Shooting Gazette

The Beginning of the End

Those of us old enough to have been interested in such things in 1974 might just recall the fact that When Will I See You Again, sung by the Three Degrees, reached number one in the UK Singles Chart that year.

The relevance of this astounding piece of pop trivia lies in the lyrics, part of which poses the question “is it my beginning or is it the end?” It is a question that might equally apply to the month of January when it comes to pheasant shooting and the close of the season on 1 February.

While some Guns will undoubtedly treat 1 February as being the end of shooting for another year, that particular date is, however, generally considered to be the start of a new game shooting season by gamekeepers and those responsible for running a shoot. Already they will

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