Great tips and recipes by Tom Sykes plus the Sporting Gun cartoon.
On a shoot day I often like to carry a flag for flushing and turning birds in the line, but I also like to take my crook stick for crossing difficult terrain. Over the years I’ve carried both in my hands, which is fine but can often be a pain. In recent years I’ve used a piece of bungee to keep my flag on my back until the start of the drive. The bungee itself is 3mm thick and costs pence for the amount needed for the job from eBay. I simply attach it to my flag with a slipknot on either end, so it has two points of contact on at each end of the flag. I cut the bungee down to the idea length to keep it snug on my back and out of the way when it’s not needed. I also added a carabiner onto one of the slipknots so that I can attach the two loops together when the flag is in use to complete the circle and keep the bungee on my back. It’s a cheap and quick solution that allows you to keep hands free when tackling fences or carrying birds after a drive.