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Shooting Gazette

Shooting Gazette October 2019

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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
TI-Media
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12 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

1 min.
from the editor

If you need something to talk about during your first pheasant day, there are plenty of topics in this issue to raise debate. Not least of these is lead shot, an emotive issue being discussed inside and outside the shooting world. Rob Yorke has talked to figures from leading organisations and discusses how shooting can and must stay in control with changes possibly on the horizon. Elsewhere, John Walker is examining the reputation of commercial shooting and suggests how Guns can play their part in improving its perception. Are you holding yourself and others to the highest standards? It’s certainly something David Whitby is praying for as he feels game shooting as we know it will be extinct if certain elements of the sport are not altered drastically. If you have an…

1 min.
don’t miss this month

Are the walls in your home or office in need of some resplendent art? We’re showcasing the star lots of the 2019 Countryside Learning Silent Art Auction, with work from the likes of Robert E. Fuller, Jeremy Paul and John Davis. The auction launches online on 1 October and ends on 31 October and all for a cracking cause. As it’s October, driven fieldsports enthusiasts can now bag grouse, partridge and pheasant. You could shoot those three quarries twice a week right now. I might be accused of making mischief, but it was the main reason for asking Ben Samuelson and Giles Catchpole: can you ever have ‘too much’ shooting? I’ll leave that with you……

5 min.
news update

Counter demonstration to LACS/ BBYM rally hailed as a success A small group of pro-fieldsports supporters headed to Bradford city centre on 10 August to counter a rally by supporters of the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) and Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors (BBYM) ahead of the Glorious Twelfth. The aim of the 10-strong counter protest, lead by Simon Grace, was simple: educate the general public about the benefits of game shooting; the role gamekeepers play in game management; and the health and environmental benefits of eating game meat. Backed by literature from the Moorland Association, Countryside Alliance and North Yorkshire Moors Moorland Organisation (NYMMO), Simon and his team also sought to encourage neutral members of the public to think twice if they were asked to sign a petition calling for Yorkshire Water…

2 min.
guns should use their stuffers wisely and fairly

Reading Adam Calvert’s Expert Instruction (July issue) about sharing a peg and ‘stuffing’ for one another on a game day brought to mind a couple of not such good experiences on bought days in past seasons. On each occasion ‘peg sharing’ by two of the Guns caused concern. The question posed to Adam was: “A friend and I are hoping to stuff for one another next season. We plan to practise during a few simulated days in the summer. What do we need to bear in mind to be safe and get sufficient shooting?” Well, no problem with the last part of the question. On one shoot ‘peg sharing’ was taken as both Guns working in rotation: one shooting while the other reloaded and then stepped forward after his partner had shot.…

1 min.
win a pair of dubarry boots

THE WRITER 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.…

3 min.
readers’ letters

New gundog tests are important A number of people have mocked the Kennel Club and the British Veterinary Association (BVA) over the number of new health and DNA tests that they are recommending, especially for certain gundog breeds, viewing them as no more than a ‘money-spinner’. However, recent events have made me aware how important the tests can be. A family friend has a nice retriever bitch with low hip and elbow scores, while being clear of most of the major DNA conditions highlighted by the Kennel Club. Not being a regular breeder, the bitch was mated to a smart, working stud-dog with very low hip scores, a Clear-Eye certificate but no DNA tests. Knowing that at worst any pups might be carriers of PRA (Progressive retinal atrophy) or CNM (Centronuclear myopathy),…