The ever-changing seasons always bring something new for the rifleman – and November brings one of the biggest changes of all.
Roebucks are no longer in season and roe does have come in – while fallow, sika, red, Chinese water deer and muntjac are all in season in England and Wales too. So there’s more opportunity than ever for the sportsman – but with no trophy bucks to be had, and cull quotas to think about, things are decidedly less glamorous.
We love this time of year and celebrate with a four-species-strong deer management special. First, Paul Childerley remembers two CWD stalks for very different specimens. Then we bring you all the roe doe culling tips you’ll ever need, David Barrington Barnes espouses the virtues of collaborative culling, and Chris Dalton heads across the Irish sea to stalk sika.
This issue is also a wild boar special, celebrating the exhilaration of the continental driven hunt. Thomas Nissen reports from a Bulgarian wild boar hunt, Martin Tulp heads to America to analyse boar populations there, and editor Peter Carr profiles the UK expansion of this recently re-established species. Plus, we review the boar-ready Merkel Speedster, and we consider what optic you’re best off taking on a boar hunt – scope, red dot or reflex sight.
On top of that we’ve got a roundup of NV and thermal gear, a guide to judging shot reactions, and in an industry first, we get a sporting writer to admit all the mistakes they’ve made in their shooting career.
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