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Shooting Times & Country 03-Jul-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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splitting hares

When I was a teenager, I used to beat on grouse moors with my terrier. Her understanding of the task at hand let her down but her enthusiasm never faltered. Most mornings, she would spot a hare on the horizon and bound away over the heather in hopeless pursuit. Readers will know that hares thrive in such places, partly because they eat the heather and partly because commercial afforestation has reduced their habitat. But, sadly, all is not well. Beyond grouse moors, on unkeepered ground, mountain hares are in trouble. Intensive farming and the destruction of their habitat is driving localised decline. Last week in Scotland, Alison Tohnstone, a Green Party MSP, introduced a bill to bring an end to hares being shot on sporting estates, something that is undertaken because…

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wild justice tactics unveiled

Documents obtained by Shooting Times have cast new light on the withdrawal of the general licences in April and on Wild Justice’s determination to force a costly legal action. The paper trail includes copies of Wild Justice’s application for judicial review, together with the legal correspondence between Natural England (NE) and Leigh Day, the law firm representing Wild Justice. In a letter dated 13 March, NE said it thought Wild Justice’s legal argument was correct and promised a review process “as a matter of urgency”. “Wild Justice has been able to claim up to £35,000 in costs from Natural England” NE asked Wild Justice to drop its challenge, saying: “It is our hope that the proposed claimant does not commence legal proceedings at this stage. To do so would be costly both in…

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mystery disease hits salmon

Salmon returning to Scottish rivers are being affected by a mystery disease. Scientists are working to identify the illness, which begins with bleeding or ulceration on the belly before progressing to fungal infection and death. So far the river Helmsdale in the north-east of Scotland has been the worst affected, with one outbreak killing more than 100 fish. However, outbreaks have been reported from other rivers in Scotland, including the Garry. The disease has not yet affected English rivers but the Atlantic Salmon Trust has urged anglers to be vigilant. “It is incredibly important the fish are screened for pathogens, and to do this they must be kept alive until a fish health inspector can examine them,” it said in a statement. “If you do catch one of these fish, follow biosecurity protocols and…

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basc elects new top team

BASC members have elected a new chairman and vice-chairman. Eoghan Cameron, a self-employed rural project manager from Aberdeenshire, has been elected to the top job. Eoghan takes over from Peter Glenser, who has chaired the organisation for 10 years. Eoghan said: “Peter is a tough act to follow – he certainly met his own challenge of leaving BASC in a better place than when he took over as chairman. “There are some fantastic challenges in front of us and I am not underestimating the work that needs to be done in the months and years ahead,” he added. Council member Claire Sadler has been elected vice-chairman. Business lawyer Claire is the first woman to be elected to the role of vice-chairman.…

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to do this week

BUILD Mink tend to be more mobile in the spring and early summer as they seek new territories. If you don’t currently have mink, this is the most likely time for them to show up. A mink raft will let you see if your river or pond has unwelcome visitors. Instructions on how to build and use a raft can be found on the GWCT website. BUY With the weather warming up, the grass is growing fast. A few spare spark plugs and air filters could make all the difference to keeping strimmers and hedge-cutters running, which in turn can keep rides and riverbanks in good order. Instead of being held up by long mail-order delays when you need them, order a few in now.…

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events diary

7 JULY GUNDOG RETRIEVING CHALLENGE Burgate Manor, Fordingbridge, Hants gwct.org.uk/events 10 JULY SHOOT WALK Godmersham, Kent gwct.org.uk/events 11 JULY SHOOT WALK AND BARBECUE Cranborne, Dorset dorset@gwct.org.uk 24 JULY SCOTLAND YOUNG SHOOTERS DAY GWSDF Auchnerran, Aberdeenshire gwct.org.uk/events 2 AUGUST HIGHLAND FIELD SPORTS FAIR Moy, Inverness-shire moyfieldsportsfair.co.uk 2 AUGUST THE QUEEN’S ANNUAL CHARITY CLAY DAY Sandringham Estate holtsauctioneers.com…

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