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Shooting Times & Country 07-Oct-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.
one is enough

To call it a plan would be overdoing it. The whole thing, from the leaky boat to the makeshift oars, to the apprentice joiner we recruited at the eleventh hour to try to flag ducks off the opposite end of the reservoir, was improvised on the hoof. I suppose you could call it duck flighting but it was really just hiding out in the reeds, with a good selection of biscuits and a flask of tea, in the vague hope that something might fly by. As it happened, something did and the fingers I’m typing this with are still covered in feathers from the young greylag I’ve just plucked in my garden. At the pub, after our one-goose evening, my friend Jamie asked me which sort of days I’d most miss if,…

2 Min.
basc deploys fighting fund for ‘home of wildfowling’

BASC is to deploy its fighting fund for the first time to restart wIldfowling on the Humber. The group ring-fenced the fund, thought to amount to hundreds of thousands of pounds, for the proactive legal defence of shooting. The Humber estuary, traditionally the heartland of British fowling, has been declared largely off limits to wildfowlers this season after Natural England changed its process for issuing consents. Consents to shoot on the estuary are required because of its protected status. James Green, BASC’s head of wildfowling, said: “BASC is committing financial and staffing resources to areas that threaten the future of shooting. We are delighted to be able to support the Humber clubs at this level. “The consenting process being undertaken by Natural England will have no conservation nor environmental benefit. “Natural England tramples on…

1 Min.
cold spell pulls in migrants

Migrant arrivals have begun in earnest as birds pour in from the Continent and the Arctic. A spell of cold weather with a northerly and north-easterly airflow has encouraged birds to make their winter voyage south. Pink-footed geese, one of the most obvious and widely reported migrants, were much in evidence with large skeins sighted by wildfowlers all along the east coast from Aberdeenshire to Norfolk. The country’s birdwatchers are also reporting seeing large numbers. Fair Isle Bird Observatory between Orkney and Shetland reported 452 birds passing over the tiny island in a single day. This total was topped the next day by the Spurn Bird Observatory on England’s east coast, where 1,830 were seen on 24 September. Protected brent and barnacle geese were also spotted in large numbers, with geo-locator evidence…

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msps revoke muirburn ban

A temporary ban on muirburn in Scotland has been repealed by the Scottish government. Green MSP Andy Wightman introduced the ban through emergency legislation intended to control the coronavirus. However, Scottish ministers have now used their powers to revoke the ban as the muirburn season reopens. Responding to the news, Scottish Gamekeepers Association chairman Alex Hogg told Shooting Times: “The muirburn temporary suspension was a piece of ludicrous political opportunism by the Greens in their attempt to drive Revive’s [a coalition for grouse moor reform] wish-lists through the parliament. It was not motivated by public health. It was a purely political move during a global pandemic. “They did the same with mountain hares and late amendments to bills and they tried to get grouse shooting stopped when the new ‘rule of…

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to do this week

BEWARE Beware the temptations of the beating line. There are very few gundogs that don’t love a day’s beating. But the temptation to riot can be too much for some young dogs and weeks of careful training can be undone in a few hours. Resist pressure to let your dog go, keep it close and put it on a lead immediately if it looks like it is going to become out of control. STALKING Enjoy the red stag rut. Rutting season offers fabulous deerstalking opportunities, but it is also wonderful to be anywhere red deer are found when the stags are roaring. Even Richmond Park can provide an unforgettable experience. Just remember to keep your distance.…

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use best practice, boost biodiversity

The GWCT has launched its principles of gamebird management, which are intended to ensure that shooting plays its part in environmental protection. The principles cover 12 areas that are regarded as crucial: biodiversity, landscape, densities, diversity, timing, development, responsibility, sustainability, science, wildlife, balance and legal control. They deal with contentious issues such as predator control and release densities, as well as highlighting the importance of hedges, ponds and scrubland for both shooting and wildlife. A recent report from Natural England (NE) and the University of Exeter looked at the impact of gamebird releasing (News, 26 August). It found that while shooting had many positive effects, releasing gamebirds can have negative consequences. The GWCT’s Roger Draycott told Shooting Timeshow the new principles would help shoots meet the challenges raised by the report. “We can reduce…