Shooting Times & Country 10-Feb-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.
pulling together

At this point, I’m not sure if I remember how to take on driven birds at all, but I was lucky this season in that I managed to scrape together a fair bit of shooting. It all ended, happily, with a morning on the Solway followed by a last flight on my pond the following evening. The collective bag was meagre, only a snipe and a wigeon, but it was a joy to be out at all. A couple of evenings ago, after I’d plucked my birds and was sitting down by the fire, the phone rang. It was a keeper from Yorkshire who was ringing to talk to me about writing for Shooting Times. He told me it had been a strange sort of season but he’d had a much…

2 min.
beretta snaps up a very fine slice of london best

Italian brand Beretta has bought Holland & Holland. The London firm, which holds two royal warrants, was founded in 1835 by Harris Holland and has grown into one of the best-known luxury gun companies in the world. After being bought by luxury goods maker Chanel, Holland & Holland underwent a major expansion, opening gunrooms in New York, Dallas and Moscow. However, it has been experiencing difficulties over recent years, with its accounts showing substantial losses in 2017 and 2018 and its 2019 accounts not filed with Companies House. Its 2018 strategic report said: “The directors considered the company’s trading to be disappointing and out of line with expectations”. It blamed “poor sales in the UK mainly due to market conditions and late deliveries”. “Beretta Holding is keen to preserve Holland & Holland’s valuable…

1 min.
campaigners hit with costs

Anti-shooting group Wild Justice has been dealt a fresh financial blow after a judge ordered it to pay legal costs to Natural Resources Wales. The campaign group, led by TV presenter Chris Packham, had hoped to disrupt shooting and gamekeeping by forcing Natural Resources Wales to withdraw vital general licences. However, a High Court judge comprehensively rejected its claims. Now the campaign group faces paying not only its own lawyer’s bills, but also contributing towards those of Natural Resources Wales. The judge ordered them to pay £10,000. Under the Aarhus Convention, an international agreement that limits claimants’ costs in environmental law, £10,000 is the maximum the government can recover from a claimant. Wild Justice has issued no formal comment on the award, nor has it taken any steps to inform its supporters and…

1 min.
cull was never ‘indefinite’

The badger cull is to end in 2022. The practice of culling badgers to reduce bovine tuberculosis (TB) began in 2013 and has brought about considerable reductions in the disease. The Government now intends to use vaccination as its main tool in managing the disease. Speaking to the House of Commons, farming minister George Eustice said: “The farming community has invested heavily in badger culling, which the evidence shows has played a critical role in helping to start to turn the tide on this terrible disease. “But we were clear that culling badgers indefinitely is not acceptable.” However, one badger cull contractor, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “Culling evidentially works. It is financially beneficial for the Government, it reduces the heartache for the farming community, and the operation is well organised. It…

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to do this week

Check your trailer tyres. New legislation has come into force concerning the requirements for trailer tyres. The rules are complex and will cover many shoot trailers and beaters’ wagons. The CLA advises that “to comply with this new regulation, owners of such vehicles are strongly advised to ensure that their tyres are less than 10 years old, and that the manufacturer’s date code is legible”. Late winter can be a great time for a little roost shooting. Slip quietly into a wood before the pigeon are due to come in to roost and wait for their arrival. The key to roost shooting is to stay alert and be ready to move and shoot when you see the bird commit to landing.…

2 min.
burning on protected blanket bogs banned

The Government has announced plans to change the law on heather burning. The new rules will stop any burning on areas of deep peat on a Site of Special Scientific Interest that is also a Special Area of Conservation or a Special Protection Area. Exceptions will be made where a licence has been issued or land is steep and rocky Controlled burning of vegetation is an important moorland management activity, with patches burned on a rotational basis typically every eight to 12 years. These controlled burns creates a patchwork of different ages and depths of heather, with young green shoots for grouse to feed on and longer heather for the birds to nest in. It also helps prevent wildfires by reducing fuel load and creating important fire breaks. The practice of burning on…