Jonathan Young

Smoked fish

Everyone who shoots, fishes or stalks has a freezerful of dead stuff, some of it rivalling the Siberian mammoth for its years in icy entombment. Those ancient pheasant and pigeon…

A hot air balloon ride

Ballooning may be an unwelcome activity on grouse moors and irk dairy farmers but hot-air balloons do provide a spectacular view of this green and pleasant land.   Costs vary,…

A simulated game shooting day at Highclere castle

Simulated game shooting is an easy way to repay a whole host of hosts in a day. Whether they’re keen grouse-shots who would appreciate a tune-up or lowland shots who’d…

Wine tasting

Most shooting hosts appreciate a decent drop. The Field’s sister title, Decanter, holds a series of “fine wine encounters”, at which it’s possible to sample some of the world’s best…

Fieldcraft is an art worth preserving. The laws of nature and etiquette are as important as the size of the bag, and fieldcraft is an art that must be taught…

Woodcock shooting

After rabbit shooting, Jonathan Young tries the Buccleuch woodcock