The Glorious 12th – The Start of The Shooting Season

The 12th of August marks the start of the red grouse season in the UK. This iconic bird is heralded as one of the toughest and most challenging of all the game birds to shoot and is a truly wild quarry. Many thousands of people will head to the moors on the 12th to take [...]

Trigger sticks for deer stalking – do you need to spend big?

In the UK you will very rarely see a deer hunter without a set of sticks of one kind or another. Just like bipod's and sound moderators we use them as a matter of course to help us achieve a clean kill at various ranges in varying shooting positions. Stalking sticks can be a simple [...]

Did the Diotto Auchleek Boot live up to expectations? Unfortunately Not.

Diotto are an Italian boot maker who are in the high end section of the market competing against the likes of Mendel and Harkila for a market share in the hunting, gamekeeping and stalking sector. I bought a pair of Diotto Auchleek boots for deer hunting and put them through the test. I have used [...]

Should we stay in green or make sure we are seen?

When I started stalking the only real option for clothing was army surplus or Barbour type wax jackets. Both were good and did the job of keeping the rain off and the old DPD Camouflage army jackets had lots of useful pockets. However, times have changed and as sportsmen we are in an area where [...]

The new Hawke Frontier rifle scope gets put through it’s paces

Hawke are a UK based company that is making a bit of a name of itself within the center fire scope market these days. Hawke have always been renowned for their air rifle and rim fire scopes, it was only a matter of time that they ventured into quality center fire optics. I have been [...]

Britain is a glorious place for deer hunting – Find out why

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is not a big place but it punches well above its weight when it comes to deer hunting. Unlike almost any other country in the world the British government doesn't get involved in issuing tags or cull targets for hunters in the UK. In the main [...]

Hunting clothing that masks your scent

Hunters throughout history have been trying to gain every advantage possible over our prey. In the early days of the human race it was one of the reasons we started to develop tools, to gain an advantage over our prey be that during the hunt or to make it easier to process the animal once [...]

The Browning X-Bolt Eclipse is possibly the closest thing you can buy to a custom made rifle off the shelf

The Browning X-bolt eclipse is a new variation on a tried and trusted product with some major improvements. The trigger system is now the super feather trigger that comes in all new X-bolt rifles and makes it much more sensitive and crisp to fire. The rifle comes in .243, .308 & .30-06 and currently only [...]

I was expecting to see a hardy pair of binoculars that you could use as a spare pair or for guests if they had forgotten to bring theirs with them or didn’t have any. I wasn’t expecting to find what I did about the Hawke Frontier 8×43 binos

First impressions are really important and when I had a pair of Hawke Frontier 8x43 binoculars arrive I must say I was impressed. The packaging was first rate, not just a cheap old box and the detail on the actual binoculars themselves was impressive. The Frontier range have a build in dust and rain caps [...]