The Cruel Truth

As a hunter, writer and blogger, I frequently hear the word cruelty ... usually in a critical sense and aimed at me. I use the word myself (often) but I actually understand its context. Many of my critics don’t. Cruelty is an important and very emotive word when used in both shooting and anti-shooting circles. … Continue reading The Cruel Truth

Reflections On The Cecil Saga

So, an American dentist pays megabucks to add a lion to his bucket list of hunt trophies. He gets his monies worth with a huge male lion, selected for him by a trusted (by him) personal guide. Unfortunately for him, he didn't know the animal had been 'Disneyfied' by a number of researchers who had … Continue reading Reflections On The Cecil Saga

Alive & Kicking: Bungles and Bees

  My last post on here turned out to be a prophecy fulfilled, unfortunately. No-one is to blame for this. Many of us in the pro-hunting camp rely on a number of hardcore political lobbyists aligned to our various Associations and Alliances to do the campaigning for a fair deal for hunters, shooters, anglers et … Continue reading Alive & Kicking: Bungles and Bees

Summer Breeze

The scent of jasmine carried by the breeze on a hot June night overwhelms the fading aroma of garlic bread and barbecued meat. The midges dance in anger outside an invisible curtain of citronella smoke released from a circle of burning tea-lights. Pipistrelle bats prey on insects hovering around the solar lamps in the hanging … Continue reading Summer Breeze

One Man’s Weed …

My day job as a General Manager of a leading Norfolk waste collection service mostly keeps me contained and constrained within an urban and office environment, which is why I hold my countryside time so precious. Today, they let me out of the cage to conduct a bin-condition survey with one of our key clients following … Continue reading One Man’s Weed …

The Games Naturalists Play

  There is an interesting piece in this weekends Eastern Daily Press 'Weekend' magazine by Mark Cocker entitled 'Striking A Balance Been Man And Conservation'. It wasn't that title that caught my eye. It was the sub-title 'Can you reconcile being a shooting estate with nature conservation?' Oh dear. Here we go again. The EDP is a huge publication … Continue reading The Games Naturalists Play

Spring Watch … A Post-Script

My post last night seems to have provoked much sympathy, not just from the shooting and gamekeeping community but also from many 'birders' who want to distance themselves from the deliberately divisive antics of a few attention seeking 'media stars'. It seems that many of the ground level non-shooting wildlife watchers actually do appreciate the … Continue reading Spring Watch … A Post-Script