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Sporting Gun November 2017

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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37,04 €(VAT inclusa)
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This month we are launching our photographic competition. I’m sure many of you will be out with your guns, if not, why not get your camera out and start taking pictures of some great sporting action? You can take pictures of people shooting, game, dogs, a beautiful landscape, beaters, pickers-up, dawn on the foreshore or anything you like. We are looking for creativity, as well as photographic skill, but you don’t have to be a professional, or have a fancy camera. A phone camera will do. Just get out there and enter our competition on page 14. You might be the lucky winner of nearly £500 worth of Alan Paine shooting kit. Make sure you get your entries in before the competition closes on 10 November and send them to: sportinggun@timeinc.com. It…

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Robin’s say A deerstalking friend of one of Robin’s pals ran into trouble from the police… at a landfill site Robin Scott, Editor-at-large There will be exceptions, but most countryside and wildlife police officers that I’ve come across have gained the trust of many shooters. The best appreciate that the support of the shooting community is key to their role. And the effective ones use a quality too often lacking in job descriptions these day: commonsense. What a pity this doesn’t extend to some of their metropolitan colleagues, who wouldn’t know a pheasant from a partridge when stuck under their noses. I’m not kidding. The other day, my best pal’s stalking buddy endured the worst of ordeals caused by an urban cop’s unthinking ignorance, sparked at a landfill site in the Greater Manchester area. After…

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number crunching

£950Stawell Clay Shooting Club’s annual charity clay shoot has raised £950 for Somerset & Dorset Air Ambulance. 400 Police are warning rural workers to remain vigilant after 400 pheasants were stolen from a Hertfordshire village in August. £240kA clay shoot and auction, organised by Gerard Eadie’s Shoot Charitable Trust, has raised almost a quarter of a million pounds for charity. 50 Brian Fratel, the director of fishing at Farlows, will retire in October after almost 50 years with the business. £100k Grouse shooting in North Yorkshire is expected to contribute more than £100,000 to hotels, restaurants and pubs throughout this season, according to a new survey. 1,114 Scottish capercaillie numbers are down from 1,285 to 1,114, according to the results of the latest national survey of their population. £4,200 The Gloucestershire Wildfowlers’ Association has received a…

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celebrating 40 years of sporting gun

Reading an article in the November 1992 issue of Sporting Gun entitled, “Times they are a-changing” by wildfowler, Eric Begbie, I was particularly struck by a comment he made. He identifies a “mutual disrespect between ‘country yokels’ and ‘townies’” as a threat to our sport. He goes on, “The battle lines seem firmly drawn with country sports being portrayed as being solidly on one side of the divide. In reality, I suspect that many shooting folk (and Sporting Gun readers) live in towns while, from the opposite view, many country dwellers have little appreciation of our sport.” To set this in context, Begbie is writing about the threat to shooting by commercialisation and other changes that have affected our sport for good or ill. This polarisation of “townies” and “country folk”…

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new kit on the block

Farlows Litchfield Tweed Field Coat Launched in Farlows new autumn/winter collection last month, the Farlows tweed field coat is an exceptionally practical garment. The tweed is a high twist, compact fabric which will naturally repel moisture whilst being extremely hard wearing. The coat is interlined with a waterproof, breathable barrier lining which will keep the wearer dry and comfortable in all weathers. Price: £695 Visit: www.farlows.co.uk The Original Muck Boot Company Arctic Grip Wellie Get a grip this winter with the new Arctic Grip wellie from The Original Muck Boot Company. The new Vibram sole is engineered to give exceptional grip on wet ice and the boot has 5 to 8mm of CR Flex-Foam and a fleece lining to insulate the wearer from extreme cold. Available in two heights and in men’s and women’s styles. Price:…

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your shout

Newbie I’m pretty new to shooting, having had my shotgun certificate for a year now. I went beating on a local farm shoot last year and have shot some clays and been pigeon shooting with a friend a few times. I was always told that the shooting world is difficult to get into, with people being quite cliquey, so I was just wondering what advice you could give to a person new to the sport. What are the best ways to get involved and get recognised as a responsible shooter? Matt Grigg, Oxfordshire Ed – Thanks for your letter, Matt. Getting a permission is not an easy task. It’s not that shooters are cliquey, but land is a scarce commodity. We will do some articles on this over the next few months, but it…