Fieldsports February/March 2016
The places and the people our sporting sojourns take us to and acquaint us with are what keep us chomping at the bit for more.
The February/March issue of Fieldsports transports you to these destinations, introduces you to these people, and takes you in pursuit of a variety of quarries.
As far as destinations go, we start where we should – in the UK – where Will Pocklington investigates what it is that makes wildfowling on the foreshore so magical, while Dave Carrie reflects on a turbulent day's shooting at North Yorkshire's Urra Estate, and a summer placement in the Angus glens changes naturalist James Common's stance on driven grouse shooting immeasurably. Not forgetting Simon Ward's advice for overcoming 10 of the most common game shooting faults, and pages packed to the gunnels with pigeon shooting, goshawks, hunting, food and drink, gundog training, shooting instruction... we could go on.
This theme then stretches further afield, right across the globe, to wild places where wild takes on a new meaning. To South Africa, where Simon K. Barr reflects on his first Cape buffalo hunt, and Robin Hurt tells the story of a very close call with a leopard. To Lesotho, where Edward Truter explores an off-the-chart fly fishing paradise, and to Tanzania where Matt Harris does battle with monster tigerfish.
Then there are the people; those individuals who break the mold, with memory banks crammed full with experiences, adventures, knowledge and talent. Marcus Janssen talks to South African PH and wildlife artist James Quin, whilst accomplished rifle Shot and stalker Andrew Venables visits the Fieldsports interview room, top game chef Jose Souto tells us what makes him tick, and we hear from a man renown for his deer calling prowess.
And for future reference, Lord James Percy provides a highly scientific classification system for our fellow sportsmen, whilst Peter Ryan reminds us that the best companions needn't necessarily be human, and Camilla Swift reinforces the fact that, in some cases, they most certainly are not.
With 30 pages dedicated to stalking, including the remarkable story of a Scottish family who have served as stalkers on the same estate for 140 years, and pin-point advice on selecting the right ammunition for stalking from Steve Rawsthorne, there really is something for everyone.
Whether you're in need of a pick-me-up at the close of another game shooting season, or eagerly anticipating what the sporting calendar is soon to proffer, the February/March issue of Fieldsports is a must-buy for the avid sportsman.