FROM THE EDITOR
The warmest of warm welcomes to this, our Christmas issue. Where on earth has the year gone? I sincerely hope that it has been a memorable 12 months for you on the game shooting front, and that you will have plenty to toast to come December 25. Boxing Day falls on a Wednesday this year, so fingers crossed you’ll all be able to make the most of the Christmas shoots you’ve (hopefully) organised.
Getting together with friends and family is what Christmas is all about and in this issue we’ve been rather naughty and asked Ben Samuelson and Giles Catchpole to choose between the two parties for their preferred company. Roderick Emery has some sage advice on how to make sure your family has a cracking sporting Christmas, while Chris Warren explains what this time of year means to his DIY shoot in Hampshire. There’s even room for Wendy Bardsley to explore how gundog owners can keep their charges in peak condition when everybody else is eating, drinking and being merry after a day in the field. As if all that wasn’t enough, there is also a double page spread with gift suggestions and stocking filler ideas covering everything from books to hip flasks and more.
Elsewhere in this issue Adam Calvert has advice for anyone who struggles with birds bursting from woodland, The Back Gun examines the influence a Scottish parson and Swiss balloonist had on gunmaking, while our shoot features come from Wigtownshire and Cornwall, hundreds of miles apart but both first class from beginning to end. On behalf of everyone here at Shooting Gazette I wish you all a happy, safe and memorable Christmas. Enjoy the issue.