On shoots up and down the country, from the smallest of scratch-about affairs to the busiest of commercial operations, Beaters' Day is one of the most eagerly anticipated fixtures on the game shooting calendar.
(Photograph: Heidrun Humphries)
A three-year-old Clumber spaniel has made history after becoming the first of the breed to win an AV (Any Variety) Spaniel Novice Stake since 1899 – a feat only previously achieved by the bitch Beechgrove Bee over a century ago.
Is 2017 your year of trying something different? Or are you simply searching for new and exciting adventures with rod, rifle or gun in hand?
Well, here are 10 ideas – five from the UK, five from further afield – to help you start planning a memorable sporting year...