Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd The Field is a monthly glossy magazine dedicated to those brave souls who shoot, fish and hunt way beyond the call of duty. Since 1853, its staff has selflessly brought its readers the cream of rural life, be it pheasant shooting, dry-fly fishing or the distinct merits of Cheval Blanc. If you love field sports, errant terriers and very foxy friends at hunt balls, The Field is for you.
The Field • ESTABLISHED 1853 VOL 338 NO 7404
An appetite for game • This month, Great British Game Week focuses culinary attention on our game meat, providing a chance to celebrate success and plot a course for the future, as Liam Stokes explains
Guns embrace the season with gusto
Pet abduction to become an offence
One good deed…
To do this month
Urgent action needed to save rivers
Meadows and ancient woodland
Rugby Autumn Internationals • 30 OCTOBER TO 27 NOVEMBER 2021
Kit to covert • Our monthly guide to everything notable in the field for sporting enthusiasts and those keen on country life
Building clever • Government new homes targets are unlikely to be met, says Rupert Bates, with NIMBYs, safety issues and zero carbon to consider – unless you have a wand
Country estate of the month • MOSSKNOWE HOUSE, DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY
Six of the best: Gloucestershire, Wiltshire & Somerset
We’ll meet again • The start of this month heralds the Opening Meet and a chance once more to see old friends and cherished country. Neil and Serena Cross are all set to mount up
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Guns line a track that winds through a steep valley and birds zip over the contours presenting spectacular driven and crossing shots Bereleigh Estate East Hampshire • A passion for fieldsports has inspired the Tyrwhitt-Drakes to create a top-quality shoot at their home near Petersfield, with conservation and bonhomie very much to the fore
He who hesitates is lost • Stopping the gun and thus missing the shot sounds an easy problem to fix, but it takes practice, trust and training to let instinct take over
Ground rules • Where it is safe to do so, should shooting ground game be permitted on a driven day, upholding the tradition of rabbit pie once more?
A stately hut • Whether folly or functional, ornate or ordinary, these idiosyncratic structures are indispensable to our sporting lives
On the guest list • Visiting different hunt country is a surefire way to get the adrenaline racing and to see sport from a new perspective, just be sure to stay on the right side of the secretary
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The quest for Goliath grayling • It takes patience and perseverance to catch a 3lb-plus specimen of this increasingly popular fish – but that may not be the case for long
Christmas gifts • The Field’s ultimate Christmas gift guide has corralled the best presents for the men, women, home, sprogs and dogs in your life
The most dangerous game • Early hunting weapons were much in the spirit of ‘kill or be killed’, but they gradually became more sophisticated – and more deadly
Bet on your hedges • There’s a renewed energy for managing and planting hedgerows across Britain, but what makes a good hedge and why are they so important?
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A noble mount • Pedal power is the perfect way to get around the estate – or even to Parliament
Lest we forget: 100 years of the RBL • The Royal British Legion, formed after World War I, still provides essential support for service personnel...