Fieldsports Magazine April/May 2015
It's here... the April/May issue of Fieldsports takes you to a sensational selection of sporting destinations in the UK and overseas.
And with 30 pages dedicated to fly fishing amongst a rich and refreshing smorgasbord of game shooting, stalking, art, gundog, and food and drink features – to name but a few – it's the next best thing to being there.
Marcus Janssen travels to the Seychelles to tick a truly special saltwater destination off his fly fishing bucket list, Matt Harris manages to whittle down a lifetime of memorable fish to his top 10, and we speak to those at the very top of their game about the fly patterns they wouldn't be without. Jess McGlothlin provides an absorbing account of a village at the epicentre of Montana's fishing culture, and we find out more about Jako Lucas, the fly fishing guide who once spent 320 days on the water in a single year.
A hefty dose of game shooting content will help those itching to get back onto the peg. Both Ugbrooke Park and Carlton Towers are in the shoot profile spotlight, Keith Ringland visits two Scottish moors that are enjoying a sporting revival and Mike Barnes is given serious cause for thought after digesting the results of a recent shooting industry survey.
Meanwhile, Mike Cottam considers the often overlooked advantages of the commercialisation of shooting, top instructor Simon Ward offers his advice for overcoming some common game shooting dilemmas, and Tim Furbank nominates his top ten game cover crops.
The woodpigeon, Lord James Percy's “chariot of the sky” is given deserved recognition, as he salutes the bird and the sport it offers over the winter, whilst Rupert Godfrey offers some valuable pointers for improving your success in the pigeon hide over the coming months.
If sport on home turf still leaves you wanting more, then read about a ladies' safari in South Africa or Derek Stimpson's (very) close encounter with feral water buffalo in Australia. Alternatively, learn something new with Holland and Holland's Steve Rawsthorne as he analyses the various components of the ideal rifle for deer stalking in the UK, or find out what Vic Harker thinks of two new 20 bores from Boxall & Edmiston.
We interview Orri Vigfusson, arguably the most honoured salmon angler of all time, talk to CEO of FishPal Mark Cockburn and discover what the UK's finest sporting artists do on their holiday.
Looking back, David S.D. Jones delves into the diary of Victorian sportsman Sir Francis Denys, whilst, looking to the future, Jayne Coley and Ben Randall offer sterling advice for those investing in a gundog pup.
In the kitchen, Guest Chef Claude Bosi treats us to a divine hare recipe, we reveal the winners of this year's Fieldsports Game for Lunch competition and our man Jimmer reflects on the value of good hospitality.
Welcome in the new season with a comprehensive package that will have you itching to be out with your rod, gun, rifle or dog. Order your copy here!