Hunting & Fishing
The Field

The Field June 2020

Published by TI Media Limited The Field is a monthly glossy magazine dedicated to those brave souls who shoot, fish and hunt way beyond the call of duty. Since 1853, its staff has selflessly brought its readers the cream of rural life, be it pheasant shooting, dry-fly fishing or the distinct merits of Cheval Blanc. If you love field sports, errant terriers and very foxy friends at hunt balls, The Field is for you.

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12 Issues

in this issue

5 min.
the next shooting season

WHILST our species is being tested, our earthly cohabitants continue much as before. My first swallows arrived on 12 April with their usual but wonderful punctuality. While we marvel at their timekeeping we should not be surprised. Nature keeps to her timetable, be it the successive hatching of brimstone, peacock and orange tip to the blossoming of blackthorn and the laying and theft of eggs. Our gamebirds are subject to the same seasonal dictates, which is why a belligerent cock pheasant stood his territorial ground until my Sealyhams finally broke and tried to scrag him. And that poses a problem for those who rely on reared game for the coming shooting season. Game farmers will not invest in producing birds that won’t be bought and the uncertainties created by COVID-19 have…

4 min.
art in the field

LIKE the British, the Argentinians are a horse people, and often horse people don’t really see their horses. We race them, or play polo, or ride across country. We feed and groom them, and try to avoid getting trodden on, but rarely do we stop and look at them. The moment you do notice your horse, its sheer physicality is overwhelming. Strong bones, sinews, massive muscles and athletic poise all make for an almost machine-like beauty. This is what Argentinian sculptor Hernán Álvarez Forn captures. His works deconstruct the horse. At first glance we see a glossy coat and crested neck, but the whole is stripped back to reveal wire sinews, bones and hooves that have much in common with the War Horse puppets. The idea of the horse is shown…

1 min.
field at home

SOCIAL: FACEBOOK When life’s a snore In the March issue, David Tomlinson discussed dog beds. While the choice was once oat straw or wheat, today’s beds are the last word in luxury, from beanbags to memory foam. Field dog Bramble was pictured in a cosy Ivy & Duke number and Fielders have been sharing their own dog’s preferences. “Forget dog beds. Sofa or a bed is our preference,” said one choosy Irish water spaniel. Armchairs and sofas were both popular options, with some gundogs spooning while others maintained social distancing. “My 35kg Hungarian wirehaired vizsla’s repose of choice is on the grooming table,” shared one Fielder, to much amusement. “I like a dog bed they can snuggle into and have support at the back,” shared another. “My two dogs are GSPs, Pippa…

1 min.
next season’s shooting in focus

While COVID-19 interrupts human affairs the gamebird rearing period is almost over, setting the parameters for much of the coming lowground season. Ian Dennis, a director at Conigre Game Farm, says: “There have been many cancellations of poults due to the closure of shoots for the coming season. This seems to be mainly the larger, commercial enterprises whereas the smaller family syndicates are going ahead as usual.” Amy Evans’ family runs Bettws Hall, one of the largest game farmers and shoot organisers in the country. “We are fully committed to carry on as normal and make the forthcoming season one to remember, in a good way. Yes, these are challenging times but we are committed to our loyal staff and holding together the community spirit that makes shooting so unique.” Reports suggest that…

1 min.
in brief

TROUT PROJECTS Trout conservation projects on the Trent, Welland and tributaries of the Test, Thames, Bourne and Cam are being planned for this summer after the Wild Trout Trust raised £70,000 in this year’s auction. Trust director Shaun Leonard said the auction funds are even more important this year, “when other sources of funding are looking threatened by the crisis around us”. RECORD NUMBER OF FARMERS SUPPORT FARMLAND BIRD COUNT A record 1,500 farmers battled through gales to record 120 species in the 2020 Big Farmland Bird Count (BFBC). Of the 25 red-listed species recorded, fieldfares, starlings, linnets and lapwings were the most abundant, with 67,000 spotted. The five most-seen birds were woodpigeon, starlings, lapwings, black-headed gulls and rooks. Every county in England was represented in the count. Norfolk recorded the most returns for the…

1 min.
hone your swing during lockdown

Those lucky enough to own land can hone their shooting skills while stuck at home using one of the state-of-the-art clay straps from Promatic. During lockdown the company has a special offer on its Promatic Pigeon. It can hold 50 clays, chuck them 65 metres, has 10 to 30 degrees elevation and can be worked remotely. It comes on a trolley base. The company says it’s “the perfect personal-use machine to practise clay shooting with a small group of friends. It is light yet robust and easily transportable with a trolley base. It costs £399.60 including VAT, which includes a free key-fob radio and UK mainland delivery (£102 saving on normal price). For those with more space there’s the Promatic six-trap Grouse model, priced at £20,000 plus VAT. To order, call…