The Great Fieldsports Journal Giveaway

Fancy winning over £6,700 worth of fieldsports products? Then enter our biggest ever giveaway now.

We have teamed up with 25 leading brands for our biggest ever giveaway, where one lucky person will win a monumental fieldsports prize collection worth more than £6,700! As part of this massive prize haul, the winner of The Great Fieldsports Giveaway will receive a pre-season one-to-one shooting lesson with top instructor Simon Ward at the Royal Berkshire Shooting School, as well as an overnight stay for themselves and a guest at the award-winning Royal Oak in Yattendon, Berkshire, with all...

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New CCI Eco clay launched

Following the recent ban of coal tar pitch clays, readers will now be firing at a new breed of clay target when taking part in simulated shoots and charity clay days, or simply just practicing at their local clay shooting ground.

In response to the outlawing of certain chemicals and contaminants, clay manufacturer CCI International has launched its revolutionary Eco clay target. Made of natural materials, it has been officially certified as environmentally friendly and free of PAH (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons) by Bureau Veritas. Under REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) authorisation provisions Annex XIV, coal tar pitch was banned for use in the manufacture of clay...

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Inventor of Gore-Tex, Bob Gore, dies

The inventor of revolutionary waterproof fabric Gore-Tex died on 17 September 2020, aged 83. Introduced in 1976, the game-changing fabric has protected countless shooters, deerstalkers, hunters and fishermen from wet weather.

Born in Utah, the chemical engineer’s lab experiments with a polymer unwittingly led to the creation of the billion-dollar membrane. The sad news prompted outdoor clothing brands to reflect on how Gore-Tex has changed the country clothing market. Simon Esnouf from Outfit International, the UK distributor for Härkila and Seeland, commented: “Back in the day when a shooting coat was made of waxed cotton and you just put up with the questionable waterproofing, the cold, the stiffness and...

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Swarovski Fieldsports Photographer of the Year 2020 Results

The final standings for the fieldsports industry’s most hotly contested photographic competition

It’s that time of year again when we build up our anticipation for what we hope will be yet another wonderful shooting season, filled with many a great day in the field – whether beating, loading, picking-up, possibly documenting with a camera, running the game cart or, if you’re really lucky, standing on a peg with gun in hand. But for us at Fieldsports HQ, when we would love to be donning tweeds and heading for the grouse moors or for the first days on the partridge, it’s also the...

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Wild Justice wants gamebird releasing near protected areas banned

Not satisfied with their attacks on general licences to control pest species, Wild Justice is now challenging the release of gamebirds near to designated protected areas of land.

The campaigners claim the annual release of 47 million pheasants and 10 million red-legged partridges is “unlawful” without a proper assessment of the ecological impacts the gamebirds have on Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Special Protection Areas (SPAs). Although birds are not allowed to be directly released on these areas without permission, they are allowed to be released nearby. Wild Justice’s Dr Mark Avery explained they are calling for a 5km buffer zone: “Pheasants...

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Where have our salmon gone?

Mark Bilsby of the Atlantic Salmon Trust assesses the first year of The Moray Firth Tracking Project.

The population of wild salmon in the Atlantic has fallen from 8-10 million fish in the mid 1980s to 2-3 million today. It’s therefore more important than ever that we understand what is happening to this iconic species on their journey to sea, and identify who or what is responsible for their decline. In 2018, the Atlantic Salmon Trust (AST) and its partners, Marine Scotland and Glasgow University, set up The Moray Firth Tracking Project – the most ambitious tagging and tracking project...

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Fieldsports Journal ups green credentials yet more

Fieldsports Journal lead the way by becoming carbon neutral.

Fieldsports Journal is proud to continually push the envelope when it comes to sustainability in the countryside media sector. After scrutinising our supply chain, we were the first to scrap single use polywrap packaging and now we are leading the charge once again by becoming carbon and climate neutral. To that end the bi-monthly’s publisher Fieldsports Press recently selected a new printer - Park Communications – which is considered the UK’s most eco-friendly and offer carbon neutral...

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Country Food Trust hits target of supporting 1,000 charities

An important milestone has been reached for the game food charity.

The Country Food Trust (CFT) has announced it has now supported over 1,000 charities tackling food poverty across the UK. Founded in 2015, the CFT manufactures microwavable game meat ready meals sealed in a retort pouch so it can be stored for a year without chilling. Options include spicy pheasant curry and warming pheasant casserole. To date the CFT has produced over 320,000 meals, which have been donated either directly to people in need, or to charities who feed people in need or through...

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The Results

The winning images of the Leica Fieldsports Photographer of the Year 2019 competition.

Now into its sixth consecutive year, the Leica Fieldsports Photographer of the Year competition has cemented itself as the industry’s most hotly contested photography competition. With seven categories – Big Game, Fishing, Game Shooting, Gundogs, Hunting to Hounds, Miscellaneous Sport and Scotland – and the largest ever prize fund of £7,500 (including cash), we saw entries surge past previous records. However, with an increased number of entries comes an even harder challenge for our...

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Issue VII – Guest Edited by Peter Glenser QC

A new direction for the title.

Volume II of Fieldsports Journal celebrates its first anniversary by taking on another exciting new direction by handing the reins over to a guest editor for the very first time. In the chair for the October/November issue is former Chairman of BASC and lifelong country sports enthusiast Peter Glenser QC. Throughout the issue there are a number of topical opinion pieces, one of which Peter shares what are, in his view, the biggest threats to our sports and the country way of life which are...

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Five reasons to visit Fieldsports Journal at The Game Fair

Along with endless shopping lists, people to see, food to try and demonstrations to watch, here is just a handful of the many reasons to stop by the Fieldsports Press stand (N1501) at The Game Fair at Hatfield House (26-28 July).

1. Take home the latest copies of Fieldsports Journal – including the August/September grouse shooting special hot off the press – along with the full range of our new sister titles Gundog Journal and Scottish Sporting Journal.     2. Enjoy driven boar shooting in a virtual world, hosted by Aim Point with their innovative VR system which will be set up on our stand. Plus, should you set the highest score of the day, you will be rewarded with a first place prize of a...

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Launching at The Game Fair

Ten exciting new products for the country sports enthusiast that are set to steal the attention at at The Game Fair 2019.

With more than 900 exhibitors, The Game Fair is one of the biggest shopping events of the year for the countryside sector. Returning this year to Hatfield House in Hertfordshire from 26–28 July, the annual festival of the Great British countryside is a perfect platform for retailers to launch new products. Here, are 10 favourites… Brogue Ankle Boots – from The Spanish Boot Company £245 Tan in colour and featuring a Goodyear-welted leather sole and brogue detailing, these boots,...

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General Licences – an update


On Tuesday, 23 April, following a legal challenge by activist group Wild Justice, Natural England (NE) suspended three general licences (GL 04/05/06), under which 16 bird species could be legally controlled in England. Since then, there has been much confusion in the fieldsports community about what this means and how the situation is being rectified. The ability to control several species of wild birds – including carrion crows, magpies and woodpigeons – to prevent serious damage or...

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Leica Fieldsports Photographer of the Year Competition

Now into its sixth year, the definitive annual photography competition for the fieldsports industry is back, and with seven categories and £7,500-worth of prizes – including cash – it is bigger and better than ever! 

From the ethereal flutter of a mayfly dun at first light, a roaring stag stood proud above a craggy Cairngorm horizon to a woodcock scything through the frozen January air… part of the allure and magic of all of our country sports is, unquestionably, the imagery and inherent beauty associated with them.  It is our aim to unearth the outstanding photography that showcases the very best of our country sports both in the UK and further afield. It also aimed to highlight the talent that is...

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The right thing to do...

Fieldsports is the first country pursuits title to send out publications in recycled, fully recyclable cardboard packaging. Owner Simon K. Barr shares his thoughts.

As a lifelong consumer of countless hunting, shooting and fishing magazines from around the world, the wanton waste in the publishing sector doesn’t sit well with me. My first step since acquiring Fieldsports was to swap the magazine’s plastic polywrap cover for a recycled and fully recyclable cardboard envelope. Yes, this increases cost, but as a dedicated and focused country pursuits publisher, we genuinely care about our environmental footprint.     We are a team of...

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Fibre for fieldsports

We launch the ‘Fibre for Fieldsports’ (#fibreforfieldsports) campaign, which aims to completely phase out the use of plastic wad cartridges for game shooting.

Did you know that two plastic cartridge wads are equivalent in weight to a standard plastic carrier bag? In line with recent efforts at Fieldsports to go about our business in a more responsible and sustainable way – swapping plastic in our supply chain for recyclable alternatives wherever possible – comes the launch of the ‘Fibre for Fieldsports’ (#fibreforfieldsports) campaign, which aims to completely phase out the use of plastic wad cartridges for game shooting. As responsible...

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