Shooting Gazette - - Welcome - Martin Pud­difer, 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.

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