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Why airgun hunters should target grey squirrels

Pete Brookes explains how grey squirrels came to be living in the UK – and why airgun hunters should target grey squirrels. Maybe we have a lot to thank the grey squirrel for. It gives us an incentive to get

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Airgun shooting advice: when not to pull the trigger

Phil Siddell explains the subtle art of knowing when – and more importantly when not – to pull the trigger. Once it started, the itch on the author’s trigger finger never really went away I’ll let you into a secret:

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The Countryman: ratting by lamplight

Mat Manning goes old school and heads out after the scaly-tails with a spring-powered gun and a scope-mounted lamp. Rat shooting is synonymous with winter evenings, and as the year gradually rolls around it is starting to take up more

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Different types of airgun permission

Pete Brookes explains how the airgun hunter may land themselves a very different type of permission, but populated with a very familiar pest Photo © David Jinks A large part of the enjoyment of airgunning, or most other types of

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Why We Shoot: Future’s new pro-shooting campaign

Why We Shoot is a new collaborative campaign between all the print and digital brands within the newly expanded Future fieldsports portfolio. Why We Shoot aims to raise awareness of the positive ripple effect and numerous benefits of shooting. Our

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Cold season airgun hunting

With the countryside at its most beautiful and quarry species distracted by a rich natural harvest, Kev Hawker heads out to bask in the colder seasons. Late autumn and early winter really are the hunter’s months as far as I’m

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Decoying crows: The Countryman

Wily corvids are seldom easy to outwit, but their scavenging nature can be their downfall, as Mat Manning demonstrates as he sets up with hide and decoy tactics. The quarry: carrion crow & jackdaw The carrion crow is a notorious

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How to get yourself a shooting permission

Sponsored by… Bagging a shooting permission is one of the biggest challenges faced by airgun shooters – Mat Manning offers 10 top tips to get you on the right track 1. Use your connections Think of people you already know

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Posted in Features, September Shooting Special

Summer rabbit stalking – The Countryman

Balmy evenings are made for stalking rabbits – Mat Manning sets up for a roving session in the hope of bagging some bunnies for the pot. Summer rabbiting is one of the highlights of the airgun hunter’s year, not just

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BASC ask for Covid-19 consistency from police

BASC is urging the police to be consistent in the covid-19 advice given to the shooting community amid reports that some forces have blocked essential fox control during the lambing season, as well as other pest control. The UK’s largest

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