Shooting Times & Country 27-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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come to life

I can’t quite put my finger on exactly when it happened, but at some point in the past year or so, my terrier had progressed from being middle-aged to elderly. She used to spend her mornings looking out of the window for passing rabbits and hares, but she now lies in her chair, with a hot-water bottle, sleeping the day away. Like so many dogs, though, as soon as the gun cabinet keys jingle, she comes to life. Last week, on a rainy morning, I took her for a walk with my gun over my arm and she suddenly lost five years. No patch of reeds went unhunted, despite the pouring rain. Down by my pond, from beneath the branches of a fallen oak tree, she put a cock pheasant up that…

2 min.
high court dismisses wild justice pest control claims

Anti-shooting campaign group Wild Justice has suffered another expensive legal defeat. The group, which has now dropped three cases and lost two, had claimed the general licences issued to allow vital pest and predator control in Wales were unlawful. However, the claim has been decisively slapped down by a High Court judge. In a ruling that referenced the plight of the curlew in Wales, His Honour Justice Harman dismissed all of Wild Justice’s claims. He also rejected the group’s frequently repeated assertion that the general licences are used as a cover for casual killing, saying: “There was no evidence before me that the licences have led to widespread unnecessary killing of wild birds.” After a point-by-point deconstruction of the group’s case, he concluded: “Accordingly, the claim fails.” “This is a resounding victory for the rural…

1 min.
ngo game sharing concern

The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO) has issued a warning over the legality of giving game away beyond your immediate circle as increasing amounts of game are traded online. The NGO said: “If you are planning on doing anything other than giving game away to close friends and family, you will need to register with your local authority as a food business. That is in addition to your wild game meat hygiene certificate and includes if you are selling to any game dealer, butcher or on social media. Don’t fall foul of food hygiene regulations.” The growth of game sharing groups on social media has been a new feature of the game meat marketing scene, with individuals offering game free or for sale over Facebook. While most transactions are for a small number…

1 min.
keeper goes on snow patrol

Gamekeepers have encouraged visitors to stay away from remote areas to avoid putting unnecessary strain on the country’s emergency services. Last week, Shooting Times reported how keepers pulled out stuck vehicles (News, 20 January). This week another gamekeeper has risen to the challenge of the winter weather and has used his skills and equipment to keep people safe. When Yorkshire keeper Matt Pollard heard that the snow had cut off an older couple’s remote home and that they were out of heating oil, he decided to help by driving through the heavy snow on his quad bike with a load of fuel. His sister Rebecca told Shooting Times what happened. “We speak every day and it’s become the norm over the years that you miss half the conversation because the wind is…

2 min.
orkney stoat project is hit by a ‘wave of theft’

A chaotic and controversial RSPB trapping programme has become the target of a campaign of sabotage. The RSPB-led Orkney Native Wildlife Project, which aims to rid the islands of stoats, has been the subject of criticism for its lavish expenditure and unacceptable levels of by-catch. Enquiries by Shooting Times last year discovered that £90,000 of the project’s £6million budget had been spent on six dogs, a sum described as ‘ridiculous’ by gamekeepers and terrier enthusiasts (News, 19 February). A few months later, concerns about missing pets and harm to vulnerable wildlife led to locals demanding the by-catch data for the project. This revealed a shocking tally of non-target animals being killed, including domestic cats, water rails and the Orkney vole (News, 25 November 2020). Police were called and are investigating after a…

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lockdown delight for northern irish shooters

Recreational shooting is allowed in Northern Ireland during lockdown, says the minister for agriculture, the environment and rural affairs, Edwin Poots MLA. While large-scale driven shooting remains off limits, smaller-scale shooting activities are permitted. BASC Northern Ireland director Tommy Mayne said: “We advised the minister that the coronavirus regulations and guidance had caused considerable confusion in relation to the continuation of recreational shooting during lockdown. “BASC has since received written clarification from the Department of Health, via minister Poots’s office, that recreational shooting — including rough shooting, game shooting, deerstalking and wildfowling — is permitted on an individual basis. BASC thanks the minister for providing much-needed written clarification.” However, there is also some less welcome news for Northern Irish shooters. The new pet travel regulations, which came into force on 1 January, appear…