The UK Game Fair Log

Beretta to attend UK Game Fair

Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 11:25 am

The list of industry leaders exhibiting at the UK Game Fair continues to grow, as prestigious Italian gunmaker Beretta confirmed its attendance at the show in July next year. The longest-established gunmaker in the world, Beretta is globally-recognised as one

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Fieldsports on the up

Monday, February 1, 2016, 8:25 am

The 2015 Game Shooting and Fishing Survey shows that fieldsports are thriving and spending is up this year. More than 3,000 people responded to the survey, which was conducted by Strutt and Parker real estate and online shoot directory Guns


Great British Game Week hailed as success

Friday, January 29, 2016, 8:24 am

Great British Game week, which ran from 24-30 November, has been hailed as a success. Only in its second year, the week – a collaborative campaign between BASC’s Taste of Game and the Countryside Alliance’s Game To Eat teams –


Crimestoppers poaching campaign

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 8:24 am

The independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers has launched a new public information campaign against poaching in the UK. The campaign is backed with a series of informational posters encouraging members of the public to report people they suspect to be involved


Manager fined for gamekeeper’s crime

Saturday, January 23, 2016, 8:22 am

Graham Christie, the owner of Dunmhor Sporting, has been fined £3,200 after one of the estate’s gamekeepers admitted to using an illegal gin trap to kill buzzards. Mr Christie is only the second ever person convicted under the law which makes


League Against Cruel Sports whistleblower row

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 8:22 am

The anti-shooting charity League Against Cruel Sports is embroiled in a row over bullying and sexism at the top of the organisation. The charity’s honorary president, John Cooper QC, was unceremoniously dumped from his post after he took up the

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Ilkley Moor Grouse Shoot Wins Conservation Award

Sunday, January 17, 2016, 9:54 am

A grouse shoot on Ilkley Moor in West Yorkshire has won the prestigious Purdey Gold Award for conservation. The Bingley, Burley and Ilkley Moors Partnership has rebuilt the moor’s red grouse population from just a handful of breeding pairs when

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GUNDOG TRAINER: Canine etiquette

Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 9:58 am

Pete Carr shows you how to take the next step in training your gundog by introducing heelwork and dog box training There are two schools of thought regarding heelwork with a young gundog. Some trainers prefer their dogs not to


TECHNIQUE: Pigeon shooting technique

Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 9:34 am

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 their feathers up, so you need to assess

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Generally speaking

Monday, December 14, 2015, 12:34 pm

The GWCT shows how research and advice interacts to deliver conservation policy. Here Mike Swan, the GWCT’s head of education, explains the trust’s involvement with General Licences The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust’s research has shown the effect of predatory

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Inland duck flighting: Four easy steps

Sunday, December 13, 2015, 2:03 pm

Editor Pete Carr reveals how any small neglected pond or flood can be turned into a productive flight pond Flighting duck on inland ponds and splashes cannot really be called wildfowling proper; in essence it would be better called tame

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Q&A: Vermin

Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 3:23 pm

I want to make my own fox snares but am unclear which snare eyes are legal to use. John says: The snare eye is the sliding part of the mechanism, which forms the noose and moves along the wire when the


Gun Rack: to restore or not to restore?

Monday, December 7, 2015, 9:09 am

A Thomas Stensby side-by-side turns up at the bargain end of the gun rack, but is it all it seems? Richard Atkins looks it over The classic side-by-side shotgun has been the mainstay for field and game shooters for the last


Feathers in the Wind

Saturday, December 5, 2015, 10:56 am

Geoff Garrod has four ‘go to’ decoy patterns for you to try, depending on wind direction and hide set-up… Let’s talk about decoy patterns; it’s more important than ever now the weather is starting to stir up the fields that you

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Species spotlight: Grouse and ptarmigan

Thursday, December 3, 2015, 9:16 am

The hardiest of all British game birds must be the ptarmigan. Scratching a bleak existence from the lichen lined, granite cathedrals of the Scottish Highlands, this bird’s survival through the seasons is nothing short of miraculous. During the short summer

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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

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