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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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In this issue

1 min.
all change please

We all have a favourite. In the Hull High Pheasant Extreme I trust and when my supplies run dry, the Eley Zenith is everything the name suggests. So it was with mixed emotions that I received the news from Garry Doolan, BASC’s head of press, that his organisation has decided to endorse moving away from lead shot (see p6). Confidence in your cartridges is an essential part of shooting well. But we can’t hide from the facts. Covering the countryside in lead causes creatures we share it with to suffer and makes game harder to market. There will be readers who will see my view as giving in — a number of them have told me so in the past few days — but I would urge them to have a little…

2 min.
end of lead shot in sight

The country’s major shooting organisations, including BASC and the Countryside Alliance, have called for an end to the use of lead shot and single-use plastic in ammunition for live quarry. In a joint statement they said: “In consideration of wildlife, the environment and to ensure a market for the healthiest game products, at home and abroad, we wish to see an end to both lead and single-use plastics in ammunition used by those taking all live quarry with shotguns within five years. “The shooting community must maintain its place at the forefront of wildlife conservation and protection. Sustainability in our practices is of utmost importance,” they emphasised. The move was welcomed by some in the industry. Nick Levett-Scrivener of Shooting Star said: “We’ve been in the cartridge game for 31 years and will…

1 min.
look out for alabama rot

As cases of Alabama rot continue to be reported in dogs across the UK, Shooting Times contributor Ellena Swift is trying to raise awareness of the disease. Her friend’s Labrador, Giuni, developed an unexplained ulcer on her foot following a walk. As her condition worsened, the vet diagnosed Alabama rot and put Giuni on treatment to support her kidneys. The causes of Alabama rot are not completely understood, but Ellena advises dog owners not to panic. “While there is currently no known source of the problem, it is not spread from dog to dog, and is rare,” she said. “There are an estimated 10million dogs in the UK and fewer than 250 have been diagnosed with this disease. If your dog is off colour or has lesions from an unknown origin, speak to…

1 min.
bga announces new ceo

Liam Stokes is the new chief executive of the British Game Alliance (BGA). The appointment, announced last week, follows Tom Adams’s decision to step down (News, 8 January) from the Alliance, which he helped to set up two years ago as the official marketing board for the game industry. Mr Stokes is perhaps best known as the highly articulate and indefatigable former head of shooting at the Countryside Alliance. Speaking exclusively to Shooting Times, he said: “The BGA’s egg-to-plate assurance schemes are the future of sustainable shooting. I am honoured to take on the task of growing participation in these schemes and championing the value of self assurance in game shooting and game meat marketing.” Nick James, director of Willo Game, commented: “It is vital that the BGA engages with young consumers who…

1 min.
to do this week

CHECK Check and oil guns. With the persistent wet weather it is all too easy for guns to remain neglected in a cabinet. A quick clean and oil will do them the world of good and will help ward off any damage that the persistent damp might do. CHECK Keep your eyes open for muntjac. A “probable” sighting of a muntjac in the Scottish borders has led to appeals to look out for them in southern Scotland and the English border counties. Muntjac are a harmful invasive species and nature conservation agencies are keen to limit their spread. Anyone spotting one north of the border should contact the British Deer Society.…

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events diary

28 FEBRUARY TASTE OF GAME DINNER Brown Horse Inn, Winster Valley, Cumbria. Brown Horse Inn 01539 443443 or Ryan Hartley 07876 231671 06 MARCH NORTHERN IRELAND GREY SQUIRREL COURSE Glenwherry Hill Farm, Ballymena, Co. Antrim, bit.ly/BASCsquirrel 07 MARCH INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: LADIES CLAY SHOOTING EVENT Grousemoor Country House, Llandegla wales@basc.org.uk 24 MARCH GWCT ROADSHOW The Castle Inn, Castle Street, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7HR gwct.org.uk/events/ gwct-roadshows/ 28-29 MARCH COUNTRYSIDE CLEAN-UP Nationwide bit.ly/Countrysideclean 04 APRIL GOLDEN PHEASANT CLAY SHOOT Castle Hill estate, South Molton nationalgamekeepers. org.uk/events…