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Q&A: Gundog Vet

Sunday, November 29, 2015, 3:20 pm

My older dog has been diagnosed with arthritis. What are the treatment options? Amira says: Luckily, we have a huge variety of treatment options available, ranging from arthroscopy, surgery, conservative medical management to physiotherapy and acupuncture. Home management plays an

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Q&A: Gamekeeping

Saturday, November 28, 2015, 3:19 pm

I have permission to shoot over about a hundred and fifty acres and would really like to put down a few pheasants, is it really worth it on an acreage of this size? Mike says: There is a great deal more

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Q&A: Vermin

Friday, November 27, 2015, 3:17 pm

Squirrels have become a real nuisance on our shoot, damaging trees we’ve planted along drives and destroying feed hoppers. What is the best method to trap them? John says: In an area where there may be any red squirrels, live


Q&A: Antique Firearms

Thursday, November 26, 2015, 3:15 pm

What is the safest way to buy English guns as investments? Current interest rates are terrible. Is investing in guns a good idea? Diggory says: There are very few watertight investments that give very high returns these days. However, for

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Q&A: Gundog Vet

Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 3:14 pm

My dog has suddenly developed a lump. Should I be worried? Amira says: Many dogs develop masses, especially as they get older. The list of differential diagnosis is vast, but broadly speaking they can be classed as benign (harmless) or


Q&A: Gundog Trainer

Monday, November 23, 2015, 3:03 pm

I have a young Springer spaniel that is reluctant to go into water. She will often refuse to retrieve any dummy that I throw out for her. What can I do to encourage her as I want to use her for


Affordable grouse shooting

Friday, November 20, 2015, 2:47 pm

Flynn Michaels’ experience of grouse shooting over dogs is a much more cost-effective method compared with the bells and whistles of driven grouse Grouse shooting over pointers is a subtle form of hunting. There are no groups of gung-ho hot

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Bale-hide pigeons with Geoff Garrod

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 2:31 pm

Geoff Garrod has made no secret of his affinity with the Eley Hawk brand, and today he’s out with Eley’s Andy Norris to protect a rape crop, writes James Marchington Essex gamekeeper Geoff Garrod has been planning today’s assault on

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Spotlight on… Snipe

Monday, November 16, 2015, 11:33 am

Editor Pete Carr looks at the methods, equipment and areas involved in the pursuit of this diminutive and elusive wader found in bog and marsh The tiny snipe makes up for its lack in stature with the sport it always


Taking a punt

Saturday, November 14, 2015, 11:26 am

Irish wildfowler Bill Kerr looks back at his chosen sport to the fowlers of old and the merits of undecked static guns versus decked swivel gunpunts Ever been puntgunning? Know what a fowling punt or puntgun is? Well, I am


WALES: A game of two halves

Monday, November 9, 2015, 10:42 am

Roger Williams discusses the two sides to driven shooting across Wales In Wales, nothing illustrates the state of pheasant and partridge shooting better than the experience of two driven shoots in two different parts of the Welsh Borders: one in


Q&A: Shotgun Technique

Saturday, November 7, 2015, 3:26 pm

I’ve got some experience stuffing (loading single guns) on a driven grouse shoot, but this season I’ve been asked to load double guns. What should I expect and how do I synchronise loading two guns? Nick says: When double gunning

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Q&A: Pigeon Shooting

Friday, November 6, 2015, 3:25 pm

When shooting over a large field, how can you ensure the birds stay off the field during still conditions? Geoff says: You’ve got to weigh the situation up. If you’re in a big field, with pigeons dropping into the end

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Call of the Wildfowler

Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 3:46 pm

James Marchington talks to a time served fowler keen to encourage sportsmen with an inherent hankering for the foreshore There’s something about wildfowling that breeds some of the real characters in shooting. Or perhaps it’s that the oddballs of the

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Gamekeepers ask for late start to help woodcock

Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 11:35 am

The Scottish Gamekeepers Association is following the recommendation of conservationists in asking for restraint to be shown in the shooting of woodcock this year. The woodcock is a wading game bird of field and wood which, today, is shot in

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Bag More Pigeons: Four Easy Steps

Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 12:23 pm

Pigeon shooting guru Geoff Garrod reveals his tried and tested field expertise for beginners Starting out in pigeon shooting can be a daunting endeavour. It takes skill, patience and good local knowledge, and even with that useful trio, you can

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Products: Eyewear

Monday, November 2, 2015, 11:57 am

It isn’t just driven grouse shots that benefit from shooting glasses; keen eyesight and a clear sight picture will pay dividends in the pigeon hide, on the gun peg, or walking up The more you put in, the more you’ll


Expert Advice: Points for Pigeons

Saturday, October 31, 2015, 9:55 am

Honesberie Shooting School’s Nick Hollick looks at technique when tackling wily woodies The most important thing to remember with pigeons is that they love to fly into wind. They don’t like coming into land with the wind going into their behind because it blows


Gamebird releases lower than estimated

Thursday, October 29, 2015, 9:32 am

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation has released the findings of a study into the number of gamebirds released each year. A figure of 50 million had been widely used prior to this research but this appears to be based


The UK Game Fair announced as CLA Game Fair’s successor

Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 5:31 pm

The CLA Game Fair is at an end – long live the UK Game Fair, coming to Stoneleigh Park on 22-24 July 2016. The shooting industry is backing a new countryside show to replace the ill-fated CLA Game Fair – one that

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