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Shooting Gazette February 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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1 min.
from the editor

February marks the end of the driven game shooting season and offers us a chance to reflect. We met some truly wonderful characters at impressive estates and I am certain all our images of shoot days held from August to January will impress you in the coming year. Those involved with driven game shooting will be looking forward to a little downtime, but even when the last shot is fired on the last drive, there is no let-up as preparations for the coming season need consideration. If you would like to become more involved on shoot day, we have a number of articles identifying the skills required. Just what are those attributes everyone from host to head chef needs in order to make sure their part in proceedings goes off without a…

1 min.
don’t miss this month

A dog’s life After saying a sad farewell to Old Dog in last month’s A Dog’s Life, it’s time to say cheerio to Roderick Emery’s column. I know that our man and his dogs have brought you much joy over the years, and as we wanted to end on a high, we thought it only proper to let you know they’re going to be fine, even though one of their number has crossed the rainbow bridge. A good day What’s the difference between an average shoot day and a truly spectacular one? Is it the birds in the sky, the quality of the beating or picking-up or even the elevenses served? David Whitby, a headkeeper who knows a thing or two about shoot days, offers a personal insight into the key ingredients and…

5 min.
news update

GWCT Big Farmland Bird Count returns in 2020 The 2020 Big Farmland Bird Count (BFBC) will take place between 7 and 16 February and wildlife enthusiasts nationwide are being urged to take part. The BFBC, sponsored by the NFU, is in its seventh year and involves farmers, land managers and gamekeepers spending 30 minutes noting down the different birds they see on a particular area of a farm during the 10-day period. The results will be used to help determine which farmland birds benefit from conservation efforts while at the same time identifying those in need of assistance. “Farmers and gamekeepers are vital in helping to ensure the future survival of many of our most cherished farmland bird species like skylarks, yellowhammers, corn buntings and wild grey partridges,” said Dr Roger Draycott, head…

2 min.
molly, arthur and the knight of the realm

Those of us who have been fortunate enough to work our dogs in the field have many a tale to tell. I once had a black labrador called Molly who really wanted to be a spaniel; she was a hard hunting bitch and at times had a will of her own. One day, we were out on a shoot in our customary position near the house, on the wall, watching the drive unfold in front of us, waiting for birds to fall in the wood behind. The drive finished and Molly was off. At the same time, the game cart arrived in the field and out stepped its driver, Arthur, followed by a rather rotund spaniel that proceeded to scoop up all the fallen birds. Unfortunately, a nearby knight of the…

1 min.
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.…

4 min.
readers’ letters

Not the field trials that I recognise I was horrified to read Ian Morton’s letter (January issue) regarding his observation of a field trial. I find it incredulous that wounded, running game would be left unpicked or ignored by any judge or judges. At the beginning of each drive, it is customary for judges to warn the first competitor in line that if a runner should come down during the drive, the first dog will be sent, if it is safe to do so, thus enabling wounded game to be quickly gathered and dispatched. If this should happen again, the second dog in line would be sent. I am a junior non-panel field trial judge and have attended many retriever field trials to learn, watch, help and compete. I do not believe any…