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Why do you hunt?

There’s a growing gulf in the perception of different forms of hunting – but, Byron Pace warns, we can’t entirely discard ‘trophy hunting’ in favour of ‘meat hunting’ or conservation will suffer. I start this article with a request. We

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The importance of fieldcraft: Robert Bucknell explains

Robert Bucknell explains the importance of fieldcraft and looks at the skills new foxers will need to acquire You can go for weeks feeling pretty sure there are no foxes around, and then suddenly the hairs on the back of

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Are deer management targets achievable without thermals?

This article originally appeared on our sister publication, Gun Trade News In his first column for GTN, Dr Al Gabriel, BASC council member, molecular biologist at Newcastle University and keen deer stalker, wonders whether thermals are really a good thing,

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Top tips for quarry calling

David Barrington Barnes recalls the lessons learned from previous outings and explores the art of calling for quarry. Where are many good reasons for the great enjoyment that deerstalkers derive from their pursuit of deer. High among them are the

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Will O’Meara takes on a big challenge

Regular rifle competitor Will O’Meara has struggled with the lack of shooting opportunities in 2020 – now he is attempting one of the toughest challenges of all. With all the lockdown restrictions in place, I didn’t get to compete in

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The latest on upcoming gun dog exams

Preparations for this year’s gun dogs exams were well underway, but Belgian lockdown restrictions meant an anxious wait for those in training, as Rudi van Kets reports. Dogs and trainers – but who needs the most work? Who among us

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The future of deer in Scotland

Bryon Pace studies the future of deer in Scotland. “It is difficult to explain, and certainly impossible to describe, the mingled feelings of excitement and interest of the enthusiastic sportsman who, after perhaps a couple of hours’ toil and stratagem,

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Zeiss’s DTI review with Chris Parkin

Chris Parkin gives his verdict on Zeiss’ first foray into thermal imaging, with the new DTI. It was only a matter of time before some of the big European names began to seriously flirt with night vision and thermal imaging, and

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Will O’Meara’s new target shooting discipline

Will O’Meara discovers a discipline of target shooting that has real benefits for hunters – and even uses hunting kit The hunting season here in Ireland drew to a close at the end of February, so while deer hunters in

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Best Christmas gift ideas for hunters

We’ve made our list and checked it twice – here’s our bumper selection of the best Christmas gift ideas for hunters Caber Feidh This new smock might just be the ultimate garment for Scottish stalking. Silent, waterproof and windproof, it

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