"But it can actually shoot birds, if you point it in the right direction."
Simon Esnouf is the epitome of the classical English hunter. Read his account of English hunting traditions, and why he uses a shotgun that is almost 140 years old.
Did you grow up with hunting?
"No, when I was a lad I was obsessed with fishing, and didn't know much about hunting. When I got married, we moved to the country, where my parents-in-law had an indoor shooting range, where we could fire air guns and gallery guns. So it was natural to take up shooting, and my first big passion was pistol shooting."
Release the clay pigeons
By Michael Rachlin, Photo: Marc Totten
It's like the perfect British hunting party with check shirts, ties under waistcoats and shooting glasses pushed up over a flat cap. And the Land Rover's tailgate is barely down before a glass of champagne or sloe gin, hunting and shooting stories and cheerful smiles are broken out.
It is only the absence of dogs and the time of year – since we are still in late summer – that reveal that we haven't come to see a parade of pheasants, partridges or any other game.
Created on the ground of the forest
By Michael Rachlin
Seeland has created its own camouflage from the ground up. A completely new camouflage for hunting in spring and summer.
It's the spring sun dazzling the eyes. It's the low sun exposing plants and animals in the landscape as sharp contours against the ground of the forest and the trees. This bright sunlight and contours make it a particular challenge for hunters to stalk deer or for gamebird shooters to hide in thickets.
The antlered buck, magic and the shot not fired
By Jonas Andersen
This is the story of a novice hunter's first deer hunt and a special meeting with one particular buck. No shot fired and no parade of game – but enriched by a meaningful experience.
Ragout with pappardelle
Ragout is the perfect way to cook shoulder and neck meat. In Tuscany, where game is very popular, they serve this ragout with pappardelle – the broad flat pasta. Pappardelle is the original hunter's pasta. Old-time hunters always had a lump of pasta dough in their hunting bag. They rolled the pasta out on a stone and cut it into wide strips with their hunting knives. There may well have been a ragout like this one simmering over the camp fire. Serve it with good pappardelle
Saddle of venison with coppa
Unlike the other meals here, saddle of venison requires a bit more precision. It's all about the temperature. If you're not a real habitué of meat cooking, it may pay to use a meat thermometer. Saddle of venison must be served pink. Overcooked, it acquires a liver-like taste.
We've chosen to use coppa, which is made in the same way as Parma ham, but uses meat from the shoulder. It has a deeper, more refined taste, and goes well with game. If you can't get coppa, use Parma ham, pancetta or bacon.
Ten hunters to follow on Instagram
The perfect shot does not always involve powder or lead. Hunting is a visual experience, and Instagram is the ultimate visual social media. Here are ten different Instagram profiles worth following for a hunter.
"You'll never regret a shot you don't take"
Over several decades, Jakob Brøste has built up his hunting proficiency along lakes and watercourses, and in forests and thickets. He describes his best hunting experiences and the good hunting advice he has received.
250 shots with Jesper Hansen
In the late spring of 2016 Seeland held a competition. The rules were that by shooting clays in the Seeland Skeet Shooting game and signing up, you participated in a prize draw to win a Skeet waistcoat and a shooting lesson with former world champion and Olympian skeet shooter Jesper Hansen.
All about elk hunting in Sweden
By Michael Rachlin
This is one of the major classical hunting experiences in Sweden. The elk is the world's largest deer and naturally the jewel in the crown of deer hunting. For many hunters, Sweden, with its very healthy and well-regulated stock, is the number-one place to go elk hunting.
Annually, around 100,000 elk are shot in Sweden – and this level has been stable since the 1980s. For Swedish hunters, elk hunting is an annual tradition and a skill that is often passed down from one generation to the next.
A hunting heritage
By Michael Rachlin
Three generations going out hunting together is pretty extraordinary. In the Knibbs family in England's Warwickshire, it’s bound up with a lifestyle and attitude towards nature that gets passed down from one generation to the next.
Mark Knibbs was no more than four years old when he was allowed to go hunting with his father and older brother. Mark tried to keep up, to keep quiet and, above all, to avoid any false moves with the empty single-barrelled gun.
Seven of literature's greatest hunters
Sources: Professor Jørn Boisen and Birthe Hofmann, both of the University of Copenhagen, Wikipedia
Hunting always makes a good story - from small hunting-club anecdotes to unforgettable narratives. Here, we present seven of the greatest hunters in literature, for cosy winter reading, or to pass on to others, as proof that you know your classics.
Milliseconds in slow motion
Text: Michael Rachlin
Photo: Das Büro for DIF (the National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark) and Team Danmark
It's all about hunting for the Danish skeet shooter Jesper Hansen, who in August will be shooting for gold at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
"It's like it's all happening in slow motion."
This may seem a rather surprising way to describe a sport that gives you less than a second to hit a clay target spinning through the air at around 100 kilometres an hour.
Guide: Jointing a goose
There is plenty of food in a a goose, and perhaps even more than you would think.