Shooting Times & Country 20-Oct-2021

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.
country wisdom

I imagine, like many readers, I am no stranger to shooting a few of my neighbour’s pheasants. It’s not something I do as much as I once did but a couple of times a season, I like to wander out with my terrier in search of a bird hiding in the rushes. They are on my ground, of course, and are therefore legally mine but they are very much wanderers from the shoot next door. Very occasionally, the local keeper would drive past in his red pickup and I always wondered if he was going to stop to have a word. He never did, just a doff of the cap then he was on his way. He was never a young man in the time I knew him and I heard last…

2 min.
scotland’s final muirburn before licensing kicks off

What seems likely to be Scotland’s final unlicensed muirburn season has got under way. The season officially opens on 1 October, but wet weather delayed the start of burning on many estates. Now a brief window without rain has allowed gamekeepers and farmers to start the burn. The start date of 1 October is intended to limit the risk of wildfire, protect peat and ensure that ground-nesting birds are not harmed. Scotland’s Green/SNP government has pledged to license the practice and to ban any burning on peat soils except under exceptional circumstances. This ban is expected to be in place before the start of the 2022-23 burning season. “The technique burns the heather but not the peat below” For many grouse moors this will severely limit their ability to carry out controlled burning to…

1 min.
beavers help trout to thrive according to new research

The presence of beaver dams in a river system may help fish, according to the latest study of the subject. Scientists from the University of Southampton looked at the trout in two Scottish burns feeding the same loch. One had several beaver dams, the other had none. The study found trout in the beaver-modified river were more common and larger than trout in the one without beavers. Invertebrates were also more abundant. While the study appears to show that trout benefit from the dam-building activities of beavers, their effect on salmon and sea-trout remains much more difficult to ascertain. Beaver advocates claim that salmon and beavers coexisted in rivers for thousands of years before the beavers were made extinct. The GWCT’s Dylan Roberts urged caution: “The fact that numbers of larger trout responded…

1 min.
red rut comes roaring in

Despite warm and rather damp weather, Scotland’s red deer rut has reached its peak and stags are roaring from Galloway to Caithness. Alan Boyd, who had just returned from Perthshire, reported: “It is all go up there with plenty of roaring and fighting. It may be the most expensive time to be stalking, but it is also the best.” On the island of Arran, stalkers on the BASC scheme reported plenty of roaring, and stags were photographed holding hinds on the isles of Mull and Skye and right across the mainland. The much-studied Rum deer population was having its rut reported live by NatureScot staff, with the days’ winners and losers quickly reported and attentively followed. In their report, a large stag called Wisdom 11 appears to be this year’s champion. On the business…

1 min.
to do this week

WRITE Start a shooting journal. The best time to have started a shooting journal was 30 years ago, the second-best time is now. A few simple lines recording the day’s exploits can build up over the years into a treasured possession and time will turn a grim wet day of misses into an amusing memory. CHILDREN Get some youngsters in the beating line. Beating was always a part of a child’s shooting education and it can give invaluable insight into how a shoot day really works. Of course, safety is top priority but a long day on a windy ridge occasionally flapping a flag is unlikely to be an incentive for a youngster to come back. Keep them active and remember they will get hungrier and colder than the adults.…

2 min.
first woodcock set to fall in coming weeks

With the November full moon four weeks away the thoughts of game shooters are turning to woodcock and hopes are high for strong early falls. A few birds have begun to drift in with odd examples reported by shooters and birdwatchers. However, no substantial falls have yet been observed. On Mull, birdwatcher Robbie Steen gave a short answer when we asked if he had seen any woodcock yet: “No.” There was also not much evidence of woodcock on the east coast where fox shooters contacted by Shooting Timeswere not seeing any significant numbers when lamping. While many shooters use temperatures in the UK as their guide to how the woodcock shooting will be, it is the weather on their breeding grounds that is more important. The GWCT’s tracked woodcock Holkham, Nellie III…