There’s no doubt the festive period and game shooting are inextricably linked here in the UK. And it’s not just down to the magnificence of late-season pheasants, or the likelihood of beautifully crisp mornings. It’s got a lot more to do with the coming together of family and friends, the warm atmosphere, the familiarity, the delicious food – the bigger picture.
The December/January 2017/18 issue of Fieldsports – the 'fireside' issue – highlights all that is special about this time of year, with reams of content on game shooting, fishing, stalking, hunting, sporting art, food and drink (to name just a few)...
A sensible start – The Temple shoot in North Devon is a positive example of how a hard-working team with a sound awareness of the challenges which face shoot managers can create something exciting
The breath of winter – Despite never having shot at bird or beast, nor wetted a fly in hope of a fish, John Trickett still manages to beautifully capture the allure of our sports in his paintings, says Matt Kidd
Wonderfully wild – We visit the Allendale Estate in Northumberland – Gold Award winners in the 2017 Purdey Awards for Game and Conservation
The seven sins – Ben Randall considers some of the most common gundog behavioural issues encountered on a shoot day and advises on how to prevent and remedy them
In pursuit of adventure – The editor reflects on a Scottish stalking experience that started in the John Rigby & Co. workshop and featured sleeper trains, bagpipes, stags, castles, black tie dinners, and an exquisite array of rifles
Don’t overlook the obvious – Simon Ward considers those variables which, if not paid due attention, can have us walking back to the gunbus feeling nonplussed
The Boxing Day meet – Catherine Austen takes a closer look at the most significant day of the hunting season
Raising our game – Do modern game production methods make the defence of driven game shooting easier or more difficult? Charles Nodder ponders a very contemporary conundrum
Three out of three ain’t bad – What is the ultimate sporting achievement? Does it really get any better than completing a Macnab? Charlie Coups heads to Tulchan of Glenisla to find out
Oh crumb all ye faithful – Canapés are a key ingredient of a successful festive season, says Sarah Monier-Williams who shares her top three recipes for gamey bites
In the land of golden char – Jess McGlothlin reports on an exploratory fly fishing adventure to Japan’s Lake Akan
Another day in paradise – Every time one lifts one’s gun to a grouse on the wing, early season or late, missed or killed, you are the luckiest person on earth, says Lord James Percy
Shoot it, eat it, promote it – Why it is more crucial than ever before to promote the eating of game at every opportunity and recognise those who go the extra mile in doing so