Shooting Times & Country 3-Nov-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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52 Números

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1 min.
at a slower pace

When I was in my teens, I used to take my terrier out rabbit shooting. It was a pretty simple affair. Hattie and I would walk the scrub on the edge of the fields behind the kirkyard in the hope of bolting a few bunnies. Proceedings tended to follow the same routine — she would tear off over the hills after the first rabbit I missed and I’d end up spending the rest of the day trying to find her. Last week, Hattie — now aged 12 — and I set off in the hope of bagging our first snipe of the season. My mother had seen a fall of them in some reeds and the wind was just right. Sadly, it wasn’t to be. They had seemingly moved on but…

2 min.
wild justice seeks to renew failed case against muirburn

The use of Britain’s environmental law to attack shooting looks set to remain a major tool of campaigners, despite Wild Justice suffering another embarrassing courtroom defeat. Last week, the campaign group, whose multiple failed legal actions have cost the taxpayer tens of thousands of pounds, said it will appeal a ruling that dismissed its challenge to the muirburn regulations in England. The case was dismissed as ‘not arguable’ on any of its grounds by a High Court judge. However, undaunted by the almost total absence of any possibility of success, Wild Justice has announced that it has applied for the case to be ‘renewed’. This is similar to appealing a court’s decision and would need the first judge to be shown to have made an error in how he interpreted the law. Responding…

1 min.
firearms licensing change

The Home Office has changed its statutory guidance on firearms licensing. Media reporting has connected the change to the Plymouth shootings; however, Shooting Times understands that these changes have been planned for some time. The most important change for most certificate holders is that every firearm certificate application will now have to include a medical declaration verified by a medical practitioner. Importantly, the practitioner does not have to be the applicant’s own GP, and a number of specialist services are now available where an applicant can pay a charge of around £60 for a doctor to review their medical records and sign the declaration. Under the new guidance, social media accounts will not regularly be checked and enhanced measures, such as scrutinising Facebook and Twitter, should only be used where there are…

1 min.
a rat pack to the rescue?

Terrier enthusiasts have offered their services to help solve Glasgow’s rat problem. Rats and rat attacks have been at the centre of a dispute between council officials and refuse collectors. Chris Mitchell, of the GMB union, told Good Morning Scotland: “Our members are coming across rats every single day, people walking about the streets are seeing rats in back gardens and going into houses — they are absolutely everywhere.” Despite being based on Scotland’s east coast, the Tweed Valley Rat Pack was quick to volunteer to solve the problem with a spokesman saying: “At your service, Glasgow City Council, and at a price cheaper than industrial action.” The pack recently reported 321 rats killed by four dogs in a single session; however, even at that impressive rate, Glasgow’s estimated 1.3 million rats would…

1 min.
to do this week

DOG Check your dog’s paws after a wet day out. Wet weather can cause a range of problems for dogs, and paws are one of the most commonly affected areas. Checking for inflammation, cuts, mats or build-up of material can prevent more serious problems. AIRGUNNING Rediscover the joy of the air rifle. With the leaves coming off the trees, now is the time to use the stealthy and deadly air rifle to reduce populations of pest birds in line with the general licences. You may even pick up a grey squirrel while you are at it.…

2 min.
keepers urged to seek help when struggling

The Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust (GWT) and a local moorland group have encouraged keepers and deerstalkers to seek help if they are struggling with their mental health. The appeal came as family and friends prepared for the funeral of a Perthshire man whose body was found in woodland near Comrie in Perthshire. Andrew Eadington, who was only 26, worked as a deerstalker and volunteered for Killin Mountain Rescue Team. Alice Bugden of the Tayside and Central Scotland Moorland Group said: “Andrew’s death is a tragic loss that will be felt throughout our community.” Andrew’s colleagues at Killin Mountain Rescue Team also paid tribute, saying: “We were all devastated and stunned to learn of Andrew’s sudden passing. Known to us all affectionately as ‘Dochy’, we have lost not just a committed team member, but a…