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Shooting Times & Country 08-May-2019

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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making a splash

When I was young, I spent countless hours flicking a fly across a small pond that had been stocked with a few trout. Most of the time, I caught nothing. At first, going fishing without catching any fish seemed a bit of a raw deal but in time, it ceased to matter. The teal that sometimes got up off the water when I arrived, and the geese that circled in spring, looking for somewhere to nest, became just as thrilling as something on the end of my line. The owner of the pond, a keen Shooting Times reader, built another and then a third. I’m not sure if that was where my love of ponds came from but a decade later, when I received my first wage packet, I hired a…

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a countryside up in arms

“Many applicants were unable to download forms and the dedicated email inbox filled up” A last-minute cancellation by Good Morning Britain meant that Chris Packham was able to appear unchallenged on ITV as his campaign group Wild Justice fought to turn around a week of heavy media criticism. A senior BASC officer had been booked to take part in the show but his appearance was cancelled at short notice. Shooting Times understands that the cancellation arose when Mr Packham agreed to give exclusive interviews to Good Morning Britain and the Mirror about his “trial by social media”. Two dead crows were hung at his gate and he received what he described as a serious death threat. In response, Good Morning Britain chose to change the format of the show from a debate to…

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scottish fire service to be trained in muirburn

After a spate of wildfires that ravaged moorland, fire services are turning to the expertise of gamekeepers. Shooting Times spoke to Bruce Farquharson, area manager at the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, who confirmed they were training staff in burning techniques by using information from gamekeepers. “By using back-burning and other techniques, the wildfires can be controlled and extinguished,” he explained. South Wales Fire and Rescue Service began using controlled burning last year and was called in to help with the fires that devastated Saddleworth Moor last summer (News, 25 July 2018). Ross Macleod of GWCT Scotland commented: “The proposal that Scottish Fire and Rescue Service staff be trained in the use of controlled burning seems eminently sensible, particularly to combat risks in areas that are not actively managed.” A spokesman for the Scottish…

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to do this week

PAY Make sure you pay your wildfowling club membership subscription so that the club has its necessary funds. Shooting Times contributor Richard Negus explains: “The money goes towards paying farmers for the sporting rights over grazing marshes and/or buying new land, securing its sporting and conservation future.” APPLY BASC North is looking to support a small number of pond projects. The projects must be located in the region covered by BASC North and involve Young Shots. Duncan Thomas, director at BASC North, said: “Ideally, we would help fund the creation of a pond or scrape, with children assisting in planting and wildlife surveys, then shooting a few ducks during the season.” Contact duncan.thomas@ basc.org.uk for more information.…

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grouse shooting is good for waders

Grouse moors are a haven for breeding waders, a new study has concluded. Conducted by scientists from the GWCT and the RSPB, the research took place on Langholm Moor — the site of a contentious study of the interaction between grouse shooting and hen harriers. The new study focused on the effect of grouse moor management on snipe, curlew, lapwing and golden plover. Numbers of golden plover are down by 23 per cent since 1995 and there has been a reduction in lapwing of 43 per cent over the same period. The steepest decline has been in breeding curlew, whose numbers crashed by 65 per cent between 1970 and 2015. The UK has the world’s most important population of breeding curlew. The scientists found that restoring grouse moor management brought significant increases…

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deer culls needed as more people die in collisions

Deer populations have now risen to 2million — the highest number in the UK for the past 1,000 years, according to the Deer Initiative. Deer are involved in up to 74,000 motor accidents annually, resulting in several human fatalities, says the National Deer-Vehicle Collisions Project. In one such incident on 29 April, the A11 near Norwich was closed after a driver died following a collision with a deer. A spokesman for the British Deer Society said that fallow numbers are a real issue and more deer needed to be shot. Young deer are on the move at this time of year. However, Shooting Times contributor Richard Negus pointed out that deer, particularly fallow, have “prescribed routes they have been using for millennia” and could not be “culled to extinction”. In Germany “deer bridges”are…