Author name: Marta Jacyna

Marta Jacyna is BASC’s communications officer. She is passionate about the countryside and enjoys deer stalking and foraging for food.

Marta Jacyna

The wildfowler’s dog

Does a perfect wildfowling dog exist? Eric Begbie looks closer at the qualities needed for a dog to be more than just good company.

Black Labrador at Crufts

Gundogs galore

As Crufts approaches, we look back on last year’s gundog day at the biggest dog show in the world and what to expect if you plan on going.

Game changer

Game changers

We asked five of the country’s best wild food chefs for their top hacks which will make preparing and cooking game easier and fun.

Loading your own

Home loading your own shotgun cartridges is not as difficult as you may think, provided you follow tried and tested procedures.


Always learning

BASC staff provide a collection of handy tips and tricks to make dealing with deer carcasses much more efficient.

A game shooter with gundogs

The art of picking up

The value of a well-oiled picking-up team can’t really be overstated. After all, accounting for every bird shot should always be the end goal.

A spaniel walking down a country lane

Hard-earned rewards

Rough shooting can mean different things to different people. But what qualities define an exemplary rough shooter?

50 not out

50 not out

Sparsholt’s history stretches back 125 years. Fifty years ago, the college pioneered the country’s first dedicated gamekeeping course.