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Shooting Times & Country 27-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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make a difference

By the time this issue lands on your doormat, we will be in the midst of that glorious period between Christmas and New Year when time seems to stand still and shooting is at its very best. As well my annual tradition of wandering out in my pyjamas to try to shoot a snipe over my terrier, it is a time of year that I like to spend lying on the sofa, thinking about the 12 months to come. I have never been particularly bothered about resolutions but shooting could with a bit more support. Little things each of us do can be tremendously effective in garnering public love. Regular readers will remember me writing that there are more than 600,000 people in this country who hold a shotgun certificate. If every…

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cancelling the shooting show cost liverpool £5m

Cancelling the Great British Shooting Show Liverpool cost the city £5million, according to an email obtained by Shooting Times. The show was cancelled in October after the intervention of city mayor Joe Anderson. The Great British Shooting Show had been the subject of a petition that inaccurately claimed it would feature trophy hunting exhibitors. The email from Bob Prattey — chief executive of ACC Liverpool, which runs the Exhibition Centre Liverpool — to the mayor was obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by Shooting Times. “Local media said it was a non-story as trophy exhibitors were never going to be in our show” In the message, Bob Prattey makes a passionate defence of the decision to accept the booking and warns of the losses that would be caused by its cancellation. He…

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gwct in licence response

The GWCT has published its response to the Defra consultation on the general licences for England. The response was based on a survey completed by more than 3,000 members and supporters, including almost 200 gamekeepers and 500 farmers. The survey collected information on the species controlled by respondents, why control was necessary, and the effectiveness of alternative methods. The overwhelming majority of respondents said they had personally witnessed damage from crows, rooks, magpies and jays. They also observed that non-lethal controls were frequently found to be ineffective or impractical, and reported that many local populations of pest birds were growing. Roger Draycott, head of advisory services at the GWCT, said: “The survey provides a wealth of new practical information from the people who actually use the general licences as part of their everyday land…

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new wildlife crime penalties

BASC, Scottish Land & Estates and the Scottish Gamekeepers Association have all welcomed proposals for tough new penalties for wildlife crime in Scotland. A new bill proposed by the Scottish government will mean offenders could face fines of up to £40,000 and jail sentences of five years for the most serious wildlife offences. Speaking to the Scottish Parliament’s environment, climate change and land reform committee, gamekeeper Les George described the proposed new penalties as “game changing”. He also spoke in favour of allowing police officers to deploy covert cameras to catch wildlife criminals, but sounded a note of caution, telling the committee: “I have had people filming my house and my family members caught on camera. Our fear is that it will encourage vigilantes to do more illegal camera work.” BASC’s political officer…

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to do this week

CHECK From April 2020 there will be significant changes affecting anyone who uses spring traps for stoat control. Fenn traps will no longer be legal and a use of one of a suite of alternatives will be compulsory. Check now that you have an adequate supply of legal traps to reduce the risk of an interruption to trapping in the spring. CHECK Liaise with farmers about pre-lambing fox control. With spring just a couple of months away, now is the time to talk to farmers about keeping numbers down. A bit of time spent in daylight identifying lambing fields and any features that will constrain or enable shooting will pay dividends when the time comes.…

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events diary

12 JANUARY GLAD RAGS & CARTRIDGE BAGS – LADIES’ CLAY DAY Pittodrie House Hotel, Inverurie mhairi@jommevents.com or call 07841 393155 12 JANUARY F1 CHALLENGE 100 SPORTING COMPETITION Riseley, Bedfordshire angela@sportingtargets. co.uk 16 JANUARY LADIES’ INTRODUCTION TO DUCK FLIGHTING Chelmsford, Essex basc.org.uk/events 18 JANUARY YOUNG SHOTS WILDFOWLING INTRODUCTION Blakeney Harbour Room Blakeney, Norfolk Kerry Ellis 07500 609163 19 JANUARY GAME MEAT HYGIENE COURSE Calton Moor Range, Swinscoe DE6 2BU nationalgamekeepers. org.uk/events 7 FEBRUARY INTERMEDIATE DEER COURSE (IDC) Thoresby Estate, Nottinghamshire basc.org.uk/events…