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Sporting Rifle

Sporting Rifle

November 2020

The first and market-leading rifle shooting mag in the UK, Sporting Rifle covers rifle sports of all kinds, from rimfire rabbits to big game overseas and everything in between. With the very best writers on board, we cover foxing and UK deer stalking extensively in every issue, with tips and tricks as well as stories from the field to help your outings be more successful.

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United Kingdom
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Future Publishing Ltd
Fréquence:
Monthly
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8 min.
highland highlights

“It is difficult to explain, and certainly impossible to describe, the mingled feelings of excitement and interest of the enthusiastic sportsman who, after perhaps a couple of hours’ toil and stratagem, finds himself for the first time within eighty or a hundred yards of a noble stag, as it raised its head majestically to the heavens for a moment when it realises the possibility of danger.” Tom Speedy wrote these words in 1920 in his incredible depiction of the time. His book, The Natural History of Sport in Scotland with Rod and Rifle, chronicles the Scottish landscape in intricate detail, offering a portal into a past mostly forgotten, or at the very least willingly buried. Multiple chapters on the foes of game species, and particularly the open persecution of raptors, makes…

6 min.
a helping hind

This month, we are really working hard on the female cull. I like to get straight onto the hinds and does as soon as the season opens. It is a great time to stalk, and I can’t think of many nicer things than being out on the hill, or in the wood, on a crisp November morning with the rifle and Zosia. During the first two weeks of last season, I was mostly up on the open hill with clients. We have regular guests who like to come for the start of the hind season, and a couple of regulars who book the last few days on stags and the first couple of days on hinds. So it was early November before I got back round to Garryloop, and I was…

10 min.
make the right call

There are many good reasons for the great enjoyment that deerstalkers derive from their pursuit of deer. High among them are the unique opportunities that stalkers have to enjoy the countryside in its quieter hours around dawn and dusk. Strolling through the purple loosestrife, tracking through the dew and appreciating nature undisturbed all have to be high on the list of deerstalker’s perks. However, such nature study does not stand comparison with the absorbing interest provided by the engagement of the rifle with the deer he hunts. The lessons to be learned from these encounters are limitless. I remember years ago hosting a friend with whom I had not previously stalked. We were after fallow does. Our morning outing had been unproductive so, after breakfast, I installed my friend in a…

8 min.
go the whole hog

You can go for weeks feeling pretty sure there are no foxes around, and then suddenly the hairs on the back of your neck start to tingle. It’s a kind of foxing sixth sense – you just know a fox has moved in. Before long you start hearing the odd report from farm workers and villagers: “I think I saw something slipping down the hedge,” or “There was a fresh fox scat on the track this morning.” That’s what happened on my farm just recently. I wasn’t at all surprised, as Colin the keeper had just put the partridges out in their pens in each cover, which is bound to attract any fox that’s within scenting distance. We put our birds down late here, because we like to wait until we’ve…

2 min.
field to fork

Wild and Game are a not-forprofit company supplying frozen game products so you can enjoy delicious recipes all year round. Venison tagliatelle bake SERVES SIX Ingredients For the ragu: 500g minced venison1 onion, finely diced1 stick celery, finely diced2 tsp minced garlic4 rashers bacon, finely chopped1 carrot, finely diced1 glass of wine – white or red will do2 tins chopped tomatoes2 tbsp tomato puree300 ml beef stockSalt and pepperA glug or two of olive oil For the sauce: 1 litre milk1 onion1 bay leaf3 cloves50g butter50g flour150g cheddar1 tsp soy sauceSalt and pepper Other ingredients: 500g dry weight tagliatelle50g parmesan50g cheddar2 handfuls panko breadcrumbs Method • Preheat the oven to 220 degrees centigrade, gas mark 7.• First, make the ragu. Heat the olive oil in a pan and fry up the onion, carrot and celery until translucent.• Add the garlic and…

7 min.
hop to it

My mate Rick is an interesting rooster on account of being a bit one-eyed. Actually, he’s a lot one-eyed – the full monty. 100 per cent. One of his eyes was shot out while on active duty in the Sibling Wars of ‘64, when his older 12-year-old brother fired a hand-propelled missile at the advancing four-year-old. Big brother thought the one-sided stone fight was a good idea at the time – Rick did not. In fact, it would be many, many years before he’d allow himself to get stoned again! Whether being ‘hunted’ as a child shaped Rick in any way is open to conjecture, but he did mature into a fine hunter despite the odds. The injury had left him ‘handicapped’. His lack of depth perception meant he couldn’t estimate…