Shooting Times & Country 16-Jun-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.
burrowed time

Over the past few days, I’ve been reliving some of the happiest sporting moments of my life. Like so many of you, I grew up stalking rabbits with an air rifle, but it’s been years since I pitted my wits against bunnies at close range. In part, this is simply because rabbit numbers in Dumfriesshire are so low that you almost ring your friends to tell them if you do see one. I’m currently staying in the Norfolk village of Snoring, though, and numbers here are booming. For someone with memories of an old break-barrel BSA, the rifle I’m using — one that you pump up, lent to me by a local farmer — seems like an amazing bit of kit. Happily, too, for the people I’m staying with, the pies…

3 min.
long delays as breeders try to register new litters

Gundog breeders have hit out at the Kennel Club (KC) after experiencing long delays and other problems trying to register puppies. Among them is cocker spaniel breeder Diane Brown, who told Shooting Times: “We don’t breed a lot and we only sell to good-quality working homes, but we have been waiting since March to receive papers for puppies we sold,”she said. The problems have stemmed from a new web-based registration system called myKC. Industry insiders have described the system as a ‘disaster’ and ‘totally botched’. While some breeders have been unable to get registration documents for their litters, others have been inundated. One said the postman had delivered more than 40 registration letters, none of which were litters she had bred. “No contact has been attempted on their part whatsoever” And gundog breeder Peri…

1 min.
keeper’s bravery recognised

A Northumberland gamekeeper and Shooting Times contributor has won an award for his courage in facing down rural criminals. Alan Edwards, who is a gamekeeper on the Allendale Estate, was given the bravery accolade at the Northumbria Police Citizens in Policing Awards. Mr Edwards is one of Northumbria Police’s highly successful Rural Crime Volunteers; rural residents who are trained, security cleared and equipped by police. His courage and calm demeanour when faced with poaching gangs enabled him to secure vital evidence and has now won him the award. In 2020 Mr Edwards reported 35 incidents and used his body-worn camera to record criminals at work. Sergeant Ian Pattison, of Northumbria Police’s rural crime team, told Shooting Times: “We can’t thank Alan and all our rural volunteers enough for all the work they…

1 min.
to do this week

FOXING Take full advantage of silage harvest for fox control. Newly cut hay and silage fields always draw in foxes and are well worth running a lamp over. If you think foxes are becoming lamp-shy, a thermal scope can work wonders. Or simply settling yourself among stacked bales and spending a quiet evening waiting can be equally effective. FISHING With the May blossom fading, the sea trout should be running. By day an upstream Mepp will find them, and at night the downstream fly fished slowly will pick them up.…

2 min.
wild game bounces back after late spring

The very late spring seems to have set wild game back but not hit numbers in the way snowfall or heavy rain has in previous years. “There is plenty of wild game about,” Cambridgeshire gamekeeper Ed Coles told Shooting Times. “Ducks were off and running by mid-April. English [grey] partridge pairs are about the same as last season, at least 21 pairs. In some places I’m not seeing partridges, so hopefully they are sitting on their nests; in others I’m seeing them quite a bit but not with any young yet. Fingers crossed, by harvest, I’ll have a mix of early and late broods. “I haven’t seen any pheasant broods yet, but they’ve been laying like mad since April. I’ve never found so many predated eggs — I have picked up nearly…

1 min.
capercaillie being ‘killed by present approaches’

Capercaillie may be at risk of disappearing from the UK as new data shows steep declines. Capercaillie are counted at leks — the sites where males compete for females — and lek counts in their heartland in the Cairngorms National Park in the spring of 2021 found 130 male birds, down from 250 birds in 2015. The reduction of 35% represents one of the steepest declines of any British bird species. The birds are being put under pressure by a lack of habitat, low productivity, predation, collisions with unmarked fences, disturbance and climate change. Commenting on the situation, Scottish Gamekeepers Association chairman Alex Hogg said: “Present approaches are killing the capercaillie, shortchanging the taxpayer and rewarding failure. Millions of pounds of public money have been spent on missed targets. The public needs…