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Shooting Times & Country

02-Dec-2020

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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United Kingdom
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Future Publishing Ltd
Fréquence:
Weekly
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1 min.
flight of my life

Some days ago, I achieved something I’ll always remember. At 4.30pm, just as dusk was giving way to dark, I shot a right-and-left wigeon four fields over from home. The sporting feat was a delight in itself but where it happened is what made it special. I was flighting with my neighbour Martin Phipps over three of his trout ponds. Martin runs his fishery as a commercial venture but he has always been keen to encourage youngsters into the sport and to facilitate anglers with mobility issues. When I was a boy, practising my casting on those ponds, I wouldn’t have believed you if you’d told me I’d one day achieve a right-and-left wigeon there with a shotgun all of my own. As we stood chatting after the flight had ended, it…

2 min.
will a shake-up of air rifle laws put off youngsters?

A rumoured proposal that a licence would be introduced for air rifles in England has not been included in a consultation from the Home Office. However, air rifle owners look set to be subject to a number of other changes. The alterations to the law on air rifles are among a raft of changes being consulted on. These include strengthening the security requirements for high-energy rifles, changing the law around ammunition components and requiring anyone operating a miniature rifle range to have a firearms certificate and to meet storage requirements. The proposals concerning airguns are likely to be the most significant for shooters. One of the ideas being consulted on is “to remove the exception that allows young persons who are at least 14 years of age to have unsupervised possession of…

1 min.
shooting after lockdown

A full range of shooting activities can start again from 2 December, according to BASC. Both outdoor sports and physical activity can resume in England from that date, regardless of the changes to the system of ‘tiers’, which were being debated as Shooting Times went to press. All shoots will still be required to be conducted in a COVID-19 safe manner. BASC England director Dan Reynolds said: “It has been a frustrating couple of weeks for the shooting community, not least because there was genuine confusion around the date on which shooting could resume. But the Government has now cleared that up and we are looking forward to getting back on 2 December. “Based on the latest guidance, driven shooting will be free to resume in England. While we await final news of…

1 min.
danes end use of lead shot

Denmark is to phase out all lead in hunting ammunition. The announcement came in a joint statement from the Danish Hunters Association (FACE) and environment ministry. In the statement, Marie-Louise M Achton-Lyng, chairman of the weapons committee of FACE, said: “As a green interest organisation, it’s essential for us that our passion for hunting doesn’t pollute nature. Denmark was the first country in the world to ban the use of lead in gun shot. We were the first country in the world to require biodegradable wads in shotgun cartridges and now we’ll also be the first country in the world to ban the use of leaded rifle ammunition for hunting.” Tom Cameron, senior lecturer in ecology at the University of Essex, told Shooting Times: “I welcome this move from Denmark and would…

1 min.
to do this week

SHOOT Walk the edges and scuffy bits for a woodcock. An afternoon with a dog and a few wild birds is the very essence of shooting. With the woodcock migrants now here, it is a pleasure that can be enjoyed by anyone with access to even a small piece of rough wooded ground. A dog will be essential to pick your bird and a hard-hunting spaniel will certainly be a great help too. DOG Think about how you will get your dog warm and dry after water work. Retrieves from cold water can be hard on a dog, especially when the air temperature is low or the weather is wet and windy. Make sure you have a way to warm up and dry off a cold, wet dog.…

2 min.
labour mp calls for ban on moor burning

Leading politicians have made the case for using controlled cool burns to manage vegetation in the uplands during a debate at Westminster Hall. The debate was brought by Sheffield Hallam MP Olivia Blake, who claimed that moorland burning was a ‘destructive practice’ and called for a ban. Ms Blake cited the support of data produced by the RSPB, despite a recent Shooting Times investigation finding that, as recently as 2019, the charity recruited a staff member whose duties included burning vegetation on peat soils (News,28October). Ms Blake’s fellow Yorkshire MP Robert Goodwill was the first to make the opposing case, telling MPs about the importance of controlled burning in preventing much more damaging wildfires. Mr Goodwill cited the example of Saddleworth: “Indeed, Saddleworth Moor — a moor that has not been managed…