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Shooting Times & Country

Shooting Times & Country 06-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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52 Issues


1 min.
taste of triumph

About a decade ago, I had something of a teenage tantrum — my parents were hatching plans to drain a boggy bit of field and I objected because it was a refuge for snipe. In the end I won and over the years it’s been a joy to watch the little birds flit away over the rushes when I tramp through the mud after the fi rst frost falls. Last Friday, before breakfast, I wandered out with a gun over my shoulder and my Tack Russell running on ahead. She has reached an age when she is perfectly content to spend her days stretched out in front of the fire rather than going for a walk but as soon as she hears the keys in the cabinet lock, she becomes a young…

2 min.
fears as rspb launches review of shooting policy

Kevin Cox, chairman of the RSPB council, has announced that the charity will begin a formal review of its policy on shooting game birds. This has sparked widespread speculation that the RSPB will formally adopt an anti-shooting stance. Mr Cox said at the charity’s AGM: “In response to the evidence about the scale of the environmental impact and growing public concern, including from our membership, the council has agreed to review our policy on game bird shooting and associated land management. “This seems the final step in the RSPB’s journey to becoming an anti-shooting organisation” “This is an emotive and sometimes controversial subject but we want to use our scientific rigour to develop a set of conservation tests for management practices associated with game bird shooting. We will use these to guide the…

1 min.
‘no deal’ and dog travel

Defra has warned that the current EU pet passport will not be valid for travel to continental Europe if there is a no-deal Brexit. Anyone wishing to take dogs, including working animals such as gundogs, to the EU is advised to contact their vet four months before travelling. The most likely process for taking a dog to the EU after a no-deal Brexit was outlined by Defra. Any dog being taken to an EU country will have to be microchipped and vaccinated against rabies. It will then have to have a blood sample taken within 30 days of its last rabies vaccination and the sample will have to be analysed in a laboratory approved by the EU. A three-month wait is required between the collection of the sample and any travel to…

1 min.
tick-borne disease hits uk

Public Health England has confirmed that tick-borne encephalitis has reached the UK. Ticks carrying the virus have been found in Thetford Forest and on the Dorset-Hampshire border. Earlier this year an unnamed European visitor became ill after being bitten by a tick in the New Forest. While it has not been confirmed, this is believed to be the first and so far only case of the disease in the UK. Dr Nick Phin, deputy director of the National Infection Service, Public Health England, said: “These are early research findings and indicate the need for further work. However, the risk to the general public is currently very low.” The disease is well established in Europe and across large areas of the former Soviet Union. It has two forms — a generally more severe form…

1 min.
to do this week

POLITICS With a general election coming there is a great chance to make the voice of shooting heard. Contact your candidates and ask where they stand on shooting and other countryside issues. Take the chance to put the case for shooting across and show them that backing fieldsports is a vote winner. GARDEN As the weather turns colder and trees enter dormancy, now is the time to start planting new ones. Filling gaps in old hedgerows can hugely improve their value as a habitat for game and other wildlife and even a single native tree can support thousands of other organisms.…

2 min.
election spotlight on country sports

The decision to call a general election on 12 December has turned attention to where the parties and candidates stand on shooting. “There has been speculation over the influence of Carrie Symonds” According to a story in the Evening Standard, Prime Minister and Conservative party leader Boris Johnson was a fan of grouse shooting, enjoying a day out on the moors of Northumberland as recently as 2014. There has been considerable speculation, thought, about the potential influence of his partner Carrie Symonds, an outspoken critic of trophy hunting who promoted claims that British Guns were travelling to Iceland to hunt puffins — claims debunked by Shooting Times (News, 7 August). Junior environment minister Zac Goldsmith recently made a number of announcements that have been interpreted as anti-shooting. These include a commitment to block imports…