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cooking with game

Help us give Scottish Venison some exposure! Win an outing, stalking roe deer in the Scottish lowlands

The Best fun you can have with an air rifle By Davie “Barndoor” Scott

And two superb venison cookery books for the winner and four runners-up

The Scottish Venison Partnership with Shooting Scotland in the run up to Christmas is encouraging you to photograph your food – as long as it’s venison – and send in pictures of either your home-prepared venison dishes, or a venison dish that you have been served in a restaurant or at an event. The winning photograph, as determined by our panel of judges, will be featured on the Scottish Venison website with your credit. In return we are offering a camera shoot or rifle stalk with a top Ayrshire-based stalker as the prize to be taken before 4 September 2018 plus copies of Nichola Fletcher’s book Ultimate Venison Cookery and Maxine Clark’s book 7 days in Scotland - Roe Deer and Recipes. Four runners-up will also each receive copies of these fabulous books. In addition to sending your food photos, you can post your pictures on the Scottish Venison twitter and facebook pages – or allow us to do this. All entries must however be submitted by email to qualify for the competition. Please keep photos to under 1MB when emailing them. Also, do let us know what the venison dish is, who prepared it, be sure to provide a credit for the restaurant where appropriate - and possibly the main ingredients too. All entries must be received on or before midnight on Friday 29 December 2017. That’s all. Good luck!

Entries should be sent to the Scottish Venison Partnership: Full rules are available on the Scottish Venison website

Scotland is blessed with two popular hunter field target leagues and if you haven’t heard of them or indeed tried them you are in for a treat. So what is HFT? HFT competitions consist of a 30 target course with knock down targets cunningly spaced and in an environment which simulates hunting scenarios. You can use any legal sub 12ft/lbs air rifle and a competition lasts for around two hours. You get one point for hitting the target and two for knocking it down. Sounds easy doesn’t it? It’s not. Course setters are adept at making you think targets are closer or further than they are and you do need to be able to hit 25mm knock down zones at 35 yards and you may not alter your scope in any way once the competition starts. If you mis range a target by just

five yards it is likely you will miss. The best thing about HFT however is the spirit in which it is shot. There is always laughter all around and new airgunners are especially welcome and no one really cares if you shoot badly and you will get plenty of help. Courses are vetted for safety and there are marshals on the course to help you and keep you safe. Be warned though, HFT is addictive and you will want to come back for more. There are more than 25 HFT competitions in Scotland throughout the year and although it is a full on target sport it is also great practice for other types of shooting too. You will Love HFT. If you want to find your nearest club you can go online and use the Airgungurus club finder which you will find here. 45

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Shooting Scotland Magazine (October - November 2017)  

Shooting Scotland Magazine (October - November 2017)