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It’s the job that many of us put off, sometimes for weeks, a few for months, a handful for several seasons. John Spary and Joe Hocking are gunsmiths: the ones who get to clean, check, repair and occasionally pick up the pieces of our guns. They explain what goes into a gun service, plus how to treat your gun throughout the year in order to reduce y…
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UK prime minister Tony Blair said that his 2004 Hunting Act would benefit foxes. Twenty years later, it turns out he was wrong. In a chat with Charlie Jacoby at the Carter Jonas Game Fair Theatre 2023, Jim Barrington, former head of the League Against Cruel Sports, spells out the mistakes that Blair made, and how he damaged both animal welfare and …
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Gareth Wyn Jones says join the revolution - the food and farming revolution. He is talking to Charlie Jacoby in the Carter Jonas Game Fair Theatre 2023. Find Gareth on YouTube For more ways to listen to this, visit FieldsportsChannel.tv/fieldsportschannelpodcast88 This podcast is brought to you by the British Shooting Show, the UK largest gun show,…
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Nick Doherty and Laura Saunsbury are the authors of the definitive book on British gun laws. The Firearms Law Handbook provides useful info for shooters, police firearms licensing officers, shops and gun ranges. The couple works in the UK during the week and live near Toulouse. Charlie Jacoby goes to meet them at their home in France to record a sh…
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Charlie Jacoby is back in the Carter Jonas Game Fair Theatre talking to Ian Coghill, who demolishes the RSPB’s People’s Plan for Nature, he explains the point of Aim to Sustain, which he chairs, and he spells out what the world of shooting should do to see off threats from the conservation industry. Click here for Moorland Matters, £25 For more way…
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Jeremy Wade from TV’s River Monsters makes two visits to the 2023 Carter Jonas Game Fair Theatre. He talks to Charlie about his early life fishing, his favourite kinds of fishing and his definition of ‘sporting’ fishing. For more clips from the series, visit the River Monsters YouTube channel For more ways to listen to this, visit FieldsportsChanne…
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Tristan Breijer from the European hunting lobbying group FACE sets out the problems facing antis from Europe who want to ban hunting in African nation states. For more ways to listen to this, visit FieldsportsChannel.tv/fieldsportschannelpodcast84 This podcast is brought to you by the British Shooting Show, the UK largest gun show, held at the NEC,…
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Ross Brawn, managing director of one of today’s biggest spectator sports, Formula One, and a keen shooter, chatted with Charlie Jacoby in the Game Fair Theatre in July. They talked about how to re-establish clayshooting to international greatness. Click here for more ways to listen to this This podcast is brought to you by the British Shooting Show…
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Simon Whitehead is a ferreter not a rockstar – but he is a ferreter with a public. He has suffered from the pressure. His new book, Pugs & Drummers, discusses not just ferreting but how ferreting saved his life. He explains it to Charlie Jacoby in the Carter Jonas Game Fair Theatre in July 2023. For Simon’s new book, visit Simon-Whitehead.com/pugs-…
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In 2022, rangers at Rockwood Conservation in South Africa brought in a frightened, sick newborn rhino. Crows had pecked at its eyes. Miraculously, vets saved some of its sight. They named the animal ‘Hope’. Wicus Diederichs from Rockwood reports on Hope’s progress and how the other rhinos in the nursery are treating her. He also talks about the rea…
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The enthusiasm of British politicians for massacring British deer is starting to worry deer managers. Five guests on the stage of the Carter Jonas Game Fair Theatre in 2023 discuss the animal's future in the UK. They are deer experts Niall Rowantree and Martin Edwards, Mark Russell from Carter Jonas, whose clients deal with deer management, top ven…
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Pigeon shooter, game shot and deerstalker Nicole Moore comes to the Carter Jonas Game Fair Theatre 2023 to talk to Charlie Jacoby about her love of the countryside and shooting sports. She talks about what she gets judged for. Do you think it’s being black, being a woman or how she shoots? Find out in this podcast chat. Find Nicole on Instagram For…
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Three firearms licensing officers came to the stage of the Carter Jonas Game Fair Theatre in July 2023 to make the case to Charlie Jacoby for how well they are doing. You may agree or you may disagree with them. They are Chris Downs from the Metropolitan Police, Adrian Davis from Warwickshire Constabulary and Paul Quinton from Essex police. For oth…
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DEFRA’s crisis over general licences is helping to kill the rural vote for the Tories. Charlie Jacoby had two chats with BASC staff Gareth Dockerty, Ian Bell and Dr Marnie Lovejoy on the stage at the Carter Jonas Game Fair Theatre in July 2023. Between them, they explain what GL43 is, how the system of general licences has lost trust with its clien…
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It’s Shooting Times editor Patrick Galbraith versus sporting agent Mark Osborne in this one-hour debate at the Carter Jonas Game Fair Theatre 2023. The GWCT’s Roger Draycott provides the voice of reason and host Charlie Jacoby tries to stop them from fighting about the topic on stage.
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Daniel Zeichner MP is shadow environment minister. He came to the Game Fair in 2021, 2022 and in 2023 he took to the stage at the Game Fair Theatre to explain Labour’s policies on shooting (no current need for regulation), trailhunting (he will do his best for it) and trophy imports and exports (nothing he can do). For more ways to listen to this, …
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Greg Smith MP is horrified at the way DEFRA has handled crises such as rescinding GL43. He is at the 2023 Game Fair and lams into Natural England and sneaky civil servants with an anti-shooting agenda. For more ways to listen to this, visit FieldsportsChannel.tv/fieldsportschannelpodcast73
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With children dying every week from an epidemic of human-wildlife conflict, the government of India knows it has to tackle the problem. It has to transition form preservation to conservation. But how? Four experts put forward their views: Dr MK Ranjitsinh, Dr HS Pabla, Rajeev Mathew and Latika Nath. For more on this story, visit FieldsportsChannel.…
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Gareth Wyn Jones is the outspoken Welsh hill farmer who starred in the BBC’s The Family Farm. He believes that the disconnection between town and country is driving a wedge between the two communities – and, in this talk, he spells out why. Find Gareth on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook For more ways to listen to this, visit Fcha.nl/fieldsportschanne…
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UK shooting and countryside groups are joining forces to commission new research into the economic, environmental and social value of shooting. BASC, Countryside Alliance, the National Gamekeepers Organisation, the Moorland Association and the Gun Trade Association are among those involved in the survey. They are calling on shooters to take part. T…
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In September 2004, eight campaigners broke in to the chamber of the House of Commons to protest against Tony Blair's ban on hunting with hounds. Blair was ignoring the largest ever peacetime march, more than 400,000 people, who marched on Westminster in 2002 protesting against the same law. Blair's ban, which came into force in 2005, has achieved t…
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The antis brought in bills to restrict hunting in England, Wales and Scotland – but none of them work. So they want to bring in new bills. Ed Swales from Hunting Kind explains the challenges facing hunting with hounds in Scotland and Northern Ireland. For more, go to Fcha.nl/fieldsportschannelpodcast65…
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A panel of experts discuss grouse prospects for the 2022 season, plus the political threats facing grouseshooting. They are Mark Osborne from William Powell Sporting, Andrew Fallows from Carter Jonas and Adrian Blackmore from the Countryside Alliance. For more ways to listen to this, visit Fcha.nl/fieldsportschannelpodcast64…
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Chris Horne from GunsOnPegs presents the findings of the GunsOnPegs Game Shooting Census 2022/23. It’s going to be a tough year for gameshooting in the UK, with bird flu hitting bird imports, and hard on the heels of two years of lost bookings because of covid. Chris explains the numbers to Charlie. For more ways to listen to this, visit Fcha.nl/fi…
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There are 30,000 legal gun-owners in London. Chris Downs, head of SCO 19 at the Met, and Daryn Hufton-Rees from Medcert, which provides medical certificates to shooters who need them for shotgun and firearm certificates, explain to Charlie what’s going on with firearms licensing in the capital. For more ways to listen to this, visit Fcha.nl/fieldsp…
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Shadow food, farming and fisheries minister and Labour MP for Cambridge Daniel Zeichner makes the case for a Labour government running the countryside and being a force for good for countrysports. It’s an uphill task. He won’t repeal Tony Blair’s foxhunting ban but he says he and his Labour colleagues are happy to work with countryside organisation…
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Nigel Farage may be passionate about Europe but he is fundamentalist about bluefin tuna fishing. He says that, thanks to Brexit, the UK is able to develop its own bluefin sport fishing business. He explains the thrill of catching Britain’s most significant big game fish, which you can now do in a limited number of boats out of Cornish ports, fishin…
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Jodie Case is an owl nut. Representing the Owl Box Initiative, she brings an owl box to the stage of the Carter Jonas Game Fair Theatre. She explains how to make the ideal owl box, to attract owls to your garden, plus talks about her work researching owls. For more, go to @OwlBoxInit and @JCaseNature Find out about the OBI on the GWCT website…
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A discussion on what makes the perfect holiday letting business with Charlie Jacoby in the Carter Jonas Game Fair Theatre: Andrew Fallows of Carter Jonas advises landowners and farmers on how to diversify – and the rediscovery of UK holidays by locked-down Brits means he has never been business, Meanwhile, Ashley Vellacott turned his Somerset farm …
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Let’s talk lead shot. On stage, at the Carter Jonas Game Fair Theatre 2021, is Alex Levett-Scrivenor from non-toxic shot company Bioammo, foxshooter and old lead purist Robert Bucknall, and Andrew Gilruth from the GWCT. Host is Charlie Jacoby. The four of them run through the lead shot issues, ask why it has to go, and how much could the shooting o…
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Tom Davies of Dartmoor Deer Services used the covid lockdowns to get his deerstalking and venison supply businesses underway. He is now supplying local shops, restaurants and has a popular venison box scheme underway, plus he provides butchery courses and guided stalking. For more from Tom, visit DartmoorDeerServices.com Read this story in full: Fc…
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John Macnab, the 1925 novel by John Buchan, has inspired an entire subculture of imitators, including the taking of a salmon, grouse (or brace) and stag on one day on an estate. John Buchan’s granddaughter Ursula Buchan comes to the Game Fair Theatre to tell Charlie Jacoby the novel’s back story, and a little of the life of her famous forebear. Buy…
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Two Scottish gamekeepers and a gamekeeper’s wife talk to Charlie about the evive conference in Perth in November 2021. They bravely went along and listed to Packham and the RSPB trot out lies about grousemoors. However, they came away convinced that those of us on the side of nature can win this battle, as long as we keep pushing the science behind…
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Tristan Breijer takes the stage of the Carter Jonas Game Fair Theatre back in July 2021. He is one of the team behind the MyFieldsports app, known in the rest of the world as the MyHunt app, who wants to use the power of shooters’ mobile phones to put us front and centre in the conservation debate. Read this story in full via our news pages: Fcha.n…
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We bring together two vegans and two hunters to debate the issues. They meet on stage at the 2021 Game Fair at Ragley Hall. Ryan Dalton runs the popular Into The Wild Podcast IntoTheWild.podbean.com Katie Hargreaves is a wildlife artist KatieHargreavesArt.com Paul Childerley is a hunting guide (and so much more) Instagram.com/paulchilderley Charlie…
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After years of telling them that wild meat is good for, it’s traceable and comes with low food miles, the mainstream is picking up on the importance of shooting your own supper. At the Scottish Game Fair 2021, Fife chef Chris Trotter brought together Mark Bush from local food marketing group Great Perthshire, who also runs Summer Harvest Oils, prof…
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There’s something compelling about the mahseer, that great India sporting fish, that has attracted anglers from all over the world - and especially the UK. Now, Norfolk angler Stephen Harper has produced The Mightiest Mahseer. Angling Trust ambassador Martin Salter is also a mahseer angler. He interviews Stephen about the fish, records, angling boo…
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Bill Harriman – whom you may recognise as an arms expert from BBC TV's Antiques Roadshow – has written the definitive book on the bayonet. He discusses it with Charlie Jacoby at the Carter Jonas Game Fair Theatre at the Game Fair, Ragley Hall, July 2021. Buy the book from Amazon Read this story in full here…
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Ian Coghill has written the book that the RSPB, the National Trust, Natural England and Wild Justice ought to read. But they won’t. He explains why moorland is so important to the UK, how gamekeepers have got it right when it comes to moorland management, and how the ‘conservation industry’ (the organisations just mentioned) have got it so, so wron…
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In 2004, Tony Blair restricted hunting with hounds because, he said, it was good for the welfare of the fox. Since then, some estimates put UK fox numbers down 40%. Former head of the League Against Cruel Sports Jim Barrington and journalist Richard Negus want to know if Blair was right or wrong. Plus they want to know what the current prime minist…
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You can’t win an election without winning rural seats. That’s Sir Keir Starmer’s credo. The man he has appointed to shadow the countryside is Daniel Zeichner MP, and he came to the Carter Jonas Game Fair Theatre tent. It’s all part of Labour’s Rural England Policy Review. Take part in Labour’s Rural England Policy Review Click here for Henry Dimble…
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Adam Henson talks about Jeremy Clarkson, BBC Countryfile and the importance of game meat. Country Food Trust ambassador Adam and CFT chief executive Tim Woodward are on the stage at the Carter Jonas Game Fair Theatre for an interview by Charlie Jacoby. For the Country Food Trust, visit TheCountryFoodTrust.org…
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Peter Wilson and Matt French are two of the most decorated athletes who have shot for Team GB. Recorded with interviewer Charlie Jacoby at the Carter Jonas Game Fair Theatre 2021, they explain what it's like to go into an Olympics as a shooter. However, their original sport, double trap, no longer exists at the Olympics. Peter criticises the way th…
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While British antis put on black balaclavas and carry martial arts weapons, in France they put on clown masks and carry chainsaws. It’s a lot more dangerous and a lot more impassioned. How do you face this threat in the media? Step forward Richard sur Terre, a YouTube channel that has become one of the major voices in the fight against anti-hunters…
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