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Shooting Gazette November 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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from the editor

Whether your favourite shoot is big or small, and whether you’re there with shotgun, beaters’ flag or dog lead in hand, we can all agree our sport means the world to us partly because of the people we’re with season in season out. Think of the all of the friends we have made through shooting over the years, the days we’ve shared and the memories we’ve made together. I daresay you’d be able to recount in a flash your first ever bird on your first ever day and the person responsible for introducing you to the sport you love. People are everything in shooting, and I’m sure there are people for whom you’d do anything, especially when they’re not at their best. I’d also like to think we don’t shy away…

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don’t miss this month

New guns, old guns Shooting relies on new blood of all ages and backgrounds to keep going, and fledgling shots should never be scared of asking more experienced and hopefully wiser shots how they can best prepare themselves in the field. Robin Scott explains what older guns can teach shooting newbies about how to be a good fieldsportsperson, be it the way they shoot or the way they act towards others off the peg. The great debate Be completely honest, do you prefer to shoot alone or have someone with you on the peg as the birds (hopefully) fly overhead? Some guns suffer terribly when someone – even those with good intentions - is watching them shoot, while others can’t think of anything worse than not having someone to rely on for a…

2 Min.
a tribute to our gundog legend

While working on the November issue we learnt of the untimely passing of our former colleague Graham Cox. Ahead of a more detailed tribute in the December issue, we have been sent an obituary by his dear friend, Joan Hayes. Graham, so well known in every aspect of matters relating to working gundogs, died five days prior to his 70th birthday, which would have been on October 2. Sadly, earlier this year Graham was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and since then some £15,000 has been raised in his name, a great deal of it by the gundog fraternity. Graham was a senior lecturer in social and policy sciences at the University of Bath from 1978 until his retirement. His particular interest was rural societies. He was well-known for his articles in…

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scottish shooting estates spend over £250,000 on tweed

Scottish shooting estates spent more than a quarter of a million pounds on estate tweed this year, according to a new study. The information was revealed during research for a new film titled Tweed — Hill to Hill — A Rural Tradition, created by the Angus Glens and Grampian Moorland Groups. It found the annual spend on estate tweed across Scotland’s seven regional moorland groups came to £268,924. The tradition of shooting estates having their own special tweed began back in the early 1800s when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had bespoke tweed made for their staff at Balmoral. Campbell’s of Beauly, one of Scotland’s top tweed tailors, explained how important estate tweed is to business. Its owner, John Sugden, said: “All our bespoke suits are made on site, which is a real…

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brigadier bell the new man at basc

BASC has appointed Army brigadier Ian Bell as its new chief executive. Mr Bell is currently the Commander British Forces Germany and will take up his new role at BASC once his deployment comes to an end in February. He has a huge interest in fieldsports and first joined BASC in his youth. He is also currently the president of the British Forces Germany Game Shooting Association and a member of the Defence Deer Management Organisation. “It is a huge honour and privilege to be appointed chief executive of an organisation which has worked over many, many years to protect and promote shooting,” said Mr Bell. “I am passionate about shooting and fieldsports and determined to ensure the association remains at the forefront of the UK’s shooting community. BASC’s membership is at…

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veteran and trainee keepers honoured

Gamekeepers were honoured as the NGO presented its new Long Service Award at the Midland Game Fair in September. The accolade recognises full-time keepers, stalkers and gillies with 40 or more years of employment. They were: Ian Garfoot, 61, headkeeper at Westwick Estate in Norfolk; Steven Hamar, 56, headkeeper on the Bulland shoot, near Taunton; Kevin Hubbard, 64, who is retired after a career including three decades spent at the Lower Lodge shoot in West Sussex; Godfrey Pitman, 59, who retired after many years at Druids Lodge Estate in Wiltshire; Alec Throup, 57, from Bolton Abbey in North Yorkshire; and Michael Warren, 67, who is also retired but spent many years working at Sandling Park in Kent. Several posthumous awards were also received at the fair, one to Frank Jenkins, which was…