Shooting Times & Country 05-May-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

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1 min.
stronger together

As the country starts to edge back to some sort of normality, I’ve been reflecting on what’s been a desperately bleak period for so many. But even in times of crisis there are always silver linings. During the first lockdown, I was heartened to see our subscriber figures grow, but I was even more delighted by the number of long-time readers who got in touch to say how much they’d been enjoying Shooting Times while being stuck at home. One retired headkeeper told me it made him feel connected to a world he had always loved. These various happy conversations confirmed my belief that Shooting Times is a community rather than a magazine and from this issue, that community has grown. Earlier this year, we took on Sporting Rifle magazine, which means…

2 min.
greens ‘to put thousands of rural workers on the dole’

Gamekeepers have warned that an alliance between the SNP and the Scottish Greens after the 6 May election could put “thousands of rural workers on the dole, with little prospect of redeployment, and affect the well-being and future… of their dependents”. The stark claim came in an open letter to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon from Scottish Gamekeepers Association chairman Alex Hogg. Mr Hogg drew Ms Sturgeon’s attention to a list of policies that he said would “effectively end all game management and angling in Scotland and destroy a significant part of Scotland’s cultural heritage”. Among the policies highlighted was a “commitment to end what the Greens term ‘bloodsports’” and “a full ban on fox control with dogs”. “Where does the fairness lie for those set to lose their jobs?” The SNP currently has 61…

1 min.
guilty of ‘going equipped’

A poacher has narrowly avoided jail after Northumbria Police’s rural crime team caught him with an array of weapons. Thirty-year-old Mark Mann was spotted by officers in a field near the town of Blyth accompanied by two dogs. When they detained him, they found a lamp, a thermal imager and three knives. Mann was prosecuted for Hunting Act offences and pleaded guilty to going equipped and possession of a bladed article. He was fined and sentenced to six months in prison suspended for one year. Sergeant Ian Pattison, from the Northumbria Police rural crime team, said: “Poaching isn’t just taking one for the pot, but is the use of dogs to indiscriminately kill wildlife, often for betting purposes, as well as on occasions damaging fields and fences with vehicles. “It is an offence…

1 min.
shooting supports waders

Sporting estates are leading the way on wader conservation as the breeding season begins. In the Angus glens lapwings are enjoying a good start to the season, with the first chicks spotted in the last week of April. Further south in Yorkshire, keepers were busy marking out curlew nests to keep them safe from agricultural machinery. And figures have emerged showing that 90% of grouse moors hosted breeding pairs of curlew. In Kent, one of the UK’s most threatened birds is making a tentative comeback, thanks to a devoted gamekeepers’ programme of habitat improvement and predator control. Lapwings have suffered a 60% decline in the UK since 1970. But at Godmersham Park Estate in Kent, there are five pairs of the birds up from one pair in 2018. Manager Ben Palmer told Shooting Times:…

1 min.
to do this week

CHECK If you live in an area that has adders, they are starting to be more active. Make sure you know what to do if your dog receives an adder bite. Swift veterinary treatment is essential, but proper first aid can make a life or death difference, too. BIRDS Put out water for birds, whether it is for gamebirds or other wild species. It would not usually be a problem for them to find water at this time of year, but with the prolonged spell of dry weather all birds will be struggling. Shallow drinkers can be an invaluable resource if kept clean and topped up.…

2 min.
heroic keepers help to tackle marsden blaze

Gamekeepers and farmers tackled a catastrophic moorland blaze alone after firefighters and National Trust staff were withdrawn due to health and safety issues. The fire is the latest in a series of serious wildfires to affect the Peak District and is reportedly the worst so far this year. It broke out on the National Trust owned and managed Marsden Moor. The National Trust does not use controlled burning to manage fuel load, relying on cutting and ‘rewetting’ instead. Due to the high fuel load and strong breezes, the fire spread rapidly, soon reaching neighbouring estates, and a helicopter had to be called in to support the 10 fire crews that were fighting the flames. “We worked alone to save hundreds of acres of habitat that would have been destroyed” At 8pm, fire crews were…