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Shooting Times & Country

Shooting Times & Country 23-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.
point of contact

I make no claim to being a good shooting coach, in any sense of the term, but a couple of weeks ago I think I hit on something that would make most of you considerably better shots. At least, those of you who spend too much time glued to your phones. While at a local clayground, I mistakenly left my phone in the car and, consequently, I wasn’t feverishly checking texts and emails. Quite quickly, I started to feel every bit as relaxed as I do in the bath after a successful evening’s duck flighting. My scorecard, unusually, ended up dotted with a significant number of hits. I suppose it shouldn’t take a PhD in psychology to realise that if you’re constantly in contact, you can’t be fully focused on that bird…

2 Min.
grouse shooting ‘get-out’ becomes political circus

Last week the Government confi rmed that shooting can go ahead under new Government rules designed to stop the increase in COVID-19 cases. The initial announcement that the Government would introduce a ‘rule of six’ and its failure to include shooting on a list of permitted activities led to widespread speculation that the season would be curtailed, despite reassurance to the contrary from BASC (News, 16 September). However, as the regulations came into force, it emerged that along with octopush, dragonboat racing and netball, shooting could continue in a COVID-secure way. Tabloid papers and anti-shooting campaigners, including Chris Packham, were quick to try to spin the story to suggest that shooting had been granted special consideration, with particular focus on grouse shooting. “Shooting can go ahead so long as measures to prevent the spread…

1 Min.
snipe and pinkfeet arriving

A large area of high pressure over northern Europe has brought settled weather and the first wisps of migrating snipe to the UK. The large high has brought easterly winds and these have begun to bring snipe with them. The bird observatory on Fair Isle has begun to record groups of between 40 and 50 of the birds, which are presumed to be on passage from their breeding grounds in Scandinavia to winter in the UK. Numbers of golden plover passing over the observatory have also started to build, with a group of 40 spotted. Scientific study of snipe and golden plover in 2018 suggested that over the past 10 years their population has stayed broadly stable in their key breeding areas. Steady early reports of migrating pink-footed geese have continued, with the birds…

1 Min.
police seize ‘stolen’ gundogs

A number of what are suspected to be stolen gundogs have been recovered after a large-scale police raid on a travellers’ site near Orpington in Kent. More than 200 Metropolitan Police officers, including armed officers and dog units, took part in the operation at the site at Star Lane. The police recovered firearms, including a loaded shotgun, and class A drugs. A police HGV was pictured removing quad bikes. A large number of animals were also recovered, with nearly 50 dogs seized by the officers. Gundogs figured prominently, with images showing a springer spaniel with an almost completely white body, a light brown and white cocker spaniel, a chocolate and white cocker and a golden cocker with a docked tail. A dedicated police team has now been set up to deal with leads…

1 Min.
to do this week

Speak to your vet about the kennel cough vaccination. Large numbers of gundogs, working and travelling in close proximity and moving from shoot to shoot, can readily spread kennel cough. Your vet should know about kennel cough outbreaks in your area and will be able to advise if a vaccine is appropriate. Go red for autumn salmon fishing. During the ‘back end’, fly-fishers often switch over to red flies to play on the territorial instincts of male fish. Red versions of patterns such as the Ally’s shrimp fished deeper and slower than in the summer can trigger the aggressive instincts of cock fish.…

1 Min.
events diary

25-26 SEPTEMBER WILD BOAR CERTIFICATE Rossett Hall Hotel, Wrexham, North Wales bit.ly/BASCboar 29 SEPTEMBER CLAYS TO GAME Latchingdon, Essex eastern@basc.org.uk 9 OCTOBER SHOTGUN & CHELSEA BUN CLUB (LADIES) CLAY SHOOT West Kent Shooting School, Old Hay, Brenchley bit.ly/BunClubBrenchley 9 OCTOBER WEST TAYSIDE FAIRWAYS & FLUSHES CHAMPIONSHIP Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder Contact Rory Donaldson on rdonaldson@gwct. org.uk or 01738 554 822 / 07718 780700 16-17 OCTOBER SUSTAINABLE AMMUNITION DAY Crabtree Clay Shoot, Lancashire bit.ly/Lancsammo 10 NOVEMBER BASIS CERTIFICATE IN GAME MANAGEMENT Allerton Project, Main Street, Leicester bit.ly/GWCTevents…