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Spotlight on snipe

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 for the sport it always

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Posted in Driven Game, Features

Partidge perfection

Melissa Volpi travels northward to Kinpurnie Estate to find a partridge shoot like no other, with a team of keepers who truly love what they do It’s just gone 6:30am. Craig and Alana Downie (dressed in a kilt and tweeds

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Posted in Driven Game, Features

Orkney onslaught

Between gale-force winds, blizzards and driving rain, James Marchington and Gary Green catch some extreme wildfowling opportunities on Orkney We are on Orkney, a remarkable group of islands 10 miles off the northern tip of Scotland. The isles have strong

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Posted in Features, Wildfowling

Testing times

Summer is coming, and with it the competition season. Are you and your dog prepared? Ian Clinton writes for iShoot. At this time of year I expect many of you with working gundogs are thinking of entering a gundog working

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Posted in Expert Advice, Features

Ten million visits

Natural England has found that the English countryside receives a massive ten million visits per year from fieldsports enthusiasts. These numbers were recorded as part of the fifth annual report from NE measuring people’s engagement with the countryside. Fishing generates yet

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Posted in News

Making the message matter

Tim Bonner says that people who live and work in the countryside have a vital stake You would have thought that government policy on planning and development would have little to do with gamekeepers, shoot managers, and those of us

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Posted in Viewpoint

Re-wilding Woes

Tim Bonner explains that, while the re-wilding theory has its good points, taking it to its conclusion is both impractical and potentially problematic   The debate surrounding re-wilding in Britain has been growing for some time now. As a result,

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Posted in Viewpoint

Further consultation on Welsh countryside access

The Welsh Government has released a statement saying that it is open to further discussion regarding plans to develop access to countryside.   The consultation was launched by minister for culture and sport John Griffiths last summer, and has been

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Spreading the word

A number of chance encounters these past few months has seriously strained my policy of live and let live towards the non-shooting general public. I have often crowed about educating the mostly conservation-ignorant populace of the benefits that the countryside receives

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Posted in Viewpoint

Undesirable Company

Modern poachers are far from the ‘one for the pot’ stereotype – as David Barrington Barnes explains, they’re often involved in all sorts of criminal activity

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Posted in Countryside Law, Features
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