Rural History

Research Article

The Transformation of Lowland Game Shooting in England and Wales since the Second World War: The Supply Side Revolution


a1 Faculty of Humanities, De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH, UK


The history of game shooting since the Second World War might be seen as an enigma. In spite of unprecedented changes to the countryside resulting from the intensification of farming which contributed to a rapid decline in the partridge population, the size of the national game bag increased due to the enhanced popularity of the pheasant as a sporting quarry. This article evaluates the reasons for the expansion of the sport in this period, focusing on the management of the countryside, the evolution of game keeping, the growth of artificial game rearing, and the increasing popularity of game shooting.

(Online publication September 16 2011)