Shooting Times & Country 25-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.
a brighter future

It will hardly have escaped your notice that parts of rural Britain are being overrun. I’m sure there are readers who do very well out of tourism, but I suspect there are many more who’ve absolutely had it with litter. I was interested, this week, to read Gethin Jones’s piece on whether lockdown has resulted in more people taking up fieldsports (p48). Most of those he spoke to suggested there’s been an uptick in anglers but noted that shooting is not something you can just get into on a whim. Needless to say, we should be very glad people aren’t out there on the foreshore on an ill-prepared jolly but, at the same time, I reckon there are lots of people who would love to have a go and would support…

2 min.
it’s quiet, but it’s good to be back out on the moors

The grouse season has got off to a quiet start, with most moors not shooting at all on the Twelfth and many expecting no significant shooting for the whole season. The now traditional 12 August political and media bunfight was also much more muted than has been the case in recent years. The Scottish press carried a few stories from anti-shooting campaigners, and Farming Todayran a short segment on grouse shooting at 5.45am. However, neither side launched a major media offensive. The Daily Mirrormanaged to run an anti-shooting story; however, puzzlingly, it chose to publish it on 15 August. The Sun also slipped up, illustrating a very short anti-grouse-shooting piece with a picture of a pheasant. “This Twelfth I shot one grouse — probably my only one this year” On the ground, the weather…

1 min.
anglers can keep salmon from major scottish rivers

All four of Scotland’s major salmon rivers will keep their grade one status in 2022 under proposals from Marine Scotland. Anglers on the Tweed, the Tay, the Spey and the Dee will be able to take fish home, though catch-and-release will still be preferred. Annual gradings of Scotland’s salmon rivers began in 2017 with 47 rivers being given grade one status. After a few years of the numbers of rivers in each grade changing unpredictably, the number of rivers at grade one settled at 36. The Alness, Moriston and Ness will drop from grade one to grade two; however, the Horisary on North Uist and the Broom will be promoted from grade two to grade one. Sarah Blackie, who fishes the Stinchar in Ayrshire, told Shooting Times: “It is important to remember that…

1 min.
keepers rescue white-tailed eagle with deformed beak

A white-tailed eagle has been saved from certain death by the prompt actions of a Highland gamekeeper. Local keepers had been on the lookout for the bird, which was known to have health problems, after a NatureScot-monitored satellite tag showed it to have moved from Argyll to Perthshire. The keeper, who has chosen not to be named, found the bird, which has a malformed beak, in a state of total collapse while he was doing his morning rounds. He captured it and gave it food and water until it could be transferred to a vet in Crieff. His swift and compassionate actions earned him praise on social media, but there was also concern for the bird’s future welfare. On Facebook, Mairi Dobie wrote: “There are fantastic gamekeepers out there; my concern is…

1 min.
to do this week

GOOSE If you are protecting crops from Canada geese under the general licence, decoying them on cereal stubbles can be a very effective method of control. You will need non-lead shot and a strong, experienced dog — a wounded Canada goose is not the thing to start a pup’s career with. DEER You need to act soon to have a chance to win the opportunity to stalk Suffolk’s five species of deer over an action-packed weekend for two Guns. The GWCT draw for a fully guided stalk of red, fallow, roe, muntjac and Chinese water deer, with two nights’ B&B included, is open to stalkers of all levels. The draw closes at noon on Thursday, 30 September. Tickets are £20 each. For more information and to buy tickets…

2 min.
shoots are ahead of the game in climate fight

Some sporting estates have been leading the way in using nature-based solutions to tackle climate change. Restoring peatland has been identified by the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) as a key tool to sequester carbon. The sphagnum mosses that make up peat lock up carbon dioxide more quickly and for much longer than trees, so producing a wet environment in which they can thrive is vital. In March, the Moorland Association reported that its members who manage upland estates in England had restored more than 3,000 hectares of degraded peat. In the North Pennines, nine privately owned moorland estates have restored nearly 1,000 hectares. As well as reprofiling eroded areas of peat and blocking drains, the estates have brought in sphagnum moss and heather brash to restore vegetation. Joe Robinson,…