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Shooting Times & Country

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.

Pays:
United Kingdom
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Future Publishing Ltd
Fréquence:
Weekly
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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…

2 min.
‘coursers’ take back seized dogs

Suspected hare coursers have forced a kennel in Suffolk to hand back dogs seized by the police. “We’ll be relentless in continuing to support the rural community” According to local sources, who asked not to be named for fear of reprisals, Suffolk Police seized five lurcher-type dogs after a car was stopped near Haverhill. The occupants of the car were suspected of being involved in coursing and the dogs are understood to have been seized under anti-poaching powers. The dogs were then removed to a secure kennel. However, the gang were able to locate the dogs and they are believed to have used threats to force the kennel to hand them over. Suffolk police confirmed that “five lurcher dogs were recovered from kennels by men claiming to be their owners”. A Suffolk Constabulary spokesman said:…

1 min.
surge in demand hits us ammo

American hunters are facing an unprecedented ammunition shortage, according to US media. A higher than usual demand for hunting permits during COVID-19 restrictions and gun owners’ anxieties about the future are being blamed for a surge in demand for shells and bullets. Fox News reported one gun shop owner in Georgia saying: “During May and June, everyone bought up all the ammunition that was being made so there is very little ammunition currently available. Even things like the .270 bullets. I got an order of 20 boxes and they sold out in three days.” FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM @SHOOTINGTIMESUK…

3 min.
country diary

On a south-facing slope, a few miles from where I live, grow neat rows of grape vines. The seven-acre vineyard is on the 1,200-acre Wyken estate and is one of the oldest in Suffolk, planted 33 years ago. Grape vines do best on poor soil and this part of the estate is a sandy loam over chalk. Some 12,000 bottles of wine are produced annually — two white wines, one sparkling and the Wyken Pink. All are lovely, very moreish. Yet, thankfully, none of them seem to give you a headache. What fascinates me as a hedge layer is the management of the vines. In France, each region has its own style of pruning and training vines. These styles have evolved to accommodate different soil types, weather conditions, terrain and grape varieties.…

6 min.
adventure on the school run

As we push further into the autumn months, with gloriously fresh mornings and the sun low in the sky, the pigeon shooting becomes rather sporadic to say the least — especially in a year when the wild harvest has been so bountiful. It’s a little boom or bust at the moment. You put in plenty of miles on reconnaissance for not very much. Patience is, as always, the key as well as an understanding that the pigeon will be enjoying the woodland fruits unless there is something to entice them on to the farmers’ fields. But surprisingly, even when the wild harvest is high, you can get those couple of days where birds suddenly switch back on to an old stubble or autumn drilling. It’s just a case of knowing when they’ll…

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conclusion

ALL THE SPLENDOUR and technical wizardry does come at a cost. The S Line spec version starts off at £39,305 and this one is stacked with extras. The shopping list is quite extensive. The metallic Chronos grey paint job is an extra £575 and full body paint finish is £250 on top. Sports seats are £400 — add another £675 for them being electric — and the electric lumber adjustment puts an additional £255 on the price tag. The larger 19in wheels £975 Driver assist pack £800 Adaptive suspension £750 Advanced key £400 Fancy LED lights £675 Storage pack £210 Ambient lighting £100 Comfort and sound pack £1,195 Panoramic roof £1,150 Tow bar prep £155 Grey Alcantara interior £375 Park assist £450 Virtual cockpit plus £250 Audi phone box £150 Road fund licence £1,305 Delivery charge, half a tank of fuel £660 First registration fee £55 When totted up,…