How Tony Blair got it wrong on foxhunting – FieldsportsChannel Podcast, episode 89 UK prime minister Tony Blair said that his 2004 Hunting Act would benefit foxes. Twenty years later, it turns out he was wrong. In a chat with Charlie Jacoby at the Carter Jonas Game Fair Theatre 2023,  Jim Barrington, former head of the League Against Cruel Sports, spells out the mistakes that Blair made, […]

Formula One’s Ross Brawn on clayshooting – FieldsportsChannel Podcast, episode 83

Ross Brawn, managing director of one of today’s biggest spectator sports, Formula One, and a keen shooter, chatted with Charlie Jacoby in the Game Fair Theatre in July 2023. They talked about how to re-establish clayshooting to international greatness. This podcast is brought to you by the British Shooting Show, the UK’s largest gun show, […]

Ferreting and mental health – FieldsportsChannel Podcast, episode 82

Simon Whitehead is a ferreter not a rockstar – but he is a ferreter with a public. He has suffered from the pressure. His new book, Pugs & Drummers, discusses not just ferreting but how ferreting saved his life. He explains it to Charlie Jacoby in the Carter Jonas Game Fair Theatre in July 2023. […]

Are we in danger of wiping out our deer? – FieldsportsChannel Podcast, episode 80

The enthusiasm of British politicians for massacring British deer is starting to worry deer managers. Five guests on the stage of the Carter Jonas Game Fair Theatre in 2023 discuss the animal’s future in the  UK. They are deer experts Niall Rowantree and Martin Edwards, Mark Russell from Carter Jonas, whose clients deal with deer […]

Shooting Girl with an Afro – FieldsportsChannel Podcast, episode 79 Pigeon shooter, game shot and deerstalker Nicole Moore comes to the Carter Jonas Game Fair Theatre 2023 to talk to Charlie Jacoby about her love of the countryside and shooting sports. She talks about what she gets judged for. Do you think it’s being black, being a woman or how she shoots? Find out […]

Firearms licensing: the police view – FieldsportsChannel Podcast, episode 78

Three firearms licensing officers came to the stage of the Carter Jonas Game Fair Theatre in July 2023 to make the case to Charlie Jacoby for how well they are doing. You may agree or you may disagree with them. They are Chris Downs from the Metropolitan Police, Adrian Davis from Warwickshire Constabulary and Paul […]

GL43: what went wrong? – FieldsportsChannel Podcast episode 77

DEFRA’s crisis over general licences is helping to kill the rural vote for the Tories. Charlie Jacoby had two chats with BASC staff Gareth Dockerty, Ian Bell and Dr Marnie Lovejoy on the stage at the Carter Jonas Game Fair Theatre in July 2023. Between them, they explain what GL43 is, how the system of […]

DEFRA failure: GL43 and gamebird release The anger in the countryside is palpable. It came to a head at the 2023 Game Fair, when Tory MPs lined up to criticise DEFRA, not Labour. DEFRA secretary Thérèse Coffey didn’t even turn up (we replaced her with a cauliflower). Meanwhile, Labour environment spokesman Daniel Zeichner was surprisingly positive about shooting sports. Click […]

The 2023 Game Fair: home of the fieldsports fightback The Game Fair 2023 at Ragley Hall was a celebration of the best of British field sports and country life. More than 100,000 people attended  the event in Warwickshire. It was three days of fun for shooters, families, friends and four-legged friends. But storm clouds are gathering for Fieldsports. The threats to the rural […]


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