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Shooting Times & Country 15-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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highland caper

Last week I went on something of a busman’s holiday to the Highlands. On Friday, I drove through unseasonable snow to go and visit Ewen Archer, the headkeeper at the Seafield estate. Seafield is home to more than 20 per cent of the country’s capercaillie population and to say that Ewen takes his custodianship of the species seriously would be a mammoth understatement. Each year, he walks every inch of the estate’s fencing and covers it in markers. This makes it visible to the birds and ensures they can avoid fatal collisions. “The capercaillie will never be shot again,” he said. “We are conserving this bird for the nation.” As we drove, Ewen told me that last year, footage of hare shooting on the estate had been sent to the press by an…

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defra takes over licensing

“The present situation needs to be considered with particular intensity and urgency” Defra has taken over the power to issue general licences from Natural England as the chaos following their revocation continues. In a letter to Natural England chair Tony Juniper, environment secretary Michael Gove said he was taking control because of “the scale of interest and concern that has been generated by the decision to revoke; and because my judgement is that the present situation needs to be considered with particular intensity and urgency”. The move will allow Defra to bring its much larger number of staff and budget and the legal powers of the minister to bear on resolving the problem. Welcoming the news, BASC chief executive Ian Bell said: “We hope that this intervention by Mr Gove represents that he…

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deer fight caught on camera

An Oxfordshire stalker has captured dramatic footage of a mature roebuck fighting a yearling. Hugh van Cutsem was stalking with a companion at about 8.30pm when he heard a deer screaming. Speaking to Shooting Times, he said: “My first reaction was that the deer was caught in wire or that there was a dog there. We then saw a five-year-old buck boring away at something and twigged what was going on. He came out of the hedge and stood looking pretty pleased before he went off to chase a doe. The youngster then staggered out of the hedgerow in a bad way, holding his head down very low. There is no way he would have survived so we shot him at about 60m. “You hear of the ferocity of these things at this…

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to do this week

BID The British Deer Society’s (BDS) annual internet auction starts on 17 May and is being run on eBay. Lots include two days’ stalking for sika stags in Inverness-shire, including accommodation; a week’s flyfishing on the upper river Findhorn; a muntjac buck/doe stalk on the north Norfolk coast; a day on the pheasants and woodcock in Perthshire; and three days’ stalking in Ross-shire. Money raised will support the BDS’s work to ensure a healthy and sustainable deer population in balance with the environment. To see the lots available visit po.st/BDSauction. SIGN Do you check yourself for ticks after a day in the field? Every shooter and stalker must, as there are around 3,000 new cases of lyme disease every year in the UK. Sufferers can be off work for weeks or months and many…

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snh ignores rhd threat to hares

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is still issuing licences to kill brown hares out of season, despite confirmation that a variant of rabbit haemorrhagic disease, RHD2, has crossed the species barrier to other lagomorphs. “Eight licences allow about 800 hares to be killed out of season” In response to a Freedom of Information request from Shooting Times, SNH confirmed that “there have been no changes to licensing procedures”, despite the new health threat to the animals. Unlike in England, brown hares in Scotland are fully protected during a close season, which runs from the beginning of February until the end of September. During this period, they can only be killed under licence. In 2018 SNH issued 26 out-of-season licences for more than 1,400 hares — a slight increase on 2017 when licences were issued for…

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keepers help fight wildfires

One of the biggest wildfires seen in the UK — covering 23 square miles — started in Moray on 22 April and spread quickly due to dry conditions and high winds. Gamekeepers rallied to help extinguish the blaze, boosting the resources of the stretched fire service and bringing specialist equipment and experience of muirburn. Fire chief Bruce Farquharson, chairman of the Scottish Wildfire Forum, said: “The help and support provided by keepers, forestry workers and estate workers was absolutely invaluable.” Alex Hogg, chairman of the Scottish Gamekeepers Association, thanked all the gamekeepers for their work in fighting the fire for more than a week, night and day. He revealed that there had been 120 on call and 50 fighting at any one time. Some anti-shooting campaigners have recently blamed wildfires on grouse moor management…

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