Shooting Times & Country 28-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.
no lack of respect

Of all the books I read at school, the one that brought me the greatest joy was Gerald Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals. The tale of expat life on Corfu is hilarious and wildlife is at the heart of it. In one particularly amusing scene, the boys head off snipe shooting and end up waist-deep in water. Durrell went on to become a great zoologist and conservationist. It interested me, in my teenage years, that Gerald didn’t really pass comment on the ethics of shooting. It was just something that happened. He lived, of course, at a time when great naturalists, from Sir Peter Scott to Sir Hugh Gladstone of the RSPB, were also keen Shots. It would be wrong to say everybody liked shooting but to be a keen…

2 min.
aim to sustain — a single voice for game shooting

All the country’s major shooting organisations are joining a partnership to secure the future of shooting. BASC, the Countryside Alliance, the British Game Alliance (BGA), the CLA, the Game Farmers’ Association, the Moorland Association, the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation and Scottish Land & Estates will unite under the umbrella of Aim to Sustain. Aim to Sustain will not replace the existing organisations and won’t have members of its own; instead it will provide a single public and political voice for shooting. This role has been filled intermittently by the Shoot Liaison Committee; however, attacks on the general licences and a series of public and political challenges to shooting have made it clear that a more unified approach is needed to protect the sport’s future. Initially, the group will be jointly chaired by BASC…

1 min.
legal challenge to burning

Anti-shooting campaign group Wild Justice has launched another legal challenge intended to disrupt shooting. The group, which has a string of failed legal challenges behind it, has announced that it is contesting Defra’s new rules limiting the burning of vegetation in England and Wales. In a blog announcing the action, law firm Leigh Day claimed that the regulations “are not only unenforceable, but create a facade of effectiveness, preventing urgent and far-reaching legislation addressing climate change and biodiversity loss from being introduced”. BASC responded by pointing out the conservation risks involved in the action. “As a conservation organisation, we believe Wild Justice’s challenge will directly impact on the sustainable management of land in the uplands,” said Caroline Bedell, executive director of conservation at BASC. “BASC’s Fighting Fund allows us to take swift action…

1 min.
spate of dog thefts continues

Two stolen spaniels have been recovered but two others remain missing after yet more dog thefts in the central Highlands. Last week, Shooting Timesreported the suspected theft of two spaniels from a gamekeeper near Kingussie (News, 21 July). The older of the two dogs, Maggie, was subsequently recovered in the town of Crieff 80 miles away. The day before Maggie was dumped in Crieff, two golden working cocker spaniels were snatched from a home in the nearby village of Amulree. One of these dogs was found six days later in Brinsley, Nottinghamshire. Iona McGregor, who owns the dogs, appealed for the help of Shooting Timesreaders. She said: “It is essential we make these dogs too hot to handle. Please share information about them on social media, and if you know or think you know…

1 min.
to do this week

DOGS Leave the dog at home. No dog ever died from missing a walk, but plenty have died from heat stroke. In intense hot weather, if swimming is off the cards, then resting your dog may be the best choice. All dogs should be provided with plenty of fresh water and you should ensure your kennel offers lots of shade. POULTS Consider adding essential oils to partridge feeds. Work by dedicated gamebird vets St David’s suggests that the correct doses of the right essential oils can reduce losses of partridge poults. Have a chat with your vet about whether this could help you use fewer antibiotics and have healthier birds.…

2 min.
gun sale site hacked in big security breach

One of the UK’s top gun-selling websites has suffered a serious data breach. Names and addresses of buyers and sellers who used Guntrader appear to have been stolen by hackers, before being offered for a small fee via an open online forum. The data was also made available on the dark web. The list contained details of more than 100,000 individuals, including names, postal and email addresses and a latitude and longitude for accounts. Website users were horrified at the news that their data had been stolen and distributed in this way. YouTube channel English Shooting broke the news of the hack on its Facebook page. A representative told Shooting Times: “I was contacted late on Tuesday [20 July] regarding the breach. It was quickly confirmed as being real after being sent my…