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10 types you're likely to find in the beaters' wagon

beaters_wagonYoung, old, male and female, it's invariably a hotchpotch of individuals who assemble on a shoot day morning. Among the owners, the agents, the keepers and the pickers-up, you'll find all sorts, from the eccentric to the rough and ready, and the gut-bustingly hilarious to the stiff and formal as a board. But it's often in the beating line that you will find the most intriguing characters. Here are 10 types you're likely to encounter...

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Safety in numbers

pigeons2It’s pigeon traffic, not flocks, that make a bag, reflects Rupert Godfrey.

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The signature drive

signature_mainWhat is it that turns a drive into the jewel in a shoot’s crown – a crescendo of adrenaline, endorphins and wide smiles? Joining a very lucky team of Guns last season, Will Pocklington found himself well placed to conduct a little research.

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Planning your gundog training

training2Well-laid plans yield greater results, says Ben Randall, who explains the merits of a more considered approach to gundog training.

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Top 10 gundog training mistakes

gundogadvice_frontGundog expert Ben Randall highlights the training mistakes we should be careful to avoid.

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Form or function?

niels_front_mainTo many, the classic feather-wing Atlantic salmon fly is a relic of the past, a reminder of a distant, bygone era. But for Niels Have, one of the world’s most talented fly tiers, they still represent the very pinnacle in modern fly tying. And, as Matt Kidd discovered, he puts them to very good use, too.

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Killer fly – The Poledancer

poledancer2With a seductive wiggle that provokes heart-stoppingly explosive takes from big, bad predatory fish, this remarkable topwater fly is a triumph of hydro-dynamic engineering, says Matt Harris.

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