Shooting Times & Country 21-Jul-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.
poult to plate

I often think how positive it would be if every child got the opportunity to shoot something for their dinner. It’s never going to happen, but the thought came back to me last week when I heard someone on the radio saying we need to pay more for our meat. To us, the idea of forking out for good steak or wild venison sausages seems reasonable. We know that these products are derived from a creature that was once living and breathing and we recognise it’s only right that the animals that end up on our plates lived in good conditions. A great deal of respect comes from the fact that we put hard yards in when stalking, wildfowling or lovingly tending partridges, from their arrival as poults through to plucking…

2 min.
‘another nail in the coffin of grassroots conservation’

Defra may be preparing to move against the use of snares to control common pests and predators. In a letter to animal rights organisation Animal Aid, Defra minister Rebecca Pow said: “Snares can cause immense suffering to both target and non-target animals. It is an issue we are looking at closely in order to maintain the highest animal welfare standards in the world. “We have recently announced in our action plan for animal welfare that we will launch a call for evidence on the use of snares.” Ms Pow’s letter continued: “The Government has no current plans to ban the use of snares.” However, the inclusion of the word ‘current’ suggested that such plans may be forthcoming and both pro and anti-shooting elements were keen to make their cases. “To criminalise snaring would further the…

1 min.
fingers crossed for grouse

Initial indications suggest a poor grouse season, with many chicks and eggs being lost to cold weather at the crucial nesting period. Grouse counting is now well under way across Scottish estates and early reports are not promising. Angus Glens keepers remained tight-lipped when asked about their likely shooting calendars, and sources in Perthshire have described exceptionally poor numbers. One keeper told Shooting Times “plans now are to rebuild stock and concentrate on future seasons”. Though there are scattered positive reports from Morayshire and the Southern Uplands, hopes for any shooting on most Scottish moors now depend on second broods hatched during the good weather of early summer. English moors appear set to be a mixed bag, with lower moors and those with more sheltered aspects being able to produce some good…

1 min.
help keeper find stolen dogs

A Highland gamekeeper whose dogs have been snatched has appealed to Shooting Times readers to help get them back. Torben Jessen, who lives near Kingussie, made the appeal after the dogs were taken from his kennels during the night. Mr Jessen said he put the dogs in their kennel at around 8pm on 11 July before settling down to watch the football. He then went out to feed his birds at around 5.30am the next day. After he finished feeding, he discovered the kennel was open and two dogs were missing. “I searched the area closely, but it was obvious they had not escaped,” he told Shooting Times. “I could see tracks through the long grass where someone had approached the kennel and then led them away to the side of the road.” The…

1 min.
to do this week

FISHING Klink and dink. Fishing a dry-fly for rising trout on a summer evening is one of the great pleasures of fly-fishing. But adding a nymph below the dry-fly, either using a dropper or tying the nymph to the hook of a surface-interpreting fly such as a klinkhammer, can help to put more fish in the net. CROPS See if you could be doing more for pollinators. As populations of bees, butterflies and other insects struggle, the GWCT is offering advice on making your shoot pollinator-friendly. The advice, which is published on the trust’s website, looks at measures such as including Phacelia tanacetifolia, also known as blue or purple tansy, into game crops and overwintering kale to provide vital early feeding. Visit and help the bees.…

2 min.
uk gun trade confirms major ammo shortage

A cocktail of supply issues, global price rises, Brexit-related disruption and political anxiety in the US has caused a severe shortage of ammunition in the UK, according to the shooting industry publication Gun Trade News. A survey conducted by our sister title asked gun dealers, wholesalers and distributors whether they believed that there was a shortage of ammunition. Some 85% of respondents to the survey agreed there was a shortage, with 15% answering that there perhaps was a shortage. Rifle ammunition was hardest hit. Of the survey’s respondents, 80% said there was a shortage of rifle ammunition compared with 40% for shotgun cartridges and 21% for air-rifle pellets. The ammunition shortage has been even more marked in the US. In April this year, a survey by consulting firm Southwick Associates found that “out-of-stock…