Don’t miss the Fall
Edition of The Gazette, a real feast of features and reports from
the World of Wingshooting!
Gallery turns the spotlight on one of Britain’s
foremost sculptors. Simon Gudgeon has received worldwide recognition
for his outstanding contemporary wildlife pieces. An avid sportsman
and consummate country lover, his passion for wingshooting is demonstrated
in every sculpture. He is so skilled at capturing the essence of
the species that you would not be surprised to see the bronze grouse
break it’s ties and fly away.
Tips and Techniques where the emphasis is on the three
R’s – “Rushing Ruins Rhythm” - short pre-season
sharpener on the benefits of a smooth move to the target. Walking
up game over dogs we can learn a great deal from our forbearers…
there is a lot more to the adage “Butt, Belly, Beak, Bang”
than you would think.
I have received several letters in regard to the wingshooting technique
known as the “Nickerson Wrist Flick”; I will describe
this technique, its application and the reasons “For and Against”.
In The Gun Room
That Bastion of British gunmaking
James Purdey & Sons has
announced that it is to commence limited production of The
Purdey Sporter. Breaking completely with tradition,
the new gun will have a trigger plate action. Provoking even more
debate, the new gun is to be made in Italy. I will give a full description,
my impressions of the new gun together with pricing and availability.
enjoys an outstanding reputation among the world's leading shooters.
I will review their most famous competition model, The Legendary
K-80 which offers unmatched versatility and is the result
of the very finest in precision German manufacture and design, backed
by over a century of traditional gunmaking experience.
I am presently working on the Charles
Boswell Gunmaker website and brochure. The company continues
to receive excellent reviews in the shooting industry magazines,
sales are buoyant and clothing, accessories and new guns and rifles
are in the works. The first Pendragon
will be completed in good time for the Vintage Cup. Pictures and
a full review of this exciting new shotgun will be featured in the
Gurston Down Shoot in The UK
Everyone is familiar with the tall
tales of British driven sky scraper pheasants; well it all began
at a little shoot near Salisbury in Wiltshire, 90 miles south west
of London. The was pioneered by David Hitchings over thirty years
ago and today is continued in the same tradition by his nephew Robert
Hitchings. It is renowned for its highflying pheasant and partridge.
Gurston Down Shoot was the first and remains one of the best shoots
in England for high, driven game, offering a uniquely memorable
experience, with its relaxed, friendly atmosphere, delicious lunch
and challenging shooting, a day a Gurston Down Shoot is not soon
forgotten, in the next edition I will describe just how they get
the pheasant and partridge to fly so high.
Paraguay for Pigeon
I have found a Pigeon Shooter’s
Paradise and that place is Paraguay! The Grand Chaco region produces
a good proportion of the world’s peanuts and the recently
harvested peanut fields are an irresistible draw to the pigeons
and doves that occupy the vast woodlands surrounding the agricultural
communities. The resident pigeon population of 8 million is added
to by migratory birds from several neighboring countries making
it the world's premier destination for high volume pigeons and doves.
I liked it so much I have already booked a week for next year. The
Fall Edition will have a full description of a truly fantastic wingshooting
adventure, including dates and prices.
Driven Partridge in Spain
I make no apologies for my passion
for Spanish Partridge shooting - everyone owes it to themselves
to try it once. These fighter squadrons of wild, redleg partridge
could be the most challenging game bird that flies. These spectacular
high birds combined with five star accommodations, good meals, warm
days and crisp nights have sportsmen from all over the world saying