Shooting Times & Country 23-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.
shooting times working together

A fortnight ago, I had the pleasure of driving around Holkham with Jake Fiennes, looking at spoonbills and lapwings. Jake is interesting. Some see him as a modernising force, but in truth there’s something charmingly old-fashioned about a man who loves butterflies and walked-up snipe. Jake’s real impact comes in being able to talk to all sorts of people across rural Britain. I’ve met birdwatchers who view him just as positively as legendary partridge keepers. Jake was a keeper, of course, before he moved into estate management. You’d be forgiven for thinking that a man of Jake’s stamp might not be welcome in some quarters, but he is a well-known face at the RSPB, even sitting on its England Advisory Committee. Recently, I’ve been thinking about the notion of a divided countryside.…

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brewdog ‘sells off keepers’ homes’ after buying estate

Controversial beer company BrewDog has been criticised following claims it has begun selling off the former homes of staff members, including gamekeepers, on its newly purchased estate. The 9,000-acre Kinrara Estate, near Aviemore, was previously owned by the McLaren family. It boasts a grouse moor with a 10-year average of 476 brace, deerstalking, fishing and a pheasant shoot, as well as an ‘in hand’ farm. It is believed to have previously employed six keepers, as well as farming and domestic staff and gardeners. BrewDog’s ‘Equity for Punks’ fund purchased the estate earlier this year with the intention of planting trees to offset the beer company’s carbon emissions. “Why would a millionaire put his vanity project above local people if not for greed?” BrewDog was already under fire before claims of the sell-off emerged. In…

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eagle conservation tag team

Gamekeepers from the Tayside and Central Scotland Moorland Group (TCSMG) will be working with Scotland’s largest land owner, rewilding enthusiast Anders Hoch Povlsen, to tackle raptor persecution in the central Highlands. The keepers and the billionaire clothing magnate will be working together to tag a young golden eagle then will allow the bird to be tracked by the public on the Animal Tracker smartphone app. Alice Bugden, coordinator of the TCSMG, said: “This unique collaboration will hopefully allow us to get beyond some of the polarisation of recent times. There has been a lot of negative attention in recent years about alleged persecution of eagles. We are focused on positive action. “It has been refreshing to liaise with Wildland, who have years of experience of tagging and recording raptor movements on their own…

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defra labels deer as ‘pests’

Stalkers have reacted angrily to the description of deer as a ‘pest species’ by Defra. The department’s new guidance on how to plant trees to extend existing woodland includes advice on dealing with “pest species like field voles, rabbits and deer” and refers to deer again when describing the types of fencing and guards required to protect trees from ‘pests’. The British Deer Society said: “We are concerned by the repeated use of the term ‘pest’ in reference to deer, which in our opinion is an unacceptable and insensitive term to describe iconic mammals that demand intelligent and humane management, and which not only enhance our countryside, but also boost the rural economy.” The guidance did not mention the need to observe close seasons when managing deer. Deerstalker Kenny Bradt told Shooting Times: “For…

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to do this week

LET IT GROW With summer vegetation roaring along, it can be tempting to hit it hard with the strimmer and the herbicide. But rough patches, weedy corners, brambles and nettles can all be valuable habitats for native wildlife. From butterflies to hedgehogs and even grey partridges, there are many species that benefit if you hold back your instinct to tidy up. STUDY MOTHS Warm dry summer evenings are great for moth trapping. Proprietary moth traps are easy to set up and, combined with a field guide, can give a fascinating insight into the nocturnal wildlife on your shoot. The traps are designed to lure in the insects, then allow them to be released unharmed.…

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disease in birds a cause of stress among keepers

One of the UK’s leading gamebird vets has warned of the effect on shoot operators’ mental health if and when Mycoplasma gallisepticum (Mg/bulgy eye) hits. Dr Kenny Nutting of Saint David’s Game Bird Services told Shooting Times that the disease carried a stigma that made keepers reluctant to admit they had a problem and are therefore less willing to seek help for their birds and themselves. “As it is one of the most prevalent diseases in the sector, we strongly feel that it should not be a stigma for those it affects,” said Dr Nutting. “Instead, it should be talked about more openly and tackled head on, so that biosecurity protocols can be reviewed and revised where needed, and lessons can be learned in order to aid the reduction in this disease…