Shooting Times & Country 6-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.
bumper night

It’s so often the way. Just when you think the ducks aren’t going to show, the first of them drop in overhead. Last week in Lincolnshire, I was tucked up in the reeds, beneath a heavy grey sky, and a hard wind was blowing. A friend on the other side of the pond dropped one of the first birds that whiffled in, and not long after that the air came to life with mallard, wigeon and teal. I’m never entirely sure why some evenings on ponds are busy and others yield almost nothing — I suppose that in some ways that’s the beauty of it — but in that moment, I wasn’t really thinking about the whys and wherefores, I was simply marvelling at the spectacle and the sound. When five…

2 min.
scottish fox hunting bill is threat to humane control

Countryside organisations are preparing for court action if the Scottish government’s proposed Fox Control Bill prevents the humane and effective use of hounds to flush foxes from cover in order for them to be shot. Shooting Times has learned that rural groups have received advice that they potentially have strong challenges to legislation under the European Convention on Human Rights and that they have been marshalling resources to take the case to court. “A ban would seriously compromise effective pest control” Currently packs of dogs may be used to flush foxes to guns in Scotland. This is viewed by many as a vital pest control tool, as it is the only effective way to control foxes in large areas of woodland. The Scottish government has indicated that it intends to change the current…

1 min.
calling recreational stalkers

BASC has called for local communities to be given a leading role in managing deer on Scotland’s public land. Recreational stalkers have controlled deer on the vast area of land managed by Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) for several years. Almost 6,400 people in Scotland hold the Deer Stalking Certificate 1 (introductory management qualification), while more than 2,100 individuals hold the more advanced DSC2. However, authorities continue to spend millions annually to manage deer in publicly owned woodland. Now a BASC-led partnership is calling for a pilot scheme to test the idea of local recreational stalkers managing deer on FLS land. The idea was welcomed by recreational stalkers. Alan McDade, who stalks on ground adjoining a part of the national forest estate, told Shooting Times: “It is ridiculous that on one side of…

1 min.
deer shot as ‘public hazard’

Two male deer have been shot by authorities after they were judged to be a hazard to the public. The first, which is believed to be a sika stag, was shot by deer managers at Knole Park in Kent after it made a series of attacks on visitors. After it attacked a jogger, park rangers decided to shoot the animal. The second, a white fallow buck, was shot by Merseyside Police after it was repeatedly spotted on and around busy streets in Bootle. According to press reports, police were able to corral the animal in an industrial estate. After advice from vets and the RSPCA, a decision was made to shoot it. The shooting of the buck, which was described by ITV, Sky, GB News and the BBC as a ‘white stag’,…

1 min.
to do this week

CALL Learn to call rutting stags. The aggressive instincts of rutting stags can be used against them. Learning to imitate the roar of a stag can attract others from nearby and can be used to bring them into a safe and humane shooting position. CHECK Autumn is the time when young mink disperse to find new territories. Even if you don’t usually have mink on your ground, it may be worth building a mink raft to detect and, if necessary, trap them. Visit to download plans and guidelines.…

2 min.
over half of shoots to be lead-free by 2023

Sixty-five percent of the country’s shoots will be lead-free by the end of 2023, with another 20% phasing out lead shot by the end of 2025, according to a survey by land management firm Savills. The Savills Game and Conservation Benchmarking Survey found that the vast majority of shoots had already got rid of plastic wads and that most were expecting to transition away from lead. Conservation work is also being given increasing priority by shoots, with two-thirds of respondents saying they undertook self-funded conservation work. This included 93% of shoots that have established wild bird seed mixes, 64% establishing insect-friendly pollen and nectar mixes, and almost half that have worked with farming operations to establish conservation headlands. Encouragingly, 11% of shoots reported doing more conservation work after the pandemic and…