Sleeping outside raises cash for Country Food Trust


An icy sleep outside helped two Country Food Trust ambassadors raise almost £2,000 while also raising awareness of those struggling to afford food. Sophie Green and Henry Rossiter, wanted to bring the issue of how many people are struggling with food poverty and hit on the idea of sleeping outside to raise donations for the CFT, which is The Game Fair’s official charity again this year. The charity was set up back in 2015 to raise funds to provide nutritious, game-based meals to feed those in need. With temperatures of up to -4 degrees Celsius, the ...

Sleeping outside raises cash for Country Food Trust2023-01-12T12:28:48+00:00

Don’t be a dummy when it comes to gundog training


With the increasing emphasis on sustainability it’s more important than ever that our gundogs are fully prepared for their vital role. Julie Collins from Dog & Field details an innovative range of training dummies to help you out. It’s November, the Guns have been slipped, the sloe gin is being poured and the last drive is over… but not for you. You’re stood facing thick brambles and high nettles with your best dog by your side and the keeper has just asked you to pick the birds the last Gun dropped in there somewhere. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for, a true test of your dog, your handling and your training. But now the nerves kick in, you begin to question all the choices you made when training your dog. Have I done enough? Will it pick the birds from that cover? Will it leave them there? Where’s that gin when you need it? Setting your dog up for success Being invited to bring a dog on a shoot is truly a joy and something we look forward to throughout the close season. And if there’s a chance ...

Don’t be a dummy when it comes to gundog training2023-12-05T13:21:21+00:00

Princes Royal becomes BASC patron


The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has announced that Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal as the association’s new patron. The Princess Royal visited BASC’s stand at this year’s Game Fair at Ragley Hall to present Distinguished Service Awards, which were established this year in honour of her late father, HRH Prince Philip. The Duke of Edinburgh was a committed conservationist and patron of WAGBI, and then BASC, for 53 years until his death in 2021. In response to her acceptance, BASC council chairman, Eoghan Cameron, said: “We are privileged that The Princess Royal has accepted ...

Princes Royal becomes BASC patron2022-10-13T14:10:04+00:00

Take a walk on the ‘water side’ with a visit to the Southampton International Boat Show


Switch the wellies for deck shoes and see what’s in store Taking place from 16-25 September, the Southampton International Boat Show, is the biggest marine showcase in the UK and one of Europe’s largest on-water events. Whether you’re a complete novice dipping your toes in for the first time or a seasoned pro looking for the latest kit or even a new boat, with hundreds of exhibitors, over 650 craft on display, a purpose-built marina, a whole host of attractions, a brand-new VIP experience and the best of all things marine, the show really has something ...

Take a walk on the ‘water side’ with a visit to the Southampton International Boat Show2022-08-31T15:49:37+00:00

John Rigby & Co. has an eye on the future


London gunmaker John Rigby & Co has appointed a new apprentice gunmaker as the company looks to the future, preparing for continued expansion and preserving niche gunmaking skills for future generations. Joshua Dunbar joined Rigby as an apprentice gunmaker and is based at the company’s Pensbury Place workshop and showroom in London. Joshua is the first apprentice to join the newly launched Rigby Academy, which will see him try his hand at all the different specialisms of gunmaking during a structured five-year training programme Joshua has already shadowed gunmakers specialising in stocks and metalwork and hopes ...

John Rigby & Co. has an eye on the future2022-08-18T14:14:36+00:00

David Orr CBE proposed as next Canal & River Trust chair


David Orr CBE proposed as next Canal & River Trust chair The Canal & River Trust, which runs the have-a-go fishing and tuition at The Game Fair each year, is set to appoint David Orr CBE as its new chair, subject to formal approval. David will join the Trust for an initial term of three years in the unpaid role and, alongside the charity’s other volunteer board directors, will lead the Trust’s decisions on policy and strategy, legal oversight of the Trust’s wide range of statutory duties, and provide direction to the Trust’s chief executive and his team. He joins the ...

David Orr CBE proposed as next Canal & River Trust chair2022-08-18T13:35:18+00:00

Are you shooting this season?


Whenever disruption afflicts the game meat sector, which seems to be a yearly occurrence at the moment, information flow is crucial to securing shooting's future. To that end, we are asking you to complete a super quick, 2 question survey. We know this season will be restricted by the impact of bird flu, but we need to know how badly. At BGA our mission is to Promote, Assure and Develop the game meat market, and that development has always meant improving the flow of information in our sector. Agriculture has information management down to a fine ...

Are you shooting this season?2022-07-21T15:42:59+00:00

British Game Assurance steps out for gamekeepers


A team from British Game Assurance have completed the famed Three Peaks Challenge, raising essential funds for the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust – Year of the Gamekeeper. Twenty-four hours after setting off to climb Ben Nevis, the BGA team completed the Three Peaks Challenge at the top of Snowdon. It was a very challenging journey, hindered by accidents and animals on the road, causing late night climbs with low visibility. Mass erosion of the paths of Snowdon due to over-use also put the team to the test on the final peak. The BGA team persisted, though, and ...

British Game Assurance steps out for gamekeepers2022-06-30T17:10:30+00:00

Fly tying returns to Fishing Village


The fine art of fly tying will once again be in evidence in The Game Fair’s famous Fishing Village this summer. Fly-tying material specialist Veniard will be bringing its team of fly tying experts who will be busy throughout the weekend demonstrating their craft and offering help and advice to fly anglers. The ever-popular feature will be situated in one of the main runs of units along the side of the village, making it an integral part of the whole area. The Game Fair’s angling consultant, John Hunter, said: “I am delighted that Veniard and its ...

Fly tying returns to Fishing Village2022-05-12T18:12:30+00:00

The Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust – keeping you warm this winter


AS the temperatures start to plummet, many of us are stoking the fire or adjusting the thermostat to keep cosy. If your home is a country property, it might look biscuit-tin perfect but the reality is sometimes very different. Drafts, poor insulation and climbing fuel costs may be just some of the challenges rural dwellers are getting ready to grapple with this winter. The Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust (GWT) is urging anyone in (or who has been in) a gamekeeping profession who may be concerned about coping with fuel costs to get in touch. Helen MJ Benson, Chief ...

The Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust – keeping you warm this winter2021-11-25T16:57:49+00:00

Stable move for shooting industry publication


Stable events, the company which runs The Game Fair, the GWCT Scottish Game Fair and the World Gunmakers’ Evening, has further strengthened its ties and commitment to the shooting industry following their acquisition of Gun Trade News. The B2B publication has been a major part of the industry for many years and the change of ownership, from media giant Future Publishing to the fast-growing Stable Events portfolio, is a logical step for both parties. Stable Events’ managing director, James Gower, explained: “We know Gun Trade News perfectly complements our growing portfolio of live events. Our continued ...

Stable move for shooting industry publication2021-11-17T10:51:51+00:00

RSPB loses hen harrier judicial review


The Court of Appeal has dismissed legal challenges by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and its former conservation director Mark Avery into Natural England’s research into hen harrier brood management. The court confirmed that the trial management scheme was legal and is the second time it has thrown out challenges from the organisation and Avery, who is also a founder of Wild Justice The brood management scheme is part of a six-point recovery programme to see hen harrier’s reach favourable status in England. The scheme is supported by the British Association for ...

RSPB loses hen harrier judicial review2021-11-17T10:51:52+00:00

Scottish gunmaker rises to Macnab Challenge


John Dickson and Son, Scotland’s oldest gunmaker, which also incorporates a number of other great Scottish gunmaking names, has provided all the sporting equipment to support Delaney & Sons’ trip to the Isle of Harris in pursuit of the Macnab Challenge. The Macnab Challenge has its roots in the 1925 novel John Macnab by John Buchan. The story follows three protagonists – Sir Edward Leithen, John Palliser-Yeates and Lord Lamancha – all desperate to relieve the boredom that has engulfed them. The solution can only be something devilish, with a dash of daring. Under the mantle ...

Scottish gunmaker rises to Macnab Challenge2021-11-17T10:51:52+00:00

Avian influenza prevention zone declared across Great Britain


Following a number of detections of avian influenza in wild birds across Great Britain, the Chief Veterinary Officers from England, Scotland and Wales have declared an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) across the whole of Great Britain to mitigate the risk of the disease spreading amongst poultry and captive birds. This means that from last Wednesday, November 3rd, it became a legal requirement for all bird keepers in Great Britain to follow strict biosecurity measures to help protect their birds. The AIPZ now in force does not include a requirement to house birds. However, this is ...

Avian influenza prevention zone declared across Great Britain2021-11-17T10:51:52+00:00

Treasure Your River


A co-ordinated campaign, created by award-winning environmental organisation Hubbub and supported by the Coca-Cola Foundation has resulted in the Treasure Your River project – a working group of litter-busting organisations across the UK. Among those involved in the scheme, which aims to remove 95 tonnes of litter from our rivers and prevent a further 90 tonnes from entering them in the first place, is the Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme, which enjoyed a hugely successful Game Fair in the summer. Amazingly, more 80 per cent of marine litter originates from inland and our rivers then deliver ...

Treasure Your River2021-11-17T10:51:52+00:00

Wild game sales soar as alternative to Christmas turkey


With supplies of turkey limited this Christmas after a labour shortage forced poultry farmers to cut production by a fifth, a growing number of people are turning to wild British game as an alternative. Wild game specialist Wild and Game has seen orders soar in recent weeks: it is already 35 per cent up on sales of Christmas hampers compared to the whole period last year. Wild and Game’s hampers include pheasant, duck and partridge three bird roasts, muntjac legs, wild boar sausage meat, game pigs in blankets, pheasant Wellingtons and game charcuterie. It also has ...

Wild game sales soar as alternative to Christmas turkey2021-11-17T10:51:52+00:00

Only the best by Boss & Co.


For nearly 200 years, Boss & Co has stood at the apex of the Holy Trinity of London gunmakers. A privately-owned business since its inception in 1812, it has unwaveringly and resolutely remained true to its company strapline: ‘Builders of Best Guns Only’. The Boss family originated from Leicestershire, with no history of gunmaking before William Boss began an apprenticeship with Joseph Manton in the industry in 1773. William’s commitment to becoming a gunmaker was clear, providing the spark for a series of events that would place the Boss name right at the very pinnacle of ...

Only the best by Boss & Co.2021-11-17T10:51:52+00:00

Steel shot performs equally to lead shot?


A new ballistics study has revealed steel shot lethality is on a par with lead shot in ranges up to 50 yards. Commissioned by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and the Gun Trade Association (GTA) and undertaken at Cranfield University, the study tested the theories behind moving two shot sizes larger when transitioning from lead shot to steel shot. The study originated following the shooting organisation’s call for a five-year voluntary transition away from lead shot for live quarry shooting in February 2020. The findings showed lead shot penetrating on average 10mm deeper ...

Steel shot performs equally to lead shot?2021-11-17T10:51:52+00:00

Keepers on alert after bird flu cases


Poultry and game keepers are being advised to keep a lookout for signs of avian influenza, otherwise known as bird flu, in both wild bird populations and kept birds this winter. The advice is being issued following two confirmed cases of H5N1 Avian Influenza, one near to Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire and more another close to Wrexham, North Wales. In both cases control zones have been put in place. It is believed that wild birds have been the cause in both cases but now countryside organisations are urging members to remain vigilant. Glynn Evans, the British Association ...

Keepers on alert after bird flu cases2021-11-17T10:51:53+00:00

Win an exclusive £12,000 partridge shooting day


If you fancy a day’s partridge shooting for nine guns at Caerhays Castle in Cornwall worth over £12,000, then you are in luck! The Countryside Alliance’s draw offers an exceptional prize, with the day hosted in person by the owners, Charles and Lizzie Williams, who have extremely generously donated this 250-bird partridge day. Caerhays seldom advertises or uses agents to fill its shoot days, as those not filled by year-on-year repeat bookings are rapidly filled through word of mouth so this is an amazing opportunity, with the day scheduled to take place in September or October ...

Win an exclusive £12,000 partridge shooting day2021-11-17T10:51:53+00:00
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