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Shooting Times & Country

13-Nov-2019

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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English
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TI-Media
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IN THIS ISSUE

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the wonder of wild

On a wet Dumfriesshire day, I dropped two cartridges into a .410 and looked out over a rushy bog. Standing at my side was 10-year-old Archie Scarborough, who was on a mission to shoot his first snipe. Passing him the gun, I told him to wait until the little birds stopped zigzagging then shoot instinctively. Through the rain, a speck appeared and grew bigger and bigger, until it took form as a snipe and the white underside of its wings could be seen against the dark sky. As Archie went to raise his gun, the bird turned and flew out of sight. I’ve always thought that wild sport, from snipe to grouse to walked-up woodcock, represents the very best of shooting. Reading through this issue, I felt two things. First, that I wanted to…

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hen harrier didn’t vanish — its tag malfunctioned

A hen harrier from the controversial brood management trial has been seen alive and well after its disappearance was the subject of a police investigation. The bird’s reappearance has prompted questions over the reliability of satellite tags. The bird, which is not named, was raised in captivity as part of the trial, which seeks to reduce the conflict between grouse shooting and hen harriers. It was fitted with a satellite tag in the aviary and then released. But it became the subject of a police investigation when the tag stopped functioning. Tags fitted to two other birds in the trial have also failed. Anti-shooting campaigners were quick to jump on the case as an example of wildlife crime. A raptor persecution blog said the birds were “in all probability dead… likely killed by…

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row over moorland beaters

A row has broken out over claims that grouse are being driven off Ilkley Moor in order for them to be shot on a neighbouring ground. Shooting leases on Ilkley Moor, which is owned by Bradford council, were not renewed last year. However, local paper the Wharfedale Advertiser reported that beaters from a neighbouring moor were seen driving grouse off Ilkley Moor and on to the adjoining Bingley Moor. According to their source: “It was an organised group, several (perhaps all) were carrying walkie-talkies. They were also carrying flags and had a number of dogs with them.I clearly saw ground birds being ‘lifted’ as they walked the area.” A spokesman for the Bingley Moor Partnership, which used to manage Ilkley, did not deny the allegation, instead saying: “There is no prescription in the…

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herbert puts alliance first

Nick Herbert, newly appointed chairman of the Countryside Alliance (CA), will not be standing for re-election to Parliament. Mr Herbert, 56, who has been the MP for Arundel and the South Downs since 2005, wrote to his constituents informing them of his decision, saying: “I will be focusing on my new role as chairman of the Alliance.” However, shooting can still expect support from a good number of candidates. A leaked memo from the Conservative party strategy unit “strongly advises” candidates “against signing up to any pledges”, on issues such as climate change, Brexit and the NHS. But candidates are encouraged to endorse shooting, which is described as “an important part of rural life”. Responding to the news Garry Doolan, deputy director of communications at BASC, said: “While BASC seeks support for shooting…

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to do this week

CHECK Dig out your snow chains and put a shovel in the car. With winter setting in and snow a real possibility, make sure your vehicle is prepared. For areas with frequent heavy snow, a set of snow chains, one for each driven wheel, will make sure you don’t miss a day of shooting. If you only get occasional snow, tyre socks are an easier option. A shovel can also help dig you out of a sticky situation. MEDICAL Remember cold weather can put a significant additional strain on gundogs. A long cold, wet day can be exhausting and hypothermia is a potential threat. Ensure you have the means to dry your dog and a ready supply of a high-energy food when you are in the field. Consider feeding dogs hot food and…

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island deer have their calves early

Scientists have found that the genetics of deer are altering along with the changing climate. A review of 45 years of data from one of Scotland’s oldest and most genetically pure deer herds has shown a strong link between the date that hinds give birth, warming temperatures and a specific gene. The team of English, Scottish and “Climate change is influencing deer species across the UK” Australian scientists examined what factors were leading to the trend for red deer on the Island of Rum to calve earlier. The deer on Rum, which is off Scotland’s west coast, is carefully studied and monitored. Calves are fitted with ear tags and genetic records for the deer are kept, using DNA from ear plugs, cast antlers and from dead animals. The deer are also carefully watched and…

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