been a privilege to sit in the editor’s chair these past two years, following on from Mike, his successor Robert Gray and my predecessor Will Hetherington. I hope you’ll agree our talented writers and photographers have always gone to great lengths to bring you the best possible magazine. Whether you joined us on issue one, 100 or 332, I thank you for your valued support. In this issue, Roderick Emery, whose first article appeared…

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don’t miss this month

Smoking game Game and its consumption has always been on our agenda. Mary Bremner headed to the Apley Estate in Shropshire to find out the innovative ways Lord and Lady Hamilton are using their farm shop – and a little outside help – to offer game to their customers all year round. It is thought-provoking and mouth-watering stuff – and that’s just the photography! Gundog captains As the Game Fair draws ever closer, attentions will be turning to the gundog competitions. Wendy Bardsley caught up with the captains of the English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish teams at the recent Skinner's World Cup to find out more about their roles and how they use a blend of national pride, experience and time-served knowledge to prepare their charges for the big events.…

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news

Prestonfield guests raise £135,000 for GWCT The GWCT Scottish Auction, held at Prestonfield House in May, raised £135,000 towards the work of the GWCT. The sell-out event saw guests enjoy a champagne reception and dinner prepared by the Prestonfield chefs, with venison donated by Highland Game. Charles Graham-Campbell conducted the auction, with lots ranging from an eight gun day in the Borders with dinner and accommodation for 16 at Duns Castle to a week’s fishing on the River Carron. Bryan Johnston, chairman of the GWCT Scottish Auction, said: “Once again, considerable thanks are due to Prestonfield House, our sponsors, our supporters – who, as ever, made this evening a huge success – and the committee. “The Scottish Auction remains a tremendous asset in the GWCT annual calendar, not just because of the funds it generates…

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you cannot have it both ways

I shoot woodpigeons over crops regularly at the request of farmers to control their numbers and prevent serious damage. As part of this control I shoot them over cereal and oil seed rape stubble in the late summer. This is necessary to keep the overall numbers in check. The population of woodpigeons in the UK is in good health, with numbers increasing by 134% between 1970 and 2011. I am, therefore, perplexed as to the motivations of Wild Justice for forcing changes to the general licence for controlling these birds. It is certainly not motivated by the desire to halt the decline of an endangered species. I suspect that the true motivation of Wild Justice is an objection to anything being shot. Well, I have no problem with that if, like…

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win a pair of dubarry boots

THE AUTHOR 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.…

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readers’ letters

Semi-auto misunderstanding I reply to the article by John Walker (May issue) regarding automatic shotguns. Mr Walker appears to be unaware of the well-documented fact that many shooters use these guns to minimise recoil. I now use one for that reason and the ‘gun’ headaches and neck problems that I suffered for many years have disappeared. I know several clay-pigeon shooters (including champions) who have similarly benefited. Many are elderly like myself who otherwise may not be shooting. Almost all are true gentlemen. It doesn’t sound like Mr Walker shoots clay pigeons but if he does I hope that he never experiences the pain I have suffered. He would then perhaps appreciate that not all users of these guns fit the offensive view he gives of them in his apparently unresearched article. John Wilkins,…

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