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Shooting Gazette February 2018

Shooting Gazette is the ‘local paper’ for the global shooting community, and is put together by people with a burning passion for the sport. Driven game shooting's finest journal reflects the pure thrill of standing on the peg on a crisp winter's morning. Stunning photography and the best writers in the field ensure the sumptuous pleasure of shoot day is represented in all its glory every month. With the leading gundog section in the sport and a wealth guidance on every aspect of shooting, from where to shoot and how to be a better shot, to buying a gun and etiquette, no stone is left unturned.

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from the editor

February poses a number of interesting quandaries for the game shooter. With the driven season now over, do the shotguns go back into cabinets for a well-earned rest, or are they straight out to the gunsmith for a service? Does the shooter start thinking about the pigeons in their local area or are they more concerned with those of the clay variety with an instructor at their elbow? The extremely organised amongst you will already be thinking about next season and therefore be harassing shooting friends for spare dates in the diary or the deposit they swore they’d have ready by now. Which category do you fall into? In this issue we have next season firmly on our minds. John Walker examines the role sporting agents play in bringing the best…

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don’t miss this month

Retirement can be a daunting prospect for many, especially gamekeepers whose personal and professional life may have evolved around only one or just a handful of shooting estates. The question of what to do with their time, and whether they can still be of use at their old workplace are just two areas examined by Simon Lester, a gamekeeper of 40 years who hung up his tweeds recently. His thoughts, and those of his peers, make for interesting reading. Gamekeeper retirement 52 The eyes of the retriever world were glued on Lancashire at the beginning of December for the 2017 IGL Retriever Championship, and with good reason. The field was littered with the numerous championship handlers and a strong field of dogs that proved themselves with the quality of their work over…

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keepers serve up game meat to 600 homeless people at christmas

Angus and Grampian gamekeepers gave more than 600 homeless and vulnerable people a freshly cooked meal of local game over the festive period. Members of the Angus Glens Moorland Group and Grampian Moorland Group delivered oven-ready pheasants and partridges, as well as fresh venison and rabbit, to several care, family and community causes. The “Game for Giving” bags, provided by the keepers, included pheasant or partridge, along with vegetables, Christmas puddings and mince pies. Lianne MacLennan, co-ordinator of both the Angus Glens and Grampian Moorland groups, said: “The moorland groups, which comprise gamekeepers, shepherds, estate staff and their families, have been collaborating with local charities for some time. “It is not solely a Christmas initiative, but there are particular requirements at this time of the year and the members have been delighted to get…

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new maps launched to combat raptor persecution

New online maps have been launched to help the fight against raptor persecution. The maps were developed by the Raptor Persecution Priority Delivery Group (RPPDG) and detail incidents involving the shooting, poisoning and trapping of birds of prey. Currently covering the period between 2011 and 2015, North Yorkshire was identified by DEFRA as a priority area, with the highest number of incidents (39) taking place there. Wildlife minister Thérèse Coffey MP announced the maps and praised the role of shooters in combating raptor persecution: “These maps highlight hot spots across the country for crimes against these precious birds, building on the valuable work conservation and shooting organisations are already doing to help protect iconic birds of prey.” BASC’s acting chief executive Christopher Graffius said: “These maps should be a wakeup call for those who…

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incidents of wildlife crime in scotland have fallen

Scottish wildlife crime has reduced by eight per cent in the past year, according to recent government figures. Recorded offences dropped to 261 in 2015-2016, down from 284 the previous year. Fish poaching remained the most common form of wildlife crime, but had dropped by 26 per cent on the year before. Offences relating to birds had also declined to 46 reported offences from 49 the previous year, as did those relating to deer — down to 13 from 24. Crimes involving hunting with dogs, however, more than doubled, up to 44 offences from 20 in 2014-2015. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We welcome the report and the direction of travel that shows incidents of wildlife crime decreasing with each passing year. We share the view of environment…

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charities unite to reverse the decline of curlew

The GWCT and Curlew Country have teamed up in an attempt to reverse the decline of the endangered wading bird. Breeding curlew numbers dropped by 48 per cent between 1995 and 2015, and this new partnership aims to provide advice to farmers, gamekeepers and others on the best way to help the species in their area. Amanda Perkins, project manager at the Shropshire and Welsh Marches-based conservation project Curlew Country, said: “We are absolutely delighted to announce this partnership. Curlew Country’s trailblazing work on low ground curlew and GWCT’s Action for Curlew complement each other well and I am looking forward to working even more closely with the GWCT as we have a similar approach to much of our conservation work.” GWCT Wales chairman Nick Williams added: “Curlew Country is an example of…