Sharpshooter Book Review Jul 2018

Thanks again to our partners Quiller Publishing for providing me with the opportunity of reviewing one of their latest releases, Sharpshooter by Alasdair Mitchell, the very popular and often provocative columnist from Shooting Times.

Sharpshooter is a compendium of Mitchell’s articles for Shooting Times spanning the 1990’s through to 2017. The Foreword by British field sports luminary Sir John Scott Bt. MFH expounds strong support for Mitchell as the “consummate sportsman” with a deep knowledge of the British countryside, its wildlife and the many challenges confronting it from numerous quarters.

Not one to shy away from controversy or controversial topics, during his career as a sporting journalist, Mitchell has often given “both barrels” to politicians, bureaucrats, newspapers,  conservation groups, countryside visitors and even vegans over their treatment and sometimes misguided comments about rural Britain.

But Alasdair Mitchell is more than just a sporting journalist, he is a country pursuits and country life writer par excellance with a wicked sense of humour and self parody. His evocative descriptions of his personal experiences of shooting and hunting game in various locations around the world allows the reader to easily visualise being there beside him in the hide or under the African thorn bush.

The book’s striking hard covered design is as attractive as it is unusual. The fact that there are no photographs in Sharpshooter does not detract from its overall appeal. This book is all about Mitchell’s take on topical subjects and the power, enlightenment and joy of the written word.

Another excellent read published by Quiller in conjunction with Shooting Times.

UK Summer Holidays Deals

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Visiting the UK this summer or maybe a bit later in the year?

Then look no further than right here for your one-stop-shop field sports and luxury concierge services. No one knows the British countryside like the team at British Country Sports. 

We have outstanding driven game bird shooting,  simulated game bird shooting, deer stalking and fly fishing deals which can also include:

  • chauffeur airport reception and drop off
  • 5 Star London and Country Castle, Hotel and Estate accommodation
  • escorted premium brand equipment and field clothing shopping
  • VIP chauffeur guided sight seeing packages of 1-14 days duration

Contact us know for more information or to make your UK sporting dreams come true.

Gary +44 7513488115 or email

Scotland Fly Fishing & Luxury Accommodation Packages

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Great luxury accommodation and fly fishing package deals available at Ballathie House Hotel, Stanley.
See the table below for dates and rod availability. Roll the table from right to left to view full spread.
For bookings at these special rates call Gary on 0751 348 8115.
Ballathie Fishing & Room Availability
Availability of rods each day
Week starting
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Fishing
Room from
Total from
9th July
3
2
0
0
0
0
115 + VAT
109 DBB /person
247
30th July
5
4
1
3
3
6
100 + VAT
109 DBB /person
229
13th Aug
6
6
6
6
6
6
190 +VAT
130 DBB /person
358
20th Aug
0
0
0
4
4
4
190 + VAT
130 DBB /person
358
24th Sept
2
1
1
0
0
1
285 + VAT
109 DBB /person
451

 

Sharp Shooter – book review

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The next book review we are doing for Quiller Publishing in conjunction with Shooting Times is Sharp Shooter – a collection of best writings from Alasdair Mitchell’s popular weekly column in ST.
 
Alasdair’s articles cover all aspects of the countryside, from field sports to conservation, nature and wildlife.
 
I’m looking forward to a few quiet, undisturbed hours this weekend under the shady horse chestnut tree to enjoy it.
 
As usual, British Country Sports in conjunction with Quiller Publishing, will be running a book give-away competition for Sharp Shooter and at the same time, offering our readers a discount offer when purchasing the book online from Quiller.
 
Stay tuned for the review and competition!!

Spectacular sim game shooting in equally spectacular scenery

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British Country Sports are very pleased to be able to offer scintillating simulated game shooting days in some of the scenic terrain in England with shooting luminary Barney Stratton and his team.
For teams of 8-16 Guns – suitable for experienced shots and novices.
 
Only just over 2 hours drive from Central London. Transport and accommodation can be arranged.
 
All equipment and coaching supplied along with a scrumptious elevenses and lunch.
 
These sim days are ideal for international visitors to the UK.
 
Contact Gary on 0751 348 8115 or email for bookings or more information.
 

High Pheasant Shooting Close to London

 

Testing high pheasant days available on the famous Cocking Shoot in West Sussex only 2 hours driving from Central London.

350-500 bird days for teams of 8 or 9 Guns.

Dates can be shot as back-to-back days if required.

Friday, 19th October and/or Saturday, 20th October

Thursday, 8th November and/or Friday, 9th November

£47.25 + VAT per bird includes shoot transport, elevenses and lunch with shoot wine at the Park House Hotel.

Local accommodation available subject to availability.

Phone Gary direct on 07513488115 or email for bookings.

Belvoir Castle Shooting 2018/19

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Belvoir Castle, the magnificent ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland, has most generously made available to British Country Sports, premium quality partridge and pheasant shooting in September, October, November and December 2018. 

As well, our clients and their guests can be accommodated and dine in the palatial State rooms of the Castle.

Formal shoot dinners, gala functions and medieval feasts in the enormous kitchen are only some of the delights awaiting you. Nothing is out of the question for the talented Belvoir staff.

For the non-shooting guests, tours to local landmarks and interesting sites can be arranged.

And of course, guests will receive a guided behind the scenes tour of the Castle including being let in on many of its historic secrets.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to step back in time and relive and amazing era of British history.

For more information and bookings call Gary direct on +44 751 348 8115 or email 

Spring 2018 Simulated Game Shooting

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British Country Sports is very pleased to announce another “Premier League” simulated game shoot to be added to our books.

Stockton Shoot in Southern Wiltshire is renowned for producing excellent driven partridge days. Owner Barney Stratton has taken his 20 years experience as the Owner/Gamekeeper on Stockton to design highly realistic simulated grouse, partridge, pheasant and pigeon shooting days.

Stockton Shoot is conveniently located between Salisbury and Warminster – only 90 minutes driving from Central London.

Available now until August for groups of 8-16 persons.  All equipment and catering provided. Transport from London provided if required.

Contact Gary on: +44 (0) 203 642 2251 or gary@britishcountrysports.co.uk  for more information and bookings.

Summer 2018 UK Field Sports Deals

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Summer is here and its time to get out of London into the amazing British countryside.
 
British Country Sports have excellent simulated game bird shooting, deer stalking and fly fishing breaks available throughout the summer months – all within 2-3 hours driving time of Central London.
 
Whether it is for a single day or for several days in the beautiful British countryside, BCS can fulfil all of your sporting, accommodation and travel requirements. Everything you need is included in the price.
 
We can also help you with clothing and equipment purchases and other concierge services if required.
 
Contact Gary on +44 (0) 751 348 8115 for email or more information on these exciting deals.

The Lanesborough, London

British Country Sports is very pleased to be now working with The Lanesborough, renowned to be one of London’s premier 5-Star hotel. Sited on the city side of Hyde Park, 5 minutes from Mayfair, Knightsbridge and Picadilly, The Lanesborough is ideally situated for holiday and business stays.

The Lanesborough’s recently renovated interior and stunning decor are more like a stately English manor house than a modern city hotel. The public areas are beautifully furnished and have a warm and welcoming feel about them – perfect for relaxing after a hard day of shopping or for that important business meeting.

The range of stylish bedrooms and suites will suit all tastes and the separated spas for male and female guests is truly amazing.

Clients of British Country Sports who choose to stay at The Lanesborough are eligible for significantly discounted room rates and upgrades, subject to season and availability.