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Shooting Times & Country 30-Oct-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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ladies first

Last week on the first frosty day of the year — in the West Country anyway — I was back gunning on one of the most spectacular drives I’ve shot in some time. The topography wasn’t dramatic and the wind wasn’t blowing but keeper Tames Mouland had things down to a fine art. As the beaters tapped their way through the woods, pheasants trickled out and rocketed upwards. I have always thought the role of a back gun is to try to finish off anything that somebody in the line pricks. That morning, however, I was redundant. Forty yards ahead of me, Sue Booth was making tidy work of anything that flew towards her. As we headed for elevenses, I asked how long she’d been shooting. “Only about three seasons,” she replied…

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basc in £37,000 boost for let’s learn moor project

Efforts to get schoolchildren out on the moors of northern England have been given a boost with £37,000 of legacy funding from BASC, which will keep the programme going for three more years. Earlier this year the Let’s Learn Moor programme got 1,400 schoolchildren from upland communities out and about at seven moorland locations in the north of England. The youngsters met representatives from more than 30 different organisations, including the RSPB, the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the police, estate owners and farmers. The events, which were held in Yorkshire, Lancashire, the Peak District and the North Pennines, were based on grouse moors and coordinated by the regional moorland groups. Tina Brough of the North York Moor Moorland Organisation (NYMMO), which co-ordinated some of the events, told Shooting Times: “Let’s Learn Moor is…

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pheasant boost for charity

Yorkshire pheasants are helping to make money for good causes thanks to a French-themed bistro in North Yorkshire. Luc Daguzan, chef patron at Le Bistro Des Amis in Skipton, has teamed up with local shooting enthusiast Bob Middleton to deliver delicious meals while helping a local riding charity. Bob explained: “When the shoot lost its game dealer last year we were left in a quandary as to what to do with the many birds surplus to the shooting parties’ own requirements. While at Le Bistro I asked Luc if he could make use of them. He readily agreed, like myself feeling it would be a tragedy if the birds went to waste.” At the end of the 2018-19 shooting season, Le Bistro, which had taken delivery of roughly 1,500 pheasants, staged a post-season…

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packham visit sparks protest

A talk by Chris Packham at the Royal Hall in Harrogate has been met with protests by members of Yorkshire’s moorland communities. The protest, organised by the Campaign for the Protection of Moorland Communities (CPMC), was supported by more than 100 people from rural communities. The protesters sang and waved placards in protest against the TV presenter, who is a prominent critic of all forms of shooting, particularly grouse shooting. A spokesperson for the CPMC said: “The moorland management system which grouse shooting sustains creates a unique landscape that encourages rare and endangered wildlife, as well as being the foundation of the area’s rural economy. “This is reinforced by clear scientific evidence, which is too often wilfully ignored by our opponents. The facts are very clear: without grouse shooting these areas would lose millions…

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to do this week

COOK Give some birds away. If your friends and neighbours have never tried game before, get them started by offering them a couple of birds. Plucking and drawing can be daunting for people who have never tried it, so an oven-ready bird or a package of legs and breast might be the best way to get them started rather than a whole bird in feather. MEDICAL Talk to your vet about kennel cough. Kennel cough can be a real problem for gundogs, which often travel in crowded conditions and work on a number of different shoots. It is well worth a quick phone call to your local vet to see if they are seeing much kennel cough and taking their advice on getting your dog vaccinated.…

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first woodcock returning to uk

The first returning woodcock have begun to reach the UK. Reports from bird watchers show a small but significant increase in numbers of the birds in the week of the October full moon. While birdwatchers’ reports were overwhelmingly from England, birds seemed to be being spotted in greatest numbers in northern and eastern Scotland. “Peak arrival of birds is expected around full moon in November” Shooting Times contributor Megan Rowland, who lives and works in Sutherland, reported seeing six of the birds on the estate where she works, and a little farther south, Donald Ross, who farms in Easter Ross, reported five birds feeding on grassland and arable fields. A small number of birds have also been seen in Perthshire, Stirlingshire and the Lothians. Birds have also begun to show up on Welsh…