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  • Could you be the new News Editor of Shooting Times? from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 2 months, 1 week ago

    A rare opportunity has arisen to join the editorial team at Shooting Times, the UK’s leading shooting magazinepeople shooting in countryside
    For over a century Shooting Times has been essential reading for Britain’s fieldsports community.

    As part of a weekly publication, news has always been an integral part of Shooting Times’ brand and as News Editor you will have the…

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  • Would a lighter load improve your shooting standard? from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 2 months, 1 week ago

    David Turner looks at how punchy loads can be detrimental to your shooting and how lighter loads can hep you shoot to a higher standard lighter loadsBy lightening the load, you may be surprised Having taught hundreds of new and experienced shooters over the years, I’ve seen lots of examples of how excessive and unnecessary recoil can adversely affect some p…

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  • Why do people worry when my gun is safely in its slip? from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 2 months, 1 week ago

    Two readers, two different questions broken gunQ: I am a pigeon shooter and live in a block of flats with a shared entrance foyer, which I need to walk through with my gun to get to my car. I have noticed people giving me some funny looks even though my gun is in a slip. I have now been told that a firearms enquiry officer (FEO) will visit me because other…

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  • I want to become a loader. Should I do a course? from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Is doing a loading course worthwhile? Will it make you a better member of the team out in the field? Tom Sykes tries one and reports backbecoming a loaderI have loaded for some years, and although competent, I decided it was time to get a qualification in the subject.
    Why  
is a loading course a good idea?
    One of the significant reasons for picking up a loading qu…

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  • Am I taking a risk on a chocolate Labrador? from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Do they make good working dogs? Good companion dogs? chocolate LabradorsSeveral working kennels are now seriously involved in developing chocolate Labradors as shooting gun dogsQ: My family have become smitten with the idea of owning a chocolate Labrador. I like the idea myself, but I’ve heard that their working ability isn’t that good.
    Does a gun dog’s coat c…

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  • At what age can I apply for a shotgun certificate? from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Do you have to be 18? minimum age for a shotgun certificateThe simple answer is that there isn’t one.
    It’s less a matter of what the law says, but more a case of the youngster’s physical strength, mental maturity and practicality.
    Start with a day’s beating
    By the age of six most children are ready and able to spend a day with the beaters. There’s lots of good clothing availab…

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  • How old do you need to be to go shooting? from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    How old do you have to be to have your own shotgun certificate? Your own legally owned shotgun? And how old to buy a shotgun? How old to go shooting Shooting gear from Alan Paine. How old for my own shotgun certificate?
    Q: I am applying for a shotgun certificate but am confused about the age you must be to go shooting by yourself. I am 15 coming up 16 and have a keen…

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  • Get that grouse – nailing those low, fast targets from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Tony Bracci offers some tips to shoot those low, fast targets that could catch you out low fast clay targetsShooting those low, fast targets grouse clay target shooting A butt or pit means the target can be presented very low
    A low driven target catches more shooters out than you would expect. A fast target simulating grouse, the wild moorland bird, is not only low and fast but, to add to your…

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  • A close look at the Perazzi MX8 – a blast from the past from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Although you won’t find it in Perazzi’s current catalogue, the gun is still out there and winning top-level competitions. Mike George looks at the MX8Perazzi MX8Ennio Mattarelli (centre) takes gold at the Tokyo Olympics with a Perazzi If you want to make money out of gun ownership, then go for a new “London Best” (preferably a Purdey, Holland & Holland or…

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  • A short history of the shotgun from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Charles Smith Jones considers the key developments that led to the modern sporting shotgun history of the shotgunA very long time ago, some enterprising person decided to fill a tube with gunpowder, put a rock or something equally solid on top, light the blue touch paper and stand back to see what would happen.
    At this point the firearm began its evolution, though the…

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  • My Labrador won’t walk at heel properly – what’s wrong? from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    It’s a key part of dog training walk at heel trainingDevelop eye contact with the dog so that he looks to you for instructionQ: My three-year-old Labrador is causing me great frustration. She will not walk at heel properly but keeps drifting off in front and as we only go out shooting a few times each year I cannot practise often on the shoot. My last dog was a…

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  • 12 of the best smocks for shooting and stalking from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Looking for a smock for stalking, wildfowling or airgunning? We’ve picked out a selection of the best in different price ranges from £69 to £579. smocks for shooting and stalkingThere are times when only a smock will fit the bill. Here are twelve to consider, picked out by Sporting Gun, Shooting Gazette and Shooting Times. Prices correct at time of writing.
     
    Hoggs of Fife Struther waterproof smock field jacket Hoggs of Fife Str…

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  • What treatment can I give my constipated dog? from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Readers have two questions. One has a gundog that can’t ‘go’ and the other has a dog that eats grass. constipated dogQ: My Labrador seems to get constipated; she gets into position to relieve herself but 
with no success. What can be 
done to relieve constipation?
    A: Constipation is a relatively common digestive disorder 
and most dogs can suffer from a bout…

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  • Wild boar shooting in the UK from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Escaped or released wild boar are leading hunters a merry dance as they spread in the UK, says Tony Jackson wild boarBoar are considered “lawful quarry” here but should be treated with the same respect as any hunted animal Wild boar (Sus scrofa) are here to stay. Our mild, damp climate suits them, while we also have ample deciduous and coniferous woodland…

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  • 2019 game shooting seasons from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    You can shoot rabbit and pigeon all year round – known as an open season. However, for other species, you are only permitted to shoot in certain months. This is known as close-season when it is illegal to shoot game or deer. These controls are essential to allow the populations to flourish, breed and move to different areas to feed and…

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  • Beads on shotguns – are they actually useful? from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Here are just a few of the questions we’re asked about shotgun beads …. beads on shotgunsQ: I am relatively new to both clay and gameshooting and am now into my second season. I have seen people using green or red beads on the ends of their barrels and am curious to know what the pros and cons of these are.
    A: You can shoot without a bead so long as you have t…

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  • Sporting Gun remembers Mike George from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    All of us at Sporting Gun magazine were sad to hear of the recent death of Mike George at the age of 77. Mike George was the founding editor of Sporting Gun magazine back in 1976 and had an unparalleled knowledge of guns and field sports. He was a top reviewer and his contributions will be missed by all.Sporting Gun magazine Mike GeorgeMike George – a true professional to the…

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  • FAQs about shotgun certificate applications from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Applying for a shotgun certificate isn’t as difficult as you think. To make it even easier our legal expert David Frost answers some frequently asked questions …
    shotgun certificate applicationsQ. How much does a shotgun certificate cost and how long does it run for?

    A. A certificate is valid for five years, after which it must be renewed  if you wish to continue to po…

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  • Are fish affected by thunderstorms? from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Is it true that fish behave differently when there’s a thunderstorm? fish during thunderstormsThe sudden drop in pressure produced by a storm reduces a body of water’s capacity to hold on to its oxygenAbsolutely, particularly if the water temperature is high. Like us, fish require oxygen to survive. They get this oxygen from the water, which is absorbed across the gill…

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  • Sixty years of The Game Fair – so how did it all start? from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    As The Game Fair marks its diamond jubilee, Tony Jackson looks at its history, beginning with the very first show in 1958history of The Game Fair
    Sixty-two years ago Nigel Gray, senior game adviser at the then Game Research Station — now the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust — had an inspired idea: to create a national event where gamekeepers and landowners could gat…

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