Shooting Times & Country 24-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.
snapshot of sport

Last Saturday while driving through Cumbria, for work that couldn’t be done from home, I saw two men standing on a snowy hillside with three lurchers and a box of ferrets. Despite the snow, I could make out rabbit holes dotted across the earth beneath them. I’ll happily admit that whenever I’m on a train or in the car and I see people out shooting or someone sitting in a high seat, I feel a real surge of boyish delight. But on this occasion I felt it even more keenly than usual. I suspect it’s because it was a snapshot of sporting normality and a picture of how things will be again for all of us when life returns to normal. Some things will undoubtedly never be the same as they were before…

2 min.
study reveals the shocking abuse faced by gamekeepers

Gamekeepers are facing a torrent of abuse according to a survey published by shooting groups. The survey — which was conducted by BASC, the Countryside Alliance, the Game Farmers’ Association and the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation — found 64% of the country’s keepers had experienced some form of abuse connected to their work. The survey confirmed the findings of an earlier Scottish government review, which found that 64% of Scottish keepers had been targeted (News, 18 November 2020). Shockingly, 15% of respondents said they had experienced physical abuse. “One recipient of online abuse said it was ‘sadly typical’ now” Glynn Evans, BASC’s head of game and gundogs, said: “Much of this aggressive behaviour on the ground is a product of targeted campaigns by those against shooting. While debate and a difference of opinion is…

1 min.
dog walker finds dead deer

Questions are being asked about a leading rewilding charity’s deer management practices after a dog walker came across the carcasses of a hind and calf apparently dumped at a beauty spot. The walker found the carcasses in the Nevis gorge near Fort William on 27 January. The animals appear to have been gralloched and then left. The Nevis gorge is part of a large estate owned by the John Muir Trust, which includes much of Ben Nevis. “Every few years these things seem to happen on John Muir Trust ground. It is not isolated, sadly,” said Bill Cowie of the Scottish Gamekeepers Association’s deer group. The trust angrily denied any involvement, saying: “We were curious as to why these carcasses had been dragged from the hillside and grouped closely together, potentially for… a…

1 min.
ngo calls for focus on theft

The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO) has called on police forces to get a grip on the problem of dog theft. The call comes after police officers recovered between 70 and 80 stolen dogs in a single raid in Carmarthenshire last week. Stolen dogs are often transported over huge distances, with animals that were stolen in Perthshire being found 24 hours later in the English Midlands. To combat this problem the NGO is calling for the establishment of a register or specially designated officer to co-ordinate intelligence gathering and sharing. Liam Bell, chairman of the NGO, said: “The theft of dogs from homes is not a new crime but one that seems to be increasing in all regions of the UK. The effect a theft of a companion animal has is devastating and the…

2 min.
don’t catch up hens, scots keepers advised

The Scottish government has asked shoot operators and gamekeepers not to catch up hen birds following an outbreak of the most dangerous form of avian influenza, or bird flu, on a game farm. Government vets ordered an immediate cull of 14,000 breeding gamebirds at an unnamed premises near Leven in Fife after cases of H5N1 bird flu were detected on the farm. H5N1 is one of the most dangerous forms of the disease for human health. While it cannot as yet be passed from person to personm it can be caught directly from infected birds and is fatal to humans in 60% of cases. This large-scale outbreak marks a worrying new development during what has already been a severe bird flu season. The nature of the outbreak was confirmed by laboratory testing…

1 min.
senior hunting official ‘encouraged law-breaking’

Police have charged one of the UK’s most senior hunting officials with inciting others to break the Hunting Act. Mark Hankinson, director of the Masters of Foxhounds Association, was charged by Devon and Cornwall Police and is due to appear at Plymouth Magistrates’ Court on 4 March. Mr Hankinson was charged after a video of a trail-hunting seminar was leaked. It is alleged that the seminars, which were organised by the Hunting Office, showed Mr Hankinson discussing how to cover up illegal hunting. A spokesman for the Hunting Office responded: “The truth is that two, hour-long, Hunting Office webinars clearly dealt with the operation and promotion of legal trail-hunting and managing animal rights activism. “The allegation that they were organised to discuss covering up unlawful activities is totally incorrect and can only be…