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Shooting Times & Country 16-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.
walking the walk

As weekends go, Shooting Times had a noisy one. A certain TV presenter, who will be familiar to most of you, had a tantrum over our snipe cover. He has a history of laying the blame for the decline of the species firmly at our community’s door. We helpfully explained there is no evidence that shooting snipe impacts on the population, but it wasn’t what he wanted to hear. Nest predation is responsible for 60 per cent of snipe nest failure, which was exacerbated by the presenter’s brief success in getting corvid control banned. Oddly, he didn’t want to talk about it. In the real world Patrick Laurie, who wrote the article, works tirelessly to create a biodiverse landscape, where blackgrouse are holding on against the odds and waders thrive. Call me cynical,…

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predation beats langholm

The final report of the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project (LMDP) shows it was impossible to restore driven grouse shooting on the moor while meeting conservation objectives for birds of prey. The 27,000-acre moor in south-west Scotland has hosted two major studies. The Joint Raptor Study, which took place during the 1990s, found that booming hen harrier numbers made grouse shooting impossible, leading to the withdrawal of gamekeepers from the moor. The absence of keepers led to a crash in the numbers of both hen harriers and grouse as habitat deteriorated and generalist predators returned. The LMDP, which began in 2008, tried to restore driven grouse shooting through a programme of habitat management and predator control. “If we had a wider range of management tools we could have shot grouse at Langholm” The final report said…

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avian flu alert in migrants

Defra and the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) have advised anyone who is caring for birds, including ducks and game birds to be on the alert for avian influenza. The disease tends to be more prevalent in the winter when it is brought in by flocks of migrating wildfowl. Places where migrating wildfowl and gulls congregate, such as coastal areas, near marshes, estuaries and large lakes, are considered to be particularly high risk. Symptoms of avian influenza include swollen heads, blue discolouration of neck and throat, loss of appetite, respiratory distress such as gaping beak, coughing, gurgling, diarrhoea and increased mortality. The disease spreads from bird to bird by direct contact or through contaminated body fluids and faeces. It can also be spread by contaminated feed and water or by dirty vehicles, clothing…

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welsh licences ‘farce’

The new general licences for Wales have come into effect. The licences include significant changes and new restrictions. Collared doves, jays and rooks have been removed from GL001, the licence to control wild birds to prevent serious damage to livestock, crops, vegetables or fruit or to prevent the spread of disease to livestock, crops, vegetables or fruit. Licence GL002, “to kill or take certain wild birds for the purpose of preserving public health and preventing the spread of disease” now only relates to feral pigeons. GL004, the licence “to kill or take certain wild birds for the purpose of conserving wild birds” no longer licenses control of feral pigeons, rooks and Canada geese and can only be used to protect red-and amber-listed species. Shooting organisations have criticised the new licences. Matt Goodall, GWCT Wales…

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to do this week

SHOOT If you fancy trying grouse shooting but your wallet wouldn’t normally stretch to it, why not try your hand at your luck in a raffle? The GWCT is offering the chance to win a 100-brace day for eight Guns at the Roxburghe estate in the Lammermuir Hills. Tickets cost £40 for a book of 20 tickets and can be bought by card or PayPal via the GWCT website. SHOOT Watch the latest part of our series in association with Hull Cartridge on how to become the Shot you’ve always wanted to be. This week Tom Payne looks at how to cure the common mistakes that lead us to start missing mid-drive, from checking your swing to over-leading. To watch the latest video visit po.st/CommonMistakes.…

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events diary

19 OCTOBER BASC .410 CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019 Mid Wales Shooting Centre, Ffinnant, Trefeglwys (new date) basc.org.uk/events 19 OCTOBER THE SPORTING BALL Burloes Hall, Royston, Herts 01763 248100 gwct.org.uk/events 25 OCTOBER TASTE OF GAME DINNER Bodysgallen Hall & Spa, The Royal Welsh Way,Llandudno basc.org.uk/events 2 NOVEMBER LADIES’ WILDFOWLING DAY Nr Preston mike.thornley@basc. org.uk basc.org.uk/events 12 NOVEMBER GWCT ROADSHOW The Birch Hotel, Haywards Heath, Sussex RH17 7SF gwct.org.uk/events 13 NOVEMBER BIG FAT COUNTRY QUIZ Clothworkers’ Hall, Mincing Lane, London EC3R 7AH po.st/CountryQuiz…