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Shooting Times & Country 29-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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europe has it right

Some weeks ago, while wandering through London on my way to a game restaurant, I bumped into some people I knew who were standing outside a record shop. A few minutes later, a beer was thrust into my hand and I was reluctantly convinced to join a lengthy queue. As we moved along, a German voice sounded from behind me: “Your jacket is like for hunting.” I turned to see a smiling girl. “Funny that,” replied one of my friends. Suddenly I felt a little self-conscious. I was standing in the middle of Soho wearing a shooting jacket with a spattering of pigeon blood on it. “My father likes hunting,” she continued. “When I was a child I used to go frequently.” Sticking to my rule of never shying away from talking…

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licences were “unlawful”

Parliament’s Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has grilled key decision-makers at Natural England over its withdrawal of the general licences. In Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has announced that it will be holding a consultation on the general licences this year. Former sheep farmer and committee chairman Neil Parish MP led an intense questioning of Natural England chairman Tony Juniper, his deputy Lord Blencathra and chief executive Marian Spain. The officials revealed they had received clear legal advice that they were acting unlawfully by issuing the licences and felt that they had no choice but to withdraw them. Lord Blencathra described the legal advice as the most “positive and definite” he had ever seen, quoting the advice from a QC who said that the case made against Natural England was “unarguably…

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neutering bitches “trebles urinary incontinence risk”

There has always been a suspected link between spaying and urinary incontinence (UI). Now, new research from the Royal Veterinary College has found that neutered bitches are three times more likely to develop UI. The research also indicates that the females of certain breeds, such as Hungarian vizslas and Weimaraners, are most at risk. Bitches weighing more than 30kg were three times more likely to develop UI than those weighing less than 10kg. Dogs over nine years old also had a higher incidence. Vet Neil McIntosh spoke to Shooting Times about the findings. He advised: “Bitches more at risk of UI do better if they aren’t neutered before their first season. However, if there is a family history of mammary tumours, consider neutering before then because the risk then drops to around zero.” He…

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panorama puts scottish government on the hook

The Scottish government has been criticised by the Scottish angling community for doing little about poor practice in salmon farming, following the Panorama documentary Scottish Salmon Farming Exposed. Archie Ferguson, president of the Scottish Anglers National Association, told Shooting Times: “Fish farms will do what they do if they get away with it; it’s the government and environmental agencies who need to answer questions.” Andrew Graham-Stewart, director of Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland, said: “The Scottish government’s Fish Health Inspectorate has in the past five years served only two enforcement notices relating to the failure to control sea lice on fish farms.” George Goldsmith, who runs a sporting estates and property business, commented: “In Norway they have a more thoughtful way of farming salmon and their catch return seems to be better. The…

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to do this week

SHOOT How happy were you with your shooting performance last season? This time of year is perfect for getting an expert to assess your shooting technique to see what can be improved upon. “Don’t let last season’s problems carry over into the next one,” advises Mark Heath, an instructor at the West London Shooting School. His colleague Paul Gendall adds: “Lessons can help to improve gun mount and timing, reinforce safety and maintain the foundations you’ve built up in the season.” CHECK As the weather gets warmer, daytime tyre pressure goes up, causing expansion. As a result, older tyres with cracks or splits are more prone to punctures and blowouts — which you really don’t want to happen when you are up in the hills. Check the condition of any tyres on your vehicles, ATVs…

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yorkshire water rejects shoot ban

Yorkshire Water has resisted calls from campaigners to ban grouse shooting on its land. When asked to respond to the campaign, the water company pointed to a statement on its website which said that ending shooting “would be counterproductive”. “A decision to ban shooting would put all this progress at risk” In an attempt to force Yorkshire Water to ban shooting, campaigners erected “warning signs” on moorland, distributed the email address of the company’s chief executive and organised mass visits to “monitor” traps and snares on grouse moors. They also promoted an online petition calling on the company to ban grouse shooting, which attracted more than 125,000 signatures. However, the reliability of online petition sites, which use email marketing techniques and social media to encourage people to sign, has been called into…

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