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Shooting Times & Country 21-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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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
2,93 €(Inkl. MwSt.)

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american beauty

Last week I had the pleasure of loading for an American who shot exquisitely. It wasn’t merely that he hit almost every pheasant he fired at but that he killed everything stone dead. His secret, he told me, was countless hours spent in the pigeon hide. At elevenses, he mentioned that he no longer does much “very high bird shooting” because “no matter how good a shot people reckon they are, when the birds become extreme, you end up pricking more than you kill”. It’s a debate that’s raged for decades, but as I stood on the next drive, I couldn’t help but feel aware he was shooting much better than I do, and I’ve never turned down an invitation on the basis that I’m going to struggle to make the grade. It…

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rspb calls for restrictions on driven grouse shooting

The RSPB has taken a step towards calling for a ban on driven grouse shooting, as well as legal restrictions on other types of shooting. In a special session at the charity’s AGM, global conservation director Martin Harper announced the outcome of a review into game shooting (News, 14 October). The review, which used a scoring system devised by the RSPB, scored game shooting as having a significantly negative overall effect on the environment. This flies directly against the findings of a Natural England report from earlier this year, which found a mixture of negatives as well as positives associated with shooting (News,26August). “There is the threat that the charity would push for a ban if its demands were not met” The RSPB’s review also contradicted recent work from the GWCT, which showed that…

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hunt sab guilty of assault

A violent hunt saboteur has pleaded guilty of assault at Coventry Magistrates’ Court. John Watson was filmed attacking a follower of the Warwickshire Hunt in February this year. Watson was ordered to pay a £132 fine, a victim surcharge and to pay £135 to the Crown Prosecution Service. Watson committed the crime when, along with around 20 other black-clad, balaclava-wearing saboteurs, he was attempting to sabotage a trail-hunting event. The saboteurs are believed to have been from the West Midlands and Liverpool sabs groups. Police dispersed the saboteurs shortly after they arrived. However, they soon returned and this was when Watson — who has a long history of extreme animal rights activism — launched his attack on a hunt steward, whom he threw to the ground while shouting loudly. A spokesman for the hunt…

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ban is bad news for harriers

One of the country’s leading ornithologists has cast doubt on the idea that banning grouse shooting will help hen harriers. Professor Ian Newton, whose honours include an OBE, an RSPB gold medal and a Fellowship of the Royal Society, is an internationally recognised expert on birds and the author of Uplands and Birds. The professor has been a long-standing critic of both extremes in the debate over the future of grouse shooting. In a new article entitled “Killing of raptors on grouse moors: evidence and effects”, he wrote: “Although the banning of driven grouse shooting could remove the main current constraint on hen harrier and other raptor numbers in some regions, it might not translate into larger national populations in the longer term. “If heather moors were no longer valued by their…

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to do this week

SHOOT Get ready for teal. With the ‘half ducks’ streaming in across the North Sea, a few changes to how you feed your flightponds and splashes could see more variety in your bag. Barley will pull in the mallard, but casting a bit of rape and millet in the margins will attract their speedy and delicious cousins. HELP Help a hungry hedgehog. As the days grow shorter hedgehogs begin to prepare for hibernation. Cat and dog food are an excellent calorie source for hedgehogs and can be left outside on a saucer or in a shallow bowl. Milk is no longer recommended for hedgehogs as it can cause stomach upsets.…

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events diary

29 OCTOBER BASC YOUNG SHOTS DAY Lains Shooting School, Andover, Hampshire michelle.nudds@bacs.org.uk or 07720 509299 31 OCT–1 NOV DEERSTALKING CERTIFICATE LEVEL 1 Cirencester, Gloucestershire bds.org.uk 5 NOVEMBER TRY SUSTAINABLE AMMUNITION DAY Mid Norfolk Shooting Ground, Taverham, Norwich bit.ly/SustainAmmo 7 NOVEMBER LADIES CLAY SHOOTING EVENT Holland & Holland, London bit.ly/claysocial 7–8 NOVEMBER EMERGENCY FIRST-AID AT WORK COURSE Pontneddfechan Village Hall, Neath bit.ly/EFAWcourse 10 NOVEMBER WILD GAME MEAT HYGIENE COURSE Aymestrey Village Hall, Leominster, Herefordshire nationalgamekeepers.org.uk/events…