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Shooting Times & Country 18-Dec-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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gift of an idea

A friend who works in a London gun shop says business has been a tad slow. He puts it down to the increase in people buying ‘experiences’ as Christmas gifts rather than jackets or guns. I was reminded of this recently when contributor Richard Negus revealed he had invited the local Labour candidate out shooting and the man had accepted. I wonder whether we should all be following Richard’s lead this Christmas by giving a local worthy, who hasn’t tried fieldsports, a shooting outing. I am continually delighted by the efforts of readers to conserve endangered species and the habitats they live in. I can only imagine that if more decision makers got to see this themselves — and perhaps took a brace of birds home for the table — it would…

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call for harder deer cull

Environmentalists have called for even harder culls of Scotland’s deer, despite evidence that culling has already intensified and that the deer population is stable. However, a native woodland expert has hit back, accusing the country’s environmental charities of “undermining progress through misrepresentation of information and false messaging”. The report, Assessing progress in deer management by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), found that the overall red deer population trend over the past 20 years “highlights that culling rates have been sufficient to stop population increase and potentially reduce the population”. It went on to report that “2017-2018 saw the highest reported deer cull of red deer in Scotland”. “The targets could not have been met because there no way of verifying what was happening” The reported cull of all species was up by 19 per cent on…

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few game birds ingest lead

Spanish scientists have found few examples of game birds ingesting lead shot and even fewer of increased lead levels in the birds’ organs. The experts from the University of Madrid studied woodpigeons, rock doves, feral pigeons, stock doves, European turtle doves, red-legged partridges, Barbary partridges and common quails from rural and urban areas in Spain. They examined the contents of the birds’ crops, gizzards and intestines and took liver samples. Out of 530 birds examined, 5.6 per cent were suspected of ingesting lead shot, while an even lower percentage, 4.8 per cent, were found to have increased lead concentrations in their livers. Despite the low numbers of birds that were found to have swallowed pellets, the scientists found that there was a connection between the amount of hunting in an area and the…

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basc calls for extra time on general licence consultation

BASC has published its response to the Defra consultation on the future of the general licences in England. In the response published on its website, BASC asked Defra to extend the current licences by 12 months as there had been insufficient time for the consultation, which has been disrupted by the general election. It also called for Defra to trust the information from shooters who have practical experience of managing wildlife. Controversially, BASC has also argued that Defra should consider including ravens on the general licence, arguing that their population is growing and that there is evidence this is affecting both livestock and wildlife. It has also suggested that dark-bellied brent geese, goosanders, mergansers and cormorants should be considered for inclusion on future licences. Caroline Bedell, executive director of conservation at BASC, said: “As an…

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to do this week

BUY If you have joined the exclusive Shooting Times Woodcock Club by shooting a right-and-left at woodcock you are eligible to join the dinner in aid of GWCT woodcock research. Sponsored by Seeland, it will be held at the luxurious Savile Club in London on 19 March. Simon Hart MP, also a member of the club, is guest speaker for the event and some thrilling sporting lots have been put together for the auction. To buy tickets for the dinner visit po.st/STWCdinner ALERT Police in the south-west are asking locals to keep a close eye on two vehicles suspected of being involved in deer poaching. The vehicles are a black Suzuki Vitara, registration Y*** NYA, and a Black Audi A4, registration GU05 ***. If you see either in a rural area at night or…

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events diary

26 DECEMBER BOXING DAY HUNT MEETS Find a local meet po.st/BoxingDayHunt 21 JANUARY GAME MEAT HYGIENE COURSE Lark Valley Training Blyth Road, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8EN larkvalleytraining.co.uk 23 JANUARY CHANCE TO MEET NEVILLE BROAD Talk by UK salt-water flyfishing champion Neville Broad, Orvis, Regent Street, London. Free admission 7 FEBRUARY GWCT ESSEX SPORTING BALL Braxted Park Estate, Witham, Essex georgejones@ newneyhall.com 22 FEBRUARY LADIES’ CLAY SHOOTING DAY Dovey Valley Shooting Ground, Llanwrin events.basc.org.uk/events01244 573029 28 FEBRUARY GUNSMITHS’ EVENING The Jockey Club, 101 High St, Newmarket CB8 8JL gwct.org.uk/events 18 MARCH BASC WILD BOAR CERTIFICATE Marford Mill, North Wales events.basc.org.uk…