Find us at the British Shooting Show
Once again the Fieldsports team will be exhibiting at The British Shooting Show, held at the NEC in Birmingham on February 16–18. We have compiled a list of our show highlights.
1: Guess the species…
This year, we are giving away a 4.5litre Goliath bottle of Foxdenton Estate Damson Gin – worth £175 – in our on-stand Guess the Species Competition.
We will have a selection of nine difficult images on display at our stand, where members of the public will be able to try and correctly identify them over the three days of the show. Whoever correctly guesses the most species will be victorious, unless there is a tie which we will then draw the winner at random.
During the weeks after the show we will announce the winner and reveal the species. Delivery of the prize will be arranged upon announcing the winner.
Terms and conditions apply and can be viewed at the show.
2. The February/March 2018 Issue – INCLUDES FREE SKINNER'S SAMPLE!
This year we will be selling our brand new February/March 2018 issue for just £5, AND we will be giving away a FREE sample of Skinner’s Field & Trial Range – Complete Nutrition for Active & Working Dogs – with every copy.
See the February/March 2018 issue summary HERE.
3: Win a Ridgeline stalking outfit worth £375
Subscribe to Fieldsports Magazine at the British Shooting Show and you will automatically be entered into our prize draw to win a Ridgeline Monsoon Elite II jacket and a pair of Ridgeline Pintail Explorer pants.
Prize details: Made with the new RL Hi-DROSTRETCH 5K™ three-layer laminated shell, which is light, waterproof (10,000 H20) and breathable (5,000 MVT), the Ridgeline Monsoon Elite II jacket weighs in at a mere 850 grams (size Large) but packs a heavyweight punch. The Ridgeline Pintail Explorer pants feature articulated, double-lined knees, a re-enforced butt and shaped thigh pockets with waterproof zips and the Tri-Fit adjustable leg system.
About Ridgeline: Ridgeline of New Zealand has been providing the UK with outdoor performance clothing since 2007. These styles have been proven to work in the harsh and rugged environment of the New Zealand mountains and are now a firm favourite amongst those who demand outdoor gear that works...
Alternatively, you can subscribe online for one year (six issues) – HERE – and still be entered into the draw if completed between February 1 and March 31, 2018.
4. Special editions
The latest edition of The Scottish Sporting Gazette – Issue No. 38 – will also be on sale at the show for just £4. Published late in 2017, the issue showcases the best of what life has to offer above the Borders – from whisky and wildlife tours to the best stalking, shooting and fishing destinations, and much, much more…
Also on sale at a discounted price – JUST £5 – will be our special edition bookazines; The Fieldsports Essential Guide to Gundogs, and The Fieldsports Guide to Game Guns & Rifles.
5. Continue the great read
You will also have the opportunity to order books from The Sporting Library, which we will deliver directly to you for FREE after the show to save you carrying them around with you. These include: Lord James Percy's Fields of Dreams; Philip Fussell's The Sportsman; and Cyril S. Adams' Live Pigeon Trap Shooting.
Don't want to wait? All of the titles listed above can also be ordered online at: www.thesportinglibrary.co.uk
Other British Shooting Show highlights
The Demonstration Arena in Zone C1 has been developed for 2018 to give an even larger audience capacity and provide greater room for professional demonstrations from gundogs to wildfowling.
Below is a demonstration timetable which will remain the same for each of the three days:
10:00–10:30 – Andy Cullen MBE – Gundog Display
10:45–11:15 – Chris Green – Wildfowling Display
11:30–12:00 – Andy Cullen MBE – Gundog Display
12:15–12:45 – Chris Green & Ralph Skripek – The Art of Pigeon Decoying
14:00–14:30 – Andy Cullen – Gundog Display
14:45–15:15 – Chris Green – Wildfowling Display
About the demonstrators...
Andy Cullen MBE – Andy Cullen MBE of Laochin Gundogs is a highly reputable gundog trainer, who has gained numerous field trial awards. In 2011, Andy was voted Gundog Trainer of the Year and was awarded the Keith Erlandson Memorial Trophy.
Whether your interest lies in field trials, working tests, picking-up or working in the shooting field, Andy’s friendly, supportive and constructive approach will help you build a successful partnership with your dog.
Chris Green – Chris Green, an avid wildfowler and sportsman, designs and manufactures innovative goose and pigeon decoys for pest controllers and hunters.
Chris has all appeared on several TV programmes, including Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall’s A Cook on the Wild Side, and Rick Stein’s Food Heroes. Inspired by working with professional directors and camera crews, Chris began to successfully make his own films on pigeon shooting and wildfowling, which has established him as one of the country’s leading authorities on filming country sports.
Ralph Skripek – Ralph Skripek is known to many as The Wild Chef, is one of the leading UK game chefs and authors. He has a great love of the great outdoors, and incorporates his passion for shooting and fishing into his cooking. Ralph appears regularly on BBC TV and Radio, cooking live on air and discussing food trends and promoting local produce.
He will be giving cookery demonstrations on his stand each day.
Talking Guns Seminar Area
New for 2018 is the Talking Guns Seminar Area, located at B5. Here seminars will run from 10am until 4pm on each day of the show. A provisional timetable is as follows:
10:15–11:00 – Life At The Sharpe End, Jason Salkey.
An illuminating talk from actor Jason Salkey who played Rifleman Harris in the cult TV series <ITAL><Sharpes’ Rifles’>.
11:15–12:00 – 50 CAL Shooting Association UK(FCSA), Mike Roberts & Graeme Creasey.
A presentation from the only Home Office-approved rifle club dedicated to the demanding sport of ultra-long range (100–2450 yard) competitive target shooting in the UK.
12:15–13:00 – Gallery Rifle UK, Neil Francis.
An introduction and insightful look at this highly competitive shooting discipline.
13:15–14:00 – Institute of Clay Shooting Instructors (ICIS), Malcolm Plant.
Shotgun Lessons – Your Coach and Coaching.
14:15–15:00 – Historical Breechloading Smallarms Association (HBSA), Tony Cattermole.
A fascinating talk on the development of Breechloading smallarms
To celebrate the relocation to Birmingham's NEC, the organisers are offering exclusive access to an on-site luxurious VIP Safari Lounge.
The theme of the lounge is based upon Queen Elizabeths visit to Treetops Hotel in Kenya, 1952.
VIP tickets cost £100 each, per person per day, and includes Champagne and canapés.
Craftsmen on site
Another highlight of the show is the amount of craftsmen and women who will be completing works at the show. These include artisans, gunsmiths, hand engravers, barrel makers, stick makers and many more.
For more information about things to see and do at the British Shooting Show, CLICK HERE.