WELCOME FROM THE EDITOR
Ilove this time of year because the colours of the fallen leaves in the low sun can be quite beautiful, and they fill me with anticipation of the coming season and the sport it holds. This has always been the time of year when I hunt the most because once the branches are bare I can see my favourite quarry, the grey squirrel. The main estate I shoot on has a vast number of them spread through the 100 acres or so of mixed woodland, and the gamekeeper there loathes the damage they do to his pheasant feeders and the woodland itself. I’ll be out, rifle in hand, at every opportunity, chasing the squirrels across the estate and I’ve had some quite superb sport there, often taking 10 or more in a session.
This is also the perfect opportunity to test rifles, scopes, pellets, boots, clothing and all the other accessories that are sent to Air Gunner for us to review, and it’s only when they’re used hard in realworld conditions that you really get to know them.
Sure, the summer can be a lovely time to hunt, but with the ground vegetation at full height and the trees in full leaf it can be frustrating. For some reason, I feel that being wrapped up warm on a cold winter’s day just feels right for hunting - plus there are no irritating, biting insects to drive me nuts, either. I hope you enjoy shooting this month and get out whenever you can.
The autumn colours are always a highlight of my year