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FEATURE - Partridge Shooting - September Partridge Day at Box Tree Farm, Suffolk

Early Partridge Day, Suffolk

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"Partridges flushed at Judgements"


My initial dealings with the shoot put my mind at rest somewhat as my enquiry was handled in a very professional manor and I was invited to visit Box Tree Farm to meet the team and have a look at some of the drives. I accepted the offer and was greeted by Jane who is clearly one of key people of the operation. I was then introduced to Charlie who was very helpful whilst taking me around a number of the drives and telling me a little of what to expect on the day.

FEATURE - Game Shooting - The unforgettable first grouse - Will Garfit

Hills when young and fit are merely an inconvenience, certainly no obstacle and I just loved the open space.

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"A brace of grouse - By Will Garfit"


Grouse can leave memories that will last a lifetime.

FEATURE - Game Shooting - Grouse over Pointers - By Laurence Elliott

(A day of walked up Grouse Shooting on the Isle of Lewis Sept 2011)

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"Grouse over Pointers"


I started shooting a couple of years ago, mostly on driven shoots in Norfolk. This has allowed me to meet and enjoy the company of (mostly) far better shots than I and I have already made some firm and great friendships.The day I rate as my most enjoyable so far was a day's shooting over Hungarian Vizsla's on the Garynahine Estate, west of Stomonay on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland in mid September 2011.
This day was the highlight of a mixed sporting week on the Estate, we also spent an evening wildfowling on the estuary near Stomonay airport but that's another (muddy) story.

FEATURE - Game Shooting - The Red Grouse (WITH VIDEO)

As the the Glorious 12th August approaches, we take a look at The King of Game Birds, The Red Grouse. Our thanks to GWCT for much of the following text.

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"A Pair of Red Grouse - By Archibald Thorburn"


Old grouse are not fit for cooking till the feathers pull very loosely from the "apron". When "high", put a piece of bread inside them while roasting; take out the bread before dishing, and throw it away. A good gravy should be served with them in a boat, none in the dish, but put the birds on a toast when bread is plentiful.

—Lady Clark of Tillypronie

FEATURE - Pigeon Shooting – Making the most of an unexpected opportunity - Will Garfit

Conon worked like a champion. I watered him and let him rest at intervals, then with the heart of a lion he hunted again.

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"A painting by Will Garfit"


This article published by kind permission of The Shooting Gazette.

FEATURE - Clay Pigeon Shooting - Simulated Game Days

Great social events for this summer for shoot syndicates, staff & clients, hens & stags or simply family and friends.

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"More cartridges quick! "Picture courtesy of Firle Shooting""


The popularity of Simulated Game Days has soared over the past few years and when you attend one of these events, it’s easy to see why.

FEATURE - Game Shooting - What makes a good sporting bird ? - Peter Harris


With the game season now well and truly at an end, now may be the time to take stock and evaluate how we did .
 

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"Above 45 degrees please"


Sadly this season has disappointed me watching numerous guns displaying an awful amount of ignorance to what and what is not a 'sporting' bird.

FEATURE - Pigeon Shooting - Memories of the Great Archie Coats - By Will Garfit

 

The Land Rover cab was full of blue smoke from Archie's pipe as he told stories of the Raj or shooting duck of the Egyptian marshes.

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"Archie Coats & Jack Charlton"


FEATURE - Game Shooting - The Best Drive of the Day

The field consists of approximately eight acres on a hill. Now one must remember that this is Norfolk and anywhere else in the UK the slight incline in topography would go unnoticed but here in Norfolk this field almost compares with the likes of Ben Nevis.

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"The Highlands of Norfolk"


FEATURE - Wild Fowling - Season 2013/14

Reconnaissance is everything!

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"The male Teal, a rare sight last season."


Overall the season was a great disappointment not just for the clients who had booked, but also for me. Let's face it, when it works I'm superman but when it doesn't I'm conman!

FEATURE - Fox Hunt Down-Under - Ray Leake (Australia)

“I’ve got lambs on the ground and lost 11 last night to foxes”.

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"A typical Freddie, but this one won't be taking any more lambs"


I use a 22-250 Tikka M55 with 55 grain ballistic tip projectiles which I reload myself. Deadly on foxes but no good if you want to keep the pelts!

FEATURE - Pigeon Shooting - Pigeon Shooting Secrets Revealed Volume 3 - By Chris Green

Chris Green 'The Cornish Countryman' has once again filmed and produced a bumper epic two hour DVD.
In this film, he details special secrets, tips and ideas never seen before.

This is the third in the Pigeon Shooting Secrets Revealed series and here he covers yet more dynamic ideas guaranteed to thrill newcomers or experienced Pigeon shooters alike.

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"Chris Green Pigeon Shooting Secrets Revealed Volume 3"


FEATURE - Game Shooting - The Elusive Woodcock Right & Left

I recently had the pleasure of shooting at The Plumstead Shoot just east of Norwich. The opportunity arose through a shooting friend and the price, which I won’t mention as I think my fellow game shooters from other Counties around the UK simply would not believe that you can buy driven shooting for around £20 per bird – Damn, I said it! So at that price I could not say no.

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"Well done Steve, no hard feelings - much !"


FEATURE - Pheasant Shooting - Traditional Pheasant Shooting in Finland - Bob Laidlaw


When I was invited to a friends shooting estate in Finland for a fun weekend, I wasn’t really sure just what to expect.
 

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"The Spruce and Birch Forests of Finland"


My good friend Heikki Liettu has been to the UK many times over the past 6 or 7 years and has spent much of his time here enjoying the English countryside and shooting woodpigeon, rook, pheasant and what ever else I can find for him and his good friend Tapio.

FEATURE - Pigeon Shooting - Red Letter Days (Part 1) - Bob Laidlaw

Red Letter Days (Part 1)

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"David Bruwier has a Red Letter Day"


David has been to Norfolk pigeon shooting with me on two previous occasions so I know very well what his expectations will be.

 

FEATURE - Pigeon Shooting - Red Letter Days (Part 2) - Bob Laidlaw

Red Letter Days (Part 2)

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"Iain Fawcett has a red letter day"


If he could decoy pigeons 24/7 he would, taking just the odd day out to go fishing.

FEATURE - Pigeon Shooting - Red Letter Days (Part 3) - Bob Laidlaw

Red Letter Days (Part 3)

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"A happy Frenchman with Bob on day 4"


I’ve always thought that September can be a very productive month for pigeon shooting.

FEATURE - Pigeon Shooting - Red Letter Days (Part 4) - Bob Laidlaw

Reg Letter Days (Part 4)

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I’ve been shooting pigeons since I was a young man, now I’m an old man but still enjoy the thrill of decoying pigeons and out witting those crafty creatures that I’ve come to love and respect so much.

FEATURE - Pigeon Shooting - Red Letter Days (Part 5) - Bob Laidlaw


Most pigeon shooters would agree that the winter & spring of 2014 has been a difficult time to shoot pigeons.

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"Now for the task of picking-up"


 One hour later we were over 20 birds shot. By lunchtime we were doing very nicely although we had lost count, but were getting very low on cartridges.

FEATURE - Pigeon Shooting - Red Letter Days (Part 6) - Matthew Walsh


I've only been pigeon shooting for 2 yrs. asked Bob if he'd take me under his wing and am I glad I did!

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"My Red Letter Day"



We lay out the birds for a photo, 108 in the bag. Brilliant day, definitely one to remember.

FEATURE - Game Shooting - Have shooting standards declined ? - Sue Knight

Can the lack of discipline be blamed on a little too much of "The liquid barrel straightener"?

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"A sociable drink or just plain dangerous ?"


Sue Knight looks at how standards may be dropping on our shoot days.

FEATURE - Gun Dogs - That Memorable Retrieve

Gun Dogs - That Memorable Retrieve

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"Fanny with retrieve"


I’m very fortunate to have purchased a black Labrador bitch some 9 years ago from a breeder who had come highly recommended.

FEATURE - Pigeon Shooting Secrets Revealed Volume 2 (WITH VIDEO) - By Chris Green

He's done it again! Chris Green 'The Cornish Countryman' has filmed and produced yet another outstanding film for all keen Pigeon shooters.
Chris Green has been a hunter gatherer for over 40 years and he properly knows his stuff!

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"Chris Green Pigeon Shooting Secrets Revealed Volume 2"


FEATURE - New Wildfowling Adventures (WITH VIDEO) - by Chris & James Green the 'Cornish Country Boys'

He's done it again! Chris Green 'The Cornish Countryman' is proud to present the first in a brand new series of Wildfowling films.

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"New Wildfowling Adventures Volume One from Chris Green"


FEATURE - Pigeon shooting

Decoying pigeons on spring barley

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"pigeons taking flight from barley drillings"


Following a mild and dry spell of weather in early March conditions were perfect for the farmers to start spring drilling and the first seed to be drilled is always spring barley.

FEATURE - Uncle Bob's Sloe Gin

Now the good part – taste to see if all is to your liking.

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 If it is not quite sweet enough, add more sugar. If it is too sweet, add more gin and berries. If it too strong, you’re a wimp!

FEATURE - Shot Guns and Non-Toxic Shot - Peter Harris

With all shooting organisations asking for total complience, our firearms expert Peter Harris explaines in plain English...

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So where must we not use Lead shot?

FEATURE - Game Shooting - Michael Yardleys Natural Shooting DVD - Michael Yardley

Michael Yardleys Natural Shooting DVD.

Innovative and classic technique as taught by one of Britians best known shooting instructors.

 

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Simple secrets to improve your game shooting

FEATURE - Pheasant & Partridge Shooting at Ellingham Hall, Norfolk, Nr Bungay.

A day of Pheasant & Partridge with Hospitality that money can’t buy.

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I had been privileged enough to experience the hospitality of Vaughan Smith and family earlier this year when attending a Simulated Game Day on this lovely Norfolk Estate in May.

FEATURE - Gun Dogs - Training a Gun dog (Part one)

Working with Lulu – a work in progress.

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"This could be the start of something big"


Lulu is a black Labrador bitch born 06/06/2012 and was one of eight pups born to my Labrador Fanny. I make no excuses for that name as it was a good old Victorian ladies name long before it took on other connotations. It does however cause some raised eyebrows on shoot days if I call her name too loudly.

FEATURE - Gun Dogs - Training a Gun Dog (Part two)

Working with Lulu - a work in progress

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"Lulu sits on command, but will she stay there"


We have mastered the sit command, nearly. She will always sit when told but doesn't want to stay there for more than a few seconds, especially if I'm moving around. She would rather come to see what I'm up to than to stay where she's been put. We need to work hard on this and it will require me to catch her quickly and put her back on the exact spot she started off from. It's her will against mine and I have to be hard with her on this or we'll be getting nowhere fast.

FEATURE - Gun Dogs - Training a Gun Dog (Part three)

Working with Lulu - a work in progress

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Lulu and I are making what seems like slow progress but in reality this is my fault not hers. I’ve been blessed with too much work and as the game season starts to draw to a conclusion, everyone wants one more driven day, one more duck flight or one more walked-up day.

FEATURE - Gun Dogs - Training a Gun Dog (Part four)

Working with Lulu - a work in progress

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"Retrieving from water"



Lulu is now 13 months old and by my reckoning, just about the right age to start some proper training.

FEATURE - Gun Dogs - Training a Gun Dog (Part five)

Working with Lulu - a work in progress

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"Lulu on peg"



This is the final part of Working with Lulu. We have come a long way since Lulu and I started her training together.

FEATURE - Gun Dogs - Learner Labrador - By-Sue Knight

With lighter evenings and gundog training in full swing, many people will be asking themselves when is the right time to introduce their young dog to the shooting field.

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"Roydon, Quincey & Drummer"


We decided this would be the ideal introduction for our young black Labrador "Drummer" aged 15 months.

FEATURE - Rook Shooting

Really great sport and your farmer will love you for it!

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"A great bag shot on day two !"


FEATURE - Pigeon Shooting - Best month for pigeons?

"Which is the best month to shoot pigeons" thats a hard one to answer !

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"A cracking bag shot in August"


The fact is that any and every month can produce great bags as well as disastrous ones.

FEATURE - Game Shooting Etiquette

Game shooting is without doubt the most formal of all shooting disciplines and as such demands certain standards of dress and conduct from participants

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"Guns broken, or barrels in the up position"


We must not forget however that every year in the shooting community our numbers increase as new younger enthusiasts join us on our game days, often replacing dear friends who are no longer fit enough to join in the fun.

FEATURE - Walked-up Game Shooting

The reality of game shooting in today’s economic climate is one of cutting ones cloth according to ones budget.

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"One may be excused for thinking this bag is from a driven day"


Most of us can’t afford to spend as much on our sport right now as we could perhaps a year or two ago.

FEATURE - Wildfowling - The Whole Story Volume 3 (WITH VIDEO) - By Chris Green

Following on from the massive success of his first two Wildfowling DVDs, Chris Green the 'Cornish Countryman' is proud to present this epic film, the third in his much acclaimed Wildfowling series.

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"Chris Green Wildfowling Volume 3"


FEATURE - Wild Fowling - Wild Duck and Geese on Flight Ponds

In a previous article on this subject I stressed the importance of good reconnaissance.

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"Graylag Geese"


Our evening flight in Jan. 2013

FEATURE - Shot Guns - Gunfit - By Peter Harris

A good gunfit is the basic fundamental to good shooting.

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"Measurements of the gun"


So what can we do about achieving a good fit?
Well, for most of us the purchase of a gun represents a considerable expense, not to be taken lightly.

FEATURE - Pigeon Shooting - Old'ns and Young'ns go Pigeon Shooting

My, how times have changed!

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"I could have only dreamt of shooting a bag like this 40 years ago"


The old fella picks his bird and squeezes the trigger, at that point a second pigeon swings in behind the target bird. One "bang", but two birds drop dead into the crop. The old fella almost falls off his seat, such are his celebrations. more......

FEATURE - Wild Fowling - Ducks On Flight Ponds - (By Bob Laidlaw)

The evening flight!

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"This bag was well worth the effort"


As the sky lightened in the east, around twenty mallard fell from the darkness tumbling and twisting making a tremendous noise calling to each other.

FEATURE - Pigeon Shooting - WOODPIGEON - ARE THEY TAKING THE PEAS?

A pigeons favourite meal ?

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"Peas damaged by pigeons"


Any pigeon shooter will tell you that pigeons love peas, but do they really? We know that they will go onto pea fields and cause lots of damage at times, but will they choose peas in preference to all other food sources that are available? In my experience the answer is a resounding NO!

FEATURE - Vintage Gun Review - Charles Boswell - Live Pigeon Guns - By Ben Laidlaw

An insight into the Gunmaker Charles Boswell and his famous Live Pigeon Guns.

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"A Consecutive Pair of Boswell Live Pigeon Guns"


Live Pigeon Guns were a speciality of Charles Boswell, he was an excellent trap shooter and was elected as Chairman of the Gunmakers Association in 1906 & 1907.

FEATURE - Pigeon Shooting - Shooting the roost

Roost Shooting

In late January of this year I was contacted by a farmer who was having sleepless nights over pigeons destroying his crop of rape. I of course said I would be only too pleased to help !

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"Waiting for incoming pigeons"


FEATURE - Pigeon Shooting

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The Woodpigeon as a quarry species is one of our most challenging birds to shoot. I have worked as a full time pigeon guide since early 2005 and during that time I have heard these words more times than I care to remember, " the birds are decoying but I just can't hit them".

Indeed there are very few game birds to compare with a Woodpigeon twisting and swerving over the decoys. I guess this is what keeps us coming back time and time again to strive for those magical "big bags".

FEATURE - Be the Best at Beating - By Sue Knight, as published in Countryman's Weekly, Nov. 2009

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"Sticks and flags are necessary"


For many people, the first introduction to shooting is working in the beating line. Without beaters, there would be no driven game shooting yet this indispensable team is often overlooked and undervalued. Gamekeepers need a good team of people who can be relied upon to come regularly throughout the season.

FEATURE - A winning combination?

Good luck to the new website Shootmart.co.uk. There cannot be enough good quality websites for the shooting man and woman! Let us hope the ladies are not forgotten! Behind every good man etc!! Steve and I shall certainly be browsing for interesting deals. He will be looking at guns and shooting, I will be looking at gundogs.
Sue Knight

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Photo: Sue and 'Quincey' (Ruindunelea Knight) main ring at Crufts
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Winner of: Best Labrador Dog (Gamekeeper class Crufts 2009)
Winner of: AV Gundog (Retired Gamekeeper class Crufts 2011)

FEATURE - Gun Dogs - Hooked on Labradors - By Jackie Allen

Working labrador in action

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"Offering the Retrieve"


Working Labradors are bred firstly for their working ability rather than the conformation required by the show dog. They tend to be slightly longer in the leg, leaner in build with narrower heads and longer muzzles. Labradors are registered in three colours, black, yellow (which can range from a pale lemon colour to a deep fox red) and chocolate. Black and yellow seem to be the favoured choice of colour for the working dog.

FEATURE - Pigeon Shooting - Authorative book Wills Pigeon Shooting (WITH VIDEO) - Will Garfit

Personal experiences, thoughts, and secrets that enable the author to shoot consistently good bags.

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"Will's Pigeon shooting, Secrets of consistent success"


How to hunt using the sound principles of good reconnaissance, siting, and building hides, presentation of decoys, and accurate shooting.
Watch Will in action shooting pigeons
To order a signed copy of "Wills Pigeon Shooting, Secrets of consistent success" or simply admire Will's artwork go to www.williamgarfit.co.uk

FEATURE - Crow Shooting - Secrets revealed (WITH VIDEO) - Chris and James Green

See this brand new DVD from Chris Green ‘The Cornish Countryman’ is an amazing high quality film for   keen shooters.

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"See Chris and James in action outwitting the crafty crows"


Epic 2 hour production showing many vital secrets of his Crow shooting success is extremely educational, highly entertaining and often hilarious.
Buy this video

FEATURE - Shot Guns - Vintage Gun Review - JAMES WOODWARD & SONS - By - Ben Laildaw

Here we look into the Prestigious firm of James Woodward & Sons

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"The Classic Woodward side by side. Circa 1898"


James Woodward & Sons are considered by many as building the best guns of all time.

FEATURE - Clay Pigeon Shooting - The History of Clay Pigeon Shooting

In the begining.

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"The Tounrament."


An 1883 illustration from an English newspaper showing clay pigeons in use. "THE TOUNRAMENT OF DOVES" superseded-practising with the new terra-cotta pigeon.


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Shootmart is one of UK’s fastest growing Shoot Finder, Gun search and Directory websites. Shootmart is also the best source for visitors to gain information about anything and everything they need about shooting and shooting destinations, be it shooting UK or shooting abroad. Professional shooters as well as shooting enthusiasts can buy shooting gadgets like Guncam available at shootmart.

Shootmart provides you with a full gun search where buyers and sellers can advertise at competitive prices. Gunshops can advertise for free in the directory, where buyers and sellers can meet and trade. Not only gunshops but also individuals can post their guns for sale, your adverts will be seen by a number of potential buyers. For buyers, shootmart provides a wide variety of guns for sale. Gun search facility helps you find a list of available options with their prices, information and location.

So in addition to a place to buy and sell guns, Shootmart is a comprehensive shoot finder to help you find the perfect location for game shooting, clay pigeon shooting, wild fowling, deer stalking, pheasant shooting etc. Almost everything you need for shooting is at Shootmart.

Clay Shooting
Clay shooting or Clay Pigeon shooting attracts people of all ages and from all walks of life. There are a number of clay shooting clubs that allow you to have a go whether you are a novice or fully experienced.  You do not need any specific gear or prior experience to try out your skills at clay pigeon shooting. The equipment required for Clay Pigeon Shooting is the same for all, eye, ear and head protection and gun & cartridges is all you need. Clay Shooting is an accessible sport for people of all ages and genders and most clay shoots will rent you a gun, sell you cartridges and provide tuition/ supervision if needed. It's a great way of getting together with family & friends for birthday parties, family celebrations, hen & stag do's or simply a day out with friends. On another level for all those ambitious souls, there are registered competitions on local, national and international levels where one can compete for a clay pigeon shooting  title. There are a lot of clay shooting clubs across the UK. To find the clay shooting sites nearest to you for opening times, gun hire etc, simply check out our Clay Shooting section and contact your nearest  shoot.

Pigeon Shooting
The woodpigeon is the UK's number one agricultural pest causing more damage to farm crops than any other creature. It also happens to be the UK's most prolific bird out numbering any other UK bird species. Put these two factors together and you'll see why the UK is the Pigeon Shooting paradise of Europe.

Here in the UK we are allowed to shoot the Woodpigeon for crop protection all year round. The "Woodie" has become a great success story breeding many times throughout the spring and summer and juvenile birds can still be found fresh from the nest as late in the year as December. Often the hen bird will lay two eggs and assuming both chick survive, the cock and hen birds will have doubled their numbers and will go on to do this perhaps another two or three times before winter sets in.

The Woodpigeons down fall is it's desire to feed with other Woodpigeon. This makes it possible to decoy the birds to a well set decoy pattern and can provide some fabulous sport for the Pigeon Shooter. Here at shootmart.co.uk you can find experienced guides who will organise your day shooting pigeons over decoys. Check out Shooting Available or our Sporting Agents section.

Deer Stalking
The skillful tradition of deer stalking is as old as man himself. The weapons have undoubtably changed but the mountains and the forests that lure the visitors year after year remain the same. For the stalkers it is the skill of the stalk, remaining unseen and making a move at the right time to bring down the beast and the adrenalin rush that is always there.

Deer stalking is the traditional sport of pursuing and shooting a deer. It is the term given to the cautious chase of deer for the thrill of hunting. The sport is also used as a culling process to control the numbers of deer and take old and weak animals that would not survive harsh winters. Deer Stalking also provides you with a fascinating way of exploring the stunning landscapes as well as providing great food for the table. While on your hunt of the deer you'll spend countless hours walking through the beautiful landscapes, mountains and forests enjoying nature.

Deer Stalking is one of the fastest growing sports in UK. There is a wide network of Deer Stalking opportunities available across UK. You will also find a number of training courses such as the DSC1 and DSC2 that have managed to improve the deer management and the welfare standards of deer's in UK.

Stalking is an all year round activity although both the Hinds/Does and Stags/Bucks have closed seasons that overlap. You can book your days Deer Stalking through our Shooting Available pages or our Sporting Agents section here at shootmart.co.uk/

Game Shooting - Pheasant and Partridge Shooting
Game Shooting has gained popularity over the years. Although in years gone by it was a sport enjoyed by aristocracy and the wealthy, it is now an easily accessible sport for one and all and is enjoyed by a number of people from all walks of life. Game Shooting on the one hand is a recreational sport for urban and rural people alike, while on the other hand it provides many economic benefits to the rural communities. Game Shooting is also instrumental in encouraging bio-diversity and it aids the UK in achieving their targets that are set in the national as well as the local biodiversity action plans.

Game Shoots are at the fore front when it comes to conservation and managing our beautiful countryside for the benefit of all wild life.

In addition, game shooting also manages to bring delicious game meat to our dining tables and is becoming ever more popular in our local restaurants.

Game Shoots within the UK are known throughout the World as being able to provide the finest shooting and hospitality available. Each year shooting enthusiasts from around the World come to the UK to enjoy our rich Game Shooting heritage. Most of the pheasant shoots in the UK offer partridge shooting from September along with pheasant shooting from October. The partridge and pheasant hunting season in the UK finishes on 1st February. You will find a number of picturesque estates across the UK offering Game Shooting opportunities with wonderful hospitality and catering within our Shooting Available pages here at shootmart.co.uk