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Shooting Times & Country 09-Oct-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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1 min.
big beast boost

Those of you who kept up with this year’s Tory party conference will have noted Zac Goldsmith’s announcement about plans to ban the import of trophies such as pelts and tusks. Accordingly, social media erupted with animal rights activists spewing bilge about big bad Boris perhaps not being quite so awful after all, which is no doubt exactly what he was hoping for. Say what you will about our PM but he’s no fool. It can’t have escaped his notice that countries such as Namibia rely heavily on the income hunting brings and elephant and rhino populations are booming in those countries, while poaching rates tumble. Meanwhile, where hunting is banned, poachers slaughter endangered wildlife because what’s the point in allowing beasts to harass your cattle if you’re prohibited from monetising them? It…

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police forces act as brood trial hen harriers vanish

Satellite tags fitted to two of the five hen harriers raised as part of a brood management trial have stopped transmitting and the birds are now the subject of a police investigation. In a press release the Moorland Association, which is a partner in the project, said: “Two of the birds’ tags have currently stopped transmitting, raising obvious concerns regarding their well-being. “Investigations are under way to establish the whereabouts of the birds,” the statement added. “The tags are solar powered, which can result in stretches of time where no data is transmitted, and have malfunctioned in the past with tagged birds being spotted from the ground or the transmitter suddenly retransmitting.” “For the hen harrier action plan to be a success, the chick must not only fledge but survive” The Moorland Association’s decision…

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hold back on woodcock

With the woodcock season now under way it looks as if shooters will be asked to show restraint again this winter. There have been few sightings of woodcock as most are still on their breeding grounds. The birds that are yet to migrate include the GWCT’s tagged woodcock, none of which have yet crossed the North Sea. Among the tagged birds waiting to return is Wensum, a male bird who has now flown from Britain to the Baltic and back eight times. This makes him twice as old as the average woodcock lifespan, but still some way short of the record, which stands at more than 15 years. The GWCT has yet to publish any formal advice on shooting woodcock this season. However, Shooting Times expects the previous advice to remain in place.…

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bid to restrict trophy imports

The Government is to consult on proposals for improving animal welfare, including a plan to introduce restrictions on the import of hunting trophies. The announcement on the Conservative Party website states: “We’re going to consult on restricting even further the importing and exporting of hunting trophies to and from the UK. We will bring about the toughest trophy-hunting rules in the world.” There has been much speculation about the influence of Boris Johnson’s partner Carrie Symonds over government policy. Ms Symonds is a vociferous critic of trophy hunting. However, the latest announcement quotes Zac Goldsmith, the international wildlife minister, who is a long-standing critic of trophy hunting. In a recent article for The House, Parliament’s in-house magazine, he wrote: “Morally, trophy hunting horrifies the vast majority of the British public. “When we see horrific…

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to do this week

FIRST AID Injuries and illness can strike at any time. You should ensure that your shoot has a thorough plan to deal with mishaps including thinking through how ambulances can be guided to remote locations and how injured Guns or beaters can be removed from steep and inaccessible areas. A trained first-aider and a well-stocked first-aid kit are musts for all shoots. COUNT Flocks of winter migrants such as fieldfares and redwings arrive in the autumn. Consider using your time in the countryside to help science by recording and reporting the birds you see. Apps such as BirdTrack from the British Trust for Ornithology allow you to make a note of the birds you see and upload them for scientific study on your mobile phone. BirdTrack is free to download, is easy to…

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events diary

9 OCTOBER FISH TRENTINO WITH FARLOWS TRAVEL Celebration of Italian fishing, food and drink, 6pm Farlows, 9 Pall Mall, London info@farlows.co.uk 23 OCTOBER YOUNG SHOTS LIVE GAME DAY Kendal, Cumbria basc.org.uk/events 24 OCTOBER GWCT ROADSHOW Three Pigeons Inn, Banbury, Oxon gwct.org.uk/events 27 OCTOBER SHOTGUN AND CHELSEA BUN CLUB Park Lodge Shooting School, Goole, East Yorkshire shotgunand chelseabunclub.co.uk/ events 7 NOVEMBER GWCT ROADSHOW Barton’s Mill, Basingstoke, Hampshire gwct.org.uk/events 6 DECEMBER INTRODUCTION TO DRIVEN GAME SHOOTING DAY Kinblethmont estate, Arbroath, Angus basc.org.uk/events…