Category Archives: Country Sports

How to Keep Your Gundog Fit in The Off-season

A couple of gundogs in training looking for their training accessories

The shooting season is over but, in addition to your own skills being kept sharp with clay shooting, your gun dog needs to be kept in shape. As there is no work in the off-season, it’s all too easy for your dog to get out of shape and as much as they won’t necessarily forget Continue Reading →

A Beginners’ Guide to Clay Pigeon Shooting

Cartridges and clay pigeon shells

Beginners to shooting may want to try clay pigeon shooting before going out to the field with game, and it is also a great sport to do in the off-season that keeps your technique in shape. Seasoned shooters can also find clay pigeon shooting enjoyable and are sure to learn something new. We have put Continue Reading →

Animal Fact File: Pheasant

A pheasant from this shooting season

  Name: Pheasant Scientific Name: Phasainus colchicus Description: A popular game bird in the shooting world, pheasants today are largely bred for the purposes of country sports. They are medium-sized birds, which can be found in the UK, across Europe and in Asia. These birds are known for easily being able to adapt to their environment. Continue Reading →

Spectacular Skies: Astrology Events to Watch in 2018

The phases of the moon

The New Year brings a whole host of events in the sky and in space. Whether you’re a keen stargazer or a complete beginner, these events will thrill all who watch. With so many different spectacles taking place in the sky throughout the year, it can be tricky to keep track of the key events Continue Reading →

5 Country Sports to Try in the New Year

A woman riding her horse in fine country clothing

With the New Year just days away, many of you may have already cast your minds to your list of New Year’s resolutions. The start of 2018 is a great time to try something new, make a change in your life for the better and set yourself off on a positive path for the coming Continue Reading →

Weimaraner Gundogs: What You Need to Know

Weimaraner gun dog

The Weimaraner (pronounced vy-maraner) is a noble-looking gundog, with their silvery coat and amber eyes. The dog has long been a popular breed for hunting in Europe, particularly Germany, being used in packs to hunt wild boar and stags. As larger game declined, they are now used for smaller quarry and recognised as a fantastic Continue Reading →

How to hang freshly shot game

Pheasant game birds being hung to develop flavour

Hanging game is hugely important to developing the flavour of the meat; though the way we hang game now is much different to that of centuries before. In the olden days, poachers would dig a hole to help hide their catch, hanging it from a stick placed across the entrance. Due to a lack of Continue Reading →

Beginner’s Guide to Picking Up on a Shoot

Pickers-up and guns wearing shooting jackets on a shoot

If you have never picked up on a shoot before, but have been invited to do so, then our guide will help you know what to do on the drive, the etiquette and the rules of picking up. The role of picking up on a shoot is seen as a privilege and also allows you Continue Reading →

Best Places For A Partridge Shoot

Partridge seen on a shoot in the UK

Partridge shoots are considered one of the best in the sport. The birds are less predictable than pheasants, making their drives require more skill. Good keepers and their teams will maintain a steady but not too predictable flow of birds.

Rough Shooting vs. Driven Shooting

A man in his shooting clothing with his gundogs

There are a few different terms used to describe a type of shoot, from driven shooting to walked-up and rough shooting. These terms are often confused with one another; so today we’re here to give you a little insight into the differences in these kinds of shoot days and what to expect from each.