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Season of plenty: our expert guide to the best UK sport

Make this season one to remember and treat yourself to a sporting adventure. James Marchington picks some winners

Refreshing your dog's heelwork will make life much easier in the field

Top 10 tips: how to prepare your gundog for this year’s season

Howard’s guide on what to brush up on with your gundog before venturing out into the field

Six of the best cartridges for early season quarry

Vic Harker looks at the latest offerings for the challenging sport grouse shooting represents, and the newest developments in non-toxic loads for duck

Kit tests

Gun test special: Great guns at the CLA

If you missed the game fair or didn’t make it to see everyone along Gunmakers’ Row, here is Mike Yardley’s account of the bumper crop of exciting new shotguns

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The Perdix is suited to both game shooting and clay breaking. Pictures: Mike Yardley

Gun test: Powell Perdix

William Powell’s new high spec Perdix both impresses and surprises Mike, 
being solid, well-finished and well-priced

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Harry Yardley shooting a Browning 525 30-inch Sporter, one of his dad's top all-round choices

Gun test: The ultimate all-rounder

Beware the man with one gun, they say… but how do you make sure it’s the right gun?

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swarovski factory

People Power - We Visit the Swarovski Factory

What makes Swarovski products so special? Rebecca Green goes behind the 
scenes at the Swarovski Optik factory in Austria to find out

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Browning A5 gun test

Browning A5 - Automatic for the People

Mike Yardley tries out Browning’s new A5, a semi-auto with a proud heritage

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‘Shoo don’t shoot’ proposals abolished

Pigeon shooters can breathe a sigh of relief following the news that Natural England has abolished its ‘shoo don’t shoot’ proposals following a General Licences consultation

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Calling all would-be gamekeepers

Sparsholt College announces details of the first of this year’s open days

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More than 1,000 areas of shooting land mapped with BASC

More than 1,000 areas of land used for shooting have been signed up to the British Association for Shooting and Conservation’s (BASC) Green Shoots Mapping programme, a secure online system which records species and habitats of national importance found on land managed for shooting.

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BASC announces details of wildfowling awareness days

Details of the first of two wildfowling awareness days to be held this season have been announced by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).

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Lady’s Wood regular, Will Evans, making mincemeat of the grouse butt under the watchful eye of instructor Chris Hanks. Picture: Tom Falkenberg www.countrysportsphotography.co.uk

Lady’s Wood game season warm up day goes with a bang

The season started early at Lady’s Wood Shooting School in Gloucestershire

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Chris Wild (left) and Mike Hemingway take a breather during a training ride

Tour de CLA

Two countrymen cycle 300 miles in three days for charity

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Jobs for the big boys

Any advice on how to handle large deer carcasses in the field?

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In FITASC Sporting you can wait up to 20 seconds between targets

Is there a time limit when shooting clays?

A friend and I shot behind someone the other day who took ages between calling for pairs. They lined up their shells, pointed at the break points, closed the gun, opened it again, and this went on for what seemed like an eternity. I appreciate that a pre-shot routine is important to some people, but this must have taken a good 20-25 seconds between finishing one pair and starting the next.

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Roadside diners

Why do I always see so many pigeons at the side of the road. Is it because the tractors spill so much wheat or grain?

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Skewer wood

I’ve been told that there are some trees that you shouldn’t use for cooking with. Is this true, and which would be best for BBQ skewers?

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How can we deal with the squirrel problem on our shoot?

We seem to be inundated with grey squirrels and they’re causing quite a nuisance around all our pheasant hoppers, not only eating the wheat but chewing through the plastic barrels. Is there a good way to deal with them? We’re a part-time syndicate and can only really do weekends, so trapping is out of the question.

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