Shooting Times & Country 18-Aug-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.
retail therapy

This morning, I bought some sausages. Not a great adventure, admittedly, but I enjoyed it hugely. I’m in London at the moment and the local Italian butcher’s shop is staffed by a girl who seems to know an awful lot about truffle hunting. As I walked home, it struck me how much pleasure there should be in shopping. From buying a gun to a punnet of strawberries, it ought to be a very human experience. Online retail opportunities in the sporting arena are many. I could order a full shooting suit this afternoon and have it delivered by tomorrow lunchtime. It’s impressive but I’m not sure it compares with the joys of popping into a proper country outfitter. Over the years, I’ve seen a number of gunshops close their doors due…

4 min.
no alternatives would give same benefits, says study

A new report has given a ringing endorsement to driven grouse shooting (DGS). The 242-page paper written by a team from the University of Northampton, entitled Sustainable Grouse Shooting? A Summary of the Evidence, looked at the case for and against the sport. Its conclusions will come as a blow to critics of traditional moorland management. Examining the economic impact of a ban, the experts concluded that “moorland communities in areas where grouse shooting takes place have a high level of ‘community’ and a greater sense of belonging than the national average”. The report also backed the environmental case made for grouse shooting, concluding that “DGS management results in an increasingly rare assemblage of plants, animals and invertebrates being supported and enhanced for the benefit of the UK and Europe. This assemblage…

1 min.
to do this week

MEDICAL Wet weather can cause foot problems for dogs and it is a good idea to check your dog’s feet regularly. Lifting their paws, spreading the pads and checking in between for discolouration or foreign objects can help head off a serious issue. FISHING Go big or go home. If you are chancing your arm for salmon on a river in spate, big flies and big lures are the way to go. While Stoats Tails and Blue Charms will get lost in the maelstrom, big Tobys and Flying Cs are much more likely to find a fish for you.…

4 min.
sporting agents warn of ‘scramble’ for days

Shoots are expecting a busy season as carried-over bookings and pent-up demand fill shoot calendars. With most of the UK shooting season put on hold last year due to COVID-19, speculation has been rife about how shooting would bounce back. However, there is no evidence that demand for shooting has waned during the pandemic and Guns seem keen to return to the field in numbers. One indicator of a busy game season to come has been demand for lessons at clay grounds. Many have been enjoying strong demand, with new Shots seeking lessons and experienced Guns getting their eye in for the season ahead. West London Shooting School head instructor Mark Heath said:“Since lockdown ended, we have seen a huge resurgence in bookings from private clients, group lessons and corporate businesses, too. We…

1 min.
news in brief

Sue, a treasure on the beating line The Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust (GWT) has named Sue Stringer its 2021 Game Bird of the Year. Gamekeeper’s wife Sue is an NHS nurse whose spare time is spent supporting husband Steve, a full-time gamekeeper on an estate in Wales. Steve describes Sue as his eyes and ears on what’s happening at her end of the beating line on a shoot day. As well as making food for the beaters and Guns, she is also their on-shoot medic. Active throughout the year, Sue lends a hand with everything from looking after birds, dogging-in with her team of dogs to sitting out with her rifle for foxes. Plan your route to Walk for Wildlife You can help the GWCT protect the nation’s wildlife by taking a simple walk –…

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LETTER OF THE WEEK Learning the easy way, thanks to ST As a lifelong reader of the Shooting Times I have much enjoyed your Vintage Times articles. Recently, I bid successfully for 60 copies of Shooting Times from the 1960s at a local auction house. I paid £42 for the lot, which seems excellent value even at today’s subscription price. The first copy I started to read was dated 25 November 1965, which was some three years after my own passion for shooting was started by my father encouraging me into the shooting field. Apart from the many evocative adverts from venerable companies such as William Powell, Cogswell & Harrison, Webley, AYA et al there were four articles that really captured my attention. The first was by J K Stanford about the woes and frustrations…