Archive for June, 2014

Lead: AHEAD OF THE GAME.

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Lead: AHEAD OF THE GAME.

Lead.  No aspect of Shotgun Shooting fascinates and frustrates sportsmen quite so much as the question of “Forward Allowance” or “Lead”. Eavesdrop on any conversation at a Clay Shoot or after a drive on a Game (wing) shoot, and often as not someone will be discussing how much lead the target should be given. And […]

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After the Hunt-Today’s Art

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After the Hunt-Today’s Art

After the hunt we usually dress, cook and eat our game.  But for centuries, dating clear back to Roman times and before, the results of a day in the woods was a favored subject for art.  The Classical Era used fish and game still life artwork as a subject in their mosaic floors, as shown […]

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Better Shooting with Keith Coyle

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Better Shooting with Keith Coyle

Better Shooting: READY FOR ACTION! Better shooting being our goal we continue on with the topic of “Perfect Practice Makes Perfect”, seen in last week in The Sporting Gentry, where we have started to look at the basic skills required to create that perfect shot, having established and I hope “practiced” the correct method of […]

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Braising, From the Simple to the Sublime.

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Braising, From the Simple to the Sublime.

Braising, the art of cooking something for a long period at low temperatures, is one of my favorite techniques.  It can be as simple as throwing a few ingredients together and setting them in a crock pot (not my favorite method!) to the subtle blending of flavors found in classic oso bucco or Boeuf de […]

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Shooting with Keith Coyle

Filed in Our Shooting Coach by on June 16, 2014 3 Comments
Shooting with Keith Coyle

Today I want to welcome Keith Coyle to The Sporting Gentry.  Keith is our new Shooting Coach and as his introduction shows, a very qualified one.  Additionally he is an outfitter of safaris for both birds and big game.  Going on safari is a dream many of us have but too many forgo.  Don’t do […]

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Gun Dogs, How do We Live Without Them?

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Gun Dogs, How do We Live Without Them?

Gun dogs and hunters share a bond from time immemorial.  Wolves may have inserted themselves into our firelight as scavengers but it can’t have been too long before they started following the band’s hunters and being what they are, would have joined in just as soon as they figured out what the humans were up […]

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British Doubles: In Praise of the Extractor Gun

Filed in The Gun Room by on June 10, 2014 0 Comments
British Doubles:  In Praise of the Extractor Gun

British Doubles–the phrase calls to mind squires and peers clad in tweed and tall green Wellington boots stand in line shooting at driven pheasant, grouse or woodcock.  Inevitably, the grand names come to mind. Boss, Purdey, Holland & Holland, Dixon and all the others that only rock stars and cyberlords can afford are the British […]

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Lobster Cioppino from Southern California

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Lobster Cioppino from Southern California

Lobster cioppino?   Why lobster cioppino?  If you ask any San Franciscan, The City is the home of California’s native fish soup, cioppino. They may be right. Certainly the Portuguese and Italian fishermen who settled there brought their old tradition of dropping any unsold seafood into a pot and cooking it up into something delicious. However, […]

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I Cook Therefore I Am

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I Cook Therefore I Am

I cook.  Everyone in my family does.  My wife is a fine cook.  My son graduated chef’s school.  My daughter prefers to go out but she is good in the kitchen when necessary.  Both my sisters are excellent cooks, my nephew cooks and one niece is even a professional pastry chef.  As a family putting […]

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Fish Chowder, Improved

Filed in The Gentrys Pantry, The Sporting Angler by on June 1, 2014 0 Comments
Fish Chowder, Improved

Fish Chowder is the inland answer to New England’s and New York’s justifiably famous clam chowders.  And no, I’m not going to get drawn into some silly argument about which is better.  I like them both–New  England when it’s wet and gloomy outdoors and New York when I’m running around in shorts and an aloha […]

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