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The Country Gent Podcast

If you love fieldsports, whisky and the great British countryside, this is the show for you. With a guest interview and a whisky tasting in every episode plus news and analysis/general ramblings from Rob and Nick, there’s something for everyone.

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Stoneycairn Gundogs – Gundog Training, Field Trialing, Working Dogs

In this episode of The Country Gent Podcast, we talk to Simon and Kate of Stoneycairn Gundogs. As full time gundog trainers and pickers up, they give us an insight into what life is like living and breathing all things gundogs. They were both very generous with their time and knowledge so we managed to cover an awful lot including How to select a gundog puppy and what to look for in the advert When you should start training The pros and cons of the different gundog breeds How the training should be tailored to the dog’s personality How to approach the first shoot day with your dog The difference between training for working and field trials Gundog diet We also discuss what their schedule looks like during the shooting season and how it’s way of life as opposed to a job. If you want to learn more about Stoneycairn Gundogs, visit their website or message them on Twitter. They offer gundog training sessions in groups, 1-1 and residential training. They also run a sporting agency so if you’re looking to buy some shooting, get in touch – https://www.stoneycairnsporting.com/ The whisky featured in Malt of the Month is the Scallywag Cask Strength No.1. This is marked as discontinued at the usual online retailers although Master of Malt do have the 2nd edition available (it’s released annually). As mentioned in the show though, it looks like Amazon still have a bit of stock of the 1st edition at the time of writing. The free resource mentioned in the podcast is the audio download of Greg Dillon telling us how to properly taste and appreciate whisky. This is a bonus not to be missed! You can get it here. In the 8th part of the Monarch of the Month series, our resident historian tells us all about King Henry VII. Enjoy the show. The post Stoneycairn Gundogs – Gundog Training, Field Trialing, Working Dogs appeared first on The Yorkshire Gent.

1hr 10mins

24 Aug 2017

Rank #1

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Northern Shooting Show – Deer Stalking, Hunting, Clay Shooting, Airguns

In this episode of The Country Gent podcast, we talk to Richard Stokoe, one of the founders of the Northern Shooting Show. The first show last year was a massive success and the second year is going to be even better with more exhibitors drawing an expected larger crowd. Richard tells us how the show came to exist and why it went down well but also discusses some of the challenges associated with putting on an event of this size. As always we ask about Richard’s own shooting and discuss the image problem thats shooting sometimes can have. Advance tickets for the show are only £10 – you can buy them from the Northern Shooting Show website. Here are some of the things you can expect from this year’s show: Indoor and outdoor areas Clay and air rifle shooting competitions Shooting simulator Bushcraft area with demos on knife making, survival skills and foraging Artisans and classics pavilion with demos on traditional skills such as stock making and taxidermy Deer focus area Plenty of shopping opportunities with many of the biggest brands in the shooting industry having a presence at the show The whisky featured in Malt of the Month is the Laphroaig Select. Widely available and very reasonably priced, this lovely peaty whisky from Islay is a must have for your cabinet. The free resource mentioned in the podcast is the audio download of Greg telling us how to properly taste and appreciate whisky. This is a bonus not to be missed! You can get it here. In part two of the Monarch of the Month series, our resident historian tells us all about what happened following the death of William the Conqueror and gives us a quick run down of the three subsequent monarchs. Enjoy the show. The post Northern Shooting Show – Deer Stalking, Hunting, Clay Shooting, Airguns appeared first on The Yorkshire Gent.

57mins

1 Apr 2017

Rank #2

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Jim Barrington – Fox Hunting, Animal Welfare, The Hunting Act, LACS & Rewilding

In this episode of The Country Gent Podcast, our guest is animal welfare consultant Jim Barrington. You can read Jim’s writing on his blog or find out more about the Countryside Alliance at their website. The post Jim Barrington – Fox Hunting, Animal Welfare, The Hunting Act, LACS & Rewilding appeared first on The Yorkshire Gent.

1hr 37mins

8 Nov 2018

Rank #3

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Rob Smith, Author of The North Country Fly: Yorkshire’s Soft Hackle Tradition. A History of Spiders and How to Tie and Fish Them

SHOW NOTES COMING SOON! To learn more about Rob and his work, visit his blog here: http://theslidingstream.net/ His (highly recommended) book can be bought from Amazon. The post Rob Smith, Author of The North Country Fly: Yorkshire’s Soft Hackle Tradition. A History of Spiders and How to Tie and Fish Them appeared first on The Yorkshire Gent.

1hr 15mins

3 May 2018

Rank #4

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Shaun Porter Part 2 – Gear, Rifle Calibres and Hunting Ethics

In episode 45 of The Country Gent Podcast, we welcome back the brilliant Shaun Porter. In a very different interview to part 1, we discuss gear, rifle calibres, preparing for an overseas hunting trip and also hunting ethics. Also on the show, we try the 12 year old Royal Lochnagar which brings back some (mixed) memories for Nick… The post Shaun Porter Part 2 – Gear, Rifle Calibres and Hunting Ethics appeared first on The Yorkshire Gent.

1hr 45mins

1 Nov 2019

Rank #5

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Diggory Hadoke – Big Game Hunting in Africa, Trophy Hunting, Poaching, Conservation, Piers Morgan & Vintage Guns

Links/resources mentioned in the episode One of Diggory’s appearances on Good Morning Britain: The IUCN report which was mentioned. Dallas Safari Club. Safari Club International. Diggory’s company Vintage Guns. The post Diggory Hadoke – Big Game Hunting in Africa, Trophy Hunting, Poaching, Conservation, Piers Morgan & Vintage Guns appeared first on The Yorkshire Gent.

1hr 15mins

6 Sep 2018

Rank #6

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The Somerset Hunters – Pigeons, Deer, Foxes, and Cider!

In episode 46 of The Country Gent Podcast, our guests are The Somerset Hunters. We discuss their life in fieldsports, how they got into it and what it looks like now, their Instagram account and the thought process behind it plus some of the challenges facing the shooting community. Also on the show, we cover some of the latest news and try the Laphroaig Four Oak. The post The Somerset Hunters – Pigeons, Deer, Foxes, and Cider! appeared first on The Yorkshire Gent.

1hr 46mins

22 Nov 2019

Rank #7

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Sam Griffin – Pigeon Shooting, Decoying, Woodpigeon Behaviour & Sports Coaching

Links you need: SG Shooting on Facebook & shooting_sam on Instagram. The post Sam Griffin – Pigeon Shooting, Decoying, Woodpigeon Behaviour & Sports Coaching appeared first on The Yorkshire Gent.

1hr 17mins

16 Aug 2018

Rank #8

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Charlotte Hill – Falconry: Keeping and Hunting with Birds of Prey

Show notes coming soon! To learn more about Charlotte and CJ’s Birds of Prey visit their website: http://cjsbirdsofprey.co.uk/ The post Charlotte Hill – Falconry: Keeping and Hunting with Birds of Prey appeared first on The Yorkshire Gent.

1hr 7mins

12 Apr 2018

Rank #9

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Robert Everitt – Shotgun Cartridge Q&A

In this episode of The Country Gent Podcast, we welcome back Robert Everitt of Hull Cartridge for a Q&A session. We also taste the Lagavulin 16 Scotch whisky and learn about Simon de Montford in the history feature. The post Robert Everitt – Shotgun Cartridge Q&A appeared first on The Yorkshire Gent.

1hr 39mins

14 Mar 2019

Rank #10

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Steven McGonigal – Hunting in Ireland, Lurchers, Teckels & Longnets

In this episode of The Country Gent Podcast, our guest is Steven McGonigal – professional rabbit catcher and longnetter in Ireland. Steven tells us about his professional life in rabbit control and also his personal interests in wider fieldsports and working his dogs. Find out more about Steven via his website and if you’re interesting in reading his book, it can be found on Amazon. The post Steven McGonigal – Hunting in Ireland, Lurchers, Teckels & Longnets appeared first on The Yorkshire Gent.

1hr 45mins

31 Jan 2019

Rank #11

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NYMMO – Upland Gamekeepers, Shooting Estates, Moorland Management, Countryfile Live

In this episode of The Country Gent Podcast we interview Tina of NYMMO – the North York Moors Moorland Organisation who’s aim is to promote the positive aspects of shooting estates and moorland management. We discuss why and how the organisation was started, what’s involved in the running of it and some of the initiatives that are currently ongoing. Tina also tells us about some of the conservation benefits that come with moorland management and proud the gamekeepers are of the red listed species that are doing well on the moors because of the predator control and habitat management work they undertake. Tina tells us about the 2017 NYMMO charity auction that runs from June until the 12th August. 50% of the proceeds go to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance which is a fantastic cause and a service which is vital to remote areas such as the North York Moors. There are some great lots and if you want to get involved, keep an eye on their Facebook page. For more information about NYMMO and the great work they do, visit their website. The whisky featured in Malt of the Month is the Talisker 57 Degrees North. This is a stunning whisky from the Isle of Skye – listen to the podcast to hear our great reaction to flavour profile bursting to life once we added water to the dram! You can buy it here from The Whisky Exchange. The free resource mentioned in the podcast is the audio download of Greg telling us how to properly taste and appreciate whisky. This is a bonus not to be missed! You can get it here. In the Monarch of the Month series, we continue going through the monarchs and in this episode we kick off with Richard II. Enjoy the show. The post NYMMO – Upland Gamekeepers, Shooting Estates, Moorland Management, Countryfile Live appeared first on The Yorkshire Gent.

54mins

13 Jul 2017

Rank #12

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The Pace Brothers of the Into the Wilderness Podcast – Deer Stalking in Scotland, Hunting in Africa and Europe & Hunting Filmmaking

In this episode of The Country Gent Podcast, our guests are the Byron and Darryl Pace AKA the Pace Brothers, founders of Pace Productions and the brilliant Into the Wilderness podcast. We chat about their background, the podcast, their production company and why they founded the UK’s first hunting film festival. They also share some tips on how to get started in deer stalking – rifles, equipment and finding opportunities to go stalking. We also discuss: The current public perception of fieldsports in the UK How the shooting and hunting community can get smarter at telling people what they do and why they do it Terminology and how we in the UK are different to the rest of the world in how we refer to certain fieldsports Hunting abroad Deer management Stalking in Scotland The wonderful people and places that hunters get to experience To learn more about the guys and their work, the following links are a good place to start. The Pace Brothers website Pace Productions Into the Wilderness Podcast – iTunes (iPhone/iPad) or YouTube In the Malt of the Month feature, we’re into part three of the mini series all about whisky production. In this episode, David Wood tells us about all about barley and the process of malting and smoking to add peat phenols. In the Monarch of the Month feature, we learn all about King Charles I and Charles II. Enjoy. The post The Pace Brothers of the Into the Wilderness Podcast – Deer Stalking in Scotland, Hunting in Africa and Europe & Hunting Filmmaking appeared first on The Yorkshire Gent.

1hr 32mins

8 Feb 2018

Rank #13

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Rachel Carrie – Being a Female Hunter, Making a Programme with Jodie Marsh, Hunting Across the Globe & Much More

In this episode of The Country Gent Podcast, our guest is female hunter, Rachel Carrie. In our hour long conversation, we cover: How Rachel developed a love for hunting from an early age Why she didn’t pickup a shotgun until she was in her 20’s What her domestic and international hunting looks like now The challenges and opportunities associated with building the following she has Cooking with game Her experience of producing a TV show with Jodie Marsh Her views on how the fieldsports community should get out to the world what we do and why we do it If you haven’t seen the TV show featuring Rachel and Jodie Marsh, a digital version can be purchased via Amazon here: Jodie Marsh Goes Hunting You can follow Rachel on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We also bring you Malt of the Month where David Wood, former distillery manager and founder of Distilled Events tells us more about the whisky production process. In the show, Cooper King distillery was also mentioned – their gin can be bought via their online shop. Monarch of the Month returns where we learn all about King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II which concludes the series We may add another history feature at some point in the future but from episode 22, we’ll be moving forward with Malt of the Month and the guest feature. Enjoy the show and don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes or your podcasting platform of choice. The post Rachel Carrie – Being a Female Hunter, Making a Programme with Jodie Marsh, Hunting Across the Globe & Much More appeared first on The Yorkshire Gent.

1hr 30mins

14 Jun 2018

Rank #14

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James McKay – Zoologist, Author, Falconer, Ferreter & Countryman

In this episode of The Country Gent Podcast, our guest is the fascinating James McKay. James is a zoologist, an author, a ferreter, falconer, animal nut and out and out countryman. Also on the show, we bring you another two whisky tastings and the next part of the latest history feature. Links: Whisky 1 Whisky 2 James’ website The post James McKay – Zoologist, Author, Falconer, Ferreter & Countryman appeared first on The Yorkshire Gent.

2hr 14mins

28 Jun 2019

Rank #15

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Richard Bays – Wildfowling, Gamekeeping & Minkhounds

In episode 42 of The Country Gent Podcast, our guest is Yorkshire based shoot owner and wildfowler Richard Bays. Also on the show, we taste an English whisky and bring you more British history with Alan. Links you need: BASC’s wildfowling section ‘The English – Smokey’ whisky The post Richard Bays – Wildfowling, Gamekeeping & Minkhounds appeared first on The Yorkshire Gent.

2hr 11mins

30 Aug 2019

Rank #16

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Jim Stewart of Longthorne Gunmakers – English Made Guns, Modern Engineering & Sourcing Talent

Full show notes coming soon! Links you need: Longthorne Gunmakers Whisky 1 Whisky 2 The post Jim Stewart of Longthorne Gunmakers – English Made Guns, Modern Engineering & Sourcing Talent appeared first on The Yorkshire Gent.

2hr 20mins

7 Jun 2019

Rank #17

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Shaun Porter of Global Outdoors – Hunting in Africa, Australia and Alaska

In this episode of The Country Gent Podcast, our guest is Shaun Porter of Global Outdoors. Shaun tells us all about his adventures in Africa, Australia, Alaska and his epic trip to the American deep south. Also on the show, we try the Balvenie 14 Year Old Carribbean Cask and Rob’s muntjac stalk has finally happened – was he successful? The post Shaun Porter of Global Outdoors – Hunting in Africa, Australia and Alaska appeared first on The Yorkshire Gent.

2hr 19mins

11 Oct 2019

Rank #18

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The Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club – Getting Ladies into Clay & Game Shooting, Pheasant Hunting in the US

In this episode of The Country Gent Podcast we chat with Victoria Knowles-Lacks, the founder of The Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club. 6 years ago, Victoria decided to quit her day job and go full time with her quest to get more women into shooting. To date, her organisation The Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club has introduced over 10,000 women to shooting sports. With around 1,000 members, the S&CBC run clay and game shooting events across the country, host an annual conference and also run the Ladies National Shooting Day. We discuss her background, what the triggers were for starting the club, how it’s got to the size that is has, what a typical day now looks like, what the future holds and much much more. As well as talking about the club, we also discuss: Her recent hunting trip to the USA How vital shooting organisations are to the future of the industry Positivity on social media To find out more about the S&CBC, visit their website or follow them on social media – Facebook & Twitter. As mentioned in the episode, if you’re looking to improve your clay or game shooting, get our free ebook – The Fundamental Building Blocks of Successful Shotgun Shooting. The boots we have on test at the moment are the Meindl Dovre Extreme GTX from Raygill Clothing. We’ll be putting these through their paces over the winter and a full review will be published on the site in the new year. If you’re in the market for a premium pair of boots for your shooting or any other outdoor activity, initial impressions of these are great so they’re definitely worth a look. The Malt of the Month is the Aberlour 10 – a great value and readily available whisky. It’s available from most supermarkets or you can buy it online. Enjoy the show. The post The Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club – Getting Ladies into Clay & Game Shooting, Pheasant Hunting in the US appeared first on The Yorkshire Gent.

55mins

5 Oct 2017

Rank #19

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Sarah Read – Gamekeeping, Land Management, Predator Control, Moorland Conservation

In this episode of The Country Gent Podcast we interview Sarah Read of the National Gamekeepers Organisation. We find out about some of the responsibilities of a gamekeeper and what the future holds for the industry. We also discuss: Sarah’s background and how she ended up working with the NGO The background to the organisation, how/when it was formed, what is stands for and how it represents it’s members The differences between lowland and upland keepers The benefits of gamekeeping and game shooting to the rural economy How managing the land for game shooting is having a massively positive impact on (in some cases red listed) ground nesting and wading birds The bad press that gamekeepers can sometimes receive, how fair it is and the NGO’s stance on wildlife crime Gamekeeping apprenticeships and how people can move into gamekeeping as a career Management of the landscape in the UK and the responsibility that comes with it The positives and negatives of social media The future of gamekeeping and why now is the time to celebrate the great work that gamekeepers do Follow Sarah on Twitter. The whisky featured in Malt of the Month is the Longrow CV which is essentially the peated version of Springbank/Glengyle. The bottle we tasted seems to have become hard to get hold of but Master of Malt have what they simply call ‘Longrow Peated‘ and in the description they say that it’s essentially the Longrow CV. The actual bottle we tasted in this episode can be found here. The free resource mentioned in the podcast is the audio download of Greg telling us how to properly taste and appreciate whisky. This is a bonus not to be missed! You can get it here. In part two of the Monarch of the Month series, our resident historian tells us all about what happened following the death of King John in 1216. If you enjoy the show, we’d really appreciate if you could subscribe, rate and leave a review on iTunes. Find out how with our super quick and easy guide. The post Sarah Read – Gamekeeping, Land Management, Predator Control, Moorland Conservation appeared first on The Yorkshire Gent.

56mins

1 Jun 2017

Rank #20