Chuffed to bits with Corinium Rifle Range

June 26, 2016

Earlier this year I bought my first rifle. I mounted a scope on it and a very kind friend took me to Bisley for the morning to help me zero it. With a lot of patient supervision and some gentle intervention it was zeroed.

However, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t hit the same area of the target twice. Continue Reading…


First steps in a stalking journey

April 30, 2016

The story begins in summer 2014. At that time I was a member of a small driven pheasant shoot. There was a struggle to grow sufficient cover crops to hold a season’s worth of birds as they were being eaten by fallow. The shoot then secured the stalking rights from the landowner.  Throughout the winter of 2014/2015 I accompanied the keeper on a number of trips to his high seats. There were fallow all around but I never saw the keeper fire a shot. Continue Reading…


Breasting a duck

February 8, 2016

Recently I obtained 5 brace of wild duck from the gamekeeper on a local shoot.

10 brace of duck

Wild duck do not have the bulk of a farmed duck. There isn’t a awful lot of meat on them and so it’s easiest to breast them. Continue Reading…


Rillettes – a rough coarse pate

November 4, 2015

Rillettes (pronounced ree-yettes) are coarse-textured and deliciously old-fashioned. They make a great alternative to paté. Often made with pork, duck or goose, the savoury quality of rillettes comes from using traditionally fatty meats and a generous quantity of salt. They will keep for weeks if covered with a layer of fat.  Continue Reading…