Shooting Times & Country 06-Jan-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

en este número

1 min.
tweed top-up

To many people, Beauly means a great salmon river but there is more than one destination in that north-easterly corner of Scotland for those who love fieldsports. In the town of Beauly itself sits Campbell’s, one of Britain’s greatest sporting tailors. A few months ago, on my way north, I popped in to be measured up for a new pair of plus-fours (the moths ate my last ones). I was pleased to hear that the online part of the business was thriving, but it came as no surprise that its order book for tweeds had taken a hit. In my own small way, I was happy to be providing a few hours’ work for one of Campbell’s talented tailors. On my way back to Dumfriesshire, I thought about how much we owe…

2 min.
2020: a year to forget 2021: a time to fight

With 2020 finished and a new year starting, Shooting Times asked the country’s shooting organisations to look ahead and tell us what they expect from 2021. BASC chairman Eoghan Cameron was keen to see a continuing move away from lead and a return to normality for BASC. “Looking ahead, we will be building on a promising first year of the five-year phased transition away from lead shot and single-use plastics,” he said. “And with the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out already under way, the prospect of a return to post-pandemic normality is also good news for those members wishing to make the most of BASC’s training days, stalking schemes and wildfowling opportunities. Let’s not forget the Game Fair, too, where BASC members will once again benefit from complimentary admission.” Mr Cameron was confident about BASC’s…

1 min.
it’s not all doom and gloom

It is not only shooting that will have both challenges and opportunities in 2021. The countryside itself appears on the brink of radical change, with Brexit and agricultural subsidy reform driving a revolution in the way our woods and fields are worked and managed. Scott Iley, who farms Cheviot sheep and Galloway cattle in the Coquet Valley in Northumberland, told Shooting Times: “There is the beginning of an upheaval in agriculture and rural communities the like of which has not been seen since the 1940s. The effects of Brexit and the end of the Common Agricultural Policy on our landscapes and countryside are not yet known, but for those of us standing on the beach, the tidal wave is visible, rising and approaching at speed.” Arable farmer Amy Geddes set out in…

1 min.
being part of the solution

As another year marked by debates between shooting and non-shooting conservationists drew to a close, we asked a conservation academic and the GWCT how they saw shooting and conservation in 2021. Dr Alexander Lees, senior lecturer in biodiversity at Manchester Metropolitan University, has a reputation as an evidence lead and neutral voice in debates around shooting and conservation. He highlighted the importance of being seen as an overall contributor to biodiversity. “The 2020 UK Biodiversity Indicators report paints a sad picture of the state of nature. The challenge for UK shooters in 2021 is to be seen as part of the solution, rather than a driver of the problem. That may be true already of many individuals and operators — who put wildlife and habitats before profits and align themselves with the…

1 min.
to do this week

Move and clean bird feeders. If you enjoy feeding birds in your garden, take a minute to move them and give them a thorough clean, then disinfect them. Dirty feeders can spread diseases between birds, and therefore end up doing more harm than good. Go out for a goose. With all the migrant birds now here, the UK has geese in numbers not seen for many years. With increased populations, flocks have begun to appear in places where they are not expected. Don’t presume that your local bit of foreshore will be goose-free — slip a goose call and some heavy cartridges in your pocket and try your luck.…

2 min.
lead and legal battles, but shooting can win

As well as speaking to the country’s big organisations(see p6), Shooting Times asked some of its readers what they thought 2021 would hold for their sport. Lead shot, legal challenges and women in shooting were the main themes our readers picked up on. Scottish wildfowler and game Shot Gary Bruce set out his stall in typically blunt fashion. “One thing that will not be changing is what is going into my gun. I’ll be shooting the 2021-22 game season with the same cartridges I used this season and the season before. Lead has a proven ability to clean cleanly and effectively and I will be sticking with it.” Others had a different viewpoint, with several readers telling us that they expected 2021 to be the year that game shooting switched to non-toxic…