New issue out now! Stalking technique, calibre choice made easy, Haenel Jaeger 10 Varmint review and more

If you’re planning a flurry of buck stalks this spring, or if your kit set-up desperately needs a refresh before the season begins, the May 2018 issue of Sporting Rifle is for you. We’re smack in the middle of a three-issue roebuck special, and this might just be the best one yet.

Editor Pete Carr leads the charge, recounting three stalks that didn’t go as expected and explaining why an unfavourable wind doesn’t have to mean the end of a stalk. Chris Dalton is also out after bucks, completing a stalking conversion that saw his client go from vegan to dedicated stalker. We’ve also got roundups of stalking clothing and trail cams to make your outings more successful and enjoyable, and the first heads to emerge from the BASC, BDS and Sporting Rifle measuring service in 2018.

Elsewhere, we’re strong on gear and technical queries, with a full guide to selecting the right calibre for your preferred form of hunting. Plus we review the Haenel Jaeger 10 Varmint and look over the hottest product launches at IWA, the biggest gun trade show in Europe

Heading overseas, David Barrington Barnes experiences a washed-out hunt in New Zealand, Daryl Crimp is in Australia on the trail of chital deer, and Kevin Thomas seeks out the elusive kudu in Africa. And we’ve got a special investigation into the Boer hunters, the first Dutch hunting settlers in south-western Africa.

All that plus a guide to deer dog tracking, how first-timers can get into foxing without breaking the bank, a look forward to the Northern Shooting Show, plus all the usual news, views, conservation and essential info.

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