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Shooting Times & Country


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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After a tiring day out carp fishing, Hungarian wirehaired vizsla Sika enjoys sitting down to watch Countryfile. At the age of five, he feels that he is in his prime and looks forward to the next partridge season. In association with Orvis For all things dog, Shooting Times recommends Orvis.co.uk  Outdoor outfitters, instructors and apparel makers since 1856.…

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in the frame

Those of you who use social media will have probably stumbled across comments from people asking why we can’t simply appreciate wildlife from behind a camera lens. Many of you will often wield a camera in the field and others prefer a paintbrush, but that’s beside the point.The more I think about it, the more I conclude that those who only ever look at nature while they click away will never appreciate it as much as someone with their finger on the trigger. With deer, for example, the stalker first has to find a beast and make a decision about whether shooting it is the right thing to do for the herd. Once they take the shot, they have to inspect the animal before processing it for the table.The…

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37,000 scottish deer culled

A freedom of information request has revealed heavy and increasing out-of-season culling and night shooting by Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS). “Seventy-five per cent of red stags culled were shot out of season in 2017 to 2018” The recently released figures show that in 2017-2018 Forestry Commission staff and contractors shot 37,115 deer; 16,746 of them out of season and 14,556 at night. All-night shooting and out-of-season licences are only allowed when “no other means of control which might reasonably be adopted in the circumstances would be adequate”.Out-of-season and night shooting of deer in Scotland are illegal in most situations. A standing “general licence”’ issued annually allows the year-round shooting of male deer and the shooting of females outside the period 1 April to 31 August in enclosed…

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shooting boost to economy

Alex Hogg points out that shooting doesn’t drain the public purse A new report, commissioned by the Scottish Government and authored by the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen, highlights the vital role that grouse moors play in the economic success of the Scottish uplands.The authors of Socioeconomic and biodiversity impacts of driven grouse moors in Scotland point out that all the country’s grouse moors are sited on areas of extremely poor agricultural ground.It would be unsuitable for alternative use such as sheep farming, forestry and windfarms without hefty taxpayer subsidies.In contrast, there is no government subsidy for grouse shooting in Scotland. Nonethless, grouse shooting creates 2,500 full-time equivalent jobs and a total gross value added contribution of £23million to the Scottish economy. Alex Hogg, chairman of the…

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gundog winners at crufts

An Irish water spaniel, German wirehaired pointer, golden retriever and Spanish water dog were the top four in the gundog class at Crufts this year. Sharon Pinkerton’s Esmee, a German wirehaired pointer, at Crufts Judith Curruthers, owner of winner Lester, the Irish water spaniel, confirmed that she intends to train him to retrieve in the shooting field.She added that he hadn’t done much before because he was “a bit of a whiner as a puppy”.Sharon Pinkerton of Bareve, the owner of Esmee, the German wirehaired pointer that won second prize, said proudly that Esmee: “has picked-up on driven shoots and seems to really enjoy it”.However, due to time constraints, she added that they haven’t had time for formal field trials.Far from being a pampered pooch, Esmee reportedly celebrated…

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to do this week

ATTEND Visit the annual Deer Stalking Fair, held at the Border Union Showground in Kelso, from 23-24 March. If you’re feeling lucky, buy a raffle ticket in aid of research into motor neurone disease and you could win a Brock & Norris custom-built rifle. Other highlights include Scottish Natural Heritage presenting its Best Practice Wild Deer Initiative, which provides guidance on the law, public safety, food safety and deer welfare. There will also be butchery and cooking demonstrations from top chefs. Visit www.deerstalkingfair.co.uk. SURVEY The Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust has organised a confidential online survey to judge how best to help those in need. It only takes 10 minutes to complete and all gamekeepers, stalkers and gillies should let their thoughts be known. To take the survey visit. po.st/ GWTsurvey.…