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Shooting Times & Country 02-Sep-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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1 Min.
every little helps

Good but could do better. That was the takeaway from a paper published recently by Natural England on the ecological consequences of releasing gamebirds. Pleasingly, the sentiment echoes what most of our readers have been saying for a long while. The report makes it clear that if reared pheasant and partridge shoots were to go, benefits such as habitat management and the food provided for songbirds would be lost. It ain’t rocket science but it’s important that it’s said at a time when people are making hay out of attacking our sport. But it is also important we look at the report as a whole. Overstocking birds, for example, is highlighted as problematic. The essential question is could we be doing more? I am very conscious that I’ve just cleared a pond…

2 Min.
good news for fowlers as resident birds doing well

As the wildfowling season opens, resident geese and duck are likely to produce most of the early-season sport. August ended with a period of wet and windy weather as a succession of Atlantic lows hit the country. However, they delivered south-westerly winds and mild temperatures rather than the northerly and northwesterly winds that propel flocks of migrating geese. The weather in Iceland and Greenland remained stubbornly warm, with Reykjavík recording temperatures in the mid-teens and Ittoqqortoormiit on Greenland’s east coast a few degrees above freezing. “Early summer weather during lockdown has given resident duck a good few broods” Satellite-tagged birds appear to be waiting for conditions to worsen on their breeding grounds and for winds to veer far enough to favour migration. The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust’s tagged greylags showed little movement, sticking to…

1 Min.
keeper dies in quad tragedy

A gamekeeper has died in a quad bike accident. David Taylor was at work on the Muckrach estate on Speyside when the accident took place. The alarm was raised by his fiancée Christie McInnes, and police, fire service and ambulance personnel all attended the scene, along with an air ambulance. However, they were unable to save David, who was declared dead at the scene. The 27-year-old, who was a third-generation keeper, leaves an 11-month-old son, also called David. Alex Hogg, chairman of the Scottish Gamekeepers Association, said: “This awful news has shaken the gamekeeping community. The whole family is held in such high regard. “To lose young lives in this way is just beyond words. It is almost impossible to imagine the pain being felt just now by everyone connected to the tragedy and…

1 Min.
health impact of steel shot

Switching from lead to steel shot could adversely affect the health of competitors in clay target shooting, says FITASC. In its report to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), it also reveals that the switch could be bad for the environment. Shooting Times has seen FITASC’s submission to the ECHA concerning a ban on lead ammunition in competitions. The 89-page report included an analysis of the issues of ballistics, acoustics, ricochet and a detailed scientific exploration of the behaviour of lead and steel shot in soil and water. “Replacing lead shot with steel shot, over and above the ballistic drawbacks and the consequences for clay target shooting competitions that it entails, would have negative effects on shooters’ health by increasing the intensity of the recoil and the acoustic pressure experienced when shooting,” said…

1 Min.
to do this week

With cereal stubbles now plentiful and geese in season your shooting skills can be put to good use in helping to protect crops and grassland against the UK’s booming non-native Canada goose population. While decoying native wintering geese raises ethical issues for some, few people object to the use of the method against these feral birds. Late summer and early autumn are the best time to collect a few wild foods. Unless you are skilled in identification, fungi might be best left alone, but few people will misidentify seasonal delights such as blackberries, hazelnuts and sloes. On the coast, September is a good month for collecting shellfish too.…

2 Min.
co2 isn’t reduced by planting trees

Protecting heather and grasses leads to moorland storing more carbon than tree planting, according to the latest science. “Carbon lost from soil was equal to or even greater than that which was stored by the trees” Scientists from the University of Stirling and the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen studied the effect of tree planting on heather moorland at sites in the northeast of Scotland. They found that planting downy birch and Scots pine did not increase the ability of the site to store carbon, even when the trees had been left to grow for nearly 40 years. Both trees are native and are frequently included in rewilding schemes. It has long been suggested that the soil disturbance involved in tree planting leads to a temporary decline in the ability of the soil…