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Farmyard foray in this month’s Countryman

With wet weather threatening to stop play, Mat Manning heads onto the farm in search of shelter and finds plenty of pests doing the same. Most shooters are pretty hardy when it comes to inclement weather – we enjoy being

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Covert crop protection in this month’s Countryman

The sudden abundance of food caused by the autumn maize harvest has attracted a plague of pests that could decimate the following crop. Mat Manning sets up for a decoying session to bring the offending birds to book. The damage

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Autumn Harvest

JDJ Braithwaite heads into the woodlands of the Lake District to soak up the autumn sunshine – and sort out a few grey squirrels The fells, hills and ancient woodlands of the Lake District have long been the source of

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Rabbiting by Lamplight in this month’s Countryman

Mat Manning sets up with a scope-mounted flashlight and heads out into the night for some traditional rabbit lamping The ground I’m shooting over tonight is a mixed farm comprising several hundred acres of cattle grazing, cereal crops and pony

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Pigeon control in this month’s Countryman

In an effort to stop pigeons from decimating corn crops, Mat Manning sets up with hide and decoy tactics to pull in the birds Arable farming is a big industry in my locality, and farmers’ profits can take a serious

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The Countryman w/ Mat Manning: Daytime ratting

In association with BASC Join BASC today at www.basc.org.uk or call 01244 573030 Rat numbers have boomed on the farm and the cocky rodents are even venturing out in daylight. Mat Manning sets up an ambush to keep them in

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The Countryman with Mat Manning

PLEASE NOTE: This edition of The Countryman was produced BEFORE the revocation of the General Licences. Corvid control is a priority during the spring. Songbirds and gamebirds are nesting, which means an easy meal for crows and magpies, who are

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The countryman with Mat Manning

Mat Manning targets pasture and woodland as he sets his sights on making a mixed bag for the pot. Accurate shooting is a prime consideration in any hunting scenario, so Mat never cuts any corners when it comes to pellet

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Learning to Shoot, Digweed Style!

Move over Percy Stanbury, George Digweed is teaching the instructors at EJ Churchill to pass on his world-beating technique, and Clay Shooting’s James Marchington has the exclusive. Ask any shooter who they want to shoot like, and nine times out

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Roving rabbit shoot

With rabbit numbers on the rise after a successful breeding season, Mat Manning heads out on a stalking session with coneys in his sights

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