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Shooting Times & Country

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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in this issue

1 min.
food for the soul

Other than those being called on to carry out essential pest control or those who have a bit of fishing or shooting on their doorstep, there is little in the way of fieldsports going on at the moment. Or perhaps more accurately, there is little stage one fieldsports going on, but there is a lot of time for stage two. At the end of it all, what we do is about gathering food for the table and lots of us have freezers stocked with game. So far during the lockdown I’ve cooked venison madras, pigeon confit, pigeon kebabs, venison steaks and finished off the partridges. One of the joys of eating game is that it brings back happy memories of days spent in the field. Poignantly, I’ve found the memories seem even…

3 min.
shoots press ahead despite uncertainty over covid-19

The likely effect of COVID-19 on shooting in the UK is becoming clearer as the initial panic starts to subside and more shoots decide how they will approach the coming season. The majority of shoot operators who spoke to Shooting Times said they intended to go ahead with shooting this winter. A significant number, however, said they intended to cut back or not to make planned expansions this year and some have decided to end operations, at least for the next season. A number of larger commercial shoots we contacted had yet to make a decision on how many days they would offer in the 2020-2021 season. However, Bettws Hall, one of the country’s leading shooting operators, said: “The season here is well under way, with eggs in the incubators, and the…

1 min.
no grant for scottish shoots

News that the Scottish government will not extend its coronavirus support measures to sporting businesses has brought an angry response from the shooting industry. Deer forests, game shoots and fisheries were all included on a list of businesses that are “not eligible” for a £10,000 grant to help them survive the COVID-19 outbreak. BASC called the decision “discriminatory and unjust” and added: “We very much hope that this has been the result of an oversight rather than a conscious decision.” David Duff, who runs Ledyatt Trout Fishery near Dundee, said: “We are a small independent trader — what difference are we to a paper shop or any other privately owned business for that matter? But because we are a fishery we are entitled to nothing. Many fisheries won’t survive this.” Scottish Gamekeepers Association…

1 min.
to do this week

CASTING PRACTICE With getting out fishing being high on many people’s post-lockdown priority list, why not use the garden to brush up on your fly-casting skills? A tag of wool tied to the end of your leader will prevent the line cracking and is safer than a fly. Try landing it in a hoop at an increasing distance or staying on the same spot and aiming for a steadily smaller target. POLISH With a bit of time on your hands, now might be the ideal opportunity to bring leather products such as cartridge bags and belts back into tip-top condition. The first step is to clean them thoroughly. A damp cloth is most people’s preferred option, though proprietary leather cleaners are also available. Allow the leather to gently air dry before treating it…

2 min.
citizen science: why the bird count matters

Record numbers of land managers, farmers and keepers have taken part in the Big Farmland Bird Count. Despite the count days being blasted by Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis, 1,500 hardy souls made the 2020 count the most popular since it was founded in 2014. The count, which is organised by the GWCT, recorded 120 species on 1.4million acres. Birds recorded included 25 red-listed species. The most abundant of those species were fieldfares, starlings, linnets and lapwings, with more than 67,000 spotted in total. The five most abundant birds seen were starlings, woodpigeons, rooks, fieldfares and pink-footed geese. Participants came from all types of farms across the country. Arable, livestock and dairy farms all conducted counts as did horticulture units, poultry producers and pig farms. The survey areas included important environmental features such…

1 min.
disastrous decline for scotland’s ‘giant grouse’

One of Scotland’s most iconic birds is on the brink of extinction and only landscape-scale efforts can save it, according to GWCT scientists. Capercaillie, a giant forest-dwelling species of grouse, has been in longterm decline in Scotland. In the 1970s there were an estimated 20,000 capercaillie in Scotland, but by the time of the last national survey in 2015-2016, only an estimated 1,114 birds remained. Collisions between capercaillie and deer fences was found to be one factor leading to their decline. However, several studies also found a clear link between breeding success by capercaillie and numbers of crows and pine martens, with the birds raising fewer chicks in woods with more crows and pine martens. The new study showed that a capercaillie hen had an average of 0.25 chicks a year. This means…