Want to know what a shoot is really like? Ask the opinion of a well-travelled 90-year-old who's been shooting there for over 40 years, says Will Pocklington.
The opportunity to sample fieldsports at home and abroad is best facilitated by a sporting agent, says Nick Hammond who explores an ever-changing market which relies on trust, integrity, and relationships on the ground.
Off the back of a widespread poor breeding season for the king of gamebirds, Will Pocklington visits a grouse moor in the North York Moors adapting well to the many curveballs thrown its way.
Forget bag size, extreme-range birds and overages, for one family in south Lincolnshire it’s the company that counts.
Richard Larthe established Brimpsfield Park shoot in the Cotswolds in the early 1980s, but now, following his untimely death in 2015, the time has come for his two sons, Henry and Archie, to take over the reins.
After a day of gale-force winds and unseasonably warm temperatures at Urra Estate in North Yorkshire, Dave Carrie considers the key role that weather conditions play on a shoot day.
Howling winds, smoking waters and sport in its rawest form. Robert Tennant recounts a memorable winter shooting trip deep in the Scottish wilderness.
Fen pheasants are the wild brown trout of the gamebird world, says Marcus Janssen.
The trouble with reputations is that they must be upheld. With this in mind, Marcus Janssen travelled to the revered Molland Shoot in North Devon to see if it lives up to all the fanfare.
Mike Barnes emerges from the November fog to enjoy a day of fine sport and good company on the Berkshire Downs at Brightwalton.
Country sportsmen and women are all a little bonkers, says Patrick Tillard, after enjoying a wet and wild day at Chillington Estate.
Simon K. Barr heads to the Isle of Harris to test his sporting prowess against our most enigmatic wader.
The fact that you’ve probably never heard of Rhug Shoot in North Wales is remarkable, says Marcus Janssen, who reflects on one of the highlights of his season.
The presentation of fine partridges isn't restricted to the shooting field for one family in Norfolk, as Mike Barnes discovered.
It may not have the acreage, topography or scenery typical of a top driven shoot, but there is nothing ordinary about Carlton Towers, says Marcus Janssen.
Mike Barnes looks at how, in nine years, Chris Butterfield has created a first class shoot in Nottinghamshire.
Mike Barnes savours a day on an award-winning shoot in Bedfordshire.
Dave Carrie visits Mulgrave Castle in North Yorkshire for a shoot day with a difference.
As Marcus Janssen was reminded recently, the difference between a good and a great day’s shooting is often determined by those you share a gunbus with.
Stratospheric pheasants may not be everyone’s bag, says Mike Barnes, but if you do want to be tested by birds at the very limit of a shotgun’s range, then Whitfield in Northumberland would be a good place to start.
A day that started and finished with road rage, but with a hugely enjoyable filling. By Patrick Tillard.
An exceptional day’s shooting in the Scottish Borders leaves Marcus Janssen in no doubt that your hosts can be the difference between a good and a great day.
There are many elements that make a great day’s shooting memorable. In the case of this Cotswold shoot it is those at its very backbone that make all the difference, as Patrick Tillard discovered.
With a passion-driven aim and a dedicated team, the Countess Sondes has steered Lees Court Estate into the top-tier, says Patrick Tillard.
The Ian Coley Sporting Agency let days on some of the UK’s finest estates. Patrick Tillard joined them in the Cotswolds in the tail-end of a storm.
The team behind Purdey Gold Award-winning Temple Shoot in Wiltshire have a lot to be proud of, says Marcus Janssen.
Comfort of royalty, painfully good food and partridges that don't follow the rule book – not a bad day in the office for Patrick Tillard.
Exceptional pheasant shooting at Arundel Castle leaves Marcus Janssen wondering if he’ll ever witness a more complete shoot day.
Mike Barnes heads for the Herefordshire hills where he visits Stoke Edith, a pretty shoot with a good reputation, and now run by Mark Coleman.
Taking a break from 12-hour treks to the West Country for extreme pheasants, Alex Brant enjoys mixed sport closer to home on Edradynate Estate.
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