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Sporting Gun Dec-2018

Sporting Gun is the leading monthly magazine for clay, game and rough shooters. With editorial offices in the Lincolnshire countryside, it can justifiably claim to be at the heart of the shooting community. Monthly features range from gundog training to pigeon shooting, game shooting to wildfowling – along with sound, practical, advice on equipment and techniques to help the beginner, intermediate or experienced shot get more enjoyment from their sport. Sporting Gun is a must for anyone who invests time in and money on their shooting.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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we shooters like to think we are a conservative bunch, but i would argue that even our sport is subject to the whims of fashion.

For example, the fashion is now to use an over-and-under on a game shoot, whereas as once a side-by-side would have been de rigueur. Also, shotgun calibres go in and out of favour. Now we are seeing the re-emergence of 16-bore as a happy alternative to 12 and 20-bore. This month I have combined the calibre of the moment (16-bore) with a traditional side-by-side, an E J Churchill Regal (see page 92). I have to say that the Regal cast a spell on me, making me reconsider a side-by-side as my game gun. It was light and very pointable and in 16-bore, the recoil was well managed. I can’t afford an E J Churchill gun, but there are plenty of bargain side-by-sides to be had out there as we see in Charles Smith…

7 minuti

Wales faces pheasant shooting ban on public land Shooting organisations have railed at the decision by environment minister for Wales, Hannah Blythyn AM, to ban pheasant shooting on Natural Resources Wales (NRW) land. The minister announced that from March 2019 all pheasant shooting leases on public land will be rejected, with NRW criticised for acting against scientific evidence after already dismissing an outright ban earlier this year. Beaters will also not be permitted to flush out any birds from private estates that settle on public land. BASC said that the minister was pandering to “animal rights extremists”. The association raised concerns about the loss of jobs and said that it was investigating the possibility of a legal challenge. The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) said: “Our studies have shown that pheasant shoots which…

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21 November 39th Annual GWCT Macnab Ball The Savoy, London Tel 0207 290 0110 26 November Royal Welsh Winter Fair Royal Welsh Agricultural Society Office, Llanelwed, Powys www.rwas.wales/winter-fair 16 January BASC Novice live gameshooting day Whitrigg estate, Penrith, Cumbria www.basc.org.uk/events 8-10 February NGO Deerstalking Certificate Level 1 — South West Millpool, Looe, Cornwall Tel 01833 660 869 20 February Gamekeepers Welfare Trust — Stag Course Calton Moor Range, Swinscoe, Derbyshire Tel 01677 470180 2 March The Fourth Antique Arms Fair Pillar Hall, Olympia, London www.antiquearmsfair.com…

3 minuti
news in brief

Swallows benefit from wildflower research New research undertaken by Dr Niamh McHugh of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust suggests that adding wildflowers to arable field margins could provide a valuable source of insects for Europe’s declining barn swallow population. Dr McHugh is also examining whether bats respond positively to these measures. Safety first BASC launched a series of shotgun safety videos last month ahead of the lowland game season, demonstrating how to follow best practice — from shotgun slip procedure to how to handle a misfire. Tom O’Carroll, BASC’s video producer, said: “It can be surprising what questions crop up when looking at the details of shotgun safety. Exactly what stage of shooting should you disengage the safety catch? How can removing a shotgun from a slip bring you respect or make…

3 minuti
the wow factor

What is your shooting background? I started shooting at the age of eight while I was at Bredon School in Gloucestershire, setting up shooting grounds there when I was 14. Next, I started shooting competitively, including Double Trap for GB, and travelled all over the world. My parents, Doug and Shirley, started the Oxford Gun Company nearly 40 years ago. I went to work for other shooting grounds first as my father wanted me to get some experience elsewhere before I came in here. Over the past couple of years my sister and I have been slowly taking the reins. What does your role at the company involve? The day-to-day running of the business and coaching lessons – it’s my job to make sure the whole place runs smoothly. I’m always at the shooting…

4 minuti
good intentions and stony ground

There’s not a lot on television that interests me greatly, but every now and then I stumble on a nature documentary or farming programme that does hold my attention. The other night I found one looking at the plight of so many farmland birds and how stewardship subsidies through set-aside land was helping to steady or slow their decline in different parts of the UK. Wild bird cover was playing its part but “hand in hand with this we need to reinstate old hedgerows and plant many more new ones”, said a government minister, which sounded sensible to me. “At the same time we need to do it in ways that won’t affect the level of food production in our countryside,” he added. But he didn’t give a single idea or example of…