Shooting Times & Country 14-Apr-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.

País:
United Kingdom
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Future Publishing Ltd
Periodicidad:
Weekly
USD 3.44
USD 107.32
52 Números

en este número

1 min.
forgotten gems

Some years ago on the River Nith, Rab Kerr, the then river manager on the Buccleuch Estate, said to me that when he was a young man, poaching was a big problem, and much of his life was taken up with trying to keep local lads off the river. A year or two later, Rab’s son, Scott, who took over from him, said to me he reckoned he could probably drive a minibus into Dumfries and ask all the boys hanging about if they fancied a free day’s fishing only to return with the bus as empty as it was when he set out. Sadly, Scott Kerr was made redundant two seasons ago. It simply didn’t add up to have somebody full time when so few people were fishing. Nobody would…

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2 min.
heather burning boosts carbon-capturing mosses

Burning heather helps to boost the growth of sphagnum moss, which locks up carbon in peat, according to the latest study of upland burning. Sphagnum mosses rapidly extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and then lock it up in peat, making them one of the most effective ways of fighting climate change. “Cool fires reduce heather cover without destroying the mosses” Globally, peatlands are the largest natural store of carbon. Peatlands across the world contain 550 gigatonnes of carbon, which is considerably more than the amount of carbon stored in all other vegetation types, including the world’s forests. However, damaged peat emits both carbon dioxide and methane, both of which are potent greenhouse gases. In the UK, debate has raged over how to ensure that peatlands are healthy and are collecting, not releasing, carbon. The…

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1 min.
ngda lead move welcomed

The announcement by the National Game Dealers Association (NGDA) that it would only accept lead-free game and venison from July 2022 (News, 7 April) has been welcomed by shooting groups and the food industry. Silver Sheldon, of Hadrian’s Game Larder, said: “We can only lead from the front. The future of shooting lies firmly in our hands. As a collective, across the four nations, there are game dealers doing awesome work. Let’s get on with it.” A spokesman for BASC, the Countryside Alliance, the British Game Alliance and the Game Farmers’ Association added: “A strong game market will mean a strong future for shooting. The continued use of lead shot has become a growing blocker for the game market. This was a key driver in the announcement of a five-year voluntary transition…

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1 min.
keepers help tackle blazes

Gamekeepers across the country have yet again been at the forefront of wildfire fighting and prevention as dry, sunny weather and visitor influx lead to moorland blazes from Aberdeenshire to the south-west of England. As in previous years, the Peak District proved to be particularly hard hit. Gamekeepers, farmers and three fire crews were called out to tackle a grass fire beside the long-distance Longdendale Trail. The blaze was brought under control, but not before it had destroyed more than five hectares of habitat. Local keepers also dealt with nearly 20 small fires caused by the use of disposable barbecues. Tina Brough, of the North Yorkshire Moors Moorland Organisation, told Shooting Timesabout the experience of her group’s members. “Dealing with wildfires on the North York Moors is something that gamekeepers are used to.…

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2 min.
stalkers’ concern over deer certificate change

Long-expected changes to the Deer Stalking Certificate (DSC) qualifications have proved controversial in the deerstalking community. During 2019, Deer Management Qualifications (DMQ), the consortium that manages the qualifications, undertook a review of its structure and content. The review recommended a number of changes. One relatively uncontroversial change is the decision to move the DMQ Trained Hunter qualification from DSC1 to DSC2. In effect, this means that only DSC2-trained stalkers will be allowed to sell carcasses for human consumption. Those stalkers who already hold DSC1 will keep their trained hunter status. The DSC1 shooting test will also be changed, with a close-range ‘despatch shot’ added to the assessment. Much more controversial is a change to the number of ‘witnessed stalks’ required to complete the level two qualification. Under the previous arrangement, DSC2 candidates had…

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2 min.
hrh prince philip the duke of edinburgh (1921 – 2021)

His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has died. Prince Philip, who was 99 years old, passed away on the morning of 9 April at Windsor Castle. Born on the island of Corfu in 1921 into both the Danish and the Greek royal families, Prince Philip was educated in Paris, England and Germany, before completing his schooling at Gordonstoun school in Moray, Scotland. He served in the Royal Navy during World War II and was mentioned in despatches for his service during the Battle of Cape Matapan. He married the then Princess Elizabeth in 1947 after formally renouncing his Greek and Danish titles and adopting the surname Mountbatten. Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth were on a tour of the Commonwealth when she received news of her father’s illness, and it…

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