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Shooting Times & Country 22-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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sense, not bullies

I’m sure that like many of you, I contacted Defra last week to submit evidence that will hopefully help them make a sensible decision regarding reissuing the general licences. I was cheered when Michael Gove decided to take over Natural England’s shambles but the news that he is considering making woodpigeon a quarry species, with a close season, is concerning. As Matt Cross wrote (The truth about pigeon damage, 8 May), pigeons consume £75million of oilseed rape every year and they breed all year round. Pigeon shooting is exceptionally testing and the meat is delicious but the bird is a serious agricultural pest and must be treated as such. Those who shoot thousands of birds a year are providing a vital crop protection service. When British farmers are so squeezed, everybody who enjoys…

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the £1,200 individual cost

Thousands of professional and amateur shooters, farmers, keepers and land managers have responded to the Defra consultation on general licences (News, 1, 8 and 15 May). Environment secretary Michael Gove will consider the responses for a week before making a decision on how to resolve the chaos that has followed the withdrawal of said licences (see p.24). A five-minute survey conducted by BASC collected 26,900 results, which were compiled into a 48-page response. The BASC submission began with the recommendation that “Defra reinstates the three general licences that were revoked by Natural England on 25 April as a matter of absolute urgency”. It then set out the case for restoring the licences: “BASC’s survey showed that 96 per cent of respondents had stopped all or some of their bird pest control as…

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fatal canine disease has spread across scotland

The potentially fatal canine disease lungworm has spread to Scotland. The parasite is found in foxes and dogs and, if left untreated, can kill. Afflicted dogs suffer haemorrhages, cardiac and respiratory disease. Dogs become infected by eating larvae in snails, slugs or frogs. University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine found that 10 per cent of snails in local parks were carriers of lungworm. Vet Neil McIntosh of the Abbey Veterinary Group in western Scotland told Shooting Times: “There’s no doubt that lungworm is spreading.” He put its increasing prevalence down to the rise of the urban fox and the spread of slugs and snails in soil and plants. He advised all working dog owners: “A coughing dog may not have kennel cough; it could be lungworm. The parasite interferes with blood clotting, so…

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to do this week

APPLY Fisheries or aquatic students have been invited to apply for the Anne Voss-Bark Memorial Award. The successful applicant will win a week’s work experience at the Westcountry Rivers Trust, learning catchment management and water science from eminent scientists. A two-day flyfishing course is also included, plus accommodation at the Arundell Arms Hotel and £250. Last year’s winner William Davidson said: “I’ll be able to carry these skills with me in my future PhD work related to the promotion of sustainable aquaculture practices.” The closing date for applications is 31 July. For more information email TAKE FLIGHT If you are thinking about creating a scrape or flightpond to attract species such as mallard and teal, start planning now. Contributor Graham Downing recommends the scrape has an irregular margin, with plenty of bays and scalloped edges,…

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ray mears backs conservation title

The GWCT’s efforts to increase understanding of the British countryside have gained a celebrity backer — at a time when other celebrities are slamming shooting and other fieldsports. Woodcraft and survival expert Ray Mears has offered to write a foreword to the new edition of the GWCT’s book, The Knowledge: Every Gun’s Guide to Conservation. The first edition was published in June last year and it has already sold 1,500 copies. “Knowledge is key to valuing and respecting our environment” Announcing the news of Mr Mears’ contribution, the GWCT explained that the book “is aimed at those who take part in shooting, whether they’re a seasoned Shot or new to the sport, and is equally of value to conservationists or people keen to learn more about how the British countryside is managed”. The Knowledge draws…

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events diary

30 MAY LOADERS COURSE Royal Oak, Northampton www.nationalgame 6 JUNE WORKING FOR WADERS DAY Threepwood, Galashiels Tel 0131 370 8150 8-9 JUNE AVALON GUNS OPEN WEEKEND Mendip Shooting Ground, Wells 12 JUNE SHOOT WALK Cathpair, Galashiels 27 JUNE WALES & BORDER COUNTIES HOUND SHOW Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, Powys, Tel 01267 237812 5 JULY FERRET RACING Albury, Tring…