It was a delight today to jump the old lurcher into the tailgate of an SUV, pack a gun in the motor and head out to the shade of a summer wood for some squirreling. The old dog had been deprived of his weekend sorties due to his owner (yours truly) having a very senior … Continue reading The Buzz
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
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
Across the decades there has always been a difference in views, yet fairly conservative opposition to hunting and farming. The Industrial Revolution and consequent urbanisation of Britain has left a legacy of a few generations of citizen who are totally detached from the traditions of rural life, farming and hunting. Miseducated now by the sanitised … Continue reading The Misinformed.
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 …
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
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
I have enough good friends on Facebook to have pre-warned me not to watch tonights Springwatch. From what I hear, I'm glad I didn't. It annoys me at the best of times, despite the superb videography. I did something far more positive this week. I joined the GWCT. Just pick up a copy of their … Continue reading Springwatch … arrogant or deliberately divisive?
(An extract from my second book, Airgun Fieldcraft) Where better to tackle this tricky subject than right at the beginning of a book about shooting? Over the years I have been constantly concerned, though never surprised, at my activities being challenged on moral grounds. I have thankfully maintained many friendships with folk, mainly urban folk, … Continue reading Morals and Ethics
I woke with songbirds on my mind but they were Canaries, singing in my head. Yet it was a long-time until kick-off at Wembley. On such a bright May morning, it was tempting to fill some hours with an idle ramble. With a hungry gun in the cabinet and a lurcher watching for any sign … Continue reading Blackcaps and Bucks