Archive for the ‘Hunting dress’ Category

’40mm or 1 5/8″ wide grosgran jaquard ribbon with tan goatskin runner leather ends and hand polished brass fittings.’ – $70.00 US-Dollars


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…hiatus I am back in action.

Here’s the latest. Fully rebuilt a 1972 Triumph Trident. New three piece tweed suit, just in time for summer?

How is everyone doing?

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For over seventy years, this family has been producing the world’s finest socks.

Scott-Nichol is a traditional manufacturer of hand made socks for both; men, and ladies. All socks from Scott-Nichol come with a hand-linked toe making them virtually seamless and a joy to wear because of their superior comfort and fit. All socks are made in Leicestershire, England.

Contact – +44 800 652 4356

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Anyone shoot water fowl? I do. I use a side-by-side SKB and a U/O H&H Royal. I love my guns, use the best oil, after all they are hand me downs for the next generation of Pearsons. What do I keep them in? There is one maker of custom built cases, and he’s based in the UK.

Here are some examples of his work

If you’re in New Zealand, shoot us an email and we’ll get you a quote. Allow weeks for delivery and supply is very very limited.

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The hunting code. Something that mustn’t be trifled with. A long standing tradition dictates what one may and may not wear on a hunt. Here is a little information on that cool english hunting jacket –

Firstly: Gentleman who have been awarded their hunt button may wear red hunting coats or tails.
IT is a great honor to be awarded a hunt button. Wearing a red coat means you may; ride alongside the field master (if invited to do so, of course.) The bright red jacket also shows you possess great skill and prowess in the field.



For those of us who have not been awarded their hunt button; an autumn hunt dictates that one may wear a tweed jacket. This should be Harris (since it is hard wearing.) Traditionally, this is the time when young hounds learnt to hunt their quarry, so historically a person’s first autumn hunt is an important event.



The formal hunting dress is different again.  First worn at the opening meet and continues throughout the season until the end of The Cheltenham Festival after which time “ratcatcher” is re-adopted. There are slight differences for men and women and those who have the privilege of wearing the “hunt button” dress slightly differently again, as do the Masters.


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I was sent a text yesterday from the person i’d ordered these from – stating that they were in from Scotland and ready to collect! They will be getting their first real test next week as I embark on a camping trip and maybe some shooting in the North Island of New ZEALAND

Aren’t they just awesome??

Cheerio for now!

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Style of waterfowl shooting.

Looking back to a time, a time long since past, one gets oh so sentimental. The British explorer, back in the day when men were men, women were feminine and animals were to be hunted, would don his safari uniform, all khaki – and head off into the wide expanse of the desert in search of his next trophy. He set off in style.

One could argue that the Gurkha pant was a blunder rather than a stylistic blessing. It was high risen, and looked terribly unflattering on most men of average build. However, when donned with the right jacket and hat, accompanied by the hunter’s great .357 H&H rifle, it looked so simple, yet so stylistically perfect – not to mention the uniform as a whole was highly practical.

Here military men are seen in full desert combative dress, note the particularly high risen waistline of the Gurkha short.

For our purposes, though, let’s take a look at the style of the waterfowl hunter. The British have always been particularly fond of dressing well. The dress-code of a fox hunt, for example, is a good way of seeing how the men, and now women, pride themselves on the appearance of their dress and their horses. Unlike the big-game hunter, the wing shooter must be ready to cross hills, grass, and low-land areas and sometimes tramp through ponds and marshes.

Essential items, and essential knowledge for your next hunting trip to the clay ground or the invite only wing shooting event.

Firstly, join a club and talk to people – this will lead to an invite. There should be a waterfowl club or clay shooting organisation near you. This is particularly true if you live in the countryside.

Secondly, learn the ropes i.e. shooting etiquette. Loyton Lodge in the United Kingdom is a good example of a place to start – especially if you plan on shooting with an invite only shooting party.

Thirdly, make sure you are equipped with the appropriate attire. A lot of what you purchase for your next shoot can be used in both country and urban environments. Below you will find a top down list of essential items with photographs and pricing. Items that you’ll need to get the most out of your shooting experience!

The Cap.
95 GBP (British pounds) buys you a Bentley Tweed Cap by famous hatters Lock & Co. The cap oozes with englishness. Gone are the days when a cap made  man, this was especially true for wing shooters. Stylish in the city, especially warm in the winter, and light enough – yet hardy enough to throw about during the summer, a tweed cap is an absolutely essential part of your shooting kit.

The Binoculars.
180 GBP will buy a pair of wonderful Rebel 10X42 binoculars by Redfield. They are hard wearing, and made in England – which means they are of exceptional quality for the price.

The shirt.
Just 60 GBP will buy a lovely Beretta shooting button-up/long sleeved shirt. It is exceptionally well made, and reeks of tradition and class. The company itself has been around since 1526. We know how the British like their traditional clothing and handmade garments. Alternatively 65 GBP will buy you a similar button up by Barbour, if you want to go English instead of Italian.

The Beretta

The Barbour

The Jacket.
This is an important part of your outfit, almost – if not equally – as important as your choice of footwear. 229 Pounds will buy you a Tweed Jacket by Barbour. This was tested and featured in this months Shooting Gazette. It’s both stylish, hard wearing and VERY warm. Here, take a look

Tweed is coming back in a big way! The following photographs show how tweed can add a sliver of sophistication to any ensemble – in both urban and country settings

If you love tweed and want to read about, salivate over and buy tweed, then visit the TweedVixen’s blog – there’s a link to her site on your right – on the blog roll.

For 160 GBP, you can buy a very hard wearing, good looking, warm and comfortable pair of Checked Tweed pants by Orvis. The Thornproof pants are perfect for wing shooting, especially upland – where the birds are leading you through blackberry, gorse and thorn infested farmland. Check them out

Do not skimp on socks or footwear. I know it’s tempting – save some money – spend less, right? Don’t think of it that way. For centuries the British shooter has relied on socks such as the St James Sock and Garter by Beretta. For 70 GBP, you can get a pair of both socks and garters. They are made from New Zealand wool. They are extremely warm, very VERY hard wearing and do dry quickly, should your Wellys fill with water.

I love writing about boots and shoes. Simply because they serve a single purpose. They know what their purpose is, the only thing left to do with boots or shoes is to improve the way they do what they do. Hunter Wellingtons have been around for yonks. They provide the hunter and farmer with a stylish yet very comfortable solution to wet and cold feet. For as low as 50 GBP you can purchase a pair of Hunters, we recommend the Balmorals. They are designed to give the shooter a maximum amount of foot support – so he can navigate uneven terrain, pass through water and weather storms, only to come out the other end looking good and feel as snug as a bug in a rug

Let us know what you think old chap! What do you wear, when hunting waterfowl? Do you own any of these items? Send us a review and receive a 10 dollar voucher to use in our online store – that will be opening shortly.

Though I did suggest a good pair of binoculars, I will not be starting any articles on guns and other essential hardware for the shooter until next Tuesday.

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