Shooting Times & Country 26-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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1 min.
shooting times ringing the alarm

Only a couple of years ago, if I was awake at 2am, I was probably at a party. Lately, though, I’ve found myself out on the road in the early hours of the morning, going in search of some of Britain’s rarest birds. Last week, I went to Suffolk at dawn to join a three-man team who were ringing nightingales. It was an extraordinary experience and holding a nightingale in my hands was a real privilege. In the past 40 years, nightingale numbers have declined by more than 90%. The causes are many, but the ringers were adamant that browsing by muntjac deer is having a disastrous impact on nightingale habitat. It was heartening to hear them talk about the need for the nation to eat more venison. These were not shooting…

2 min.
sga warns over doubling of culls following deer killings

Images of a shot hind and her unborn calf have provoked strong reactions among deerstalkers and local residents on the Isle of Skye. The photos, which show a hind shot substantially out of season along with a well-developed but unborn calf, were taken by a local resident who passed them on to the Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA). A general licence issued by NatureScot allows close season culling of female deer in Scotland up until 1 April. However, the agency confirmed that no special permissions had been issued on this site to allow out-of-season culling. The lack of a licence from NatureScot may mean that those involved have committed a criminal offence. The deer were found dumped in an area fenced off for a native tree planting scheme on the Dunvegan Estate owned by Hugh…

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shooting tale is ‘fake news’

Shooting Times has traced a news story published online by the Mirror earlier this month to a book of short stories and tall tales by an Irish author in the 1960s. The Mirror story, which cited a podcast as its source, claimed that a group of Middle Eastern hunters had set out on an unaccompanied hunting trip somewhere in England and, failing to find any pheasants, had shot a flock of sheep instead, believing them to be Highland deer. Despite the obvious breaches of firearms and animal welfare legislation, and the general absurd improbability of the story, some readers seemed convinced it was true. One commented: “Serves the farmer right. Since when is shooting a defenceless animal for ‘fun’ been acceptable?” Shooting Times received a tip that the story bore a striking resemblance…

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lord benyon in, ewing out

Keen Shot and countryman Lord Richard Benyon has been appointed as a Defra minister in what is hoped to be a counterbalance to the influence of the Goldsmith brothers. Lord Benyon is part-owner of Glenmazeran Estate in Inverness-shire and of farms in the Home Counties. He is also a former trustee of the GWCT. Lord Benyon is a prominent advocate for grouse shooting and, in a debate over banning the sport, he said that a ban “would be a disaster for my generation and for my children, who would not be able to see the kinds of birds and wildlife that I have had the privilege to enjoy seeing in our uplands”. His support for shooting and traditional land uses is likely to put him at odds with fellow Defra minister Zac…

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to do this week

VISIT Book a place on a Curlew Safari. With curlew breeding season now in full swing, you can enjoy the sight and sound of these birds on one of their upland strongholds, the managed grouse moors of Bolton Abbey in North Yorkshire. The gamekeeper-guided safaris are running on 12 and 13 June. To book a place, email BOOK Take advantage of a deal on Game Fair tickets. The annual festival of the great British countryside is returning to Ragley Hall in Warwickshire from Friday, 23 July to Sunday, 25 July. This year, if you book a ticket for two days, you will get the third day free. Visit for details.…

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shoots set to lose drives due to ‘protected areas’

Shooting and gamekeeping organisations have begun issuing guidance for shoots that release birds on or near European protected sites. As we reported last week, releasing birds on Special Protection Areas, Special Areas for Conservation and surrounding land within 5km of these sites will now be regulated under a general licence (News, 19 May). This will set maximum releasing densities on and around protected sites. BASC’s Jack Knott told Shooting Times how shoots could seek help. “The first step for most shoots will be to check whether they are affected by the changes,” he said. “They can do this by using BASC’s Green Shoots Mapping [] or by following a link from the licence itself. “BASC has created a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) to ensure the small proportion of shoots affected by…