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Shooting Times & Country


Since its launch in 1882, Shooting Times & Country Magazine has been at the forefront of the shooting scene. The magazine is the clear first choice for shooting sportsmen, with editorial covering all disciplines, including gameshooting, rough shooting, pigeon shooting, wildfowling and deer stalking. Additionally the magazine has a strong focus on the training and use of gundogs in the field and, because it is a weekly publication, the magazine keeps readers firmly up-to-date with the latest news in their world.

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beware the greys

From the kitchen came an unusually foul-mouthed cry. It was clear something momentous had happened. Then out of the hallway window I spotted the cause of the shock — a large grey squirrel was loping across the garden. In many parts of the country, such an incident would be of no significance. But it was the first time any of us had spotted a grey in this rural part of south-west Scotland. As is rarely the case when such an opportunity presents itself, I had a gun in my hand because I was packing up to shoot ducks that evening. Dropping two cartridges into the chambers, I tore outside and chased the beast towards the log shed. As soon as I had a clear view, I fired and a blur of grey…

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lead shot is shown to be a major cause of bird deaths

Spent lead shot significantly weakens the immune systems of wild birds and is a major cause of death, according to a newly released scientific paper. The paper entitled Immunotoxic effects of lead on birds was published in Science of the Total Environment. The harmful effect of spent lead shot on birds has been known for some time and has led to bans on its use over wetlands in Scotland and for duck and goose shooting in England. Several European countries have also introduced restrictions on its use. Birds are known to accidentally swallow lead shot as part of their feeding behaviour, mistaking it for grit that they swallow to aid digestion. Previous studies have found that lead poisoning can be a serious problem for wild birds, especially waterfowl. Additionally any scavengers that eat…

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poult release restrictions

The release of game birds near some protected sites will face restrictions following a legal challenge by activist group Wild Justice. Defra has decided that releasing game birds must be assessed as a ‘plan or project’ when it takes place on or around protected sites. Defra said in a statement: “In response to a pre-action protocol (PAP) letter from Wild Justice, Defra accepted in principle the annual release of non-native game birds can be considered a ‘plan or project’ requiring appropriate assessment within the meaning of the Habitats Directive.” As the review only affects Special Protection Areas and Special Areas of Conservation, most game bird release sites will be unaffected. Where birds are being released on and around protected sites, shoot operators can continue as normal while the review is conducted. A spokesman for…

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bid to ban wildfowling fails

A petition to ban wildfowling in Findhorn Bay has been rejected by Moray Council. The bay, on Scotland’s east coast, has been the site of an ongoing dispute between wildfowlers and a number of residents, who claim the shooting is disruptive. Since the petition and a counter-petition were submitted in 2015, the council has been trying to mediate a solution but patience has finally run out. The chairman of Moray Council’s economic development and infrastructure committee, Cllr Graham Leadbitter, said council staff and external bodies had tried to find a resolution. “There’s a limit to how long we can continue to support that process and still deliver other council priorities. As such, this morning councillors rejected the petition as we can’t dedicate any more resources to this.” Dr Colin Shedden, BASC Scotland director, said:…

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to do this week

WATCH Look out for migrant birds and consider changing feeding on flightponds. The arrival of wintering teal, wigeon and mallard will mean additional ducks on many ponds. While this may mean additional shooting opportunities, it also means extra mouths to feed. Keep an eye on your pond and, if numbers rise significantly, think about increasing feeding accordingly. Giving newly arrived birds a break until they have had a rest may be worth considering. CHECK As the weather gets colder, rats tend to congregate in and around buildings where shelter and food are more readily available. Precautionary poisoning is not recommended for controlling rats; however, legal traps properly set and monitored can give an early warning of new arrivals. If numbers start to build, a local terrier pack will be happy to help thin…

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events diary

19 SEPTEMBER BASC SOUTH-EAST LADIES’ DAY Bedford Sporting Targets, Knotting Lane, Riseley 21-22 SEPT THE ROYAL BERKSHIRE SHOW Thatcham, Berkshire 28-29 SEPT SOUTH YORKSHIRE SHOOTING SHOW AND GAME FAIR Doncaster Racecourse, Leger Way, Doncaster, Yorkshire 1 OCTOBER IMPROVE YOUR GAME-SHOOTING DAY Barbury Shooting School, near Barbury Castle, Wiltshire 17 OCTOBER SHOTGUN AND CHELSEA BUN CLUB LADIES’ SIMULATED GAME DAY Chagford, Devon shotgunand chelseabunclub.co.uk 26 OCTOBER ANGLING TRUST FISHERIES ENFORCEMENT WORKSHOP The Vista Hall, St Nicholas Road, Spalding, Lincolnshire anglingtrust.net…