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Shooting Times & Country 20-Nov-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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because we care

“It’s a sin,” said the picker-up earnestly. We were talking about that most divisive of topics, driven ducks. I didn’t fully agree with him. We’ve all seen examples of flaccid fat quackers that don’t want to lift from a pond but when driven ducks are done well, they can be spectacular. On a walked-up day some weeks previously, I heard another difference of opinion. A friend suggested a shoot lunch should always consist of game, but a local farmer argued that such a practice is tokenistic and the game market isn’t going to be reinvigorated by a few syndicates eating partridge pie. Perhaps they both had a point. It is often said that those who shoot spend their whole time at loggerheads. “Why can’t we just support each other?” someone asked me…

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terms of welsh licence will threaten ‘iconic’ wild birds

In another blow to the conservation of Great Britain’s wild birds, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has announced further restrictions on the use of general licences to control avian pests and predators (News, 11 September). Unlike the licences issued for other parts of the UK, the Welsh ones were already restricted to being used to protect red and amber-listed birds. Responding to an inquiry about licence GL004 by the National Gamekeepers Organisation (NGO), NRW said: “The licence is only valid when eggs and chicks are present, and the licence cannot be used all year round.” This blocks year-round strategic control of corvids and other pest birds in Wales. NGO chairman Liam Bell said: “It is absolute madness not to allow GL004 to be used in advance. Catching canny corvids takes many months and if…

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export law to affect uk sport

Defra has opened its consultation on the import and export of hunting trophies in the UK. The online consultation, and a call for evidence, is the first step in a new regime of controls that the Government announced in October’s Queen’s Speech (News, 23 October). The decision to include the export of trophies has changed from prior proposals that only covered the import of trophies hunted overseas. The move to include exports in the controls has prompted concerns that the export of antlers and mounts taken by hunters from overseas during stalking in the UK may be restricted. This would negatively affect the attraction of the UK as a hunting destination. In the US, proposals to limit hunting trophy imports under the Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large Animal Trophies Act narrowly…

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shoot and chill your venison

If you want your venison to be tender and juicy, chilling but not freezing produces the best results, according to a study by Polish scientists. Unlike most previous studies, which have focused on farmed meat, the scientists tested the meat from 15 wild fallow does shot by hunters. Loins and haunches from the animals were either chilled or frozen and thawed before testing. The team from the Poznan University of Life Sciences measured the tenderness, redness and pH of the meat. Both regimes brought the meat into the optimum pH range, which significantly increased its tenderness. However, the scientists found that freezing caused the meat to have more ‘free water’, which is lost during subsequent processing. The chilled venison retained more water in the ‘bound’ form — it stayed juicer. While the laboratory…

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to do this week

Don’t be over tidy in the garden. GARDEN Many gardeners like to “put the garden to bed” at this time of year but seed heads can provide valuable winter feeding for birds, rough patches can shelter hibernating hedgehogs and leaf litter is brilliant for invertebrates. FISH Watch out for migrating fish. Salmon and sea trout will be running into the headwaters of rivers at this time of year and waterfalls can offer spectacular views of them leaping. There are numerous well-known viewing spots, such as the Falls of Shin in northern Scotland, but many smaller streams will have fish running them if you take the time to look.…

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hare numbers up in new scottish trial

A report released on the opening day of the grouse season last year claimed that the Scottish mountain hare was in severe decline due to culling on grouse moors (Hares today, gone tomorrow, 29 August 2018). This claim was met with disbelief by land managers and was challenged by a subsequent piece of science that showed healthy hare populations on many moors. Now a more robust counting methodology has been introduced. Ross Macleod, of the GWCT, explained how the surveys are conducted using a smartphone app: “The method sets up 400-hectare survey sites, called tetrads, in which there are four 2km-long transects. Between September and December, one to two hours after dusk, when mountain hares are most active, these transects are walked and the number of hares seen recorded. “Data is entered into…