March can bring a real change in the weather, daylight hours and temperature – but the sportsman’s aims remain the same. It’s the last month of roe doe stalking, and also a crucial time to get out after foxes at night before the hours of darkness get short and the lambs arrive.
We’ve covered all that and more in the March issue of Sporting Rifle. First, we’ve got a foxing masterclass, as Robert Bucknell considers what to do if a marauding fox is making raids from over the boundary with your neighbour, and you need to catch it on your ground if you want to shoot it. Mark Ripley discusses how to make a stable shooting rest out of anything, and we’ve also got a roundup of the best slings, sticks, bipods and bags for steady shooting. There’s also a bumper guide to the latest foxing kit, and Mike Powell reveals what methods he really uses for foxing.
There’s more technical advice from Will O’Meara as he reveals his tried-and-tested method for shooting accurately up and downhill, while Chris Parkin turns his eye to a scope from Steiner and Stuart Wilson’s got a budget Remington rifle package on review as well as finding time to test-drive an Isuzu D-Max pickup with a hunting-specific upgrade pack.
Finally, though it may be March, the weather doesn’t always do what’s expected. Chris Dalton takes two guests out just after a blizzard, and Paul Childerley heads up a snow-covered mountain in search of chamois in Slovenia. On the other side of the weather equation, Kevin Thomas has been hunting in 40-degree heat in southern Africa.
All that plus the usual mix of news, views, conservation, calibres, hunting history, offers and giveaways – it’s all in the latest Sporting Rifle.
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