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Shooting Gazette April 2020

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
Sprache:
English
Verlag:
TI-Media
Erscheinungsweise:
Monthly
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2 Min.
from the editor

Our April issue is, as always, a heartfelt tribute to all things gundogs. We’ve dedicated almost half of this month’s magazine to our four-legged friends, from hapless vizslas to the seldom-seen breeds doing their bit on shoot day, as well as the people involved with them, from decorated breeders to emerging and award-winning handlers. Away from dogs, Chris Warren will be following up his story from late last year, when he planned to only eat meat that had come from the shooting field. The initial results make for interesting and inspiring reading in equal measure. The same can be said for our feature on Bolton Estate, which I visited just after the season’s end with the aim of finding out more about how conservation on its grouse and pheasant shoots has made…

4 Min.
news update

Shooting groups and cartridge makers clash over lead and single use plastics STORY BY MATT CROSS A row has broken out between cartridge manufacturers and shooting groups over the announcement of a transition away from lead. On 24 February, the major shooting and countryside organisations declared that “in consideration of wildlife, the environment and to ensure a market for the healthiest game products, at home and abroad, we wish to see an end to both lead and single-use plastics in ammunition used by those taking all live quarry with shotguns within five years”. The news was met with both support and criticism from the shooting community. Now cartridge manufacturers have waded into the fray with claims of their own. In a statement published online, Rodrigo Crespo of Eley Hawk, Paul James of Gamebore, David Bontoft…

2 Min.
there is so much to fight for

David Whitby’s article in the January issue was depressing but accurate. The degradation of the countryside is a topic of constant conversation among my family and friends. In my part of rural Gloucestershire, many of the fields were alive with lapwing 20 years ago. They have all gone now. I cannot remember the last time I saw or heard a yellowhammer. And our rivers and lakes have been decimated by predators such as cormorants and seals. I could go on. I have little hope for the future as most of our political class are of metropolitan background and have little experience or interest in the countryside other than to build on it. David and so many others, who have so much knowledge of the ways of the countryside simply by having spent…

6 Min.
readers’ letters

SHARE YOUR VIEWS Email: martin.puddifer@ti-media.com Survey on gundog retirement I am a semi-retired veterinary surgeon who specialised in canine orthopaedics. For the past 25 years I have had working labradors (I currently have six) and pick-up around 80 days each season. I am passionate about the wellbeing of gundogs but all too often we seem to have to retire them prematurely – and while we think we know the common reasons the truth is no one has reliable information. I have launched a questionnaire to collect information as to why gundogs in the UK are retired/stop working. The information collected will be used to produce a publication about the impact of health on the working life of gundogs. Please help me by using the link bit.ly/2U7iBOh for each dog you have retired or has…

2 Min.
shots from the shires

Shooting game in the feather or on the hoof is under attack. Whether the attacks mounted by Wild Justice seeking judicial reviews on preventing the release of game birds this summer and its ongoing campaign to have licences revoked, or the biased daily sniping from every other group of antis – from PETA to LACS – inevitably we look to the organisations that represent our interests to push back. We in the country sports community have frequently railed at these organisations to talk to each other and pull together with unified messages. So, it was with no little interest that our community was presented recently with a hitherto unsurpassed display of togetherness, when the nine major stakeholders who represent the protection of and participation in shooting came together to address…

2 Min.
pheasant mac and cheese

SERVES TWO PEOPLE Ingredients For the macaroni • 225g dry macaroni• 30g unsalted butter• ½ onion, chopped• 1 garlic clove, minced• 3 tbsp all-purpose flour• 480ml milk• 230g cheddar, grated• 1 tsp dried mustard (optional)• 250g cooked pheasant, shredded For the breadcrumb topping • 60g butter• 95g breadcrumbs Method Bring a pot of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta until al dente (there should be a slight crunch or bite left to the pasta). Drain and rinse in cool water to stop the cooking, and to keep the pasta from sticking together. Set aside until needed. Melt the butter in a large pot over a medium heat; once melted, add the onion and cook for a few minutes until translucent, then add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. Stir the flour into the onion/garlic mixture…