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Island Life
When you think of rat control it is hard not to envisage a man rocking up in a van, filling a bait box and then disappearing until next month. While this may be all that is needed in some cases, it isn’t in every instance. Some years ago I read about
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A Winter’s Tale
We are approaching the end of the open season for all female deer in England and Wales. All except for muntjac, that is, which have no close season and can be culled beyond the end of March. What a season it has been with the restrictions on travel t
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Action Required
The phone conversation with William about his ‘bovine rump and banjo problem’ – or words to that effect – began something like this: “Hello, is that Malcolm? John in our roving pheasant syndicate suggested I have a word with you.” “Yes, that’s fine,”
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Percy’s Progress
Once again, I have had to reassess Percy’s training regime. I had really hoped that I would have been able to get a few birds shot over him before the end of the season but that is not going to happen now, so I will concentrate on getting him ready f
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Recoil
The primer ignites the propellant, which is usually nitro-cellulose based. A fast-burning powder can give more recoil and a slower progressive burn will feel lighter on the shoulder. The more shot in the payload the more propellant will be needed to
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Olly’s Story
Olly says he started foxing when he took up deer management on the basis that as there are none of the big apex predators left in the UK, the fox population needs to be managed. And as the GWCT points out regularly, a reduction in generalist predator
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William: Diagnosis
We decided that back to basics would be a good idea. Having seen a few initial untutored shots it was apparent that foot position and upper body movement had been neglected. • Gun mount was rather haphazard and inconsistent. And probably because of
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Letter Of The Month
Just reading a very interesting article in the January issue about Jean-Paul Gaudin ( JP). It said he was involved in a ‘motorcycle accident in 1988, when he was in his twenties’. A couple of paragraphs later, it says, ‘JP, 47, has become something o
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Charlie, Reynard And Me
I was recently asked why I took up foxing. Like so many things in life there’s no single answer. Having reflected on the matter, however, I think the main stimulus was probably my seeing the distressed state of some of the lambs on a local farm. Ther
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Shooting Answers
I read recently that the names, addresses, certificate numbers and mobile phone numbers of people involved in the badger cull in Wiltshire have been published on the web. How does this happen and what risks does revealing certificate numbers pose?
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Letters Letters
After more than 30 years as a member of BASC, I have advised them not to renew my membership. This is not because of my beliefs regarding the use of lead ammunition, it is 100% because of the complete absence of any consultation with BASC members, th
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Case For A Crate
I am an advocate of using a dog crate for dogs that live indoors. Some people don’t like the idea of keeping a dog in a cage but, if properly established, the dog will come to see it as their bed and their own space. You can start to introduce your p
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In The Field
The Krypton XG50 looks almost identical to the popular front-mounted F155 and the later F455 night-vision models, and the button layout and functions are practically the same. The Krypton, however, is purely a thermal unit, working solely on the heat
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Health Checks
Most breeds of gundogs now have Kennel Club-recognised health tests. It is a good starting point to ask the breeder what tests both the dam and sire have had and what the results were. This will help you to make informed choices and perhaps sift the
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Shot Size
Shot size should also be a consideration when buying cartridges. The smallest common shot is No 9, most frequently used for Skeet. The targets being thrown at set distances, the small shot will have enough energy to break the target and give denser p
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News In Brief
The clothing brand Schöffel Country has raised nearly £12,000 for the GWCT. The money will be welcome for the GWCT, which has articulated the financial difficulties it has faced since the onset of the pandemic last year. The money was donated by Schö
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Meet The Team
Owner of Tarncrag Gundog Training, with more than 10 years’ experience. A keen shooter and a practising vet in Scotland. Bisley Shooting Ground’s deputy shooting manager and master gunfitter. SG’s legal expert and author of Sporting Shooting and t
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From Field To Table
My Dad, who never shot a pheasant in his life, would religiously intone: “A game bird should be hung for at least two weeks before eating”. Not sharing his penchant for putrid meat, I pluck and prepare my gamebirds and pigeons within a day of shootin
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Then And Now
When the editor speculated on what us pigeon shooters might have to look forward to in 2021, the seed of an article was planted. However, I decided that before I wrote it I would reread Archie Coats’s book to see what it was like in his day, 60-plus
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Wads
Plastic wads used to be the norm; having a plastic skirt that went over the powder to give a gas-tight seal all the way up the barrel. The middle part of the wad was designed to be compressed to help ease the recoil. The shot cup holds the shot all t
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Sound Advice
I remember the day my hearing gave out. It was in July 1979 when I was serving in an armoured infantry battalion with the British Army of the Rhine. I had been running an anti-tank range day in Germany and we were firing an 84mm Carl-Gustaf, a heavy,
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Another Hit
This gun movement, using both hands in unison, is referred to as parallel gun mount. You can practise with a real laser. When shooting clays, the Gun can watch other competitors and assess his own visual point on the flightline and also decide his be
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Fausti Class RDX
The Fausti Class RDX round body is designed for game shooting. It’s got a pretty action, beautiful wood and handles like a dream. It is the handling that impressed me most about the Class RDX. The slim, elegant gun in 20-bore really did have the lege
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Home Truths
In theory, they should be the answer to every farmer’s prayer. But they aren’t. And why not? With hundreds of shooters involved in what might be called higher level crop protection, thousands of woodpigeon coming to roost must surely end up as pâté e
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Sold A Pup
Under normal circumstances with the shooting season finished, people start to think about either breeding or buying a pup to bring on during the spring and summer months. On the face of it, the COVID-19 lockdown would seem a good time to buy a puppy
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That’s your Lotte
She is bored. We are not going out stalking as much as usual and she needs entertaining. That usually ends up with me throwing any and every bit of debris she brings to me. She is now clear about what scent we are interested in and it can be a bit tr
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Some History
The lurcher truly is a Marmite breed of dog: you either love it or you hate it. It is believed that the word lurcher is derived from the Romany word ‘lur’, which means thief, and ‘cur’, meaning a mixed dog breed. The first mention of a lurcher-type d
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Letter Of The Month
The Orton packable jacket retails at £199.99 and is available in both men’s and women’s versions, size EU 48-58 for men and EU 36-46 for women. It is a lightweight, waterproof jacket that is breathable, quick drying and packs into its own pocket. It
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