They come in all shapes, sizes and colours.
They work in different ways in the field.
They have differing characters when interacting with their owners and their families.
They are true companions.
They are Gundogs!
The Glorious Twelfth (12 August), the traditional opening day of the British grouse shooting season will soon be upon us once again.
Grouse shooting is expensive – that is a fact. So as to get as much “bang for your buck” as our American friends say, now is the time to start your equipment preparation.
Shotgun chokes is one of the most talked about subjects in shotgun shooting. It is also one of the least understood facets of shooting.
This post on the NFFS blog explains what chokes are and how they work in easily understood terms.
In Britain, shooting high flying pheasants is considered by many as the top echelon of the sport.
The selection of shotgun and the right cartridge to do the job is critical to success in this type of top end shooting.
William & Son are a relative new name in English gun making.
Founded in 1999 by William Asprey, as well as bespoke shotguns, William & Son also creates fine jewellery and timepieces, leather goods and silver and glassware.
William & Son also offers its own line of suitably sturdy, designer country clothing.
We often hear Guns and others involved in the shooting industry and sport mention saying prayers to Saint Hubert. Who was Saint Hubert and why do we offers prayers to him?
Saint Hubertus or Hubert (c. 656–727 AD) became Bishop of Liège in 708 AD. He was a Christian saint who was the patron saint of hunters, mathematicians, opticians, and metalworkers.
The British Kennel Club has 37 breeds registered in the Gundog group and there are many other breeds that are used in shooting and hunting around the world that are not on that list.
Those 37 breeds are then slotted into one of the following categories: Hunter Pointer Retriever (HPR), Spaniel, Setter, Pointer or Retriever.
Red Grouse are acknowledged as the premium game bird in the UK if not the world. The are generally found on the moors of Scotland and Northern England but smaller numbers can still be found in certain areas of Wales and the English midlands.
Grouse season opens on The Glorious Twelfth (12 August) each year and is much anticipated by Guns, shooting estates and local businesses.
Grouse are harvested by driven shooting and walked up shooting over various breeds of gundogs.
Grouse shooting is expensive when compared to other forms of game bird shooting but anyone who has shot Grouse will tell you its money well spent for the life experience it gives you.
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Whether they be gundog, terrier, hound, working dog or one of the toy breeds, I think we all remember one of our canine friends a little more fondly than others. The reasons for this seem to vary greatly.
For someone like me who came to shooting and gundogs a bit later in life, I had a variety of “working dog” breeds before we formed our more recent attachment to English Springer Spaniels and German Wirehaired Pointers.