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Shooting Times & Country

21-Aug-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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glorious grouse

The Twelfth this year was up there with the very best days I’ve had in the field (see p.16). The weather was wet and the going was tough but as I lay in the bath that evening, I had that tremendous sense of satisfaction that comes from working hard to bring home a brace. The total bag was seven and it was a joy to see one of the Guns shoot his first grouse. “Tust to be out on the Twelfth, seeing them fly across the moor, is simply amazing,” Peter Haining told me, in awe, as one of the Labradors ran out to pick his bird. After my bath, I headed to the sheep shed to pluck one of the birds. I always think that grouse are best simply roasted with…

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grouse shooting damages environment, says labour

The Labour party has called for a review of driven grouse shooting. In a press release timed to coincide with the opening of the grouse shooting season, the party said it was “calling for the review in light of extensive evidence that driven grouse shooting causes substantial environmental damage”. The release went on to make a series of inaccurate claims, including that moors were drained annually to prepare them for shooting, that culling mountain hares was illegal and that muirburn increases the risk of wildfire. In fact, grouse moors have blocked thousands of kilometres of drains in the past 10 years, mountain hares are legally managed under the provisions of the Wildlife and Countryside Act and controlled burning reduced the risk of severe wildfire. “With all the environmental issues facing the world,…

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record hen harrier fledges

It has been a record breeding year for England’s hen harriers, with 47 chicks fledged from nests across the country. Eleven of the 15 successful nests were on land managed for grouse shooting, emphasising yet again the importance of grouse moors to hen harriers. The total beat the previous record, set in 2006, by a single chick. The success of this season now means that, despite the Beast from the East and this year’s wet spring, the total number of chicks fledged in the past two years is greater than were fledged in the previous five years put together. The birds also bred in a wider variety of areas, with successful nests in Northumberland, Yorkshire, Lancashire and Derbyshire. Dr Adam Smith of the GWCT said: “More hen harriers better distributed has been our…

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golden eagle in trap mystery

Gamekeepers from estates in Grampian have joined the hunt for a golden eagle that appears to have trap attached to its leg. The bird was photographed by a tourist with what appeared to be a Fenn or spring type trap on its left leg. The photograph was passed to the police who appealed for information. The picture was taken near Crathie, which is on the border of HM The Queen’s Balmoral estate on Deeside. The poor resolution of the picture and the very long range at which it was taken make the details unclear. This has led some people to suggest that the bird was carrying the trap in its talons, presumably with the intention of eating its contents rather than having been caught by it. However, keen to resolve the issue, 15…

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to do this week

FISHING Try a hopper. Hoppers are flies that imitate the long-legged insects which abound in the late summer. Fished dry or wet near the surface on a summer evening, they can be deadly for brown and rainbow trout. Hoppers have a reputation for pulling trout up from the deeps, so you don’t need to wait for rising fish before trying them out. SHOOT Phone round the beaters. With the partridge season fast approaching and pheasants only a few weeks further off, it is time to rally the troops. An evening spent ringing round will let you check who will be available to beat and pick-up this season. This information will help to avoid any nasty surprises at the last minute.…

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muirburn study is turned to ash

The influential EMBER study, which has been widely used to criticise grouse moor management, has been questioned in a newly published scientific paper. The article published in the Journal of Applied Ecology looks at the way the scientists behind the EMBER study reached their conclusions. The EMBER (Effects of Moorland Burning on the Ecohydrology of River basins) study claimed that “heather burning on moorland, which is practised predominantly to support red grouse populations for gun sports, has significant negative impacts on peat hydrology, peat chemistry and physical properties, river water chemistry and river ecology”. “The EMBER project… has a series of statistical inadequacies” The authors came to the conclusion that burning had a severe negative effect on peat, drying it by lowering the water table and releasing pollutants that are trapped in it.…

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