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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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52 Issues


1 min.
a new perspective

Some months ago, for reasons I can’t currently divulge, I was out shooting for a few hours with my terrier, followed by a trio of cameramen. It was not something I’d done before and the added pressure made me shoot appallingly. Three snipe on the bounce zigzagged out of the reeds in front of me and each of them lived to tell the tale. But the experience was far from futile. Knowing that a large number of people might end up seeing my every move made me think very hard about each little thing I did. At one point, a hare sprang from the grass in front of me and, having No 7 shot in my gun, I watched it disappear over the horizon. A while later a cock bird got up about 50…

2 min.
love island hunter quits programme

Big-game hunter Ollie Williams has left the reality TV show Love Island after more than 40,000 people signed a protest petition. The 23-year-old big-game hunter left the show after just three days, saying he was still in love with his girlfriend. However, his inclusion in the line-up of glamorous young love-seekers had fired up controversy, prompting 467 complaints to Ofcom. A change.org petition launched to oppose his inclusion in the show claimed “victory” in an update. The petition’s author, ‘Amey C’, had originally posted: “Ollie Williams… has been exposed as a bloodthirsty big trophy hunter. He has proudly posed with an array of dead endangered animals, including warthog and water buffaloes.” Chris Packham joined the debate, saying in the Daily Mail: “Why on earth are ITV thinking about giving this man a platform?” TV presenter Ben…

1 min.
game qualification launched

The GWCT has teamed up with trainer BASIS to launch a qualification for best practice in game management. The Certificate in Game Management is designed to encourage best practice across the sector. It will also provide qualified individuals with a professional accreditation that demonstrates assurance of high standards of practice to employers, customers and the general public. Roger Draycott, head of advisory at the GWCT, said: “There are various academic courses and apprenticeships available for gamekeepers starting out in their careers but there’s nothing currently available for more experienced individuals. “This qualification is tailored for all levels of gamekeeper, as well as estate managers, landowners, shoot managers and shoot captains — in fact it is aimed at everyone who has responsibility for running a shoot.” The three-day training course will cover predation control, game-bird releasing,…

1 min.
£156,000 boost for curlews

The Scottish government has awarded £156,000 to a project to help protect Scotland’s curlews. The project will focus on two areas, one in the Highlands and the other near Muirkirk in East Ayrshire. However, gamekeepers have been quick to point to a study published last year that showed curlew numbers crashed at Muirkirk after grouse shooting stopped. Upland gamekeeper and Scottish Gamekeepers Association committee member Ronnie Kippen told Shooting Times: “It is relevant that Muirkirk has been chosen. When grouse shooting ceased, we saw conservation-listed birds fall off the edge of a cliff; something witnessed in other areas where red-grouse management has stopped or been curtailed. “There was a decline in curlew abundance of 38 per cent and golden plover and redshank were no longer found after gamekeepers were off the moor. “What many…

1 min.
to do this week

GARDEN Late winter is a good time to cut hazel and holly sticks. The trees are dormant and will recover well when the spring comes. If the sticks are stored inside they should be ready for use when the shooting season starts again. CHECK As the season closes, keepers’ days are in full swing. Ensure that a full safety briefing is given and someone is on hand to help inexperienced Guns. If your day is taking place on 1 February, Guns should be reminded that snipe and woodcock will be out of season. Thanks to Nick Horten of Langstone Wildfowlers, who was the first of many to point out that the wildfowling season runs until 20 February below the high-water mark, not as stated (News, 8 January).…

1 min.
events diary

24 JANUARY TASTE OF GAME DINNER Bodysgallen Hotel and Spa, Llandudno, events.basc.org.uk/ events 7 FEBRUARY GWCT ESSEX SPORTING BALL Braxted Park Estate, Witham, Essex georgejones@ newneyhall.com 8 FEBRUARY BASC NI RANGE DAY Baronscourt Range, Omagh, N. Ireland events.basc.org.uk/ events 14-16 FEBRUARY GREAT BRITISH SHOOTING SHOW NEC, Birmingham shootingshow.co.uk 22 FEBRUARY GAME MEAT HYGIENE COURSE The Estate Centre, Great Durnford, Salisbury, Wiltshire https://tinyurl.com/ hun2hux 22 FEBRUARY SHOTGUN & CHELSEA BUN CLUB LADIES’ CLAY SHOOTING Moorland Shooting Ground, Launceston shotgunand chelseabunclub.co.uk…